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Women's and Gender Studies

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Program Option

Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies department web site


Program Overview

The Women's and Gender Studies program spans a wide range of disciplines to offer courses that focus on the analysis of gender as a category. Courses associated with the program pay particular attention to the social construction of gender identity and gender relations and to the intersection of gender with other categories, including race, class, and sexuality. The Women's and Gender Studies program values student engagement with feminist discourses and practices and seeks to help students understand representations and realities of gender in multicultural and global contexts.

All students who complete the Concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies engage in either an independent study or an internship, depending on their interests and needs. The Concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies is designed to complement majors and career goals in many different fields, including government, non-profit agencies, non-governmental organizations, education, human resources, social work, counseling, law, medicine, and the arts.


Women's and Gender Studies Concentration

Students who complete a Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies choose from many disciplines to complete their requirements and are encouraged to explore gender through the lens of multiple academic fields. The concentration includes a practicum—either an internship or an independent study—to provide students with professional preparation and opportunities to explore specific interests in greater depth.

Students should work closely with their advisors to select courses that support their personal and professional aspirations and to determine what form of practicum best suits their educational and career objectives.

Course Credits
WGS 075/ENG 075/SCSS 075 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3
Four WGS core courses - choose from the following:* 12
ART 112 - Women and Renaissance Art 3
EDUC 164 - Perspectives in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3
ENG 040 - Renaissance Women 3
ENG 042 - Approaches to American Literature, Pre-1900 3
ENG 066 - Reading Race and Ethnicity 3
ENG 077 - Reading Gender 3
ENG 086 - Reading and Writing Sexuality 3
ENG 088 - Reading and Writing Social Class 3
ENG 112 - Reading and Writing Autobiography 3
ENG 124 - Topics: Salem Witch Trials 3
ENG 126 - Feminism in Film 3
ENG 126 - Film History 3
ENG 126 - Women and Film 3
ENG 126 - Women in Horror Film and Fiction 3
ENG 129 - Film Noir 3
ENG 135 - Adolescent Literature 3
ENG 136 - Adolescence and American Fiction 3
ENG 151 - Colonial American Literature 3
ENG 152 - American Literature to 1900 3
ENG 158 - Literature of South Africa 3
ENG 164 - Latino/a Literature 3
ENG 165 - Postcolonial Literature 3
ENG 174 - Theories of Language and Discourse 3
ENG 180 - Poetics 3
ENG 180 - Seminar in Literary Theory: Feminism 3
ENG 197 - Imagining Realities 3
HIST 015 - Intro to Historical Inquiry: Radicals & Reformers in Modern America 3
HIST 078 - Intro to Historical Inquiry: Greenwich Village & Harlem 3
HIST 099 - European Women's History 3
HIST 115 - Native America 3
HIST 156 - Sex, Power, and War in the Aztec Empire 3
HIST 170 - Women and Family in Modern China 3
HIST 172 - Women and Gender in Early America 3
HIST 173 - Women and Gender in Modern America 3
HIST 194 - History of Public Heath and Medicine 3
HONR 192 - Space Matters 3
HONR 195 - Women and the Law 3
LPS 035 - Law and the Borders of Belonging 3
LPS 135 - Uncomfortable Transactions 3
LPS 135 - Critical Race and Feminist Theory 3
LPS 138 - Reproductive Law and Politics in the U.S. 3
LPS 146 - Urbanization and Social Justice 3
LPS 190 - Governing Through Crime 3
PHIL 091 - Contemporary Ethical Problems 3
POLS 109 - Human Trafficking 3
POLS 109 - Gender and War 3
POLS 109 - Women in Development 3
POLS 109 - Women, Peace, and Security 3
POLS 127 - Global Health 3
POLS 176 - Gender and World Politics 3
REL 151 - Women and Hebrew Scriptures 3
REL 155 - Liberation Theologies 3
SCS 143 - Speaking with Many Voices 3
SCS 146 - Gender and Culture in Islam 3
SCSA 076 - Feminisit Anthropology 3
SCSA 076 - Masculinities 3
SCSA 076 - Psychological Anthropology 3
SCSA 150 - Anthropology and Sexuality 3
SCSA 150 - Erotic Culture 3
SCSA 150 - Language and Gender 3
SCSA 150 - Masculinities 3
SCSA 150 - Migrant Oral Histories 3
SCSR 118 - Rhetoric of American Family 3
SCSR 134 - Bodily Rhetorics: Disability 3
SCSR 134 - Environmental Communication 3
SCSR 134 - Gender and Communication 3
SCSR 134 - Journal Editing 3
SCSR 134 - Rhetoric and Pop Culture 3
SCSR 134 - Rhetorics of Sex and Gender 3
SCSS 020 - Introduction to Race and Ethnicity 3
SCSS 050 - Intimate Relations 3
SCSS 076 - Inequality and Public Health 3
SCSS 076 - Making Families Public 3
SCSS 076 - Sociological Inquiry 3
SCSS 076 - Sociology of Childhood 3
SCSS 077 - The Art of the Interview 3
SCSS 130 - Contemporary Chinese Society 3
SCSS 137 - Women, Madness, and Culture 3
SCSS 150 - Feminism, Nature, Matter 3
SCSS 150 - Global Reproductive Politics 3
SCSS 150 - Madness, Culture, and Power 3
SCSS 150 - New Materialist Feminisms 3
SCSS 150 - Sociology of Education 3
SCSS 150 - Women, Radce, and Class 3
SCSS 161 - Race and Ethnicity 3
SCSS 173 - Global Citizenship 3
SCSS 174 - Feminist Theories 3
SCSS 176 - Documenting Lives 3
SCSS 177 - Gender and Violence 3
SCSS 178 - Gender, Technology, Embodiment 3
Practicum** 3
WGS 191 - Internship, or 3
WGS 192 - Independent Study 1-3
TOTAL 18

*No more than six credits from any one discipline may count toward the completion of the WGS Core.

** Prerequisites for both internships and independent studies include a minimum of nine credits completed toward the concentration with a minimum 3.0 GPA, junior or senior status, and approval of a Women’s and Gender Studies faculty advisor.


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