Women of Color Courses

This designation applies to our current Major and Minor programs as a requirement. 

WGSST 2340 | Latina Experience in the U.S.

This course explores how sexuality, gender, race, and class shape the individual and communal identities and struggles of Latinas. Through an engagement with literary and visual texts by and about Latinas, students will explore the shared and divergent experiences of Latinas in the U.S.

WGSST 2367.02 | U.S. Latina Writers: Text and Context

This course will enhance students’ critical and analytical reading and writing skills through an interdisciplinary analysis of literature by U.S. Latina women. The course centers on writing and analysis of Latina experiences with an emphasis on interdisciplinary relationships between literature and U.S. Latina socio-political history.  Students will explore Latina writers’ strategies for articulating Latina experience (through intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender), and on the role of literature as a metaphor for social reality and catalyst for social and political change.

WGSST 2367.04 | Black Women Writers: Text and Context

This course will enhance students’ critical and analytical reading and writing skills through an interdisciplinary analysis of literature written by African American women. The interdisciplinary content of this course – a combination of literary, social, political and cultural readings – will enable the student to read, discuss, and write about how African American female authors have historically depicted and interpreted their own socio-political and cultural status in the USA.

WGSST 2702(H) | Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

This course is a comprehensive overview of the emergence and development of fiction written by Arab women through translated works. Students will examine the differences and similarities between Western and Arab feminist theories as reflected in 19th and 20th century literature by Arab women. This course is taught in English language. Cross-listed in Arabic.

WGSST 2750(H) | Natives and Newcomers:  U.S. Immigration and Migration

General survey of (im)migration history in the U.S. from pre-colonial times to the present.  Topics include cultural contact, economic relations, citizenship, politics, family and sexuality  .   Cross-listed in History.    

WGSST 3300.01S | Feminist Perspectives of Incarceration in the US

This course explains the growth in the US prison system and its punitive shift from feminist, anti-racist, and queer perspectives. Students will learn about the historical and ongoing disproportionate incarceration of the poor, people of color, and gender non-conforming people. This service-learning course is an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program class to be offered in Spring semesters. Enrollment requires permission of the instructor.

WGSST 3505 | Feminist Perspectives on Globalization

This course examines the diverse ways that women's agency and gender resistance take shape in different social, economic, cultural, and political contexts.  Students will examine feminist perspectives on globalization including themes of neocolonialism and neoliberalism, factory labor and women’s organizing, reproductive health and population control, and women’s agency and writing.

WGSST 4189.01s | Reproductive Rights and Justice

Why is reproduction such a controversial issue, both in the US and in many parts of the world?  What do we mean by reproductive rights, and what is the relationship between rights and reproductive justice?  How do reproductive technologies—such as surrogacy, IVF, new contraceptives—shape reproductive politics? What is the relationship between reproductive rights, justice, and feminism? This course takes an interdisciplinary feminist approach to investigating the history and contemporary politics of reproduction beyond a “pro-life” vs. “pro-choice” dichotomy. It focuses on both US and global contexts and links the academic investigation to service learning in the Columbus community. Students will work with organizations who seek to further the goals of reproductive justice in policy, activist, legal, and healthcare contexts. Throughout, students will probe the connections between academic coursework and feminist practice, and to link theoretical study to their work in local communities. Prereq: WGSST 1110. Due to limited space, enrollment requires instructor permission.

WGSST 4375 | Women and Visual Culture 

This course explores the relationship between women and visual culture, putting particular emphasis on the fine arts, film, the music industry, mass media, and gaming culture. Students will examine the construction of women as visual objects and how visual representations are implicated in the construction of gendered, racial and colonial hierarchies. 

WGSST 4401 | Asian American Women: Race, Sex and Representations

This course examines the experiences and cultural representations of Asian American women to explore  intersections of gender, race, class, and nationality in U.S. and Asian societies.

WGSST 4402 | Black Women: Representations, Politics and Power

This course examines the ways in which black womanhood is constructed and represented across cultural, social and political contexts in the U.S- and how black women make meaning of their lives.

WGSST 4404 | Regulating Bodies: Global Sexual Economies

The course explores the regulation of women’s bodies and sexual practices in national and international contexts, including state regulation of reproduction, population control and migration of sexualized labor.

WGSST 4405 | Race and Sexuality

Placing the concept of ‘race’ in the historical frameworks of colonialism, slavery and 19th century science, this course draws on feminist and anti-racist theorists, literature and film to investigate how race and sexuality intersect in all our lives.

WGSST 4520 | Women of Color and Social Activism

This course focuses on contemporary writing by women of color on citizenship, leadership, political activism, and democratic politics. We will consider the political roles of women of color in local, national and international contexts.

WGSST 4540 | Women of Color: Art Literature and Culture

This course is an interdisciplinary study of selected historical and cultural movements by women of color. Topics vary by genre and era.

WGSST 4560 | Chicana Feminisms

This course explores diverse Chicana feminist theory from the early 1970’s as applied in the realms of cultural production (literature, art, film) spirituality, sexuality, among others.

WGSST 4576 | Women & Visual Culture in Latin America

This interdisciplinary course offers students an introduction to Latin American women visual artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Focusing primarily on the mediums of photography, film, painting, and performance, students will examine visual texts produced by specific women artists in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Panama, and other countries of Latin America for how they depict and analyze the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, disability, race and ethnicity within the contexts of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization.

WGSST 4921 | Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality

This course examines intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in various sites within American culture (e.g., legal system, civil rights discourse, and social justice movements.) Cross-listed in Comparative Studies and African American and African Studies.

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