Women’s and Gender Studies
The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor
Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic minor that takes as its focus the history, development, and consequences of culturally acquired sexual identities. It is a field of study as complex as the many disciplines it weaves together.
After successfully completing the Women’s and Gender Studies minor, students will be able to:
- Describe and critically reflect on how they and others have experienced privilege and oppression in relation to sex, gender, or sexuality.
- Analyze, through various modes of inquiry, how concepts of “gender,” “sex,” or “sexuality” have been socially constructed through history or in contemporary contexts.
- Describe struggles against sexism and heterosexism and patterns of resistance that dismantle hierarchies of sex, genders, and sexualities.
- Examine the intersections of gender, sex, and sexuality with other categories such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, age, and ability at local, national, and/or global levels.
The Women's and Gender Studies minor is an 18 unit program that includes the following requirements:
- GNDS 101 Introduction to Gender Studies
- Two lower- or upper division elective courses to be selected from a list generated each semester by the program coordinators or from the courses listed below in this course catalog.
- Two elective upper division courses to be selected from a list generated each semester by the program coordinators or from the courses listed below in this course catalog. Thus 3-9 units of lower-division work, and 9-15 units of upper division coursework are required.
- Two of the four elective courses listed in items 2 and 3 above must be in the humanities and two must be in the social sciences.
- GNDS 495 Advanced Women's and Gender Studies
Courses in this edition of the undergraduate catalog that count toward the Women’s and Gender Studies minor are listed below. Other courses that will count toward the minor will be provided on a semester-by-semester basis. Students should select their courses in consultation with one of the program coordinators. Please see the full course descriptions under the appropriate departmental listings.
|COMM 325||Interpersonal Communication||3|
|COMM 326||Nonverbal Communication||3|
|COMM 432||Film and Cultural Politics||3|
|COMM 445||Gender Communication||3|
|COMM 475||Intercultural Communication||3|
|COMM 482||Children and Media||3|
|COMM 483||Teens and Popular Culture||3|
|ETHN 321C||African American Panethnicity||3|
|ETHN 331||Gender in Native America||3|
|ETHN 355||Asian American Social Movements||3|
|ETHN 361||Immigration at US-Mexico Border: Ethnicity, Race & Gender||3|
|ETHN 364||Race, Class and Gender||3|
|ETHN 365||U.S. Women Of Color Theory And Activism||3|
|ETHN 367||Race and Globalization||3|
|LEAD 349||Women in Leadership||3|
|MGMT 306||Women in Management||3|
|PJS 441||War, Gender and Peacebuilding||3|
|POLS 307||Feminist Political Theories||3|
|POLS 309D||Sex, Power, and Politics||3|
|PSYC 328||Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination||3|
|PSYC 330||Psychology of Gender||3|
|PSYC 359||Health Psychology of Women and Ethnic Groups||3|
|PSYC 378||Explorations in Human Sexuality||3|
|SOCI 101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SOCI 310||U.S. Society||3|
|SOCI 311||Sociology of Families||3|
|SOCI 312||Gender Through the Prism of Difference||3|
|SOCI 372||Politics and Society||3|
|SOCI 470||Sexuality and Borders||3|
|ARTH 356||Race, Ethnicity, Art and Film||3|
|ENGL 215||Children's Literature||3|
|ENGL 321||Literature of Race, Gender and Sexuality||3|
|ENGL 358||United States Ethnic Literature||3|
|ENGL 374||Gender and Literature||3|
|FREN 414||French Women Writers||3|
|HIST 126||American Women in History||3|
|HIST 323||Medieval Woman||3|
|HIST 331||The Global Renaissance||3|
|HIST 335||The Victorians in Literature & Film||3|
|HIST 367||Women's Lives in East Asia||3|
|HIST 383||Chicano/a/x History||3|
|HIST 385||African American Women||3|
|PHIL 111||Philosophy of Human Nature||3|
|PHIL 343||Gender and Economic Justice||3|
|SPAN 302||Cultural History of Spain||3|
|SPAN 426||Studies in 18th and 19th Century Peninsular Literature and Culture||3|
|THEA 370||Performance Studies||3|
|THRS 318||Islam, Women and Literature||3|
|THRS 331||Sexual Ethics in the Catholic Tradition||3|
|THRS 332||HIV/AIDS and Christian Ethics||3|
|THRS 333||LGBTQ+ and Christianity||3|
|THRS 334||Christian Social Ethics||3|
|THRS 358||Latinoa Catholicism||3|
|THRS 365||Black and Womanist Theologies||3|
|THRS 367||Feminist Theology and Ethics||3|
|THRS 368||Latino/a Theologies||3|
GNDS 101 | INTRODUCTION TO GENDER STUDIES
Units: 3 Repeatability: No
Core Attributes: Social/Behavioral Inquiry area, Global Diversity level 1
This course aims to offer an introduction to gender studies. The course will begin by examining the distinction between sex and gender, as well has how that distinction is employed in discussions of sexuality. Specifically, we will examine the so-called “nature” vs. “nurture” debate and the most recent scientific claims about “innate” sex differences. Next, the course will look into contemporary debates on sex work: prostitution and trafficking. From here we will engage critically with pornography in contemporary society. Is pornography harmful? Is it best understood a protected speech? How are sex workers treated within pornography? Are they oppressed? Are they workers like any other? Next, we will turn to examine the role of gender in inequality in the workplace and the relationship to inequality within the family. Finally, we will also examine the debate around rape on college campuses and Title IX.
GNDS 494 | TOPICS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES
Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)
An advanced course focusing on topics of interest and importance to the study of gender. For example, topics might include such subjects as violence against women; the men’s movement; contemporary theories of love relationships; and lesbian, gay, and bi-sexual issues. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Students must have completed 12 units of coursework in the gender studies minor or have consent of the instructor.
GNDS 495 | ADVANCED WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES
A capstone seminar course devoted to advanced study in the field, supplemented by directed research in students’ areas of primary interest in their majors. When appropriate, it may include an internship component. The research experience will culminate in a symposium.
GNDS 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY
Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)
A program of advanced study in an area of special interest, arranged between the student and the instructor. The independent study must include at a minimum extensive readings, consistent consultations with the sponsoring instructor, and a final report or project.
Evelyn Kirkley, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
Program Advisory Board
Josen Diaz, PhD, Ethnic Studies
Anne Koenig, PhD, Psychological Sciences
Erin Lovette-Colyer, Director, Women's Center
Greg Prieto, PhD, Sociology
Emily Reimer-Barry, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
Lori Watson, PhD, Philosophy