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

Courses in the Curriculum 

WGS 337: Sociology of Gender
First Four Week Session | Matt Ezzell | Online
Second Four Week Session | Matt Ezzell | Online

Examination of theories of sex role development, the roles of men and women in society and gender as a social construction.

WGS 348: Communication and Gender
Undergraduate Eight Week Session | Alyssa Reid | Online

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. Cross-listed with SCOM 348.

WGS 355: American Women at War
Study Abroad: Normandy Allies: England and France
Undergraduate Six Week Session | Amelia Underwood | Study Abroad

This study abroad course will examine the contributions and experiences of American military women who have served during World II. With onsite study in both London and Normandy, this course places particular emphasis on the role of military women in the planning and execution of the D-Day invasion and subsequent military actions aimed to liberate Europe during World War II. Students will draw comparisons between the experiences of American women from different racial, ethnic, and regional backgrounds while examining 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. View more information here.

WGS 368: Women's Literature
Second Four Week Session | Mary Thompson | Online

A study of literature by women.

WGS 417: Women's Global Health and Human Rights
Second Four Week Session | Mary Ott Walter | Online

An international and human rights approach providing an overview of health issues within the context of a woman`s life cycle. Attention will be given to critical issues of women`s health such as access to health care and gender based violence. Such issues as sexuality, nutrition, diseases affecting women, violence, harmful traditional practices, and sex trafficking will be discussed. Cross-listed with NSG 417 and HTH 417.

WGS 495: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Study Abroad in Ghana: June 4-30, 2018
Undergraduate Six Week Session | David Owusu-Ansah | Study Abroad

The 4-week Ghana program includes classroom lectures provided by our Ghanaian faculty partners, an afternoon of volunteer work at local NGOs and programs, and we travel to historic and cultural sites every weekend. All our activities are support by academic readings and our JMU faculty leaders manage the discussions. Often, we also bring in local specialists to lead conversations with students. Our students are accommodated off-campus at a hotel where the staff knows the program and ensures our security and comfort. View more information here.

WGS 495: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Study Abroad in Ghana (Internship): July 2-19, 2018
Undergraduate Six Week Session | David Owusu-Ansah | Study Abroad

Students who are already registered for the 4-week Ghana summer program are qualified to apply to add extra weeks of internship. The 3-credit hours of internship expands activities at the volunteer sites into full-day internships. Students have the option to select one of three internships--students work with special needs children at New Horizon Special school; or work at the inner-city after school program at Glona Academy; or to intern at Winneba Hospital under local medical supervision; and work with a JMU Alum at BK Farms. View more information here.

ANTH 370: Topics in the Anthropology of Gender
Study Abroad in Ireland: June 9 - July 21, 2018
Topic: Media, Culture, and Society 

Undergraduate Six Week Session | Becca Howes-Mischel | Study Abroad

This course examines the many ways in which gender is constructed and negotiated in different historical and social contexts.  Topics will vary with the instructor to include both cultural and biocultural perspectives.

PSYC 310: The Psychology of Women and Gender
First Four Week Session | Kala Melchiori | Online
Undergraduate Eight Week Session | Kala Melchiori | Online

An examination of research and theory regarding the abilities and behaviors of women and the changing roles of women. Consideration is given to biological, developmental and societal determinants of sex and gender.

Courses that May Receive Substitute Credit

HIST 150: Critical Issues in Recent Global History
First Four Week Session | Jessica Davidson | Online

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.

HUM 200: Great Works
Topic: Girlhood
First Four Week Session | Jennifer Almjeld | Online
Second Four Week Session | Jennifer Almjeld | Online

This section includes great works of childhood as a basis through which to interrogate modern depictions of girlhood and in literature and other texts. Emphasis will be placed on personal performances of girlhood and femininity in a variety of written, digital and visual texts. This online course includes intensive examination of great literary works that focus on key issues of knowledge and reality, meaning and purpose, ethics, and aesthetics and explores cultural constructions of girl identities.

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