*You may only take ONE additional course below the 300-level in addition to WGS 200.

Courses in the Curriculum 

WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Beth Hinderliter | MWF 11:15am–12:05pm
Section 0002 | Beth Hinderliter | MWF 12:20–1:10pm
Section 0003 | Larissa Brian | TuTh 11:00am–12:15pm
Section 0004 | Mary Thompson | TuTh 12:30–1:45pm
Cross disciplinary introduction to theories and scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies. Examines the social construction of gender, how gender affects access to opportunity, and the experiences and contributions of women. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.

WGS 325: Gender and Violence 
Section 0001 | Dawn Goode | MW 5:30–6:45pm
This course explores the public nature of private violence, specifically violence committed against women in U.S. culture. Students will investigate the social, political and personal meaning of violence within a gendered context. Throughout the course students will analyze the ways in which demographic, social, cultural, economic and political factors teach us to think about women in violent terms as well as help perpetuate violence against women. Students will consider violence not only in its physical dimension, but also in its symbolic and structural manifestations. Students will also examine the ways in which ideas about race, ethnicity, class and sexuality affect the degree and types of violence committed against women.

WGS 348: Communication and Gender
Section 0001 | Melissa Aleman | TuTh 11:00am–12:15pm
Studies of theories and research regarding the influence of gender in various human communication contexts, both public and private. Emphasis on the critical analysis of existing theory and empirical research and the potential competent uses of communication for social change. Prerequisite: Any 100-level GCOM course. Cross-listed with SCOM 348.

WGS 350: The Philosophy of Feminism
Section 0001 | Pia Antolic-Piper | TuTh 11:00am–12:15pm
An intermediate-level examination of philosophical problems in feminist theory and feminist contributions to philosophy. Cross-listed with PHIL 350.

WGS 355: American Women at War
Section 0001 | Amy Underwood | M 5:40–7:40pm
This course invites students to engage a series of issues about the role of women in the US military. This course will examine the contributions & experiences of women who served during the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, WW I & II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War(s). Also included in this course is an examination of how women in military service both past and present are an instrument for societal change in America specifically in promoting the cause of women’s rights. Cross-listed with MSCI 355.

WGS 368: Women’s Literature
Topic: Women and the Kunstlerroman
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | TuTh 11:00am–12:15pm
This course explores women’s literature through a focus on the Kunstlerroman or artist’s novel. By comparing the traditional Bildungsroman by men to Kunstlerromane by women, and drawing on relevant feminist literary criticism, we will explore issues faced by women artists, the suppression and expression of their art, and its relationship to the unique experiences of women within patriarchal societies. We will also examine the politics of canon formation and consider the intersection of gender with other salient markers of identity such as race/ethnicity, social class, and sexuality. Cross-listed with ENG 368.

WGS 383: Women and Politics in Comparative Perspective
Section 0001 | Kristin Wylie | TuTh 9:30–10:45am 
A study of the causes and consequences of women`s political marginalization in the United States and abroad. The course examines socioeconomic and political dimensions of gender inequality, exploring how women have worked through social movements, electoral politics, and public policy initiatives to overcome obstacles to their political empowerment. Cross-listed with POSC 383.

WGS 420: Feminist Rhetorics
Section 0001 | Alison Bodkin | MWF 10:10–11:00am
Surveys key women figures in classical and contemporary rhetorical traditions and challenges the strategies used to historicize this tradition from feminist perspectives. Explores diverse feminist rhetorical discourses informed by race, sexual orientation, ethnicity and social class. Cross-listed with SCOM 420 and WRTC 420.

WGS 485: Gender Issues in Science
Section 0001 | Louise Temple-Rosebrook & Alysia Davis | MW 2:30–3:45pm
An interdisciplinary course that looks at the scientific process, science practitioners and science students through the lens of gender analysis. Students read literature, lead discussions, perform experiments and analyze both data and processes to address the effects of educational systems on the preparation and careers of scientists, the influence of politics and culture on scientific inquiry, and the effects of critiques grounded in gender analyses on understanding the scientific process. Cross-listed with ISAT 485.

WGS 492: Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies: ShoutOut! JMU
Section 0001 | Katie Lese & Alison Bodkin | M 5:30–8:00pm
The mission of ShoutOut! JMU is to provide the JMU community with accurate and constructive information concerning events, legislation, cultural criticism, and re-sources for women’s rights and personal health on and off campus; to foster a safe space for members of JMU’s community for interactive, informed and constructive dialogue; as a collective, to advance the cause of women and other marginalized groups by means of these conversations; the goal of this blog is not to convert read-ers to feminism, but instead to raise consciousness of the diversity of perspectives toward understanding everyday inequities.

WGS 495: Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
Topic: Black Lives Matter
Section 0001 | Beth Hinderliter | WF 2:30–3:45pm
The course examines the radical resistance of the Black Lives Matter movement to state sanctioned violence against black and brown communities. What strategies has the Black Lives Matter movement devised to defend human rights in the era of a New Jim Crow? The topics we will debate will include: mass incarceration and justice reform; the media dismissal of Black Lives Matter in favor of focus on “black on black” crime; black rage and the politics of respectability; black joy in the face of oppression; the uses of anger; intersectional queer-led politics; the relationship between the Black Lives Matter movement and the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1950s-1970s; and the contemporary politics of self-care. Meets with / equivalent to AFST 400.

ANTH 360: Medical Anthropology
Section 0001 | Becca Howes-Mischel | TuTh 2:00–3:15pm
This course takes an anthropological approach to the study of health, illness, and healing; how do different cultural systems and social institutions influence the experience and interpretation of different bodily states? Material covers critical analyses of Western medicine and ethnomedicine in both specific cultural settings and their global circulation. Topics include disease epidemics, illness narratives, public health, suffering, pharmaceuticals, disability, and health care systems.

ENG 327: The Gothic
Section 0001 | Katey Castellano | TuTh 12:30–1:45pm
A study of the origins, influence and transformations of Gothic fiction from the 18th century to the present. Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto and M.G. Lewis’s The Monk are often considered to be the first articulations of the gothic novel; however, this course will outline the way Romantic women writers creatively use the Gothic novel to name previously unspeakable, violent crimes against women and assert emergent forms of female agency. Our case studies will be Clara Reeve’s The Old English Baron, Ann Radcliffe’s The Italian, Mary Wollstonecraft’s Mary/Maria, Mary Shelley’s Matilda, and Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. The primary texts will be supplemented by feminist and queer theoretical readings of the novels.

ENG 423: Advanced Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Topic: Multiethnic Women Writers
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | TuTh 3:30–4:45pm
This course examines the genre of the short story cycle as it has been used by multi-ethnic American women writers. Also known as the composite novel or story sequence, the short story cycle allows for an exploration of self and community, a question of particular interest to women writers and feminist critics. We will consider the conventions of this genre as well as how women authors have developed the genre to explore the position of women in their communities, women’s friendships, ethnic assimilation and identity, and issues of gender-based and race-based inequality.

HIST 320: Women in U.S. History
Section 0001 | Emily Westkaemper | MWF 3:35–4:25pm
A survey of the role of women in the United States from the Colonial period to the present. Attention is given to contributions of the ordinary women, the Women’s Rights movements, the impact of women on reform and political movements, and the changing status of women in society.

SOCI 336: Race and Ethnicity
Section 0001 | Bethany Bryson | Online
This course examines the social construction of race and ethnicity around the world and how they influence social processes, institutions, change and ideology. The course will include discussions concerning the intersection of race and ethnicity with other aspects of social inequality such as class, gender, sexuality and nationality in contemporary society.


Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

HIST 150: Critical Issues in Recent Global History
Topic: Women and Revolution
Section 0002 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 10:10–11:00am
Section 0003 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 11:15am–12:05pm
This course examines issues in recent history as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking skills and to supplement writing, oral communication, library and computing skills objectives for General Education Cluster One. A seminar format allows for careful examination of issues in both oral and written formats. The course emphasizes the development and articulation of well-reasoned arguments in organized and grammatically acceptable prose. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit.

MSCI 360: Gender and Leadership
Section 0001 | Amelia Underwood | Th 5:00–7:45pm
Explore gender in leadership by focusing on social scientific research in sociology, psychology, political science, economics, management, organizational behavior, women’s studies and leadership that illuminates the difficulties women experience in attaining and being seen as effective in top leadership positions.

PSYC 497: Senior Seminar
Topic: Understanding Prejudice
Section 0001 | Kala Melchiori | MW 2:30–5:00pm
This course will focus on psychological research and theories that increase our understanding of stereotypes, prejudice, and intergroup relations. This material considers how the person, the situation, and society shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors toward people from various social groups. Most psychological research on these topics focuses on race; however, we will also discuss research related to gender, sexual orientation, weight, and social class. We will also consider the intersection of multiple identities (e.g., gender, race, sexual orientation) and learn fundamental principles, generalizations, and theories. Must be a Psychology major.

SOCI 367: Sociology of Sexuality
Section 0001 | Bethany Bryson | Online
This course examines sociological theory and research on sexual behaviors, identities, cultures and social movements, investigating how sexuality is shaped by society and its social institutions. In addition, the course examines how sociological research on sexuality is conducted, how society shapes the sociological study of sexuality, the unique ethical concerns and methodological challenges in researching sexuality and the place of sociology in shaping discourse and social policy on relevant social issues.


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