Spring 2019


The following courses are graduate seminars offered in the Center. They are available to graduate students in the Center and those students working on certificates. Please also see this link for a complete listing of approved graduate electives offered outside the center.

Advanced Feminist Theory

Tace Hedrick
WST 6508-Section 09B6
R 6-8; UST 0108; 3 Credits

Contemporary theory with focus on common themes among academic disciplines. Since feminist theory is by its very nature interdisciplinary, this course is designed to acquaint students with some foundational feminist theory–in primary texts–across the disciplines: philosophy, art history, literary studies, sociology, anthropology, the sciences. By foundational” I mean feminist thought which has been influential in shaping academic feminist scholarship since the so-called “second wave” of United States and European feminism, beginning (roughly) in the late 1940s and moving up to the present. Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Whitney Chadwick, Janice Radway, Nancy Hartsock, bell hooks, Jane Gallop, Gayatri Spivak, Patricia Williams, Pat Hill Collins, Gayle Rubin will be some of the individuals discussed in the course. Course requirements include one 25-30 page final paper, 8 response papers, and one short presentation.

The syllabus can be found here.

Independent Study

Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6905-Section: Departmentally controlled
TBA; Variable Credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department chair and 1 Women’s Studies course or course that counts for women’s studies, For advanced graduate students who desire to supplement their regular courses by independent reading or research under guidance. On-line application.

Jobs, Gender, Justice

Constance Shehan
WST 6935-Section 02H5
W, 7-9; MAT 010; 3 Credits

This course focuses primarily on waged labor in the contemporary United States.  However, since the US is embedded in an increasingly globalized economy, the experiences of workers in and from other parts of the world will also come into our discussions at several points.  We will look at differential access to – and outcomes of — jobs (e.g., discrimination in hiring and wages; motherhood wage penalty) and experiences of workers (i.e., sexual harassment/assault). We will also consider the challenges of the work-life/family nexus.  This is an interdisciplinary social science course.  While being in a social science discipline is not a prerequisite for the course, students will be expected to read, write, and speak about issues considered from a social science perspective.

The syllabus can be found here.

Race, Sex, Representation

Jillian Hernandez
WST 6935-Section 4G22
M 7-9; MAT 0010; 3 Credits

This course engages scholarly debates around the injuries and pleasures that attend the sexual representation of gendered/racialized people in art, film, performance, and other media. Although the forms of representation we will engage will primarily be in the form of visual depictions, the politics of representing racialized gendered sexual subjects in scholarship and cultural, social, political discourse will also be areas of concern. We will survey recent work in the field, and center questions of methodology and research design for intersectional sexuality studies in our discussions.

The syllabus can be found here.

Global Women of Color

Manoucheka Celeste
WST6935-Section 0976
T, 8-10; UST 108; 3 Credits

This course will engage with the scholarship and activism of women of color around the world thinking about race, class, gender, sexuality, and nation. Paying particular attention to the relationship between representation and materiality, we will explore the contributions and experiences of women of color across topics. This includes media and popular culture, immigration, globalization, colonialism, the state, and academia. We will focus on scholars of U.S. “Third World,” Borderland, Caribbean, and South Asian feminisms, in addition to the works that students bring into the class, as we continually ask the question: “What is the relationship between women of color feminisms and globality?”

The syllabus can be found here.

Women and Islam

Gwendolyn Simmons
WST 6935-Section 18C3
M, 10-11, W 10; AND 013; 3 Credits

This course will cast a feminist insider perspective on the volatile subject of “Women and Islam.” Most non-Muslims credit Islam as being 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 notion 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 Muslim women contemporarily from both the perspectives of Islamic Nationalists and Islamists. Both groups see that women are a crucial component for the preservation of Islamic societies.

The syllabus can be found here.


Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6946-Section 08F5
Variable Credits

Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate 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.

Master’s Research

Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6971- Section 4433
Variable Credits