Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Overview

The Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) minor is an interdisciplinary program that encourages the study of gender construction and identities, the lives of women, and the range of sexualities, in local and global contexts.

There is no monolithic approach to the study of gender, women, and sexuality, as demonstrated by the wide range of departments across campus that offer related courses. The study of these concepts involves multiple layers of complexity and various disciplinary paradigms. The GWSS minor offers students the opportunity to engage in dialogue with learners across the curriculum as they study the power of critically analyzing gender, women, and sexuality from a multitude of disciplinary perspectives and philosophical positions.

Minor Requirements

Courses

The GWSS minor is a five-course (5) program consisting of one (1) required core class and four (4) electives. Note: no more than three courses from one department can be counted toward the minor.

Electives

In addition to completing one core course, students will take four additional courses from the list below to fulfill the minor. Note that the five courses for the minor must be taken in at least three different departments.

AMST 240African American Women Writers

4

ARTH 250/MAC 251American Indians in Film

4

CTSJ 210Mother Goose to Mash-Ups: Children's Literature and Popular Texts

4

CTSJ 222Body Politics

4

CTSJ 230Fundamentals of Queer Theory

4

CTSJ 233Queer Literature and Culture

4

CTSJ 234Materialist Feminism

4

CTSJ 255Women of Color

4

CTSJ 311Children, Poverty, and Public Policies

4

CTSJ 332Psychic Life of Violence

4

CTSJ 335Queer of Color Critique

4

CTSJ 337Queer Los Angeles: Cruising the Archive

4

DWA 230Gender and International Human Rights

4

DWA 231Gender and International Relations

4

DWA 329Junior Seminar: Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons

4

ECON 327Economics of Gender -- Marriage, Motherhood, and Money

4

ECON 328Economics of Race and Gender

4

ENGL 274Women Writers

4

FREN 365Seminar in a Literary Theme. French Feminism

4

HIST 150Colonial Latin America

4

HIST 182The Social and Cultural History of the Modern Middle East

4

HIST 206History of American Women

4

HIST 220Ancient Athens and Renaissance Florence

4

HIST 237History of Feminism

4

HIST 258Mexican Politics in the Twentieth Century

4

HIST 277Women and Community Health

4

HIST 282The Muslim World in Modern Times

4

HIST 353Catholicism and Social Justice in the Americas

4

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4

HIST 385Identity Formation in the Modern Middle East and Africa

4

MAC 244Topics in Media Representation

4

PHIL 235Feminism and Philosophy

4

POLS 321Gender and Politics in the Developing World

4

PSYC 350Psychology of Gender

4

RELS 305Islam, Gender and Sexuality

4

RELS 351"Good" Sex: History of Christian Sexual Ethics

4

SOC 225Masculinities

4

SOC 230Marriage and Family

4

SOC 255Youth Culture in United States Society

4

SOC 265Gender and Society

4

SOC 320Health and Illness

4

SOC 355Power and Sexuality

4

WRD 265Feminist Rhetoric and Social Change

4

Core coursework

All students minoring in GWSS must take at least one of the following core courses:

CTSJ 140Critical Theories of Sexuality

4

DWA 230Gender and International Human Rights

4

HIST 237History of Feminism

4

POLS 321Gender and Politics in the Developing World

4

SOC 265Gender and Society

4

All of the core courses examine gender, women, and sexuality, and approach these concepts from an intersectional perspective, emphasizing their interconnections with different bases of identity and multiple systems of oppression, including race and class.