Major Concentrations Areas

Race, Sexualities and Social Justice

This concentration area provides students with intellectual tools to understand the social, cultural, and political significance of race and sexuality, and their intersections with other dimensions of difference and identity such as class, dis/ability, nationality, age, and religion, in the U.S. and around the world. Courses reflect a variety of interdisciplinary frameworks, theoretical perspectives, and empirical methods related to the study of social identities, patterns of inequality, and political activisms linked to social justice.    

Narrative, Culture and Representation

This concentration offers rich opportunities for students to partake in discussions of race, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, religion, and dis/ability through engaging cultural texts and production from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The arts, literature, mass and digital media are sites of inquiry, allowing students to comprehensively understand how and why representation matters and affects lived experiences of individuals and communities.

Global and Transnational Feminisms

This area is dedicated to the study of feminist thinking and activism around the world.  The concept of global feminism invites students to think about how feminism is expressed and invested in nationally or geographically specific locations.  The concept of transnational refers to the multiple and complex ways that gender, race and sexuality are embedded in and produced by institutions, economies, and global ideas.  

Power, Institutions and Economies

This concentration examines how workplaces, schools, the government, police, prison, marriage, and the home are all institutional places that shape experience, proscribe behavior, or exclude non-normative bodies and people.  Classes in this concentration examine how they affect women worldwide and how are they changing with globalization.  Students study how feminists affect institutional policy and bureaucracies in search of more just futures.


 

Race, Sexualities and Social Justice

  • WGSST 2230 Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Popular Culture
  • WGSST 2282 Introduction to Queer Studies
  • WGSST 2306 Girlhood
  • WGSST 2325 Issues in Women’s Health
  • WGSST 2326 Women and Addiction: A Feminist Perspective
  • WGSST 2340 Latina Experience in the U.S.
  • WGSST 2367.02 U.S. Latina Writers:  Text and Context
  • WGSST 2367.03 U.S. Lesbian Writers:  Text and Context
  • WGSST 2367.04 Black Women Writers:  Text and Context
  • WGSST 2750/H Natives and Newcomers: US (Im)migration and Migration
  • WGSST 3370 Sexualities and Citizenship
  • WGSST 3389 Peer Power: Theory and Practice of Peer Outreach in WGSS
  • WGSST 4189.01s Reproductive Rights and Justice Service Learning Course
  • WGSST 4401 Asian American Women: Race, Sex, and Representations
  • WGSST 4402 Black Women:  Representations, Politics, and Power
  • WGSST 4405 Race and Sexuality
  • WGSST 4520 Women of Color and Social Activism
  • WGSST 4540 Women of Color: Art, Literature and Culture
  • WGSST 4560 Chicana Feminism
  • WGSST 4845 Gender, Sexuality and Science
  • WGSST 4921 Intersections:  Approaches to Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality
  • WGSST 5623 African Women:  History and Socioeconomic Change

Approved related courses (no more than 6 total credit hours may count toward major):

  • AFAMAST 3230 Black Women: Culture and Politics
  • AFAMAST 4535 Topics in Black Masculinity
  • ARTEDUC 4763 African American Women Artists from Slavery to Present
  • ARTEDUC 5835 Visual Representations of LGBT Subjects
  • CLAS 3215 Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World
  • COMPSTD 2214 Introduction to Sexuality Studies
  • COMPSTD 2343 Slavery, Gender and Race in the Atlantic World
  • COMPSTD 367.02 U.S. Latino Identity
  • COMPSTD 4845 Gender, Sexuality and Science
  • COMPSTD 4875 Gender, Sexuality and Religion
  • COMPSTD 4921 Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender and Sexuality
  • KNSISM 5610 Women’s Sport History
  • ESCFE 4215 Sexualities and Education
  • ENGLISH 2282 Introduction to Queer Studies
  • HISTORY 2115 Women and Gender in Latin America
  • HISTORY 2620 Women Changing the World: Histories of Activism and Struggle
  • HISTORY 2630 History of Modern Sexualities
  • HISTORY 2750H Natives and Newcomers: U.S. (Im)migration and Migration
  • HISTORY 3086 Black Women in Slavery and Freedom
  • HISTORY 3612 Asian American Women: Race, Sex and Representations
  • HISTORY 3630 Same Sex Sexuality in a Global Context
  • PSYCH 2333 Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • PSYCH 4555 Adolescent Sexuality
  • SOCWRK 5006 Sexuality, Diversity and Social Work
  • SSOCWRK 5016 Affirmative Social Work Practice with LGBTQ Individuals, Couples and Families

Narrative, Culture and Representation

  • WGSST 2215 Reading Women Writers
  • WGSST 2230 Gender, Sexuality, and Race In Popular Culture
  • WGSST 2282 Introduction to Queer Studies
  • WGSST 2306 Girlhood
  • WGSST 2367.01 U.S. Women Writers:  Text and Context
  • WGSST 2367.02 U.S. Latina Writers:  Text and Context
  • WGSST 2367.03 U.S. Lesbian Writers:  Text and Context
  • WGSST 2367.04 Black Women Writers:  Text and Context
  • WGSST 2702/2702H Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • WGSST 3306 Gender, Media and New Technologies
  • WGSST 3317 Hollywood, Women and Film
  • WGSST 4375 Women and Visual Culture
  • WGSST 4401 Asian American Women: Race, Sex, and Representations
  • WGSST 4402 Black Women:  Representations, Politics, and Power
  • WGSST 4527 Studies in Gender and Cinema
  • WGSST 4540 Women of Color: Art, Literature and Culture
  • WGSST 4576 Women and Visual Culture in Latin America
  • WGSST 5450 - Global Human Trafficking: Realities and Representations
  • WGSST 5657 Gender and National Identity in Russian Cinema

Approved related courses (no more than 6 total credit hours may count toward major)

  • ANTHRO 4597.02 Women, Culture and Development
  • ARABIC 3372H Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • ARTEDUC 4763 African American Women Artists from Slavery to Present
  • ARTEDUC 5835 Visual Representations of LGBT Subjects
  • COMPSTD 3604/H Women in East Asian and Asian American Literature
  • EALL 5475 Women Writers, Culture and Society in East Asia
  • ENGLISH 2282 Introduction to Queer Studies
  • HEBREW 2704 Women in the Bible and Beyond
  • HISTORY 3612 Asian American Women: Race, Sex and Representations
  • HDFS 5440 Human Sexuality in Context
  • LING 2367.01/H Language, Sex and Gender in American Culture
  • PHILOS 3420 Philosophical Perspectives on Issues of Gender
  • SLAVIC 4560H Cinderella’s Fantasy: Gender and Women in Eastern and Western Europe
  • SOCIOL 4608 Gender, Race and Class in Mass Communication
  • SOCIOL 4635 Men and Women in Society

Global and Transnational Feminisms

  • WGSST 2305 Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
  • WGSST 2340 Latina Experience in the U.S.
  • WGSST 2350 Feminist Perspectives on Women and Violence
  • WGSST 2702/H Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • WGSST 2750H Natives and Newcomers:  U.S. (Im)migration and Migration
  • WGSST 3302 Engendering Peace and Conflict
  • WGSST 3505 Feminist Perspectives on Globalization
  • WGSST 3530 Women, Environment and Development
  • WGSST 4189.01s Reproductive Rights and Justice Service Learning Course
  • WGSST 4404 Regulating Bodies: Global Sexual Economies
  • WGSST 4524 Women and Work
  • WGSST 4576 Women and Visual Culture in Latin American
  • WGSST 4597 Gender and Democracy in the Contemporary World
  • WGSST 5450 - Global Human Trafficking: Realities and Representations
  • WGSST 5623 African Women:  History and Socioeconomic Change
  • WGSST 5624 Women and Social Change in Latin America
  • WGSST 5657 Gender and National Identity in Russian Cinema

Approved related courses (no more than 6 total credit hours may count toward major)

  • ANTHRO 4597.02 Women, Culture and Society
  • ANTHRO 5602 Medical Anthropology: Global Perspectives on Women’s Health
  • ARABIC 3372 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • CLASSICS 3215 Sex and Gender in the Ancient World
  • COMPSTD 2343 Slavery, Gender, and Race in the Atlantic World
  • COMPSTD 3604/H Women in East Asian and Asian American Literature
  • EALL 5475 Women Writers, Culture and Society in East Asia
  • HEBREW 2704 Women in the Bible and Beyond
  • HISTORY 2115 Women and Gender in Latin America
  • HISTORY 2750H Natives and Newcomers: U.S. (Im)migration and Migration
  • HISTORY 3630 Same Sex Sexuality in a Global Context
  • HISTORY 3640 Medieval Women: Power, Piety and Production
  • HISTORY 3411 Gender and Sexuality in China
  • HISTORY 3641 Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe: 1450-1750
  • HISTORY 3642 Women and Gender in Modern Europe: From the 18th Century to Present
  • NELC 3205 Women in the Muslim Middle East
  • RURLSOC 5570 Women in Rural Society   
  • SLAVIC 4560H Cinderella’s Fantasy: Gender and Women in West and East Europe
  • SOCWRK 5010 Women and Aging: International Perspective

Power, Institutions and Economies 

  • WGSST 2305 Gender and Sexuality in a Global Perspective
  • WGSST 2325 Issues in Women’s Health
  • WGSST 2326 Women and Addiction:  A Feminist Perspective
  • WGSST 2350 Feminist Perspectives on Women and Violence
  • WGSST 3302 Engendering Peace and Conflict
  • WGSST 3370 Sexualities and Citizenship
  • WGSST 3385 Women in Political Leadership Internship
  • WGSST 3389 Peer Power: Theory and Practice of Peer Outreach in WGSS
  • WGSST 3505 Feminist Perspectives on Globalization
  • WGSST 3530 Women, Environment and Development
  • WGSST 4189.01s Reproductive Rights and Justice Service Learning Course
  • WGSST 4404 Regulating Bodies: Global Sexual Economies
  • WGSST 4510/H American Women’s Movements
  • WGSST 4513 Women, Government, and Public Policy
  • WGSST 4520 Women of Color and Social Activism
  • WGSST 4524 Women and Work
  • WGSST 4560 Chicana Feminisms
  • WGSST 4597 Gender and Democracy in the Contemporary World
  • WGSST 4845 Gender, Sexuality and Science
  • WGSST 4921 Intersections: Approaches to Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality
  • WGSST 5450 - Global Human Trafficking: Realities and Representations
  • WGSST 5624 Women and Social Change in Latin America

Approved related courses (no more than 6 total credit hours may count toward major)

  • AFAMAST 3230 Black Women: Culture and Politics
  • ANTHRO 4597.02  Women, Culture and Development
  • ANTHRO 5602 Medical Anthropology: Global Perpspectives on Women’s Health
  • COMPSTD 4845 Gender, Sexuality and Science
  • COMPSTD 4875 Gender, Sexuality and Religion
  • COMPSTD 4921 Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality
  • KNSISM 5610 Women’s Sport History
  • ESCFE 4214 Gender and Education
  • ESCFE 4215 Sexualities and Education
  • ENR 3530 Women, Environment and Development
  • HISTORY 2610/2610H Introduction to Women and Gender in the U.S.
  • HISTORY 2620 Women Changing the World: Histories of Activism and Struggle
  • HISTORY 3086 Black Women in Slavery and Freedom
  • HISTORY 3640 Medieval Women: Power, Piety and Production
  • HISTORY 3650 Families in Historical Perspective
  • PHILOS 3420 Philosophical Perspectives on Issues of Gender
  • POLISC 4138 Women and the Law
  • POLISC 4170 Gender and Politics
  • PSYCH 2333 Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • PSYCH 4543 Psychology of Gender
  • SOCIOL 3435 Sociology of Gender
  • SOCIOL 4510 Gender, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
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