This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2020-21 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Students will demonstrate strong critical thinking skills that connect theory to action.
  • Students will employ multiple theories informed by intersectionality.
  • Students will demonstrate critical engagement with multiple epistemologies and methods of research.
  • Students will articulate the ways diverse feminisms converge and diverge in the 21st century.
  • Students will articulate contexts for intellectual, academic and artistic activism.

Special requirements

A Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies requires a total of 120 credits with 30 credits in GSWS courses and at least 15 of those credits in upper-level courses. Students may choose a general interdisciplinary program or a health and science concentration.

All students must complete the general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in the College of Humanities and Sciences. All students also must complete core course requirements of GSWS 201 and GSWS 401.

The general interdisciplinary program requires that students take either GSWS 301 or GSWS 352/ENGL 352, plus one three-credit course from each perspective area: diversity/international perspectives on gender, sexuality and women; humanities perspectives on women on gender, sexuality and women; social science perspectives on women on gender, sexuality and women; and health and science. The remaining credits in the major are electives, but must be GSWS courses or courses cross-listed with GSWS. These electives may include GSWS 391 and GSWS 492. Note, however, that an independent study is permitted only after the student has an agreement with a supervising faculty member and permission from the major’s adviser.

Degree requirements for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

General education requirements

CourseTitleHours
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I [View Image]
Focused Inquiry I3
UNIV 112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II [View Image]
Focused Inquiry II3
UNIV 200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved humanities/fine arts3
Approved natural/physical sciences3-4
Approved quantitative literacy3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences3-4
Total Hours21-24
CourseTitleHours
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)
HUMS 202Choices in a Consumer Society1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities3
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)
Approved H&S general education electives6-8
Experiential fine arts 11-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement)0-8
Total Hours11-23
1

Course offered by the School of the Arts

Collateral requirements

CourseTitleHours
BIOL 101Biological Concepts (fulfills H&S science and technology)0-3
or BIOL 151 Introduction to Biological Sciences I
Total Hours0-3

Major requirements

CourseTitleHours
GSWS 201Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies3
GSWS/ENGL 352Feminist Literary Theory3
or GSWS 301 Feminist Theory
GSWS diversity/international perspectives on gender, sexuality and women (200- to 400-level)3
GSWS humanities perspectives on women on gender, sexuality and women (200- to 400-level)3
GSWS social science perspectives on women on gender, sexuality and women (200- to 400-level)3
GSWS health and science perspectives (300- to 400-level)3
GSWS 401Topical Senior Seminar (capstone)3
GSWS electives (two of three courses must be upper-level)9
Total Hours30

Open electives

CourseTitleHours
Select 41-58 open elective credits41-58

The minimum total of credit hours required for this degree is 120.

Perspective areas

Note: A course listed in two different areas may not be used to fulfill both area requirements for the major. Some courses may have prerequisites to meet before enrollment.

CourseTitleHours
Diversity/international perspectives on gender, sexuality and women
GSWS/AFAM/SOCY 305African American Family in Social Context3
GSWS/AFAM/POLI 318Politics of Race, Class and Gender3
GSWS 339/HIST 330History of Women in Europe I3
GSWS 340/HIST 331History of Women in Europe II3
GSWS/ENGL 353Women Writers (when international writers)3
GSWS/ENGL 354Queer Literature: ____3
GSWS 366/INTL 368/POLI 366Women and Global Politics3
GSWS/RELS 371Women in Islam3
GSWS/INTL/RELS 372Global Women's Spirituality3
GSWS 380Lesbian and Bisexual Women3
GSWS/AFAM/HIST 390Forced and Coerced Labor in Africa and the Americas3
GSWS/FLET 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Foreign Literature in English Translation - when the topic is women Francophone writers)3
GSWS 450Black Feminist Thought3
Humanities perspectives on women on gender, sexuality and women
GSWS/ENGL 236Women in Literature3
GSWS 339/HIST 330History of Women in Europe I3
GSWS 340/HIST 331History of Women in Europe II3
GSWS/HIST 341History of Gender and Sexuality in America I3
GSWS/ENGL 352Feminist Literary Theory3
GSWS/ENGL 353Women Writers3
GSWS/ENGL 354Queer Literature: ____3
GSWS 355Queer Cinema3
GSWS 356Open Minds3
GSWS/RELS 371Women in Islam3
GSWS/INTL/RELS 372Global Women's Spirituality3
GSWS/RELS 373Gender and the Bible3
GSWS/AFAM/HIST 390Forced and Coerced Labor in Africa and the Americas3
GSWS 391/ENGL 410Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Medieval Studies: __________ - when the topic is women)3
GSWS 391/ENGL 411Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Early Modern Studies: ___________ - when the topic is women)3
GSWS 391/ENGL 412Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (18th-century Studies - when the topic is women)3
GSWS 391/ENGL 491Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Writing - when the topic is women)3
GSWS/FLET 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Foreign Literature in English Translation - when the topic women Francophone writers)3
GSWS/PHIL 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Philosophy - when the topic is women and science)3
GSWS 450Black Feminist Thought3
GSWS/ENGL/LING 452Language and Gender3
Social science perspectives on women on gender, sexuality and women
GSWS 301Feminist Theory3
GSWS/ANTH/SOCY 304Sociology of Families3
GSWS/AFAM/SOCY 305African American Family in Social Context3
GSWS/POLI 316Women and the Law3
GSWS/POLI/AFAM 318Politics of Race, Class and Gender3
GSWS/POLI 319Women and American Politics3
GSWS/SOCY 333Gender in Society3
GSWS/SOCY 334Sociology of Women3
GSWS/PSYC 335Psychology of Women3
GSWS/SOCY 336Violence Against Women3
GSWS/POLI 366/INTL 368Women and Global Politics3
GSWS 380Lesbian and Bisexual Women3
GSWS/CRJS 382Gender, Crime and Justice3
GSWS/POLI 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Political Science - when the topic is gender politics in popular culture)3
GSWS 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Political Science - when the topic is contemporary issues in feminist theory)3
GSWS/POLI 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Political Science - when the topic is women and health care policy)3
GSWS/POLI 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Political Science - when the topic is reproductive technologies, ethics and policies)3
GSWS 450Black Feminist Thought3
GSWS/AFAM 491Topics in Women's Studies (when the topic is anthropological and international perspectives on women and health)3
Health and science
GSWS/AFAM/ANTH/INTL 309Gender and Global Health3
GSWS/SOCY 333Gender in Society3
GSWS/PSYC 335Psychology of Women3
GSWS/SOCY 336Violence Against Women3
GSWS 391/ENVS 491Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Environmental Studies - when the topic is women, nature and the environment)3
GSWS/FLET 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Foreign Literature in Translation - when the topic is women and madness in Francophone literature)3
GSWS 391/MASC 491Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Mass Communications - when the topic is women and technology)3
GSWS/PHIL 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Philosophy - when the topic is women and science)3
GSWS/POLI 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Political Science - when the topic is women and health care policy)3
GSWS/POLI 391Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Topics in Political Science - when the topic is reproductive technologies, ethics and policies)3
GSWS 392Women's Health Care Across the Life Span3
GSWS 393Feminist Research and Methods3
GSWS 409LGBTQ Health and Wellness3
GSWS/AFAM 491Topics in Women's Studies (when the topic is anthropological and international perspectives on women and health)3
 
 

What follows is a sample plan that meets the prescribed requirements within a four-year course of study at VCU. Please contact your adviser before beginning course work toward a degree.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
STAT 208Statistical Thinking (or other approved quantitative literacy course)3
UNIV 101Introduction to the University1
UNIV 111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I [View Image]
Focused Inquiry I3
Approved H&S general education elective3-4
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior3-4
 Term Hours: 13-15
Spring semester
BIOL 101
Biological Concepts (fulfills H&S science and technology)
or Introduction to Biological Sciences I
3
GSWS 201Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (fulfills H&S diverse and global)3
HUMS 202Choices in a Consumer Society1
UNIV 112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II [View Image]
Focused Inquiry II3
Approved H&S literature and civilization3
Open elective (or BIOZ 101 or BIOZ 151 lab to accompany lecture above)1
 Term Hours: 14
Sophomore year
Fall semester
GSWS 301
Feminist Theory
or Feminist Literary Theory
3
UNIV 200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved H&S general education elective3-4
Foreign language (101-level)4
GSWS diversity/international perspectives on gender, sexuality and women (200- to 400-level)3
 Term Hours: 16-17
Spring semester
GSWS humanities perspectives on women on gender, sexuality and women (200- to 400-level)3
GSWS social science perspectives on women on gender, sexuality and women (200- to 400-level)3
Experiential fine arts1-3
Foreign language (102-level)4
Open elective (or approved H&S science and technology if not satisfied above)3
 Term Hours: 14-16
Junior year
Fall semester
GSWS health and science perspectives (300- to 400-level)3
GSWS elective3
Open electives9
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
GSWS elective (upper-level)3
Open electives15
 Term Hours: 18
Senior year
Fall semester
GSWS 401Topical Senior Seminar (capstone)3
Open electives12
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
GSWS elective (upper-level)3
Open electives12
 Term Hours: 15
 Total Hours: 120-125

The minimum total of credit hours required for this degree is 120.

 

GSWS 201. Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural introduction to the perspectives and core concerns pertaining to gender, sexuality and women's studies.

GSWS 202. Introduction to Trans Studies. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Introduces students to the field of transgender studies. Introduces students to trans identities, communities and politics and explores the historical and contemporary production of gender norms and the institutions and mechanisms that police those norms.

GSWS 205. Introduction to LGBT+ and Queer Studies. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Stresses intersectional approaches to LGBT+ and queer studies. Introduces students to a broad field of study across disciplines, cultures and historical periods.

GSWS 236. Women in Literature. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV 112 or both ENGL 295 and HONR 200. An introduction to literature by and/or about women. Crosslisted as: ENGL 236.

GSWS 291. Topics in Women's Studies. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated with different topics for a total of 6 credits. An in-depth examination of specialized areas of interest in women's studies. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

GSWS 301. Feminist Theory. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Pre- or corequisite: UNIV 200 or HONR 200. This course will introduce students to areas of generative struggle and critique within feminist theory. Will examine these conflicts not as moments of danger, but as constituting a key genealogy of feminism. Will be structured around important debates that constitute this genealogy of feminist theory, including: early woman of color critiques of the notion of “universal sisterhood,” debates over the “proper object” of feminist inquiry, post-structuralist approaches to theorizing the subject, queer theory’s shift toward a “subject-less critique” and transnational feminist praxis.

GSWS 302. Trans Theory and Activism. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: GSWS 202. Examines the production and policing of gender norms, both historically and in the contemporary moment. Offers students the opportunity to delve more deeply into the field of trans studies, reading key new works in the field and developing their own substantive research projects.

GSWS 304. Sociology of Families. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SOCY 101 or ANTH 103/INTL 103. The family in its social and cultural context. Analysis of child rearing, marriage, kinship, family crises and family change in various societies around the world. Crosslisted as: ANTH 304/SOCY 304.

GSWS 305. African American Family in Social Context. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SOCY 101. A socio-historical examination of the development of the family system of Americans from Africa. Focuses on large-scale (macro level) processes such as changes in the major mode of economic production and in political systems and the corresponding changes in black family structure and functioning. Presents the theoretical material on African-American families and social change that prepares students for further study of the family as a social institution and for the study of family policy. This course is designed to meet the needs of upper-division social science majors. Crosslisted as: AFAM 305/SOCY 305.

GSWS 309. Gender and Global Health. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Examines how health policies produce and regulate gendered bodies and sexualities. Topics may include how colonial medicine and health policies of detection, diagnosis, surveillance, quarantine and confinement were implemented as methods of social control. Analyzes continuities between colonial medicine and more contemporary interventions that in the name of individual and communal health attempt to shape proper sexualities and gendering. Crosslisted as: AFAM 309/ANTH 309/INTL 309.

GSWS 316. Women and the Law. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course will introduce students to the history, politics and status of women under the American legal system. Topics to be covered may include equal protection, sexual violence, the particular rights of women of color and lesbians, reproductive rights of women of color and lesbians, reproductive rights, women criminals and women in the legal profession. Crosslisted as: POLI 316.

GSWS 318. Politics of Race, Class and Gender. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A study of the racial, class and gender influences on the history and development of political values, conflicts, processes, structures and public policy in the United States. Crosslisted as: AFAM 318/POLI 318.

GSWS 319. Women and American Politics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course analyzes the participation of women in American politics. Attention is given to both women's historical and contemporary roles in politics, their participation as voters and citizens, and their behavior as candidates and office holders. Additional topics may include workplace, family and education issues and reproductive rights. Crosslisted as: POLI 319.

GSWS 333. Gender in Society. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SOCY 101 or permission of instructor. Explores different theoretical approaches to gender and its intersections with other sources of inequality, including sexuality, race, class and age. Possible topics include masculinities, gender and the body, and how gender operates in various institutional settings, such as the economy and the family. Crosslisted as: SOCY 333.

GSWS 334. Sociology of Women. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SOCY 101 or consent of instructor. This course will examine the position and status of women across societies and the social forces that maintain existing patterns and arrangements. The integration of family and work in women's lives will be emphasized. Crosslisted as: SOCY 334.

GSWS 335. Psychology of Women. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Overview of issues in psychology relevant to women. Topics include: research methods of women's issues; sex-role socialization; women and hormones; psychological androgyny; personality theory and counseling strategies for women; women and language; women and violence; and rape and abuse. Crosslisted as: PSYC 335.

GSWS 336. Violence Against Women. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SOCY 101 or GSWS 201. An examination of violence against women from a global and local perspective with a primary focus on violence perpetrated against women in the U.S. Requires a minimum of 20 hours of community service. Crosslisted as: SOCY 336.

GSWS 339. History of Women in Europe I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A survey of European women from antiquity to the Enlightenment. A major focus will be primary sources by and about women. Crosslisted as: HIST 330.

GSWS 340. History of Women in Europe II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A survey of European women from the French Revolution to the present. A major focus will be primary sources by and about women. Crosslisted as: HIST 331.

GSWS 341. History of Gender and Sexuality in America I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Analyzes historical changes in gender and sexuality from the first colonial settlements through the Civil War. Explores the changing relation of femininity and masculinity to families, economics, politics, religions, race and culture for the wide variety of peoples who inhabited, immigrated to or were forced to migrate to America and the subsequent United States. Crosslisted as: HIST 365.

GSWS 352. Feminist Literary Theory. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 211, 215, 236, 291 or 295. The study of contemporary feminist thought and feminist approaches to analyzing literature and culture. This course examines the history and development of feminist theory as a methodology in the humanities, explores several of the major theoretical trends of the past 30 years and examines applications of feminist theory to specific works of literature. Crosslisted as: ENGL 352.

GSWS 353. Women Writers. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated once when a different group of writers is studied. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 211, 215, 236, 291 or 295. A study of selected literature written by women and about women writers. Crosslisted as: ENGL 353.

GSWS 354. Queer Literature: ____. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, ENGL 202, ENGL 203, ENGL 204, ENGL 205, ENGL 206, ENGL 211, ENGL 215, ENGL 236, ENGL 250, ENGL 291, ENGL 295 or NEXT 240. A study of queer literature. Considers issues of history, theory, aesthetics, politics, authorship and/or interpretive communities and examines the intersection of social identities with particular attention to race/ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, class and/or nationality. Topics will vary by section. Crosslisted as: ENGL 354.

GSWS 355. Queer Cinema. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV 200 or HONR 200. Theoretical focus on cinematic works about and/or by those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Examines concepts of gender, sexuality and women’s studies through analysis of selected works in the medium of film as well as engages with theoretical texts in the field.

GSWS 356. Open Minds. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV 200 or HONR 200. Experiential seminar held at a local correctional institution that connects students to inmates as learning partners. Examines the history and development of American prisons in context, supplementing theoretical studies with the lived experiences of inmates.

GSWS 366. Women and Global Politics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A study of women and global politics, providing both a feminist re-examination of traditional international-relations theories and a comparative analysis of the political, legal and economic status of the world's women. The impact of women on global political institutions such as the United Nations will be addressed as well as other feminist and grass roots means of taking political action. Crosslisted as: POLI 366/INTL 368.

GSWS 371. Women in Islam. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV 200 or HONR 200, RELS 108, GSWS 201 or ENGL 215. Critical study of the roles and rights of women in Islam. Crosslisted as: RELS 371.

GSWS 372. Global Women's Spirituality. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Explores the spiritual writings of women in various cultures and religious traditions. Crosslisted as: RELS 372/INTL 372.

GSWS 373. Gender and the Bible. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: RELS 108 or GSWS 201 or RELS 301 or RELS 302; and ENGL 215 or UNIV 200 or HONR 200. Studies the Hebrew and Christian scriptures with emphasis on gender. Attention to traditional, feminist, womanist and postcolonial interpretation. Crosslisted as: RELS 373.

GSWS 380. Lesbian and Bisexual Women. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course examines the lives of contemporary lesbian and bisexual women from psychological, sociological, developmental, political and cultural perspectives. The intersection of race, class, ethnicity, religion, age, disability and locale with lesbian/bisexual identity will be explored.

GSWS 382. Gender, Crime and Justice. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CRJS 181 or permission of instructor. Examines the role of gender as it relates to crime and justice. Special attention will focus on the gendered experiences of practitioners, offenders and victims within the criminal justice system in terms of processing, adjudication and institutional responses. Crosslisted as: CRJS 382.

GSWS 390. Forced and Coerced Labor in Africa and the Americas. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Examines a broad range of forced and coerced labor in Africa and selected parts of the Americas, including the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, from around the 17th century to the 20th century. The role that gender and race played in slavery and coerced labor will be given particular attention. Crosslisted as: AFAM 390/HIST 380.

GSWS 391. Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 12 credits. An in-depth examination of specialized areas of interest in gender, sexuality and women's studies. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

GSWS 392. Women's Health Care Across the Life Span. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course is intended for upper-level undergraduate students. Introduces students to the health issues that affect women throughout the life span. The impact of physiological, psychological, cultural and political factors upon women's well-being will be addressed.

GSWS 393. Feminist Research and Methods. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Completion of STAT 210 (or equivalent) is strongly recommended. Explores the implications of feminist theorizing across disciplinary and cultural contexts for both methodology and epistemology. Examines how knowledge and power intersect, how gender theory and feminist politics influence research, how the knower influences knowledge production and how social location shapes inquiry.

GSWS 401. Topical Senior Seminar. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 21 credits in gender, sexuality and women's studies or permission of the instructor. Students are required to produce a senior research project on a topic related to the theme of the seminar.

GSWS 409. LGBTQ Health and Wellness. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: GSWS 201; and UNIV 200 or HONR 200. Examines LGBTQ health and wellness, broadly defined. Examines core health issues, such as physical and mental health disparities, health care access, wellness practices and policy/care systems dimensions. Focuses on multiplicative marginalization and how race, ethnicity, class, gender, rurality, poverty, immigration and adolescence, among other factors, impact core health issues.

GSWS 414. Psychology of Women's Health. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Overviews the psychological research on women's health. Topics include health behavior change, personality and individual differences, cognitive factors, disease-specific behaviors and interventions. Crosslisted as: PSYC 414.

GSWS 450. Black Feminist Thought. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV 200 or HONR 200. Theoretical focus on black feminist thought, spanning the first wave of feminism in the U.S. from the late-19th and early 20th century onward. Though primarily U.S.-focused, this course examines black feminist thought globally, as well as that of lesbians, transgendered or queer individuals, foregrounding topics such as race, gender, class, sexuality, activism, liberation, labor and social movements. Also examines the history and development of black feminist thought, considers it as a methodology in the humanities and social sciences, explores several of its major theoretical trends of the past 100 years and examines its applications to cultural phenomena and current events.

GSWS 451. Narratives of Asian American Sexualities. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Examines representations of gendered Asian American sexualities in literature (novels, short stories, an autobiographical novel, poetry and a play), as well as visual texts (graphic novels, films and video). Pays particular attention to how the texts participate in and challenge the constitution of Asian American subjectivities in the contexts of (neo)colonialism, neoliberal restructuring and the emergence of pan-Asian and feminist movements in the United States.

GSWS 452. Language and Gender. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV 200 or HONR 200. A study of relationships between gender and language focusing on such issues as differences between the ways women and men use language, relationships between language and power and ways in which language reflects and reinforces cultural attitudes toward gender. May not be used to satisfy the literature requirement of the College of Humanities and Sciences. Crosslisted as: ENGL 452/LING 452.

GSWS 453. Western Religions, Women and Social Justice. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: UNIV 200 or HONR 200; and RELS 108, GSWS 201 or WRLD 210. Explores the experience and portrayal of women in the three Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Study focuses on how these religions and their texts bear upon the social, economic, political and spiritual lives of women. Special attention is given to the impact of globalization and religious fundamentalism on women. Crosslisted as: INTL 453/RELS 453.

GSWS 457. Women, Art and Society. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A re-examination of a variety of issues concerning women, art and society: the position assigned women within the history of art as it relates to historical place and the aesthetic values of the canon, the gendering of style, patronage, audience, and gaze. Through a survey of images of and by women, as well as through an analysis of art historical and critical texts, this course addresses the question: "How are the processes of sexual differentiation played out across the representations of art and art history?" Crosslisted as: ARTH 357.

GSWS 491. Topics in Women's Studies. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated with different topics for a total of 12 credits. An in-depth examination of specialized areas of interest in women's studies. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

GSWS 492. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. Variable credit. Maximum of 4 credits per semester; maximum total of 4 credits in all independent study courses. Open generally to students of only junior and senior standing who have acquired at least 12 credits in women's studies courses. Determination of the amount of credit and permission of the instructor and coordinator must be obtained prior to registration for the course.

GSWS 493. Internship. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1, 2 or 3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: internship credit is limited to students with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and junior or senior status. Directed internship, local or abroad, or other approved study-abroad experience with the objective to provide real-life experience. Determination of the amount of credit (based on hours or effort required) and permission of departmental internship coordinator must be obtained prior to registration for the course. Graded pass/fail.