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

The GWSS minor is a five-course program consisting of one required core class and four electives. No more than three courses from one department can be counted toward the minor.

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

All of the courses below 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.

AMST 265/WRD 265Feminist Rhetorics and Social Change

4 units

CTSJ 140Critical Theories of Sexuality

4 units

CTSJ 220Intersectionality: Mapping Social Injustice in the United States

4 units

DWA 230Gender and International Human Rights

4 units

HIST 237Changing Views of Gender, Women, and Sexualities

4 units

POLS 321Gender and Politics in the Global South

4 units

SOC 265Gender and Society

4 units

Electives

In addition to completing one core course, students will take four additional courses from the list below to fulfill the minor.

AMST 233American Queer Novel

4 units

AMST 256/BLST 256Race Women: African American Women's Protest Culture

4 units

AMST 265/WRD 265Feminist Rhetorics and Social Change

4 units

AMST 268/BLST 268Style Politics: Beauty and Fashion in Black Women's History

4 units

ARTH 360Women in Art in East Asia

4 units

ARTH 365Gender and Art in Japan

4 units

CSLC 270Tales of Sexuality from the Couch, the Court, and the Confessional

4 units

CTSJ 160Introduction to Feminist Studies

4 units

CTSJ 204Torture, Sex, and Metaphysics: Dehumanization Before Abu Ghraib and After

4 units

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

4 units

CTSJ 213Women's Work

4 units

CTSJ 219Triumphs and Tribulations of Title IX

4 units

CTSJ 220Intersectionality: Mapping Social Injustice in the United States

4 units

CTSJ 222Body Politics

4 units

CTSJ 255Women of Color Feminisms

4 units

CTSJ 311Children, Poverty, and Public Policies

4 units

CTSJ 360Feminist Methodologies

4 units

CTSJ 361Gender, Race, and Nationality in Latin American and Latinx Film

4 units

CTSJ 375Indigenous Feminisms

4 units

DWA 230Gender and International Human Rights

4 units

DWA 231Gender and International Relations

4 units

DWA 258The Global Politics of LGBT Rights

4 units

DWA 329Junior Seminar: Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons

4 units

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

4 units

ECON 328Economics of Race and Gender

4 units

ENGL 159Lavender Cowboys: Power and Gender in the American Western

4 units

ENGL 248Money, Gender, and the Nineteenth Century Novel

4 units

ENGL 274Women Writers

4 units

FREN 365Seminar in a Literary Theme. French Feminism

4 units

HIST 150/LLAS 150Colonial Latin America

4 units

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

4 units

HIST 192Gender

4 units

HIST 206History of American Women

4 units

HIST 220Ancient Athens and Renaissance Florence

4 units

HIST 237Changing Views of Gender, Women, and Sexualities

4 units

HIST 243Modern China: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Revolution

4 units

HIST 258/LLAS 258Twentieth Century Mexico

4 units

HIST 277/BLST 277Women and Community Health

4 units

HIST 282The Muslim World in Modern Times

4 units

HIST 359/LLAS 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4 units

HIST 385Identity Formation in the Modern Middle East and Africa

4 units

KINE 201Sport in American Society

4 units

KINE 299/UEP 299Women's Sports and Empowerment

4 units

MAC 244Topics in Media Representation

4 units

PHIL 221Feminist Theories

4 units

PHIL 360Beauty

4 units

POLS 321Gender and Politics in the Global South

4 units

PSYC 350Psychology of Gender

4 units

PUBH 301Women's Health

4 units

RELS 254Muslim Bodies: Islam, Gender, and Health

4 units

RELS 266Sexuality and Gender in Buddhism

4 units

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

4 units

SOC 105Immigrant Youth and Youth Cultures

4 units

SOC 225Masculinities

4 units

SOC 230Marriage and Family

4 units

SOC 255Youth Culture in United States Society

4 units

SOC 265Gender and Society

4 units

SOC 320Health and Illness

4 units

SOC 355Power and Sexuality

4 units

WRD 265/AMST 265Feminist Rhetorics and Social Change

4 units

Students may also apply CTSJ 395 as an elective for the GWSS minor if they have enrolled in the "White Queer Theory" section of the course.

Students may also apply MAC 260 as an elective for the GWSS minor if they have enrolled in the "Women Making Moves – Women’s Migration and Media" section of the course.

Transfer Credit Policies

Courses approved for transfer by the appropriate department or program will be considered to apply toward the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies minor. Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for details.

Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Laura Hebert, chair

Associate Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; M.A., University of Oregon Ph.D., University of Denver