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Top WGSS 199 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-3) 
Special topics of contemporary relevance to research of women and gender role issues. For students who seek an elementary introduction to a specific realm of women, gender, and sexuality studies. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits.

Top WGSS 223 WOMEN: SELF AND SOCIETY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Multidisciplinary introduction to women, gender, and sexuality studies. Focuses on the lives and status of women in society and explores ways institutions such as family, work, media, law and religion affect different groups of women. Explores issues of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, size and ability. (SS) (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 223H WOMEN: SELF AND SOCIETY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Multidisciplinary introduction to women, gender, and sexuality studies. Focuses on the lives and status of women in society and explores ways institutions such as family, work, media, law and religion affect different groups of women. Explores issues of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, size and ability. (SS) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 224 WOMEN: PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines the way the questioning of traditional gender roles and their accompanying power structures can lead to change in women's personal and public lives. Explores women's heritage and contributions and focuses on issues of self-growth and social movements for change. (SS) (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 230 WOMEN IN THE MOVIES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines ways women are depicted in the movies and how those depictions are created by and create larger social constructions of women. Special attention is given to the intersections of race, class, sexual identity, and age with gender. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 230H WOMEN IN THE MOVIES (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines ways women are depicted in the movies and how those depictions are created by and create larger social constructions of women. Special attention is given to the intersections of race, class, sexual identity, and age with gender. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 235 WOMEN IN WORLD CINEMA (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores constructions and practices of gender in a transnational, multi-religious, and global framework by examining a wide variety of films about women around the world. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 235H WOMEN IN WORLD CINEMA (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores constructions and practices of gender in a transnational, multi-religious, and global framework by examining a wide variety of films about women around the world. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 240 GENDER AND SPORT (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Focuses on sport as a gendered institution. Drawing from cultural, psychosocial, and political perspectives, the course examines intersections of gender with age, sexual orientation, social class, gender identity, race and ethnicity and politics. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 262 INTRODUCTION TO QUEER STUDIES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Centering itself on activism and scholarship, this course examines homophobia's and transphobia's relationship with racism, colonialism, sexism, ableism, classism and other forms of oppression. Introduces key concepts, histories, and political frameworks within Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer political movements. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as QS 262.

Top WGSS 262H INTRODUCTION TO QUEER STUDIES (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Centering itself on activism and scholarship, this course examines homophobia's and transphobia's relationship with racism, colonialism, sexism, ableism, classism and other forms of oppression. Introduces key concepts, histories, and political frameworks within Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer political movements. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as QS 262H. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 270 VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Addresses issues of domestic violence, rape, dating violence, as well as contemporary social debates about pornography and the media's impact on increasing violence against women. (SS)

Top WGSS 280 WOMEN WORLDWIDE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Focuses on women's experiences throughout the world and examines women's issues and status cross-culturally. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 280H WOMEN WORLDWIDE (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Focuses on women's experiences throughout the world and examines women's issues and status cross-culturally. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 295 FEMINISM AND THE BIBLE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines feminist interpretations of the Bible and pays special attention to intersections of race, social class, sexual identity, and nation in biblical interpretation. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as ENG 295, PHL 295.

Top WGSS 295H FEMINISM AND THE BIBLE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines feminist interpretations of the Bible and pays special attention to intersections of race, social class, sexual identity, and nation in biblical interpretation. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as ENG 295, ENG 295H, PHL 295, PHL 295H. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 299 TOPICS IN WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES (1-6) 
Current topics related to women, gender and sexuality. Description and analysis of different realms of knowledge about gender issues. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top WGSS 320 GENDER AND TECHNOLOGY (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores women's contributions and focuses in technology fields. Analyzes gendered nature of technology. Theory and practice of technologies. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 321 QUEER POP CULTURE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines the concept of Queer popular culture through film, music, TV, image, and other mediums. Seeks to disrupt dominant discourses around gender and sexuality by centralizing women of color feminisms and queer of color critiques to analyze popular representations of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, and other social locations. CROSSLISTED as QS 321. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 325 DISNEY: GENDER, RACE, EMPIRE (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation in the animated films of Walt Disney; introduces concepts in film theory and criticism, and develops analyses of the politics of representation. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 325H DISNEY: GENDER, RACE, EMPIRE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation in the animated films of Walt Disney; introduces concepts in film theory and criticism, and develops analyses of the politics of representation. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 340 GENDER AND SCIENCE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Analyzes the relationship between society and science by explaining technology and science as gendered practices and bodies of knowledge. Focuses on the ways the making of women and men affect the making of science and explores the roles of women in scientific pursuits. (SS) (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 340H GENDER AND SCIENCE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Analyzes the relationship between society and science by explaining technology and science as gendered practices and bodies of knowledge. Focuses on the ways the making of women and men affect the making of science and explores the roles of women in scientific pursuits. (SS) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 350 POLITICS OF MOTHERHOOD IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduces students to the politics of motherhood in global contexts, focusing on politics of transnational adoption; motherhood, surrogacy, and biotechnologies; effects of globalization on mothering across borders; mothering in the global welfare state; movements for reproductive justice; and transnational representations of motherhood. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 360 MEN AND MASCULINITIES IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Students will become familiar with central topics in global masculinity studies, analyze texts in diverse media, develop original arguments, and engage with issues of masculinity and representation through written and creative work. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 360H MEN AND MASCULINITIES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Students will become familiar with central topics in global masculinity studies, analyze texts in diverse media, develop original arguments, and engage with issues of masculinity and representation through written and creative work. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 361 (RE)FRAMING RACE THROUGH FILM PRODUCTION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
A critical engagement of ways race and ethnicity are treated in nonfiction short film as students produce their own short film as a means of challenging dominant racial representations and narratives. Requires a basic understanding of ways that notions about race and ethnicity combine with ideologies about gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc. to perpetuate unjust systems and institutions. Prior filmmaking experience is welcome but not required. CROSSLISTED as ES 361, QS 361, WLC 361.

Top WGSS 364 TRANSGENDER POLITICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Addresses transgender politics--including transsexual, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming issues--through feminist and intersectional approaches by analyzing transgender theories, arts, and activism. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as QS 364. PREREQS: Sophomore standing.

Top WGSS 364H TRANSGENDER POLITICS (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Addresses transgender politics--including transsexual, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming issues--through feminist and intersectional approaches by analyzing transgender theories, arts, and activism. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as QS 364H. PREREQS: Sophomore standing. Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 373 APPROACHES TO SOCIAL JUSTICE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Students study various ways of thinking about social justice and evaluate these in case studies and current events. As a basis for the Social Justice minor, students write a research paper on the theoretical and practical aspects of a social justice issue. CROSSLISTED as ANTH 373, ES 373, WLC 373.

Top WGSS 375 ARTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores concepts of structural inequality, difference, power, and discrimination through a critical survey of arts activism. Students will think critically about artwork and artists which address a number of social issues in the United States, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, immigration, and indigeneity. CROSSLISTED as ES 375, QS 375.

Top WGSS 380 MUSLIM WOMEN (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines the lives and experiences of Muslim women in Islamic communities around the world from a variety of perspectives in order to highlight issues significant for contemporary Muslim women: family, education, work, politics, health, marriage, divorce, war, and violence. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 399 TOPICS IN WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES (1-6) 
Current topics in women, gender, and sexuality. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top WGSS 399H TOPICS IN WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES (1-6) 
Current topics in women, gender, and sexuality. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 402 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WGSS 406 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WGSS 407 SEMINAR (3) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top WGSS 409 PRACTICUM (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Junior or senior standing.

Top WGSS 410 INTERNSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
The internship experience provides the opportunity to gain experience within an off-campus private, public, or community agency or organization which has as one of its goals the improvement of the status of women in society. Students work with an on-site mentor who guides their field experience in collaboration with the internship coordinator in the WGSS program. Only 6 credits will count toward the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WGSS 414 SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION IN WOMEN'S LIVES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores the ways different systems of oppression and discrimination impact women's lives. Examines sexism, classism, racism, and anti-Jewish oppression, as well as discrimination against queer women, older women, and those who differ in ability and appearance. (SS) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WGSS 223 [D-] or WGSS 223H [D-] and /or instructor approval required.

Top WGSS 416 THEORIES OF FEMINISM (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores feminist conceptions about the nature of the world, women's reality and visions for change. Analyzes major issues raised by the women's movement and the development of feminist ideas, as well as provides a critical examination of feminist thought and different theories which comprise it. PREREQS: WS 223 [D-] or WS 223H [D-] or WS 224 [D-] or WGSS 223 [D-] or WGSS 223H [D-] or WGSS 224 [D-] and /or instructor approval required.

Top WGSS 417 FEMINIST PHILOSOPHIES (3) 
Diverse forms of feminist philosophy, including a variety of critiques, especially those based on race and class, with in-depth consideration of selected social issues, such as rape and pornography. CROSSLISTED as PHL 417/PHL 517. PREREQS: 6 credits of philosophy or upper-division standing.

Top WGSS 418 FEMINIST RESEARCH METHODS (4) 
Introduces feminist research methods associated with research design, analysis, and interpretation. It utilizes feminist social justice frameworks and focuses on in-depth interviewing and focus groups, oral histories, ethnography, and visual and textual analysis, as well as survey design and community-based participatory research. PREREQS: WGSS 414 [C-] and junior standing

Top WGSS 430 WOMEN OF COLOR FEMINISMS (4) 
Explores the contemporary experiences of women of color, as well as the theoretical and practical frameworks of women of color feminisms. Analyses key themes in women of color feminisms, including politics of representation, multiple forms of state and interpersonal violence, intersecting forms of oppression, economic justice, reproductive justice, and strategies of resistance. PREREQS: WS 223 [D-] or WS 223H [D-] or WGSS 223 [D-] or WGSS 223H [D-] and WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WS 223 or WS 223H

Top WGSS 431 QUEER OF COLOR CRITIQUES (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
"Queer of color critiques" refers to political theories and activism that emerge from LGBTQ people of color to examine the intersections between race, sexuality and gender. This course addresses these intersections through theory, history, and activism. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as ES 431 and QS 431. PREREQS: Junior standing.

Top WGSS 432 GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
A creative and discussion-based course focusing on ways in which photography can and has addressed issues of gender and sexuality. An introduction to key concepts and intersections in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Queer Studies and photography theory. Students will create written and photographic responses to artworks, texts, personal experience and pop-culture. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as ART 432, QS 432. PREREQS: Junior or senior standing.

Top WGSS 440 WOMEN AND NATURAL RESOURCES (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores the relationship between women and natural resources. In particular, the course examines the roles of policy, technology, culture, and management in women's use and control of natural resources. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WGSS 450 ECOFEMINISM (3) 
Focuses on the ecological and feminist principles that mediate humanity's relationship with nature. (See Schedule Comment regarding Bacc Core status.) PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WGSS 460 WOMEN AND SEXUALITY (3)  WIC Core Course
Explores the historical, theoretical, and political dimensions of female sexuality. The course also examines the basic assumptions about the meaning of female sexuality, how it has been shaped and controlled, and why women's sexuality has been/is a source of both women's liberation and subjugation. (SS) (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: WS 223 [D-] or WS 223H [D-] or WS 224 [D-] or WGSS 223 [D-] or WGSS 223H [D-] or WGSS 224 [D-] and /or instructor approval required.

Top WGSS 462 QUEER THEORIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Engages key themes and critical frameworks in queer theories. Topics include histories of sexuality; forms of oppression including heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia; resistance to oppression; violence against LGBTQ people; queer activism; diverse experiences of sexuality; and representations in literature, art, and popular media. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as QS 462/QS 562. PREREQS: Junior standing.

Top WGSS 465 WOMEN, WEIGHT, AND BODY IMAGE (4) 
Focuses on women's increasing struggles with weight, eating disorders, and broader body image issues in contemporary society. Explores how social institutions such as media, medicine, and government contribute to weight bias and unhealthy standards for appearance. Examines weightism as a system of oppression that intersects with other systems oppression including sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and ageism. CROSSLISTED as PSY 465/PSY 565.

Top WGSS 466 FAT STUDIES (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines body weight, shape, and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability. Employs a multi-disciplinary approach spanning the behavioral sciences and humanities. Frames weight-based oppression as a social justice issue, exploring forms of activism used to counter weightism perpetuated throughout various societal institutions. CROSSLISTED as PSY 466/PSY 566 (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WS 223 [D-] or WS 223H [D-] or WS 224 [D-] or WGSS 240 [D-] or WGSS 262 [D-] or WGSS 262H [D-] or WGSS 270 [D-] or WGSS 280 [D-] or WGSS 280H [D-] or WGSS 321 [D-] or WGSS 325 [D-] or WGSS 325H [D-] or WGSS 340 [D-] or WGSS 340H [D-] or WGSS 350 [D-] or WGSS 360 [D-] or WGSS 360H [D-] or WGSS 364 [D-] or WGSS 364H [D-] or WGSS 373 [D-] or WGSS 375 [D-] or WGSS 380 [D-] or WGSS 380H [D-]

Top WGSS 472 INDIGENOUS TWO-SPIRIT AND QUEER STUDIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
"Two-spirit" refers to North American indigenous genders outside of European male/female binaries. Two-spirit communities argue for decolonization as a central political struggle, calling all people to unlearn settler colonial gender/sexuality on Native land. This course addresses indigenous two-spirit/GLBTQ issues through theory, literature, activism, and art. CROSSLISTED as ES 472, QS 472. PREREQS: QS 262 or ES 242 or WGSS 414 or instructor permission

Top WGSS 473 TRANSGENDER LIVES (3) 
Many people in our Western cultures perceive gender as bimodal and fixed from birth. Individuals whose identity of self does not match the individual's biological sex face significant social pressures to conform to gender norms. Students will be introduced to the biological, social and cultural contexts for transgendered individuals. CROSSLISTED as QS 473/QS 573. PREREQS: 200-level WGSS or QS course or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Top WGSS 476 TRANSNATIONAL SEXUALITIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores contemporary experiences of sexualities within transnational contexts. Analyzes themes including queer and LGBTQI organizing, same-sex desires, queer transnational immigration and labor flows, sex industries and discourses of trafficking, sex tourism, and reproductive justice, using feminist, queer, and postcolonial theoretical frameworks. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as QS 476/QS 576. PREREQS: QS 262 [D-]

Top WGSS 477 QUEER/TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR ARTS AND ACTIVISM (4) 
LGBTQ people of color often engage struggles for social justice through artistic movements. This course will focus on arts by LGBTQ people of color and the way these artistic movements contribute to activism that interrupts interlocking systems of oppression. CROSSLISTED as ES 477/ES 577, QS 477/QSS 577. PREREQS: QS 262 and QS 464

Top WGSS 480 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines the lives and experiences of women in different parts of the world, looking at work, education, the family, the arts and social movements. Explores the comparative realities of various women's struggles for social justice and studies key definitions and theoretical assumptions relevant to the subject of global feminism. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WS 223 [D-] or WS 223H [D-] or WS 224 [D-] or WGSS 223 [D-] or WGSS 223H [D-] or WGSS 224 [D-] and /or instructor approval.

Top WGSS 480H INTERNATIONAL WOMEN (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines the lives and experiences of women in different parts of the world, looking at work, education, the family, the arts and social movements. Explores the comparative realities of various women's struggles for social justice and studies key definitions and theoretical assumptions relevant to the subject of global feminism. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WS 223 [D-] or WS 223H [D-] or WS 224 [D-] or WGSS 223 [D-] or WGSS 223H [D-] or WGSS 224 [D-] and /or instructor approval. Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 482 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN'S HEALTH (4) 
Women's health issues are examined from a global perspective in the context of a woman's life and through a feminist political lens. Central to our discussions will be an analysis of the interplay among race, class, and gender in shaping particular health care outcomes. The course stresses the potential for women's agency and autonomy with respect to improving their health and environments.

Top WGSS 483 RACE, GENDER, AND HEALTH JUSTICE (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Based on a social justice framework, this course explores the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexuality to provide a deeper understanding of how these factors shape health inequities in diverse communities nationally and globally.

Top WGSS 485 CAPSTONE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE (2)  Offered in current or future terms
Working with an advisor from the Social Justice minor, students conduct research to synthesize and extend analysis of a particular social justice issue, building on three previous papers or projects. Results are presented in a 10-15 page paper and a public poster, presentation or website. CROSSLISTED as ANTH 485, ES 485, WLC 485. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits. PREREQS: (ANTH 373 [D-] or ES 373 [D-] or WGSS 373 [D-] or WLC 373 [D-] ) and (ANTH 410 [D-] or ES 410 [D-] or WGSS 410 [D-] or WLC 410 [D-] )

Top WGSS 486 GLOBAL EXPERIENCE I (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Prepares students to participate in a short-term study abroad experience that emphasizes volunteer experiences in women's organizations and analysis from transnational feminist perspectives.

Top WGSS 487 GLOBAL EXPERIENCE II (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Engages students in a short-term study abroad experience that emphasizes volunteer experiences in women's organizations and analysis from transnational feminist perspectives. PREREQS: WS 486 [D-] or WS 586 [D-] or WGSS 486 [D-] or WGSS 586 [D-]

Top WGSS 488 GLOBAL EXPERIENCE III (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Students reflect on their short-term study abroad experience by engaging in in-depth transnational feminist analysis of particular aspects of the study abroad experience. PREREQS: WS 486 [D-] or WS 487 [D-] or WGSS 486 [D-] or WGSS 487 [D-]

Top WGSS 490 SELF-ESTEEM AND PERSONAL POWER (3) 
Explores ways to improve self-esteem and develop personal power. Focuses on issues of self and identity, contextualizing these in the ways gender is constructed in society. (SS) PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WGSS 495 GLOBAL FEMINIST THEOLOGIES (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores the connections between women's religious experiences around the world and the global problems addressed by feminist theology and spirituality. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WGSS 224 and junior standing.

Top WGSS 495H GLOBAL FEMINIST THEOLOGIES (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores the connections between women's religious experiences around the world and the global problems addressed by feminist theology and spirituality. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WGSS 224 and junior standing. Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 496 FEMINIST THEOLOGIES IN THE UNITED STATES (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores U.S.-based feminist critiques of traditional theologies and examines feminist constructions of theologies rooted in diverse human experiences. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WGSS 224 and junior standing.

Top WGSS 496H FEMINIST THEOLOGIES IN THE UNITED STATES (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores U.S.-based feminist critiques of traditional theologies and examines feminist constructions of theologies rooted in diverse human experiences. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: (WS 223 or WS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WGSS 224) and junior standing and Honors College approval required.

Top WGSS 498 SENIOR SEMINAR (4)  Offered in current or future terms
For graduating seniors in women, gender, and sexuality studies. Building on knowledge and experiences acquired in required and elective women, gender, and sexuality studies courses, it focuses on central questions for feminist research. In particular, the course helps students identify their approaches to women's studies scholarship and develop deeper understandings of the process of generating feminist knowledge, especially in relation to gender, race, class, sexuality, and national belonging. PREREQS: (WS 414 [D-] and WS 416 [D-] ) or (WGSS 414 [D-] and WGSS 416 [D-] )

Top WGSS 499 TOPICS (1-6) 
Topics on contemporary research in women, gender, and sexuality studies. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WGSS 501 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top WGSS 502 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WGSS 503 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top WGSS 506 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WGSS 510 INTERNSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
The internship experience provides the opportunity to gain experience within on off-campus private, public, or community agency or organization which has as one of its goals the improvement of the status of women in society. Students work with an on-site mentor who guides their field experience in collaboration with the internship coordinator in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WGSS 511 ORIENTATION AND PROFESSIONALIZATION I (1)  Offered in current or future terms
The WGSS 511, 512, 513 sequence prepares Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduate students to succeed in their courses of study and in their chosen profession. WGSS 511 provides knowledge about Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as a discipline and as a course of study that helps students manage the transition to graduate school. Graded P/N.

Top WGSS 512 ORIENTATION AND PROFESSIONALIZATION II (1)  Offered in current or future terms
The WGSS 511, 512, 513 sequence prepares Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduate students to succeed in their courses of study and in their chosen profession. WGSS 512 guides students in the development of an intellectual life with a focus on thriving and surviving as a scholar in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Graded P/N.

Top WGSS 513 ORIENTATION AND PROFESSIONALIZATION III (1)  Offered in current or future terms
The WGSS 511, 512, 513 sequence prepares Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduate students to succeed in their courses of study and in their chosen profession. WGSS 513 focuses on helping students shape a future that utilizes the graduate degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. It helps students manage the transition to life after the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Master's program at OSU. Graded P/N.

Top WGSS 514 SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION IN WOMEN'S LIVES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores the ways different systems of oppression and discrimination impact women's lives. Examines sexism, classism, racism, and anti-Jewish oppression, as well as discrimination against queer women, older women, and those who differ in ability and appearance. PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 224 or WGSS 223 or WGSS 224 or instructor approval required.

Top WGSS 515 ADVANCED RESEARCH LITERATURE REVIEW (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Provides graduate students with knowledge and experience in the advanced literature review process including construction of the literature review as product. One of the primary skills graduate students must master is advanced review of a body of literature for the research project. Mastery of the literature review process influences quality and sophistication of claims developed to justify research, with the written review clearly delineating the unique contribution of the student’s research and the knowledge gap that it fills. The literature review as a product is a strong written argument that builds a case from credible evidence based on previous research. CROSSLISTED as ANTH 515, CSSA 515, ES 515. PREREQS: Graduate standing

Top WGSS 516 THEORIES OF FEMINISM (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores feminist conceptions about the nature of the world, women's reality and visions for change. Analyzes major issues raised by the women's movement and the development of feminist ideas, as well as provides a critical examination of feminist thought and different theories which comprise it. PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WGSS 224 or instructor approval required.

Top WGSS 517 FEMINIST PHILOSOPHIES (3) 
Diverse forms of feminist philosophy, including a variety of critiques, especially those based on race and class, with in-depth consideration of selected social issues, such as rape and pornography. CROSSLISTED as PHL 417/PHL 517. PREREQS: 6 credits of philosophy or upper-division standing.

Top WGSS 518 FEMINIST RESEARCH (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores the socio-political and historical context out of which traditional research methodologies emerge and the relationship of gender to scientific pursuits. Teaches what it means to do emancipatory anti-sexist and participatory research.

Top WGSS 521 FEMINIST LEADERSHIP (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Examines theories of feminist leadership and applications in non-profit, governmental, and higher education institutions.

Top WGSS 522 GRANT AND FUND DEVELOPMENT FOR FEMINIST ORGANIZATIONS (4) 
Provides students with the skills needed to be successful in grant-writing and fundraising for feminist organizations. Students will address the politics of grant writing and fund raising in relation to the feminist movement's aims and goals. They will also work directly with agencies to understand the trade-offs and value/need of securing funding for social change organizations.

Top WGSS 523 COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND COLLECTIVE ACTION (2) 
Addresses relationships between theory and action in feminist context. Explores both social change activism in terms of individual and collective action strategies and social movement theory in historical and contemporary perspectives.

Top WGSS 524 TRANS/GENDER POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Addresses transgender politics--including transsexual, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming issues--through feminist and intersectional approaches by analyzing transgender theories, arts, and activism. CROSSLISTED as QS 524. PREREQS: Graduate student standing.

Top WGSS 525 GENDER AND TECHNOLOGY (3) 
Explores women's contributions and focuses in technology fields. Analyzes gendered nature of technology. Theory and practice of technologies for change and activism.

Top WGSS 530 WOMEN OF COLOR FEMINISMS (4) 
Explores the contemporary experiences of women of color, as well as the theoretical and practical frameworks of women of color feminisms. Analyses key themes in women of color feminisms, including politics of representation, multiple forms of state and interpersonal violence, intersecting forms of oppression, economic justice, reproductive justice, and strategies of resistance. PREREQS: WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WS 223 or WS 223H

Top WGSS 531 QUEER OF COLOR CRITIQUES (4) 
"Queer of color critiques" refers to political theories and activism that emerge from LGBTQ people of color to examine the intersections between race, sexuality and gender. This course addresses these intersections through theory, history, and activism. CROSSLISTED as ES 531 and QS 531. PREREQS: Junior standing.

Top WGSS 532 GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE (3) 
A creative and discussion-based course focusing on ways in which photography can and has addressed issues of gender and sexuality. An introduction to key concepts and intersections in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Queer Studies and photography theory. Students will create written and photographic responses to artworks, texts, personal experience and pop-culture. CROSSLISTED as ART 532, QS 532. PREREQS: Junior or senior standing.

Top WGSS 535 FEMINIST TEACHING AND LEARNING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Focuses on the experiences and practices of the feminist classroom. Key components of the class include issues associated with the identity and development of the teacher, as well as the development of skills to help facilitate understanding, empowerment, and the personal and social agency of students.

Top WGSS 536 FEMINIST MEDIA STUDIES (4) 
Examination of print, radio, television, and new media from feminist perspectives.

Top WGSS 540 WOMEN AND NATURAL RESOURCES (3) 
Explores the relationship between women and natural resources. In particular, the course examines the roles of policy, technology, culture, and management in women's use and control of natural resources.

Top WGSS 542 THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM: DIFFERENCE, POWER AND DISCRIMINATION (3) 
An examination of multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. Discussions of theory and research are coupled with practical hands-on opportunities for students to develop and hone their teaching and course development skills. CROSSLISTED as GRAD 542. PREREQS: Graduate level standing.

Top WGSS 550 ECOFEMINISM (3) 
Focuses on the ecological and feminist principles that mediate humanity's relationship with nature. PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WGSS 555 FEMINIST TEXTUAL AND DISCOURSE ANALYSIS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Graduate students are introduced to current methods and modes of feminist literary, visual culture, performance, new media, and film studies with a focus on application. In doing so, the course focuses on feminist approaches to key topics within textual studies (such as form, authors, and readers) as well as distinct methodological approaches to various genres and mediums (including poems, performances, photographs, and films). PREREQS: Graduate standing

Top WGSS 560 WOMEN AND SEXUALITY (3) 
Explores the historical, theoretical, and political dimensions of female sexuality. The course also examines the basic assumptions about the meaning of female sexuality, how it has been shaped and controlled, and why women's sexuality has been/is a source of both women's liberation and subjugation. PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WGSS 224 or instructor approval required.

Top WGSS 562 QUEER THEORIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Engages key themes and critical frameworks in queer theories. Topics include histories of sexuality; forms of oppression including heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia; resistance to oppression; violence against LGBTQ people; queer activism; diverse experiences of sexuality; and representations in literature, art, and popular media. CROSSLISTED as QS 462/QS 562. PREREQS: Junior standing.

Top WGSS 566 FAT STUDIES (4) 
Examines body weight, shape, and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability. Employs a multi-disciplinary approach spanning the behavioral sciences and humanities. Frames weight-based oppression as a social justice issue, exploring forms of activism used to counter weightism perpetuated throughout various societal institutions. CROSSLISTED as PSY 466/PSY 566. PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 240 or WGSS 262 or WGSS 262H or WGSS 270 or WGSS 280 or WGSS 280H or WGSS 321 or WGSS 325 or WGSS 325H or WGSS 340 or WGSS 340H or WGSS 350 or WGSS 360 or WGSS 360H or WGSS 364 or WGSS 364H or WGSS 373 or WGSS 375 or WGSS 380 or WGSS 380H

Top WGSS 569 TOPICS IN JOTERIA STUDIES (3) 
A space for engaging with arts, activism and scholarship emerging from queer Latin@/Chican@ experiences and consciousness is provided. Offered winter term in odd years. CROSSLISTED as ES 569, QS 569, SPAN 569. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits. PREREQS: Instructor approval.

Top WGSS 572 INDIGENOUS TWO-SPIRIT AND QUEER STUDIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
"Two-spirit" refers to North American indigenous genders outside of European male/female binaries. Two-spirit communities argue for decolonization as a central political struggle, calling all people to unlearn settler colonial gender/sexuality on Native land. This course addresses indigenous two-spirit/GLBTQ issues through theory, literature, activism, and art. CROSSLISTED as ES 572, QS 572. PREREQS: QS 262 or ES 242 or WGSS 414 or WGSS 514 or instructor permission

Top WGSS 573 TRANSGENDER LIVES (3) 
Many people in our Western cultures perceive gender as bimodal and fixed from birth. Individuals whose identity of self does not match the individual's biological sex face significant social pressures to conform to gender norms. Students will be introduced to the biological, social and cultural contexts for transgendered individuals. CROSSLISTED as QS 473/QS 573. PREREQS: 200-level WGSS or QS course or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Top WGSS 575 CRITICAL RACE FEMINISM AND OUTSIDER JURISPRUDENCE (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Critical exploration of critical legal justice movements and their relationship to social identities. Seminar emphasizes specific legal cases, federal and state laws, and constitutional issues that impact groups deemed outsiders in legal discourse as well as their social implications. The critical justice movement and anti-subordination struggles will be explored via case analyses that shape race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability relations. Theoretical contributions of law and society, critical race theory, LatCrit, and critical race feminism, critical white studies, critical mixed race studies, OutCrit, ClassCrit, and critical disability studies applied to historical precedent and current attempts at marginalizing/ empowering communities. CROSSLISTED as ES 575.

Top WGSS 576 TRANSNATIONAL SEXUALITIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores contemporary experiences of sexualities within transnational contexts. Analyzes themes including queer and LGBTQI organizing, same-sex desires, queer transnational immigration and labor flows, sex industries and discourses of trafficking, sex tourism, and reproductive justice, using feminist, queer, and postcolonial theoretical frameworks. CROSSLISTED as QS 476/QS 576. PREREQS: QS 262

Top WGSS 577 QUEER/TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR ARTS AND ACTIVISM (4) 
LGBTQ people of color often engage struggles for social justice through artistic movements. This course will focus on arts by LGBTQ people of color and the way these artistic movements contribute to activism that interrupts interlocking systems of oppression. CROSSLISTED as ES 477/ES 577, QS 477/QS 577. PREREQS: QS 262 and QS 464

Top WGSS 582 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN'S HEALTH (4) 
Women's health issues are examined from a global perspective in the context of a woman's life and through a feminist political lens. Central to our discussions will be an analysis of the interplay among race, class, and gender in shaping particular health care outcomes. The course stresses the potential for women's agency and autonomy with respect to improving their health and environments.

Top WGSS 583 RACE, GENDER, AND HEALTH JUSTICE (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Based on a social justice framework, this course explores the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexuality to provide a deeper understanding of how these factors shape health inequities in diverse communities nationally and globally.

Top WGSS 585 TRANSNATIONAL FEMINISMS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduces students to themes and theoretical principles of transnational feminisms, with special emphasis placed on feminist movements of the global South. We will explore colonialism, globalization, nation-building, representation, global economies, militarism, human rights, and politics of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation.

Top WGSS 586 GLOBAL EXPERIENCE I (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Prepares students to participate in a short-term study abroad experience that emphasizes volunteer experiences in women's organizations and analysis from transnational feminist perspectives.

Top WGSS 587 GLOBAL EXPERIENCE II (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Engages students in a short-term study abroad experience that emphasizes volunteer experiences in women's organizations and analysis from transnational feminist perspectives. PREREQS: WS 486 or WS 586 or WGSS 486 or WGSS 586

Top WGSS 588 GLOBAL EXPERIENCE III (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Students reflect on their short-term study abroad experience by engaging in in-depth transnational feminist analysis of particular aspects of the study abroad experience. PREREQS: (WS 586 and WS 587) or (WGSS 586 and WGSS 587)

Top WGSS 595 GLOBAL FEMINIST THEOLOGIES (4) 
Explores the connections between women's religious experiences around the world and the global problems addressed by feminist theology and spirituality PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WGSS 224 and junior standing.

Top WGSS 596 FEMINIST THEOLOGIES IN THE UNITED STATES (4) 
Explores U.S.-based feminist critiques of traditional theologies and examines feminist constructions of theologies rooted in diverse human experiences. PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WGSS 224

Top WGSS 599 TOPICS (1-6) 
Topics on contemporary research in women, gender, and sexuality. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WGSS 603 THESIS (1-12) 
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top WGSS 610 INTERNSHIP (1-6) 
The internship experience provides opportunities to gain experience in a private, public, or community agency or organization, which has social justice advocacy as one of its goals. Students work with an on-site mentor who guides their field experience in collaboration with the internship coordinator in the WGSS program. One feature of graduate internships is the opportunity to shadow key personnel in order to meet internship goals. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits. PREREQS: Post-master's level standing.

Top WGSS 611 COLLOQUIUM (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Provides presentations of feminist research by OSU faculty and graduate students and faculty members from other institutions. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits.

Top WGSS 616 MULTIRACIAL, TRANSNATIONAL, AND QUEER FEMINISMS I (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduces doctoral students to foundational and emerging themes and texts in women, gender, and sexuality studies, with particular emphases on women of color feminisms, transnational feminisms, and queer feminist critiques. The first seminar in a two-part sequence (WGSS 616 and 617).

Top WGSS 617 MULTIRACIAL, TRANSNATIONAL, AND QUEER FEMINISMS II (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduces doctoral students to foundational and emerging themes and texts in women, gender, and sexuality studies, with particular emphases on women of color feminisms, transnational feminisms, and queer feminist critiques. The second seminar in a two-part sequence (WGSS 616 and 617). PREREQS: WGSS 616 [B]

Top WGSS 618 FEMINIST PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH (4) 
An examination of theories, principles and strategies of PAR, and appreciation of advantages and limitations of this approach and skills necessary for participating effectively in PAR projects. PREREQS: Any upper-division graduate level course in research methods.

Top WGSS 619 DECOLONIZING METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Navigates from feminist philosophy of science interventions to postcolonial, Chicana/Latina, and critical race criticisms of methodological stances in "normal" science. Standpoint methodologies, racialized and gendered origins of modern statistical methods, longstanding affinity between colonial inequalities and Eurocentric scientific inquiry, and successor sciences/sciences from below constitute the main themes of the course.

Top WGSS 620 SOCIAL JUSTICE THEORY AND PRACTICE (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An examination of social justice theories and practices. Specifically engages with issues of power and privilege, systems of oppression, intersectionality, and social activism. Explores the practices of social justice movements. PREREQS: Graduate student standing.



 
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