Women and Gender Studies

Course Descriptions

1200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the discipline of women and gender studies, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of debates that inform the field.  Topics may include: ideologies of femininity and masculinity; gender and psychology, language, sexuality, inequities; women and gender in the context of history, culture, literature, politics, economics; women, gender and intersecting identities, including ethnicity, class, race, disability, workforce and parenting.


2320 Writing by Women I [ENGL 2320]
3 credit hours


2333 Women and Religion Today [RELS 2333]
3 credit hours


2385 Philosophical Issues in Feminism [PHIL 2385]
3 credit hours


2800 – 2825  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least three (3) credit hours in WMST.

These are combined lecture-seminar courses on a selected topic in Women and Gender Studies. Course content will vary from year to year. These courses allow students to take advantage of offerings in other departments relevant to a Women and Gender Studies degree.


2826 - 2849 Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least three (3) credit hours in WMST.

These are combined lecture-seminar courses on a selected topic in Women and Gender Studies. Course content will vary from year to year. These courses allow students to take advantage of offerings in other departments relevant to a Women and Gender Studies degree.


3303 Sex, Gender and Society [ANTH 3303]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ANTH 1202, 1290, or 3 credit hours in a social science.


3305 Women in Christianity [RELS 2305]
3 credit hours

This course calls attention to the unconventional attitude of Jesus toward women; it studies the prominence of women in the New Testament, in contrast to early restrictions of their leadership roles. Did Christianity conform, from the beginning, to patriarchal society, betraying its own insight that in Christ “there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). Has Christian tradition legitimated male dominance? What can the cause of women’s equality hope for from Christianity?


3348 Gender Roles [PSYC 3348]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: one of PSYC 1200, 1240, 1250, and 1260


3349 Women and the Economy [ECON 3349]
3 credit hours


3352 Women and Family in Ancient Greece [CLAS 3352]
3 credit hours


3387 Women and Development [SOCI 3387]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1211


4220 Power, Equity and Global Issues [CRIM/SOCI 4220]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CRIM/SOCI 3010, 3100, 3102 and SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011


4404 - 4405 Contemporary Issues of Feminism
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least twelve (12) credit hours in WMST or permission of instructor.

These courses provide an opportunity for students to study in considerable depth and detail selected contemporary issues of feminism both within and outside of academia. For example, a course might focus on inequality of women in the labour force, the role of unpaid work, violence and its use against women, the colonization of knowledge within academia, or on technology including the impact of new reproductive technologies and their control of women.


4406 Contemporary Issues of Feminism
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least twelve (12) credit hours in WMST or permission of instructor.

These courses provide an opportunity for students to study in considerable depth and detail selected contemporary issues of feminism both within and outside of academia. For example, a course might focus on inequality of women in the labour force, the role of unpaid work, violence and its use against women, the colonization of knowledge within academia, or on technology including the impact of new reproductive technologies and their control of women.


4417 Feminist Literary Theory [ENGL 4417]
3 credit hours


4420 Feminist Traditions in Scholarship
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least seventy-eight (78) credit hours or permission of instructor. 

Students will study the emergence of feminist theoretical perspectives, methodologies and analytical approaches in several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.


4421 Seminar on Women and Gender Studies
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in WMST courses.

Students will develop their analytic skills and apply feminist methodologies and analysis in carrying out their proposed research.


4422 Women, Gender and Development: Theory and Method [SOCI 4422]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CRIM/SOCI 3010, 3100, 3102 and SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011


4423 Gender and Development: Policy and Practice [SOCI 4423]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CRIM/SOCI 3010, 3100, 3102 and SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011


4427 Language, Gender and Power [ENGL 4427/LING 3427]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  at least nine (9) credit hours at the 300-level or above.


4432 Gender and Law [SOCI/CRIM 4432]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CRIM/SOCI 3010, 3100, 3102 and SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011


4433 Women’s Literature in France [FREN 4433]
3 credit hours


4449 Public Policy Challenges: Gender, Race and Class [POLI 4449]
3 credit hours


4451 Gender and International Relations [POLI 4451]
3 credit hours

This course explores theoretical and empirical issues raised by a “gender-based analysis” of international relations.


4514 - 4515 Advanced Directed Readings in Women and Gender Studies
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.


4516 Advanced Directed Readings in Women and Gender Studies
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.


4585 Feminist Philosophy [PHIL 4585]
3 credit hours


4850 – 4875 Directed Readings In Women and Gender Studies
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in WMST courses.

These courses offer students an opportunity to pursue advanced readings and research in a particular area of Women and Gender Studies. The students and professors will design the programs of study together.


4876 - 4899 Directed Readings In Women and Gender Studies
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in WMST courses.

These courses offer students an opportunity to pursue advanced readings and research in a particular area of Women and Gender Studies. The students and professors will design the programs of study together.