INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES
Gender as a social construction that influences women and men
and intersects with other social categories. Introduction to
feminist theories. How gender affects childhood experiences,
education, employment, family, bodies, and violence. Portrayal
of gender in art, literature, and media. Gender in the social
and natural sciences. Current issues related to women and gender.
WOMEN IN SOCIETY
Multifaceted analysis of women in society;
women’s issues in relation to the social and
natural sciences; critical examination of modern
societies in light of women’s perspectives.
GENDER AND ARCHAEOLOGY
Prerequisites: ANT 100 or instructor permission.
Focus on gender, the cultural construction of gender roles,
the impact of gender roles on social structure, and the reflection
of gender and gender roles on the material culture of past human
societies. Provide overview of concepts including gender, sex,
gender role, alternative genders and historical development of
gender archaeology. Examine the variation in gender roles in a
range of prehistoric societies emphasis on ancient civilizations.
Explore the archaeological resources relating to gender including
art & iconography, burial patterns & human remains, settlement
patterns & architecture, and craft production & division of labor.
GENDER AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Prerequisites: CRJ 101, upper-division status.
The mutual effects between gender and
aspects of criminal justice, including victimization,
criminality, law, and the criminal justice
process. Includes perspectives on the historical
subordination of women, and how law
and the criminal justice system can be used to
ameliorate that subordination.
WOMEN IN THE ECONOMY
Prerequisite: ECO 201 or ECO 202 recommended.
Analysis of the economic status of
women in the United States and other selected
nations as compared to men’s status and differentiated
by age, race, ethnicity, and marital
WOMEN IN LITERATURE
The images of women in literature as they
reflect attitudes about women and their roles.
Emphasis on authors and eras varies with
instructors. May be taken for credit more than
GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN LITERATURE
Prerequisites: ENG 190, or permission of the instructor.
Particular aspects of gender and sexuality in British, American, or
world literature: themes, historical periods, philosophies, theories,
and movements. May be taken for credit up to three times when content
WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Gender differences
in health outcomes, health-care practices,
and health behavior, with primary
emphasis on women. Historical and current
perspectives on women’s health issues.
HISTORY OF WOMEN AND GENDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Prerequisites: Upper-division status or permission of instructor
History of women and gender in the Middle East from Muhammad to
present. Women and gender relations in the formation of the Islamic
faith. The impact of the medieval caliphates and Islamic empires.
Historical role of modernization, colonization on early Middle Eastern
feminist movements. The end of empires and the historical influence
of nation-building on veiling, marriage, educational practices and
homosexuality. Women and gender themes in the Middle East since the
Second World War.
WOMEN IN AMERICAN POLITICS
Influence of female participation in the American political system;
the political behavior of American women; the implications
of these influences and behaviors. Offered Occasionally.
PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Empirical and theoretical
issues of the psychology of gender issues;
differences in female and male behavior in
terms of such social factors as conformity to
societal pressures, sex-role stereotyping, and
gender-specific socialization patterns; biological
influences on gender differences; development
of sex differences; gender-role development;
sex differences in cognition, personality,
achievement, and leadership.
WOMEN IN GLOBAL RELIGIONS
A study of women in world religions, with special
attention to the effects of patriarchal religious
institutions and religious myths that
influence their lives. Feminist contributions to
global religious thought and practice, and
their effects upon the developing world.
SOC 212 / WGS 212
Background in feminist social theory and changes
in feminism over time. Introduction to theoretical
analysis from a feminist perspective.
SOCIOLOGY OF SEX AND GENDER
Critical examination of the roles women and
men play in society; social statuses of women
and men analyzed historically, comparatively,
demographically, theoretically, and biologically;
sociological implications of sex inequality
in the economy and political systems, marriage,
family relationships, and other social roles.
BLACK FEMINIST THOUGHT
This course provides an introduction to Black
feminist thought from the 19th century through
the present. Topics include the origins
and development of intersectional thinking,
intersectionality in contemporary social thought
and critical race theory. The course draws
from multiple academic disciplines,
public intellectualism, and activist work. Offered occasionally.
INTRODUCTION TO LGBTQAI2+ STUDIES
Interdisciplinary introduction to lesbian, bisexual,
gay, transgender, queer, asexual, intersex, 2-spirited,
+ studies. Develop an understanding of social cultural,
and historical constructions of an intersections between
these identities and communities. Explore these
concepts through film, television, literature, history,
ethnography, archival materials, law, medicine, education,
religion, psychology and sociology.
Offered every spring.
GLOBAL MARRIAGE PRACTICES
Prerequisites: ANT 101 or SOC 100
Students are introduced to a cross-cultural and comparative study
of marriage practices through an examination of kinship, gender, and
economy. Course materials include interdisciplinary materials in
Anthropology, Sociology, History, and Popular Culture.
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSE LITERATURES
Introductory survey of diverse literatures of the United States with an emphasis
on literatures by marginalized communities including ethnic and racial
minority writers, LGBTQ+ writers, women writers, and members
of under-represented groups. Offered every fall.
HISTORY OF COSTUME
Survey of dress from earliest period to the
present with emphasis on the societal influences
that evoke changes in and recurrence of
PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE AND SEX
Prerequisites: Upper division status or one course in philosophy.
Classic and Contemporary philosophic theories of the nature, value and
purpose of human Love and sexuality; discussions of Plato, Aquinas,
Ortega, Sartre, and Kierkegaard; value judgments implicit in
the concepts of “supervision,” “good sex,” and “true love,” as well
as problems encountered in finding clear definitions
for such terms; considers certain moral arguments found
in such areas as abortion and marital intercourse.
RACE, SEX, AND POLITICS OF MYTH AND STORY
Prerequisites: Upper-division status, successful
completion of English basic skills competency
requirement. The institutional and human
force of story in race/sex/politics; legitimizing
myths of the U.S. political system; limits to the
achievement of consensus in group values and
politics; standpoints of race/sex/political privilege
and disadvantage; difficulties posed to the
regime by the refusal of consent; and the
transformation and assumption by citizens of
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Psychosexual aspects of
human sexuality; historical views of human
sexuality; sex research; physiology of sex; gender
identity; puberty; early learning of sexuality;
heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality;
ways of sex; sexual minorities; social and
legal issues of sex; portrayal and handling of
sex in the media; sexual difficulties; eroticism;
social-psychological attitudes toward sex;
future trends of sexuality.
SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
Prerequisite: SOC 100. The family as a social
institution, its historical development, function
and structure, and interaction with other
institutions; cross-cultural comparisons are
made. The current status of the family, diversity
in contemporary American families, as
well as stability and change in the life course
SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
Prerequisite: SOC 100. Recent sociological findings concerning
sexual behavior as a social process; the nature of various
sexual practices, such as homosexuality and sadomasochism in light of
sociological theory; sociological literature concerning sexual
behavior with special emphasis on the interactionist
approach. Offered occasionally.
FILM ANALYSIS: (topics include LGBTQ Film; Social Justice in Film)
This class will introduce students to techniques of film analysis and evaluation through the genre of Queer Film or Social Justice Film. We will watch fifteen diverse films, read a variety of popular and scholarly writing on film and queer/social justice theory, and learn how to examine a film’s formal elements, context, and reception. In addition to developing a deeper understanding of the film form and function, we will spend the semester debating, interrogating and trying to understand what makes a film successful. We will look at a wide range of approaches to fictional and documentary films. Class assignments include film journals, reading quizzes, film worksheets, short research papers, and take-home exams. All upper-class students are welcome in this class! No prior knowledge of film analysis or theory is necessary but an open, engaged mind and a willingness to challenge your own assumptions will be essential to your success in this class. Prerequisite: Upper-division status.
RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER IN MEDIA
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical
analysis of media representation of traditionally
underrepresented groups (such as women,
African Americans, Native American, Arabs
and Muslims, and/or gays and lesbians).
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