Spring 2019

Letters in parenthesis indicate how the class fills a distribution requirement in the WST General Concentration (SS=Social Science, HUM=Humanities, G&S=Gender & Science) and/or whether it counts for the TPS or IPG track in the major.  If a course fills a GenEd requirement, that is specified separately. Click on the hyperlinks below for a course syllabus.

Majors may count any one 2000-level class towards the WMS major. Only WST2322, 2611, or 2612 count towards the WMS minor; only WST2611 or 2612 count towards the TPS minor.

Introduction to Health Disparities

Laura K. Guyer
WST 2322 – Section 08GD
MWF 2; PUGH 170; 3 Credits
This introductory course examines the multifaceted issue of health disparities through the lens of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and special populations. It also addresses the concepts of medically underserved areas/populations, health literacy, cultural competence, readability & linguistic appropriateness and social determinants of health as they relate to health equity.(WST: SS, G&S; GenEd: S, D; HDS Minor: Core.)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Humanities Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Carolyn Kelley
WST 2611 – Section 2C87
MWF 4; TUR 2319; 3 Credits
This course uses close readings of cultural representations (in literature, the visual arts, movies, television, the internet, etc…) to understand intersecting categories of identity such as gender, sexuality, class, and race. We will examine how such categories operate in everything from novels to YouTube to the evening news. (WST: HUM; TPS; GenEd: H, D; Gordon Rule 2000)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Social Science Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Maddy Coy
WST 2612 – Section 01BH
MWF 3; TUR 2319; 3 Credits
This course considers the social construction of gender, sexuality, race, class, and other identity categories. Readings focus on families and cultural groups mainly in the U.S. but with attention to other nations. Subjects as intimate as the body and violence and as pervasive as politics and the law are included. We emphasize differences in daily life experiences of health care, education, sports, and religion. Finally, we examine the potential of movements for social change. (WST: SS; TPS; Gen Ed: SS, D, Gordon Rule 2000)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women’s Studies

Jillian Hernandez
WST 3015 – Section 086C
T 4, R 4-5; LIT 0113; 3 Credits
Elizabeth Garcia
WST 3015 – Section 3F18
T 4-5, R 4; MAT 0051; 3 Credits
Drawing on materials and methodologies from a variety of disciplines, this class explores the diverse experiences of women, both in past eras and in the present, in the U.S. and abroad. Required for the Women’s Studies major and minor; fulfills the General Education requirement in diversity. (WST: Core; Gen Ed:  H, SS, D and Gordon Rule 4000)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Transnational Feminism

Anita Anantharam
WST3415– Section 08H0
T, 2-3, R 3; TUR 2319;  3 Credits
This course places women and feminism in a transnational perspective, focusing on various theories and movements engendered by women in contemporary national contexts. Development, reproductive politics, women’s health, etc. will be examined. (WST: Core; Gen Ed: S, N)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Sexualities Studies

Tanya Saunders
WST3603– Section 05DF
T, 5-6, R 6; LIT 101;  3 Credits
Sexualities Studies is the interdisciplinary study of sexualities covering diverse theories of sexualities and desire, and how these theories are socially constructed and regulated. Central to the class will be the connections between sexualities and other social locators such as race, ethnicity, gender, social class, age and ability or disability. (WST: SS; TPS: Core; HDS Minor: Tier 2)

The syllabus can be found here.

Gender, Race, & Science

Haven Hawley
WST3610– Section 21137
T, 7, R 7-8; FLG 0285;  3 Credits
Feminist theories of nature, science and technology, and how gender and race are critical to the origins of science, the making of scientists and the politics of contemporary practice. This course will involve use of the special collections at Smathers Library. (WST: SS/HUM/G&S)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF)

Gender and Food Politics

Anita Anantharam
WST3663– Section 05E3
T, 8-9, R 9; TUR 2333;  3 Credits
If there is one thing that is both culturally specific and truly open to global experience at the same time, it is food. Not only a basic necessity to sustain life, it is also the one thing that all humans and animals have in common: you need to eat to survive. Yet, each culture’s attitudes towards food preparation and consumption, tell us a great deal about that society’s socio-political organization and structure. Given that food (like people and cultural beliefs) travels across geographic boundaries, the politics of what we eat, where we eat it, and how we eat reflect deep-rooted gender, religious, racial, class, and national identities. By examining food historically and globally, we can see how these issues have developed over time and across cultures in relation to political, social and economic changes. This class will require a service learning component. (WST:SS/HUM; IPG)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Violence Against Women

Maddy Coy
WST3930– Section 03CD
MWF, 6; LIT 121;  3 Credits
This course will examine the international evidence base on violence against women and responses to it, including prevention initiatives. We will explore myths and stereotypes, conceptual frameworks, the extent, prevalence and impact of different forms of violence against women, law and public policy responses, and how the media report and frame violence. How violence against women is experienced and perpetrated in specific social and geographical contexts will be a key theme, alongside globalised practices of violence and human rights approaches. (WST: HUM/SS; IPG)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Discrimination and Health

Alyssa Zucker
WST4704– Section 09CC
M, 6-8; TUR 2336;  3 Credits
In this class we will study discrimination and health from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (e.g., psychology, women’s studies, public health). The course is organized into three broad sections. The first explores mechanisms by which discrimination “gets under the skin” to affect health behaviors and health outcomes. The second focuses on discrimination within healthcare settings. The third emphasizes routes to eliminating discrimination and improving health at individual, group, and legislative levels. Within each of these sections we will focus on a variety of types of discrimination, including those based on race, sex, social class, and sexual orientation/gender identity. Because these categories do not influence people in isolation, we will examine the intersection of identities whenever possible in our analysis. We will read original research reports (not a textbook) and all students will be required to participate actively in class discussions. (WST: SS, G&S)

The syllabus can be found here.

Independent Study

Alyssa Zucker
Variable Credits 1-3; Can be repeated up to 6 credits
WST 4905 – Section 1987
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and program chair
For advanced undergraduate students who desire to supplement the regular courses by independent reading or research. Online Application (PDF) .

Undergraduate Research in Women’s Studies

Alyssa Zucker
WST4911-Section 06B8
Location TBA; Variable Credits
Prerequisite: Permission of Undergraduate Coordinator/Program Chair
For advanced undergraduate students who desire to supplement the regular courses by independent reading or research. Click here for an application form.

Community Assessment and Social Inequality

Laura Guyer
WST4911– Section 03H8
MWF, 5; TUR 2333;  3 Credits
This course will investigate the social, political, environmental and economic factors that contribute to health disparities in Alachua County. The 2016 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan will be analyzed using theories and conceptual models of social inequality (racism, classism, sexism, stigma), public health (theory of social reproduction, social determinants of health, social ecological model) and public policy (rationality, market failures) to understand how barriers to care among vulnerable populations can be reduced or eliminated. This is a service learning course that requires off-campus engagement. (WST: SS; G&S; HDS minor: Tier II; pre-req: WST 2322)

The syllabus can be found here.

Women and Islam

Gwendolyn Simmons
WST4930– Section 1F51
M, 10-11, W, 10; AND 013;  3 Credits
This course brings a feminist insider perspective to the volatile subject of “Women and Islam.” Most non-Muslims see Islam as the root cause of the oppression of women in the Muslim world. However, a growing number of Muslim women scholars and activists have begun to challenge the notions that Islam is synonymous with the oppression of women. In this course, we will review the history of the religion and women’s place in it, bringing to the foreground the significant role women played in Islam’s early history. We will also examine the situation of contemporary Muslim women from both the perspectives of Islamic Nationalists and Islamists. Both groups see women as a crucial component for the preservation of Islamic societies. (WST: HUM; IPG)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF)..

Toni Morrison

Debra King
WST4930– Section 2834
T, 2-3, TUR 2336; R, 3; TUR 2346;  3 Credits

This semester we will read most of Morrison’s fiction (and some nonfiction), focusing on several themes. Among them are the relationship of the author’s work to womanist thought, the sacred to the secular, history and heritage, identity and subjectivity, language and rhetorical strategy, motherhood and self, life and love. We will also evaluate what critics have to say about Morrison, how they construct and reconstruct the artist and her work, as well as evaluate the author’s own creative and critical perspectives. (WST: HUM)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Transgender Studies

Billy Gene Huff
WST 4930 – Section 335C
M 9-10; W 10; PUGH 120; 3 Credits
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field that is currently known as Transgender Studies. In this course, we will critically examine Transgender as a concept as it travels across social, historical, cultural, legal, medical, national, political, and affective spaces. We will consider the centrality of the socially constructed body and the flesh within Transgender Studies, as well as the relationship between bodies and texts. Third, and perhaps most important, we’ll connect theory and research to our personal lives.  Your experiences, insights, questions, and ideas are a key part of this course.  Throughout the term we’ll consider not only what is in terms of gender, but also what might be and how we, as change agents, may act to improve our individual and collective lives. (HUM/SS, TPS)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Capstone Seminar in Women’s Studies

Maddy Coy
WST4935– Section 4900
M 8; W 8-9: UST 108;  3 Credits
This course (required for all majors) is the culmination of the Women’s Studies major. It explores some examples of past and present scholarship to reaffirm the interdisciplinary nature of the field and to highlight the relationships among feminist theory, intellectual practice, and social change. The bulk of the semester is devoted to a full-length independent project on a topic of student’s own choosing. (WST: Core for all tracks in major; pre-req: WST 3015)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).


Alyssa Zucker
Variable Credits 1-3; Can be repeated up to 6 credits
WST 4940 – 4821
Prerequisite: Permission of undergraduate coordinator

Designed for students desiring practical experience in the community. Students intern with a local agency, group or business involved in women’s issues. Click here for more information and an on-line application.

Practicum in Health Disparities

Laura K. Guyer
WST 4941C – Section 169B
MWF 1; TUR 2319; 3 Credits
WST 4941C is a capstone experience for seniors who have taken WST2322,, Introduction to Health Disparities in Society. Students are matched with preceptors from community agencies working with under-served and disadvantaged populations. Students will learn about the agency and its organizational culture while applying concepts of cultural competence, linguistic appropriateness and health disparities. To register, contact Dr. Laura Guyer. (HDS Minor: Core; Pre-req: WST 2322)

The syllabus can be found here (PDF).

Women’s/Gender Honors Thesis

Alyssa Zucker
WST 4970- Section 027E
Students register for this course when pursuing an Honors Thesis in the WST major.  In accordance with the protocols established by WST and the Honors Program, students design and pursue an independent research project with guidance from an advisor. Guidelines for the Honors Thesis are available here and the Application for the Honors Thesis is here (PDF).