Gender and Sexuality Studies (GENS)

GENS 200 INTRO TO GENDER STUDIES (3 credits)

An interdisciplinary encounter with the contemporary study of gender and its new paradigms for investigating the human condition. Weekly guest lectures addressing gender theory contributions to disciplines such as religious studies, philosophy, literature, history, music, political science, anthropology, sociology, education, the sciences, and mathematics.

GENS 205 GENDER AND SOCIETY (ALSO LISTED AS SOAN 205) (4 credits)

Comparison of historically and culturally situated conceptualizations of gender, gender identity, and gender inequality. Significance of gendered meanings and their symbolic representation in society and social institutions regarding distributions of social, economic, and political power.

(INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES, U.S. PLURALISM)

GENS 267 INTRODUCTION TO US WOMEN'S HISTORY (ALSO LISTED AS HIST 267) (4 credits)

Survey of U.S. women's history from the pre-contact period through the present. Emphasis on the diversity of women's experiences based on region, class, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Course themes include: how understandings of proper gender roles fluctuated and with what consequences, the changing nature of women's work, women's participation in politics, and how medical knowledge (or lack thereof) critically shaped women's lives.

(U.S. PLURALISM, VITAL PAST)

GENS 300 WOMEN WRITERS (ALSO LISTED AS ENGL 300) (4 credits)

Examination of literary works by women writing in English across the globe. Study of the relationship between dominant literary traditions and the politics of gender as a source of constriction and aspiration. Exploration of the impacts of race, class, religion, nationality and sexual orientation upon conceptions of the female. Close reading, literary analysis, and exploration of feminist theory.

Prerequisites: INQS 125.

(CREATIVE STUDIES, GLOBAL PLURALISM)

GENS 318 HISTORY OF WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA (ALSO LISTED AS HIST 318) (4 credits)

Examination of the history of women in Latin America from the Conquest to the present. Emphasis on a series of concepts, institutions, and factors that have influenced the lives of Latin American women, and how women have reacted to and shaped these experiences. Special attention to the study of race and class, along with gender, as major categories of analysis.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above.

(GLOBAL PLURALISM, VITAL PAST)

GENS 322 GENDER AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF EAST ASIA (ALSO LISTED AS HIST 322) (4 credits)

Historical development of Confucian, Buddhist, and other beliefs shaping conceptions of femininity, masculinity, and social status in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Effects of imperialism and globalization on diverse notions of progress and human rights.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above.

(GLOBAL PLURALISM, VITAL PAST)

GENS 332 GENDERED COMMUNICATION (ALSO LISTED AS COMM 332) (3 credits)

Current scholarship and controversies in communication and gender research. The interdependence of gender, communication, and culture including ways concepts of gender are created and affirmed or challenged by communication. Focus on live experience within U.S. culture through interactive course format.

(INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES, U.S. PLURALISM)

GENS 342 WOMEN IN RELIGION (ALSO LISTED AS RELS 342 (4 credits)

Examination of the depictions of women and roles that women play in selected religious traditions. May focus on the depiction of women in a religious tradition's sacred literature or the practices and roles of women in particular historical or contemporary religious contexts. Special attention to primary source materials.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

GENS 350 SHAKESPEARE'S COMEDIES AND HISTORIES: PERFORMING GENDER AND SEXUALITY (ALSO LISTED AS ENGL 350) (4 credits)

Selected comedies and histories in their historical and critical context. Emphasis on comedy as a dramatic form and questions of gender and sexuality as they are represented through performance.

Total Course fees: $40.00

Prerequisites: INQS 125 or consent of instructor.

(CREATIVE STUDIES, VITAL PAST)

GENS 353 TOPICS IN WOMEN'S RHETORIC (ALSO LISTED AS COMM 353) (3 credits)

Women's public discourse, including significant female speakers in political, social, and religious contexts. The role of women's public discourse in the process of social change through topics such as Rhetoric of the Women's Movement 1770-1920, Women's Public Voices 1960 to present, and Women's Political Campaign Discourse. May be repeated once for credit with different content. (US or GP or IS or VP depending on topic).

(GLOBAL PLURALISM, INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES, U.S. PLURALISM, VITAL PAST)

GENS 355 WOMEN IN MUSIC (ALSO LISTED AS MUSC 355) (3 credits)

A study of art and popular music to create awareness and inform attitudes about women's contributions. Topics include performers and composers, characterizations of women in music literature, current gender ideology, and past and present cultural values affecting women's participation in music.

(CREATIVE STUDIES, GLOBAL PLURALISM)

GENS 361 GENDER, SEXUALITY AND THE BODY (ALSO LISTED AS SOAN 361) (4 credits)

Gender, sexuality, and the body as focus for both independent and interrelated areas of scholarship using several theoretical perspectives; examination of ethnographic materials from a wide variety of cultural contexts.

Prerequisites: Take ANTH 111 or SOCL 101

GENS 375 SPECIAL TOPICS IN GENDER STUDIES (3 credits)

Examination of a specialized topic in contemporary gender studies either arising within a single discipline or inviting cross-disciplinary analysis. Examples include "Gender and Science," "Women in Management," "Feminist Theologies," "Women in Theatre," "Gender as Metaphor in the Bible," and "The Social Construction of Masculinities."

GENS 480 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Student investigation of special interests or research based on detailed statement of intent and a letter of support from the sponsoring faculty member.

GENS 485 SENIOR SEMINAR (2 credits)

Capstone course for the gender studies minor. Synthesis and application of ideas presented across the curriculum through discussion and field work. Group study and discussion of contemporary problems, research issues, and ideas in gender studies.

Prerequisites: GENS 200 or 205, and senior standing.

GENS 487 INTERNSHIP (1-3 credits)

Student participation in an organization whose activities relate to gender studies.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing. Approval of Gender Studies Coordinator Required.

(EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING)