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The Gender Studies Program: Courses

Refer to the academic requirements for lists of courses in various disciplines that fulfill requirements for the gender studies major. Effective Fall 2014, gender studies courses appear under the prefix of the originating discipline only (e.g., POL for political science).

1000–1999 (lower level, freshman)
2000–2999 (lower level, sophomore)
3000–3999 (upper level, junior)
4000–4999 (upper level, senior)

1000–1999:

Introduction to Gender and Sexuality
GND 1200
/ 4 credits / Every semester
An introductory and foundational course on the key concepts, themes, and theories of studies of gender and sexuality. Students engage with materials that are social, scientific, historical, literary, autobiographical, artistic, and/or philosophical in examinations of themes of human gender, sexual relationships, and the intersection of gender and sexual identity.

2000–2999:

Human Sexuality
SOC 2020
Refer to Sociology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 2020.

Women’s Self-Defense with Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
GND 2035
/ 2 credits / Every semester
The RAD system incorporates physical self-defense options developed in response to realistic situations facing women. This course covers awareness and prevention techniques, personal protection tips, and reporting procedures. Students learn to develop a defensive mind-set, respond verbally to aggression, and adopt the optimal stance for self-defense. Concludes with an opportunity for students to test their skills in realistic simulations. Formerly also offered as PED 2035.

Women and Politics
POL 2040
Refer to Political Science Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 2040.

Queer Performances
GND 2100
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
In the past 20 years, the field of performance art has emerged as a major site of “minority” expression. At the same time, the field has been a target of the religious right’s ongoing culture wars. This course explores the works of “queer” artists in videos and texts and looks at the political, social, and artistic questions that they raise.

Citizens Living Under Islamic Laws
POL 2105
Refer to Political Science Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 2105.

Free Speech, Heresy, and Gender in Islamic Societies
POL 2350
Refer to Political Science Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 2350.

Women in America
HIS 2490
Refer to History Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 2490.

Gender and Power
PHI 2500
Refer to Philosophy Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 2500.

Global Sexualities
ANT 2755
Refer to Anthropology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 2755.

Psychology of Women
PSY 2860
Refer to Psychology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 2860.

Women Artists and Feminist Criticism
ARH 2885
Refer to Art History Undergraduate Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 2885.

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3000–3999:

Lesbian and Gay Poetry
LIT 3004
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3004.

Women and Film
LIT 3025
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3025.

Birth and Death
SOC 3035
Refer to Sociology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3035.

Sex, Politics, and Health
POL 3045
Refer to Political Science Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3045.

The Lives of Women
HIS 3080
Refer to History Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3080.

Race, Gender, and the Law
POL 3090
Refer to Political Science Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3090.

Added Spring 2015 (3/31/14):
Queer Politics in the U.S.
POL 3095
Refer to Political Science Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description.

Sex Radicals in the 19th-Century U.S.
HIS 3115
Refer to History Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3115.

Riot Grrls and Radical Women
MSA 3120
Refer to Media, Society, and the Arts Courses (School of Film and Media Studies) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3120.

Feminist Theory
GND 3130
/ 4 credits / Spring
An exploration of feminist theories of women and society from Mary Wollstonecraft to the beginning of the modern women’s movement, followed by a study of the major theoretical trends of today, including liberal, socialist, separatist, and women-of-color feminism.
Prerequisite: GND 1200 or LIT 2310

Queer Media Convergence
MSA 3160
Refer to Media, Society, and the Arts Courses (School of Film and Media Studies) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3160.

Added Spring 2015 (6/24/14):
Women Artists in the 20th Century
ARH 3187
Refer to Art History Undergraduate Courses (School of Humanities) for description.

Women in the Biblical/Ancient World
JST 3235
Refer to Jewish Studies Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3235.

Discontinued Spring 2014 (12/11/13):
Gender Politics and Islam
GND 3240
Refer to POL 3240 in Political Science Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description.

Gender and Health: International Issues
POL 3245
Refer to Political Science Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3245.

Reinstated Fall 2014 (12/10/13):
Islamic State, Gender, and Sexuality
POL 3255
Refer to Political Science Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description.

Title revised Fall 2014 (4/23/14), prefix changed Spring 2015 (10/13/14):
Science and Technology Studies
SOC 3287
Refer to Sociology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3287.

Women in Performance
THP 3300
Refer to Theatre and Performance Courses (Conservatory of Theatre Arts) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3300.

“Aren’t I a Woman?”: The Construction of Womanhood in the U.S.
HIS 3375
Refer to History Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3375.

Gay and Lesbian Theatre and Performance
THP 3520
Refer to Theatre and Performance Courses (Conservatory of Theatre Arts) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3520.

Queer Cinema
CIN 3540
Refer to Cinema Studies Courses (School of Film and Media Studies) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3540.

Women and Drama
THP 3600
Refer to Theatre and Performance Courses (Conservatory of Theatre Arts) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3600.

Gender and Popular Culture in South Asia
ANT 3610
Refer to Anthropology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3610.

American Women Writers
LIT 3665
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3665.

Sex and Gender in Latin America
HIS 3685
Refer to History Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3685.

History of Gender and Sexuality in the United States
HIS 3695
Refer to History Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3695.

Masculinities: Feminist Perspectives
SOC 3705
Refer to Sociology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3705.

Theories of Sexuality
PHI 3725
Refer to Philosophy Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3725.

History of Feminist Movements
HIS 3727
Refer to History Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3727.

Wives, Widows, Workers
HIS 3730
Refer to History Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3730

Wives, Workers, Warriors
HIS 3740
Refer to History Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3740.

Sexuality and Society
SOC 3755
Refer to Sociology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3755.

Gender Development
PSY 3845
Refer to Psychology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description.

Feminist Approaches to Art and Theory
ARH 3885
Refer to Art History Undergraduate Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as GND 3885.

Discontinued 12/09/13:
Gender Studies Junior Seminar
GND 3890
/ 4 credits / Spring
Students develop analytic, writing, research, and bibliographic skills in preparation for the senior project.
Prerequisite: GND 1200

Internship
GND 3995
/ Variable credits / Every semester
Work/study experiences are arranged individually with cooperating agencies. Students are required to complete up to 10 hours per week of supervised work, read complementary texts, and complete a paper.
Formerly offered as GND 3980.
Prerequisite: GND 1200

Tutorial and Independent Study
GND 3996
and 3997 / variable credits / Every semester
Faculty are available for independent studies and tutorials on a selected basis in areas not covered by coursework.
Formerly offered as GND 3900 and 4900.

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4000–4999:

Senior projects changed to I and II, 4 credits each, and prefix changed from GND to SPJ, Fall 2014:
Senior Project I and II
SPJ 4990
and 4991 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every year
Students work with individual faculty members to develop their senior projects. Senior projects are interdisciplinary in nature and involve either representation of gender experiences through performance or visual arts, or library or field research on a subject or issue of particular relevance to gender studies. Two semesters required (8 credits total).

Updated Oct. 13, 2014

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