Gender Studies Courses

Explore topics in gender studies

The following course list includes all options for this minor. The typical offerings listed for each course are estimates and subject to change. Work with your advisor when scheduling your classes each semester.

  • ART 378 Women and Art

    Prerequisite: ART 271 or ART 272.

    The course examines women's roles and contributions in the history of art and culture. May be counted toward the Gender Studies minor.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 307 Gender and Communication

    This course examines theory and research on gender and communication. Its purpose is to help students explore how gender and communication are interrelated, how these concepts intertwine with other aspects of our identities, and how these factors play out in their own lives.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • CRM 410 Women in Criminal Justice

    Prerequisite: CRM 210 or permission of instructor.

    Using theoretical guidance, students will explore the way that women's roles in the justice system - as offenders, victims, citizens, and workers - reflect their position in the wider society. Students will develop an understanding of theories explaining female offending and how the criminal justice system responds to illegal acts committed by women and girls as well as women's victimization and the criminal justice system response to their victimization. Students will examine the experiences of women working within the criminal justice system.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • ECO 315 The Economics of Gender

    Prerequisite: ECO 165.

    This course teaches students to analyze the economic decisions made by both males and females in two main areas: the labor market and the household. Specific areas of inquiry include the following: the family as an economic unit, gender differences in labor force participation, occupational gender segregation, explanations for gender earnings differentials and efforts to reduce such differentials, gender earnings discrimination, and international gender issues. Identical with GST 315. Cannot receive credit for both ECO 315 and GST 315.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ENG 282 Literature by Women

    General Education Course (Focus on Humanities).

    Students will read literature by women from various cultures, continents, and historical periods. Course explores how female experience is shaped by cultural contexts as well as how women authors have used writing to change societies' ideas about women and men. Emphasis is on basic elements of literary study and of feminist analysis. Coursework includes discussion, exams, and short papers. Appropriate for students in all majors.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringLITR 106 - Women's Literature.
  • ENG 580 Gender Issues in Language and Literature

    Prerequisite: ENG 110 and 60 hours.

    Consideration of gender issues from the standpoint of literary history, genre, composition/rhetoric, linguistics, or feminist theory. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours if topic is different. May be taught concurrently with ENG 682. Cannot receive credit for both ENG 682 and ENG 580.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • FCS 300 Special Topics in Family and Consumer Sciences

    Selected topics of contemporary interest in Family and Consumer Sciences, offered when resources and demand allow. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours when topics change. Variable Content Course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • GST 170 Sex, Gender, and Self

    An introduction to Gender Studies that explores the influence that ideas about sex, gender, and gender roles have on women and men, both as individuals and as social beings. Using new research on gender in many disciplines, it examines representations of male and female experiences, and historical and social constructions of women's and men's roles.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • GST 315 The Economics of Gender

    Prerequisite: ECO 165.

    This course teaches students to analyze the economic decisions made by both males and females in two main areas: the labor market and the household. Specific areas of inquiry include the following: the family as an economic unit, gender differences in labor force participation, occupational gender segregation, explanations for gender earnings differentials and efforts to reduce such differentials, gender earnings discrimination, and international gender issues. Identical with ECO 315. Cannot receive credit for both GST 315 and ECO 315.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • GST 400 Gender in Global Community

    Prerequisite: SOC 150 or GST 170.

    This course will explore the effects of an integrated global community on gender; how global trends are gender-based in terms of labor market participation, resource allocation, family regulations, health care, crime, war and regional politics. Students will discuss how events and policies in one part of the globe affect gender relations in another region. May be taught concurrently with SOC 600. Cannot receive credit for both GST 400 and SOC 600.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • HST 323 Women in Africa

    Recommended Prerequisite: HST 103 or 104. This course will introduce students to women's participation in Africa's history and contemporary issues. The readings cover a broad geographical range of North, West, Central and Southern Africa. The course will include five topics: Women and the Family; Women, Politics, and Economics; Religious Women; Women in Colonial Rebellion; and Women and National Revolutions.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • HST 324 Women in American History

    A survey of the role of American women from the colonial era to the present. Topics include women's historical roles in work, family, politics, sexuality and culture.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • KIN 402 Women In Sport

    Prerequisite: 60 hours.

    A survey of the role of women in sport and how they have developed to present status. Topics to be covered include women in the history of sport: athletic injury specific to women, care and prevention: physiology of the woman athlete and sport psychology for the woman athlete.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • KIN 405 Gender and Sport

    An examination of sport as a major institutional locus for the historical and contemporary construction of gender relations.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    110Upon demand
  • NUR 327 Issues in Women's Health

    Issues concerning women's health. Content is appropriate for non-nursing majors. Variable course content. Cannot be used to meet the nursing elective requirement.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    110Upon demand
  • PHI 319 Feminist Philosophy

    This course examines the major strands of feminist philosophy. It focuses in particular on how issues of gender affect ethical theories and theories of knowledge.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PLS 319 Women in Politics

    Prerequisite: PLS 101.

    A survey of various aspects of the role of women in politics. The course will include an examination of the place of women in political history, women as political leaders, the ways in which women impact government, and public policies relating to women and families.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (even-numbered years)
  • PLS 517 Constitutional Law II: Liberties and Rights

    Prerequisite: PLS 101.

    Recommended Prerequisite: 50 hours. This course examines the civil liberties and civil rights of individuals, including: religious liberty, freedom of speech, the right to privacy, protections against discrimination based on race, gender, and sexual-orientation, and voting and representation rights. A careful study of U.S. Supreme Court decisions is emphasized, with particular focus on the political, moral, and social impact these decisions have had on life in America.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 307 Human Sexuality

    Prerequisite: PSY 121.

    A balanced and comprehensive perspective of the field of human sexuality. Content includes the psychological, physiological, and interpersonal variables of human sexuality.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • REL 370 Women and Religion

    Exploration of women's roles in Christianity and other religions. Alienation from places of power has had profound implications for the personal, social, political, economic, and religious aspects of women's existence. Course will examine patterns of religious domination of women and explore possibilities for transformation.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • SOC 326 Feminist Theories of Social Order

    Prerequisite: SOC 150 or GST 170.

    This course offers an introductory survey of feminist theories within a sociological framework. Students will read and discuss significant classical and contemporary feminist writings on how social life is organized, maintained or changed. The feminist literature has led to the emergence of diverse theoretical frameworks analyzing historical and contemporary, macro and micro, public and private, local and global issues and concerns. The feminist paradigm, like many other paradigms, is inclusive of many disciplines. The sociological writings within this paradigm provide a wealth of materials on alternative views of social organization, order and conflict. Identical with GST 326. Cannot receive credit for both SOC 326 and GST 326.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SOC 337 Sociology of Gender

    This course focuses on gender differences, patterns, and inequalities. It analyzes the social construction of gender, femininities and masculinities, gender socialization, and how gender intersects with race, class, and sexuality. Specific attention is paid to the significance of gender in interaction, culture, and social institutions, including work, politics, media, and the family.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand