Gender and Sexuality Studies

Program Director: Dr. Britta McEwen
Program Office: Dowling/Humanities 226

The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor combines two interdisciplinary fields to introduce students to a social, cultural, and historical overview of how gender has been lived and understood. The first field, Gender Studies, explores social constructions of gender and how those meanings intersect with sexuality, race, ethnicity, social class, disability, and age. The second field, Sexuality Studies, invites us to think about both biology and society in dialogue as the human person and self is constructed.  Both fields grew out of the inquires initiated by Women’s Studies, but both complicate the early questions posed by that line of inquiry.  The program slogan, "a minor that makes a major difference," is two-fold. First, Gender and Sexuality Studies aims to make a difference in the personal, intellectual, and professional lives of students by exposure to new, more inclusive ways of thinking and relating in society. Second, the minor intends to make a difference in a student's major field of study by providing concepts, perspectives, and insights that become "lenses" through which they engage in research and analyses. The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor requires 18 credit hours consisting of one required course WGS 300, Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies and five 3-credit electives. Opportunities for independent study and for internships are also available.


Required Introduction Course
WGS 300Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
Gender and Sexuality Studies Elective Courses
Select 15 credits from the followring courses:15
Global Perspectives on Medicine in Africa and the African Diaspora
Gender in American Society
Crime, Victimization and Public Health
Race and Justice
Gender, Society and Culture
Social Inequality and Stratification
Bible, Spirituality, & American Public Life
Magic, Witchcraft and Medicine
What's for Dinner, Honey?: Food, Culture, Gender, and Health
Women, Art and Society
Love, Marriage and the Family in Classical Antiquity
Princesses, Brides and Mothers
This is Us: Exploring Complex Communication in Family and Interpersonal Relationships
Mass Media and Modern Culture
Family Communication About Health and Well-Being
Gender, Work, and Organizing
Discourse of the American Family
The Dark Side of Personal Relationships
Perspectives on Work-Life Balance, Wellness and Justice
Dead Men Tell No Tales: Pirate Literature Through the Ages
Fiction and the Idea of the Nation
Literature and Medicine
Mass Media and Modern Culture
English Literature III: Romantic/Victorian
Hysteria: Gender and Health in Literature
African-American Literature
Women in Literature
Adventurous Men and Wild Women: Genre, Gender and Geography in Fin-de-Siecle Literature
Trauma in Literature
18th and/or 19th Century British Novel
Daughters of Erin: Irish Women Writers
The Body in Early English Literature
Global Bollywood
Special Topics in American Literature
The Rhetoric of Emotion
Women Writers In French And Francophone Literature
Europe's Hubris and Humiliation
Global Perspectives in History: The Native American Experience
History and the Holocaust
History of Sexuality
History and Gender
History of Environmental Inequalities
Women in Science
Philosophy of Feminism
Food, Sex, and the Good Life
The Philosophy of Love and Sex
Public Policy And Poverty In The United States
Cross-Cultural Issues in Psychology
Human Sexuality
The Psychology of Gender
Victim Advocacy Policy and Practice
The Christian Tradition in Women's Voices
The Biblical Tradition: Gender, Economy, and Violence
The Biblical Tradition: Perspectives on Suffering and Evil
Theological Ethics: Sexual and Gender Issues
Women and the Bible
Gender, Race and Morality
Women In The Christian Tradition
Advocacy and Education Internship (requires director approval)
Directed Independent Study (requires director approval)

Kingfisher concentration requirements are 9 credits total, chosen from the list of courses in the associated minor. Unless otherwise specified. COM 172, ENG 225, ENG 226, THL 115, THL 230 and THL 272 are not eligible for the Kingfisher concentration.


WGS 300. Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. 3 credits. OD

This introduction to the interdisciplinary fields of Women's and Gender Studies presents a historical, sociological, cultural, and theoretical overview of how gender has been lived and understood over the past two hundred years. In addition to providing the basic vocabularies and concepts central to women's, feminist, and gender studies, the course will enable students to analyze the ways in which conceptions of "womanhood" and "manhood" intersect with class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and age to define social categories, shape identities, and form (or re-form) systems of power, privilege, and oppression.

WGS 492. Advocacy and Education Internship. 1-3 credits. FA, SP

The course requires reflection papers and reports throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated. P: IC.

WGS 495. Directed Independent Study. 1-3 credits. OD

May be repeated to a limit of six hours. P: DC.