Women and Gender Studies Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
WGST 101: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies. 3 hours.

A multidisciplinary analysis of gender from historical and cross-cultural perspectives. This course examines the relevance and impact of gender-related issues in terms of historical and contemporary culture. The goal of this course is to help students develop a critical framework for thinking about gender and sexuality, with special attention to issues of class, race and ethnicity. Topics include birth control, the social construction of beauty, masculinity and race.

200 Level Courses
WGST 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

WGST 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
WGST 371: Women and Gender Studies Thesis Seminar. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  12 hours completed in Women and Gender Studies. 
Students who have completed all other coursework in the Women and Gender Studies program will be eligible to complete their women’s studies thesis project. Students may complete their thesis either in the junior or the senior year. Each student, in working closely with a faculty mentor and with the director of the women’s studies program, will select one paper or project the student has completed in one of her or his other women’s studies classes. The student will then develop this project as a thesis in Women and Gender Studies. The thesis must exhibit high standards of scholarship and must address a question related to the study of women and/or gender issues. Students participating in the seminar will meet occasionally to share their research with other participants. At the end of the semester, students will present their research in a public forum. Students participating in the Senior Honors Colloquium cannot use their honors theses as their women’s studies theses, though students may choose projects that relate to each other. Offered spring semester.

WGST 397, 497: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.