Women's and Gender Studies (WGST)

WGST 10000 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (LA)

Women's and gender studies provides a critical perspective that examines the world and everything that happens within it through the lens of gender and from the viewpoints of women. It encourages new ways of seeing and thinking about our world and its people and institutions. Interdisciplinary introduction to the questions, findings, methods, and theories of women's and gender studies scholarship. Examines how multiple forms of feminism shape the practice of women's and gender studies, and increasingly recognize differences among women. Examines gender as a social construct and the diverse conditions of gendered lives and experiences in the United States. Open to all interested students, and a requirement for the women's and gender studies minor. (F or S,Y)
Attributes: 1, DV
3 Credits

WGST 22000 Queer Studies (LA)

Examines contemporary LGBTQ (also known as queer) studies, primarily from feminist/queer theoretical perspectives and utilizing a social constructionist standpoint. Includes interdisciplinary and historical explorations of LGBTQ lives, with a focus on the intersectionality of LGBTQ identity with other categories of identity. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, 3A, DV, HM, HU, SO, SS, TIDE, TPJ, WGS
3 Credits

WGST 26100 Psychology of Women (LA)

In-depth examination of the psychology of women in contemporary society. Review of the research on gender differences and consideration of the theories (social learning, psychoanalytic, and biological) that have attempted to explain the differences. Focuses on some of the central experiences of women's lives (including relationships, work, mothering, sexuality, and mental health), with particular attention to the ways in which women's psychological development differs from that of men's in a patriarchal society. For psychology majors, this course counts towards the Sociocultural Competence requirement. Cross-listed with PSYC 26100; students cannot receive credit for both PSYC 26100 and WGST 26100. Prerequisites: sophomore standing. (F,Y)
Attributes: CC, DV, SS
3 Credits

WGST 41000 Selected Topics: Women's and Gender Studies (LA)

Topics of current interest in women's studies using a women's studies approach to pedagogy. This feminist pedagogy includes: (1) an emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills; (2) an emphasis on cooperation instead of competition and hierarchy in the classroom; and (3) the validation of personal experience and subjective knowledge in the learning process. Prerequisites: WGST 10000; two courses from the women's and gender studies minor list. Open to women's and gender studies minors with senior standing, or junior standing by permission of instructor. Can be repeated once for up to six credits when topics vary. (IRR)
3 Credits

WGST 42000 Independent Studies: Women's and Gender Studies (LA)

Independent studies projects are arranged individually between student and instructor. A proposal for the topic and specific plans must be approved by the coordinator of the women's and gender studies program and by the School of Humanities and Sciences dean's office. Prerequisites: WGST 10000; two courses from the women's and gender studies minor list; permission of instructor. (F-S,Y)
1-4 Credits

WGST 43000 Internship: Women's and Gender Studies (NLA)

Internships are arranged individually at the student's request with individual instructors and a sponsoring agency. A proposal for an internship must be approved by the coordinator of the women's and gender studies program and by the School of Humanities and Sciences dean's office. Prerequisites: WGST 10000; two courses from the women's and gender studies minor list; permission of instructor. Variable credit. (F-S,Y)
1-12 Credits