College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Gender Studies

Major and Minor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (GWSS)

Advising handout for GWSS majors and minors.

GWSS majors and minors will take the following core courses:

  • Core Requirements (9 hrs.)
    • GWS 102 Intersections of Identity
    • GWS 202 Resistance for Social Change
    • GWS 304 Feminist and Queer Studies
  • Transnational Requirement (3 cr. hrs.) - Select One from the following:
    • AN 320 Gender & Sexuality in Globalization
    • AN 322 Sex, Gender & Sexuality in Japan
    • EN 393 Gender, Language and Globalization: Transnational Women Writers
    • EN 493 Sex, Suffrage and Empire: Modernism and the New Woman
    • HST 366 Hidden History of Sex, Gender & Sexuality in Latin America
    • HST 367 Geographies of Desire: Space, Gender, Sexuality
    • JR 418 Gender and Media: Global Views
    • PO 380 Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Africa
    • RL 377 Religion, Gender & the Goddess in Asia
    • SP 420 Early Modern Spanish Theater

Majors will take an additional 18 credit hours and minors will take an additional 6 credit hours.

Students interested in pursuing an honor's degree should contact the director, Dr. Ageeth Sluis to discuss requirements.

  • GWSS Elective Offerings:
    • AN 320 Gender & Sexuality and Globalization (Shahrokhi; Anthropology)
    • AN 322 Sex, Gender & Sexuality in Japan (Edwards; Anthropology)
    • AN 342 Science, Technology & Society (Edwards; Anthropology)
    • ART 315 Postmodernism in the Arts (Mix; Visual Arts)
    • ART 382 Special Topics: Gender in Art (Mix; Visual Arts)
    • EN 341 "Topics: American Gothic" (Swenson; English)
    • EN 393 Gender, Language and Globalization: Transnational Women Writers (Spyra; English)
    • EN 493 Special Topics: Sex, Suffrage & Empire: Modernism & the New Woman Empire (Garver; English)
    • GWS 300/PL 348 Philosophy of Feminism (Dulckheit; Philosophy)
    • HST 205 Special Topics: Mad Women: Fiction, Film and History (Deno; History)
    • HST 338 Era of Jim and Jane Crow (Deno; History)
    • HST 342 Topics: Working Women in the Modern City (Deno; History)
    • HST 366 Hidden History of Sex, Gender & Sexuality in Latin America (Sluis; History)
    • HST 367 Geographies of Desire: Space, Gender, Sexuality  (Sluis; History)
    • HST 390/483 "I too, Sing America" (Deno; History)
    • JR 418 Gender and Media: Global Views (Geertsema-Sligh; Journalism)
    • MRC420 Queering Film (Savage; Media, Rhetoric & Culture)
    • MRC 354 Gender and Communication (Swenson; Media, Rhetoric & Culture)
    • MRC 465 Media & Cultural Criticism (Savage; Media, Rhetoric & Culture)
    • MRC 468 Women & Rock (Savage; Media Rhetoric & Culture)
    • MRC 470  Sports, Media, Culture (Harthcock; Media Rhetoric & Culture)
    • MRC 481 Technologies of the Body (Swenson; Media Rhetoric & Culture)
    • MRC 482  Voices of Dissent & Social Change (Hoerl; Media Rhetoric & Culture)
    • PL 375 Topics: Feminist Jurisprudence (Dulkheit; Philosophy)
    • PO 386 Black Political Thought (Jett; Political Science)
    • PS 333 Human Sexuality (Giesler; Psychology)
    • RL 377 Religion, Gender & the Goddess in Asia (Bauman; Religion)
    • SW200-SO Topics: Gender from a Sociological Perspective  (Cline; Sociology)
    • SW240-PO  Gender and Generations: War and Peace (McElvoy-Levy; Political Science/PACS)
    • TI 242-PL  Marginalized in America (Dulkheit; Philosophy)
    • TI 255-PO The Politics of Alice Walker  (Jett, Political Science)