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Fall 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 01H8
MWF 2; WM 100; 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.

Humanities Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Carolyn Kelley
WST 2611 – Section 0695
MWF 4; JHH 221; 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; Gen Ed: H, D; Gordon Rule 2000)

The syllabus can be found here.

Social Science Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Maddy Coy
WST 2612 – Section 17E7
MWF 3; MAT 0018; 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.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women’s Studies

This section is open to all students:

Constance Shehan
WST 3015 – Section 04E6 (22415)
T 4-5, R 4; MAT 0018; 3 Credits

This section is open to honors students. There are a few additional seats available to non-honors students (contact Dr. Zucker,, to inquire about availability):

Elizabeth Garcia
WST 3015 – Section 17EC (24290)
W 4-5, F 4; HUM 0119; 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)

Gender, Bodies, and Health

Alyssa Zucker
WST3323– Section 3D34
M 6-8; TUR 2336;  3 Credits

In this class we will examine how gender is “worn” on the female body. Adopting a feminist interdisciplinary approach, we will explore three major themes: female biology in a social context, bodily practices concerning food and exercise, and disease (i.e., cancer). Throughout, we will examine how these topics are shaped by intersections of gender, race, and class. We will also focus on the role of activism and policy changes in improving health for all people. (SS, G&S; HDS Minor: Tier 1)

The syllabus can be found here.

Women, Leadership, and Diversity in a Global Environment

Anita Anantharam
WST3371– Sections 08HE, 1334, 1598
online;  3 Credits

This course examines key leadership concepts in general, and women in particular. The course is not set up to teach you how to be a leader (or be a better leader), per se, but it will operate with the assumption that if you know how successful women and men have navigated power and authority, applied knowledge and core competencies, and balanced life and work, you will be better able to direct your own academic endeavors and professional development. We will explore leadership theory in general, examine the extent to which leadership, as it is currently researched/theorized is framed for American audiences, and consider whether or not these metrics are useful for understanding leadership in diverse populations and across national borders. (WST: SS; IPG)

The syllabus can be found here.

Transnational Feminism

Anita Anantharam
WST3415– Section 17E8
T 6; MAEB 211; R 6-7; MAEA 303;  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.

Sexual Ethics

Maddy Coy
WST3930– Section 17FB
MWF 5; TUR 2333;  3 Credits

What are the ethical dimensions and dilemmas of navigating sexual encounters and relationships? How can sexual freedom be realized in the context of gendered disparities? Drawing on feminist theory, an intersectional analysis and empirical research, this course will explore contemporary sexual ethics through three key themes: resisting rape culture; sexual consent, mutuality and pleasure; and sexuality as a commodity. ​(WST: SS/HUM, TPS).

The syllabus can be found here.

Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality, & Media

Manoucheka Celeste
WST3930– Section 17FD
T 9-10, R 10; TUR 2333;  3 Credits

In this course we will examine how social identities become legible through communicative practices connected by language, commercial culture, and social institutions. Students will learn and apply Cultural Studies and feminist theories and methodologies to unpack popular representations and taken-for-granted notions about gender, race, class, and sexual orientation as interrelated categories. (WST: SS/HUM; TPS)

The syllabus can be found here.

Latinx Sexualities

Jillian Hernandez
WST3930– Section 3D35
T 8, R 7-8; TUR 2333;  3 Credits

This course engages Latinx sexualities through transnational histories, memoirs and testimonios, artworks, literature, music, film, and video. These varied productions of knowledge will help us understand how law, immigration, exile, religion, and norms of ethnicity, race, class, and gender shape Latinx sexual identities and practices. We will collectively draw from and share our own ways of knowing to provoke further questions about how Latinx sexualities are represented and lived. (HUM, TPS, IPG)

Women’s Health and Wellbeing

Laura Guyer
WST3930– Section 3E61
MWF, 4; TU 2334;  3 Credits

This course draws on a range of social science, pre-professional/professional and public health disciplines to examine the health and well-being of women. The Holistic Model of Health will be used to explore the physical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of women’s health. Health issues across the lifespan will be examined: health disparities, clinical trials, sexual identity, women of color, chronic disease, mental health, tobacco use, substance abuse, domestic violence and care giving. (WST: SS/G&S; HDS minor Tier 1)

Independent Study

Alyssa Zucker
WST 4905 –Departmentally Controlled, Variable Credits 1-3; Can be repeated up to 6 credits

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-Departmentally Controlled-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.

Feminist/Queer of Color

Tanya Saunders
WST4930-Section 17D3
T 8-10; UST 108; 3 Credits

This course is a survey course of the scholarship and key debates in the emerging fields of Black Queer/Queer of Color Studies, which have their origins in Black, Chicana, and Latina Feminist Studies. We will take a sociological approach to understanding how race, sexuality, gender, and coloniality affects our understanding of ourselves, and how we experience social life through placing non-heteronormative Black and Latinx Queer subjects at the center of our analyses. We will engage the social implications of the scientific study on sexuality, engage key theoretical perspectives in the area of queer/sexuality studies, and review empirical studies concerning Black and Latinx queer identities and cultural politics within Africa and the Diaspora in the Americas. Sexuality studies is a large and broad field of inquiry, therefore this course is not exhaustive. The goal of the course is to give you a strong theoretical and empirical base from which you can think about Diaspora, race, gender, “sexuality‟ and society. (WST: HUM/SS; TPS; IPG)

The syllabus can be found here.

Capstone Seminar in Women’s Studies

Maddy Coy
WST4935– Section 3D47
W 7-9: MAT 151;  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.


Alyssa Zucker
WST 4940 – Departmentally Controlled
Variable Credits 1-3; Can be repeated up to 6 credits

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 – Departmentally Controlled
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.

Women’s/Gender Honors Thesis

Alyssa Zucker
WST 4970- Departmentally Controlled; 3 Credits

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).