Women’s and Gender Studies


Program Directors: Drs. Amanda Holman & Sabrina Danielsen
Program Office: Hitchcock 306D (Holman); Creighton Hall 426B (Danielsen)

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor combines two interdisciplinary fields to introduce students to the rapidly expanding scholarship focused on people's experience of gender. Reflective of its foundation in Women’s Studies, the program highlights the often overlooked experiences and contributions of women, both historically and in contemporary societies around the globe. As Gender Studies, the program explores social constructions and diverse experiences of gender and sexual orientation. The meaning of the program slogan, "a minor that makes a major difference," is two-fold. First, WGS 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 contemporary 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 to conduct research.
The WGS minor requires 18 credit hours consisting of one required course (WGS 300, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies) and five 3-credit electives. Opportunities for independent study and for internships are also available.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor requirements: 18 credits*

Required Introduction Course
WGS 300Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
Women's and Gender Studies Elective Courses
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Social Inequality and Stratification
Gender, Society and Culture
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
Gender Communication
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
Mass Media and Modern Culture
Women in Literature
English Literature III: Romantic/Victorian
Adventurous Men and Wild Women: Genre, Gender and Geography in Fin-de-Siecle Literature
Trauma in Literature
Daughters of Erin: Irish Women Writers
The Body in Early English Literature
Global Bollywood
Women Writers In French And Francophone Literature
History of Sexuality
The History Of Women In The United States
History and Gender
Women in Science
Philosophy of Feminism
Food, Sex, and the Good Life
The Philosophy of Love and Sex
Gender and Politics
Cross-Cultural Issues in Psychology
Human Sexuality
The Psychology of Gender
Gender in American Society
Victim Advocacy Policy and Practice
Crime, Victimization and Public Health
Race and Justice
Social Inequality and Stratification
The Environment and Race, Class, and Gender
The Christian Tradition in Women's Voices
Theological Ethics: Sexual and Gender Issues
The Biblical Tradition: Gender, Economy, and Violence
Bible, Spirituality, & American Public Life
Women and the Bible
Directed Independent Study
Advocacy & Education Internship
Women Writers In French And Francophone Literature
Total Credits18



WGS 272. Theological Ethics: Sexual and Gender Issues. 3 credits. (Same as THL 272)

This course investigates the nature and sources of moral obligation, moral virtue, justice, wisdom, and a good human life from a Christina theological perspective and applies this perspective to sexual and gender issues. P: One Magis Core Philosophical Ideas course.

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 318. Gender in American Society. 3 credits. FA (Same as AMS 318, SOC 318)

Comprehensive examination of the forces shaping the position and behavior of women and men in modern American society. How and why do these positions and behavior differ? What are the consequences of these differences? Emphasis on gender as enacted across the spectrum of multicultural diversity in American society, with some comparison to other societies. P: Understanding Social Science; So. stdg.

WGS 323. Crime, Victimization and Public Health. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 323, CRJ 323, SOC 323)

This course examines how crime and victimization are perceived within society, how they are measured through quantitative and qualitative lenses, and the particularities of urban environments that intersect with high concentrations of crime and victimization, as well as considering crime and victimization from a public health perspective. P: Understanding Social Science or Instructor Consent.

WGS 329. Gender and Politics. 3 credits. OD (Same as PLS 329)

Examination of issues of gender and politics from political theory, political behavior, and public policy perspectives. Issues include place of gender in liberal political theory and political theory alternatives; history of the women's movement; gender patterns in political behavior, gender consequences of various public policies in the United States; and debate and analysis of policy changes to address these issues in public policies. P: So. stdg.

WGS 348. Philosophy of Feminism. 3 credits. OD (Same as PHL 348)

An examination of a number of philosophical approaches, such as those rooted in existentialism, liberalism, and Marxism, to issues concerning gender. Topics from fields such as ethics, politics, philosophy of law, epistemology, and philosophy of science will be addressed. P: One Magis Core Philosophical Ideas course, and one of the following: PHL 398 (PHL 201), PHL 250, PHL 270, PHL 271, PHL 272, PHL 275, PHL 300, PHL 320, OR PHL 399.

WGS 360. Gender, Society and Culture. 3 credits. SP, SU (Same as AMS 360, ANT 360, SOC 360)

Examines gender from a holistic perspective, including language, biology, cultural history, and socio-cultural variables. The course will examine gender in a wide variety of cultures. P: So. stdg.

WGS 390. Biography as History. 3 credits.

Studies of the lives of individuals who made significant impacts on their age and the world. Course will be subtitled in the Schedule of Courses. P: So. stdg.

WGS 403. History and Gender. 3 credits.

This course stresses the diversity of gender theory and the application of those theories to the practice of history. It also questions the possibility of gender justice across time and in our own communities. P: Critical Issues in Human Inquiry course, Senior standing.

WGS 410. Women in Literature. 3 credits. OD (Same as ENG 410)

Literary works by and about women. P: Contemporary Composition course.

WGS 425. What's for Dinner, Honey": Food, Culture, Gender and Health. 3 credits. (Same as ANT 425, SOC 425)

This course examines the relationship between food, culture, and health to address issues of diversity, service, and social justice. Students will engage in personal and educational experiences in a dynamic learning environment where they can engage challenging food and health problems to develop their citizenship at local and global levels and begin to draw conclusions about the struggles for justice. The instructor and students work together at the intersection of intellectual inquiry and personal experience to seek to understand food, culture, and health intersections in the world at large. Drawing on the Ignatian tradition, the course involves research and writing as well as reflection, collaboration, and debate. P: Critical Issues in Human Inquiry course and Senior standing.

WGS 432. Gender, Work and Organizing. 3 credits.

WGS 435. Women, Art and Society. 3 credits. (Same as ARH 435)

This course is an exploration of women both as the subjects and the creators of art from antiquity to the present. In this class we will examine the creation, modification and persistence of images of women throughout history, while at the same time we will survey the history of women artists and their artistic contributions. In studying these works of art, we will place equal emphasis on formal analysis and on contextual history.

WGS 440. Gender Communication. 3 credits. FA (Same as COM 440, SOC 440)

The course examines the construction of gender through communication. Topics of lectures, exercises, and discussions may include: female-male roles and stereotypes; differences in verbal and nonverbal codes; partnership styles and alternatives; communication skills in relationships; gender and media; sexuality; gender and rhetoric; and special problem areas of female-male communication. P: One Magis Core Curriculum Understanding Social Science course.

WGS 460. The History Of Women In The United States. 3 credits. OD (Same as AMS 460, HIS 460)

The economic, social, and political status of women in the United States from colonial times to the present. Concentration on four major topics: the family, the work place, the community, and the feminists movements. An integral part is the examination of the traditional roles of women in society as well as changes in those roles. P: So. stdg.

WGS 461. History and Gender. 3 credits.

This course stresses the diversity of gender theory and the application of those theories to the practice of history. It also questions the possibility of gender justice across time and in our own communities. P: One Critical Issues in Human Inquiry course; Senior standing.

WGS 462. Gender, Work, and Organizing. 3 credits. OD (Same as COM 462)

This course explores what it means to "work" and organize in a gendered world from a communicative perspective. Topics include how labor is valued differently whether performed in the public (i.e., business and government) or private realm (i.e., domestic work, childcare and eldercare) - and by whom such labor is performed. P: Oral Communication; Understanding Social Science.

WGS 464. Gender and Sexuality in Asia. 3 credits. SP (Same as HIS 464)

Focus on the role and status of women in China and Japan since the 16th century, emphasizing how, why and by whom womanhood has been defined and redefined over time. P: So. stdg.

WGS 473. The Psychology of Gender. 3 credits. OD (Same as PSY 473)

This course will examine the topic of gender - the behaviors and attitudes that relate to (but are not entirely congruent with) biological sex. A critical review of gender research is going to be at the center of this class. We will review empirical articles on sex, gender-related behaviors taken from the areas of psychology, sociology, biology, biochemistry, neurology, evolution, and anthropology to generate an overall picture of gender from a psychological perspective. P: IC.

WGS 477. Gendered Health Across the Lifespan. 3 credits. (Same as Com 477, HAP 477, SRP 477)

P: Sr. stdg. and PHL 250/THL 250.

WGS 479. The Philosophy of Love and Sex. 3 credits.

A philosophical investigation of the nature of love, the different kinds of love, the relationship between love and beauty, and between love and sex. P: Philosophical Ideas course, and one of the following: PHL 398 (was PHL 201), PHL 250, PHL 270, PHL 271, PHL 272, PHL 275, PHL 300, PHL 320, PHL 399.

WGS 486. Women and Gender in Africa. 3 credits.

A study of the roles and representations of women and gender as conceptual and analytical categories in African history and society. P: So. Stdg.

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

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

WGS 496. Advocacy & Education Internship. 0 credits.

This internship provides opportunities for career exploration and professional development with organizations to gender-related advocacy and education. The internship may be undertaken with a Creighton organization (e.g., Lieben Center for Women, VIP Center) or an organization off-campus. The course is available every semester, including summer. P: Junior or Senior status; Approval of WGS Director.

WGS 518. Women and the Bible. 1-3 credits. OD (Same as THL 518, CSP 680)

Study of the representations of women in biblical narratives; attention to the construction of gender in the ancient world. Introduction to the various approaches contemporary women are taking to these biblical texts. P: Christian Tradition course, Biblical Tradition course.

WGS 551. Women Writers In French And Francophone Literature. 3 credits. OD (Same as FRN 551)

This course offers students the opportunity to read a wide variety of texts written by women in French across the centuries as well as to consider the notion of "ecriture feminine" (feminine writing). Students will explore how women have represented women and gender in French and Francophone literature through the specific lens of French feminist theory. P: One 300-level FRN course or IC.

WGS 567. Gender, Race and Morality. 3 credits.

This course will examine how critical reflection on gender and race challenges Christian thought, and how attending to these fundamental features of human personhood and social life may improve Christian conversations about God, faith, moral agency and obligation, culture, and social issues. lt will begin by introducing students to feminist philosophy and ethics, and to the range of methods and concerns that biblical scholars, theologians, and ethicists in conversation with this literature have addressed. lt will then introduce students to the concerns and methods of womanist theologians and other scholars who complement this critical attention to gender with attention to race and ethnicity, as well as other aspects of personhood and social location. lt will pay particular attention throughout to the varying conceptions of moral agency, moral obligation, and justice that are proposed by these literatures. P: Ethics course.

WGS 568. Women in the Christian Tradition. 3 credits. OD (Same as THL 568)

Study of the outlook on man, woman, and divinity in the Bible, the Christian churches past and present, and "post-Christian" feminism. Examination of the Judeo-Christian tradition, both the pervasiveness of its patriarchal assumptions, and the liberating resources it can contribute to a healthy understanding of maleness and femaleness today.