Course Descriptions

Feminist Perspectives is an advanced course in reading, writing, and research that will engage feminist perspectives in literature. This course is interdisciplinary in approach and is conducted in a seminar format. May be repeatable once for credit. This course is a cross-list with ENGL 451.

This interdisciplinary course offers advanced work in queer studies by looking at the production of theories about same-sex sexualities in history, culture, and politics. The course presents queer theory in conjunction with critical race theory, feminist theory, and post-colonial studies. Prerequisites: WGS 200, 255, 285, 300, 302,or 375, or instructor consent.

Exploration of concepts and authors in diverse feminist theory and praxis from the past three centuries. Building a base of the foundational strands and tensions, students will develop an engagement in key feminist analytical concepts, terms, and thinkers. WGS majors/minors must take either WGS 474 or 475. Prerequisite: WGS 200.

Examines contemporary trends in feminist theory, with a focus on one or more major themes. Students examine how feminist theory addresses the complex relationship between gender, the production of knowledge, implementation of theory and practice, and social change/activism. WGS majors/minors must take WGS 474 or 475. Prerequisite: WGS 200.

This course provides WGS students an opportunity for advanced study on a special topic each semester (determined by instructor). The seminar format allows students an intensive experience and heightened responsibility for course content. The course should be taken during the student's senior year. Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment of WGS 475 or 474. Majors and minors only.

Students work on an individual basis with a faculty member to develop reading materials, lecture and discussion topics, and assignments appropriate to the teaching of a specific student-taught course in women's and gender studies. Student-taught courses must be approved by the coordinator, and students must follow established procedural guidelines for teaching in the women's and gender studies program. Most student teachers are required to take WGS 492 before teaching, and WGS 493 while teaching. May be repeated for credit.

Students acting as teaching assistants or student-teachers enroll in this to gain professional skills development with a faculty member.

Upper-division students may elect to do an independent research or action project under the direction of a women's and gender studies faculty member. May be repeated for credit up to 8 units.

Learn about many WGS career paths, strategize about maximizing coursework, service, and internship experience to prepare for careers, and grapple with some of the gendered challenges and opportunities of the world of work. WGS majors should take alongside internship units. Prerequisite: WGS 200. Fall only.

Supervised training and experience for advanced students in community agencies concerned with women's and men's issues and gender change. Student teaching of a student-taught University course is another form of internship. At present we offer credit (and not a grade) for student teaching and off-campus projects. Internships may be paid. WGS majors and minors only.