Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS)
Assistant Professors: McCutcheon (Coordinator), Stafford (Coordinator)
- Major: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
- Courses required for major: 8
- Capstone requirement: GSWS 400
The program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies offers an interdisciplinary major and minor.
A major in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies requires eight courses.
1. Four Core Courses
These courses provide students with a theoretical and methodological perspective and framework with which to understand issues of gender and sexuality.
Take these three courses:
- GSWS 200 Gendered Perspectives
- SOC 241 Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
- GSWS 400 Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Capstone
Take one course from:
- CJCR 343 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
- GSWS 300 Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
- PSY 212 Research Methods in Psychology
- SOC 330 Research Methods I
2. Four Elective Courses
Students must take four elective courses from the following list with a minimum of three different prefixes. At least two courses must be at the 300-level or higher. GSWS 300 may not count as both a core course and an elective.
||Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives
||Food and Culture
||Gender and Sexuality in Art
||Race, Class, Gender and Crime
||Criminal Justice Practicum
||African American Literature
||Women and Literature
||Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
||Early American Law and Society
||Rights, Reform and Protest
||Women and Reform
||Child and Adolescent Development
||The Psychology of Close Relationships
||Practicum in Psychology
|| Old Testament Women
|| Sociology of Family
||Aging and Society
|| Practicum in Sociology
||Theater History II
All majors must successfully complete GSWS 400.
Diversity and Writing Courses
The following courses satisfy either the Domestic or Global Diversity Requirement: GSWS 200 and 300. A list of courses that, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement, can be found on the Registrar’s website and in the GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS section of the catalog.
A minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies requires GSWS 200, SOC 241, and three courses from the elective courses listed for the major.
An examination of gender issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Explores the social construction of gender and gendered institutions as well as relevant critical approaches such as feminist, utopian, and queer theories. Topics may involve language, art, science, politics, culture, violence, race, class, ethnic differences, sexuality, and pornography. Fulfills either Domestic or Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.
TOPICS IN GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND WOMEN’S STUDIES
An examination of selected topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies designed to allow students to pursue particular subjects in more depth and detail than in the general introductory course. Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics are different. Fulfills either Domestic or Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.
GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND WOMEN’S STUDIES CAPSTONE
An independent research project under the supervision of a GSWS faculty member whose expertise is aligned with the project of interest.
With the approval of the Coordinator, an appropriate special course or independent-study project may be substituted for one of the four cross-listed courses required for the minor.