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Gender and Women's Studies

GW 101 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (4)
This course asks fundamental question such as: What is gender? What is sex? How do cultures construct gender and gender differences? How do gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality interrelate in our society? The course encourages students to find links between their own lives and issues raised by scholars in the field. Readings, discussions and lectures cover material ranging from the humanities to the social sciences. Offered fall and some spring semesters.

GW 102 Introduction to Gender and Men’s Studies (4)
This course asks fundamental questions such as: What is gender? What is sex? What is masculinity? How do cultures construct gender and gender differences in terms of various perceptions of masculinity? How do ideas of maleness, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality interrelate in our society? The course encourages students to find links between their own lives and historic and political issues raised by scholars in women’s studies. Readings, discussions, and lectures cover materials ranging from the humanities to the social sciences.

GW 202 Gender and Social Justice (4)
Sexual assault. The gender pay gap. Female genital mutilation. Police brutality. Workplace discrimination. Economic inequality. These are just some of the examples of global social injustice that this course examines. Students will be introduced to feminist theories that help them better understand the causes of social injustice and possible solutions. This will include how feminist theories intersect with concepts of race, class, nationality, the environment, sexuality, etc. There will be a particular focus on putting theory into practice by doing activism work for social justice in students’ own communities. Offered spring semesters.

GW 303 Advanced Feminist Theories (4)
the purpose of this course is to further our knowledge of contemporary feminist theory. Our objective is to engage with extended arguments applying feminist theory to specific contemporary issues. We will focus on several strands of recent feminist theory: transnational feminism, queer theory, hybrid identity, and cyberfeminism. Prerequisite: GW 101 and GW 202, or permission of instructor.

GW 461, 462 Independent Study in Gender and Women’s Studies (1 - 4)
An opportunity for students to investigate a special topic of interest. Prerequisite: declared GWS minor, consent of instructor and GWS program chair.

GW 463, 464 Internship in Gender and Women’s Studies (1 - 4)
An opportunity for students to participate in experiential learning related to GWS. Prerequisite: declared GWS minor or consent of instructor and GWS program chair.

GW 465, 466 Independent Research in Gender and Women’s Studies (1 - 4)
An opportunity for students to pursue advanced research in a field of interest in collaboration with a faculty supervisor. Prerequisite: declared GWS minor or consent of instructor.