Sally Barr Ebest, Professor, English
Ph.D., Indiana University
Judith Cochran, E. Desmond Lee Professor of Tutorial Education
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Glen Cope, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Janet Murray, E. Desmond Lee Professor for Developing Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs, Business Administration
Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia
Barbara Harbach, Professor, Music
Ph.D., Eastman School of Music
Margaret Sherraden, Professor, Social Work
Ph.D., Washington University
Anne Winkler, Professor, Economics
Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana
Jeanne Morgan Zarucchi, Professor, French and Art and Art History
Ph.D., Harvard University
Brenda Bredemeier, Associate Professor, Teaching & Learning
Ph.D., Temple University
Sheilah Clarke-Ekong, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles
Deborah Cohen, Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Suellynn Duffey, Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Kathy Gentile, Associate Professor, English
Ph.D., University of Oregon
Ruth Iyob, Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Farida Jalalzai, Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D. University of Buffalo - SUNY
Minsoo Kang, Associate Professor in History
Ph.D., University of California – Los Angeles
Virginia Navarro, Associate Professor, Teaching & Learning
Ph.D., Washington University
Nanora Sweet, Associate Professor, English(Ret'd)
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Laura Westhoff, Associate Professor, History and Education
Ph.D., Washington University
Berit Brogaard, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo
Kristin Carbone-Lopez, Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Zoe Peterson, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Ph.D., University of Kansas
Carol Peck, Professor, Emerita, Optometry
Ph.D., University of California – Los Angeles
Jayne Stake, Professor Emerita, Psychology’
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Nancy Gleason, Associate Dean & Director of Writing, Pierre Laclede Honors College
M.A., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Kimberly Baldus, Associate Teaching Professor, Pierre Laclede Honors College
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Maria Balogh, Assistant Teaching Professor, Spanish
M.A., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Kathleen Nigro, Associate Teaching Professor, English
Ph.D., St. Louis University
Lori Curtis, Assistant Teaching Professor, Social Work
M.S.W., Washington University
Deana L. Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychology
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Deborah Maltby, Assistant Teaching Professor, English
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Margaret Phillips, Assistant Teaching Professor, Latin
Ph.D., St. Louis University
Drucilla Mims Wall, Assistant Teaching Professor English
Ph.D., University of Nebraska
Lynn Staley, Assistant Teaching Professor, English
Ph.D., St. Louis University
Vivian Eveloff, Director, Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life
Malaika Horne, Director, Executive Leadership Consortium
Ph.D., St. Louis University
Dayna Stock, Manager of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life
M.P.P.A.,Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
The Gender Studies Program has three central missions: to provide a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate gender studies curriculum, to support research on gender and women’s issues, and to sponsor events and provide community outreach. Faculty engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship to enhance our understanding of the ways in which gender, sex, and sexuality have structured human society and experience across time and cultures. Faculty and students draw upon the rich body of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship to investigate emerging theories and research on women, men, and gender. Our courses encourage a reassessment of female and male roles in society and facilitate career goals that focus on gender issues. Gender Studies classes promote the exchange of knowledge among people of different races, genders, classes, ethnicities, sexualities and cultural conditions. Gender Studies courses enable students to broaden their educational experiences and develop new insights into their own lives and aspirations.
The Gender Studies Major
Undergraduate students may design their own major through the Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) provides a flexible, individualized program of study for the self-directed learner. It is intended for students who have unique educational goals that cannot be met by any other UMSL degree program. Each degree program is developed by the student, with advising by faculty and a professional Student Services Coordinator. It is open to all students, including those enrolled in the Pierre Laclede Honors College. The BIS degree enables a student to combine courses from at least three different disciplines, taken at the intermediate or advanced level. This allows students to study a subject from multiple academic perspectives (for example, Gender Studies, including History, English, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, and/or Social Work), or to combine courses for a specific career goal (for example, leadership or non-profit management). Student may also receive credit for professional internships, research internships, or community service, under the supervision of a UMSL faculty member. Some BIS degree programs may be completed entirely with evening courses.
The BIS requires the student to define a personalized Area of Study of at least 36 credit hours, no more than 15 hours of which can be in one department. All courses in the Area of Study must be at the 2000-level or above, and 18 credits must be earned at UM-St. Louis after the student is admitted to the BIS program. Up to six hours may be taken as faculty-supervised professional internship, research internship, or community service, which must be approved by the faculty member in advance. In order to be admitted to the BIS, students must also have a campus grade point average of 2.0 or above. Please contact Dr. Kathleen Nigro, Gender Studies Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Gender Studies Minor
For a Minor in Gender Studies, students must take at least 12 hours of Gender Studies courses. 9 hours must include 3 core courses:
1) GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies
2) GS 3033 Sexuality and Gender Theory or other 3000-5000 level course in feminist or gender theory.
3) Capstone experience: Students must complete a final research project or practicum. The Capstone requirement may be satisfied by GS 4352 Independent Study in Women’s and Gender Studies, GS 4353 Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies, or by a 4000-level Gender Studies course or other 4000-level seminar where student completes a final research and writing project that focuses on gender studies.
Undergraduate certificate candidates must meet the University’s general education requirements. Applicants must have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 and must maintain a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in Gender Studies courses. Candidates for undergraduate certificates are asked to register with Gender Studies after taking one or two courses. Students will then be enrolled in the program and will be placed on our mailing list for class information and announcements of upcoming events.
Students must take at least 18 hours in Gender Studies courses.9 hours must include 3 core courses:
1) GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies
2) GS 3033 Sexuality and Gender Theory or other 3000-5000 level course in feminist or gender theory
3) Capstone Experience: Students must complete a final research project or practicum. The Capstone requirement may be satisfied by GS 4352 Independent Study in Women’s and Gender Studies, GS 4353 Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies, or by a 4000-level Gender Studies course or other 4000-level seminar where student completes a final research and writing project that focuses on gender studies.
9 hours may be cross-listed courses with student’s major department or Gender Studies electives from various disciplines.
Gender Studies Certificate in Women’s Leadership (Pending Coordinating Board of Higher Education approval)
For the Gender Studies Certificate in Women’s Leadership, students must take at least 18 hours of Gender Studies courses. 6 hours must include 2 core components:
1) GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies
2) Capstone Experience: The capstone requirement may be satisfied by GS 4352, Independent Study in Gender Studies, or GS 4353, Internship in Gender Studies (which includes the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, the Women’s University Mentoring Program, the Women’s Executive Leadership Institute, or a comparable program approved by the GS director).
The remaining 12 hours may be selected from the following choices; take no more than two courses per curricular designation.
COMM 3337, Male-Female Communication
COMM 2232, Communication in Organizations: Tools for Leadership
GS 2150, Special Topics in Gender Studies: Women’s Leadership
MGMT 3600, Management and Organizational Behavior (Same as SOC 3600)
MGMT 3611, Advanced Management and Organization Behavior
MGMT 3623, Industrial and Organizational Psychology. (Same as PSYCH 3318)
MGMT 3625, Leadership in Organizations
MKTG 3785, Women in International Entrepreneurship, (Prerequisites: MKTG 3700 basic Marketing) and MKTG 3780, (International Marketing)
PHIL 2253/GS 2253, Philosophy and Feminism
POL SCI 2380, The Politics of Gender in the United States
POL SCI 3590, Women and Leadership World-Wide, Breaking the Glass ceiling
PSYCH 2230, Psychology of Women
PSYCH 3316, Fundamentals of Leadership
PSYCH 3318, Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Same as MGMT 3623)
SOC 3600, Management and Organizational Behavior (Same as MGMT 3600)
The graduate certificate in Gender Studies is designed for students who wish to receive post-baccalaureate training in gender studies.
For Admission:Baccalaureate degree
Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate/graduate work
Two letters of recommendation
If you are not currently enrolled at UMSL, you must apply through the Graduate School. This certificate is available to students with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees and students enrolled in graduate degree programs. A student need not be enrolled in a degree program to earn the Gender Studies graduate certificate. Post B.A./B.S. students may enroll in the undergraduate or graduate certificate program.
At least 18 hours of Women’s and Gender Studies courses at the 4000, 5000, and/or 6000 level
1) 3 hours must include a graduate feminist or gender theory course, which may be GS 5033, Advanced Sexuality and Gender Theory, GS 5040 Feminist Critical Theory, or other theory course.
2) 3 hours must include either a graduate internship or practicum, or final writing project, which may be an independent study GS 6452 Special Readings in Women’s and Gender Studies, or a substantial research and writing project for a GS graduate seminar, which may be GS 6450 Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies, or other cross-listed, 5000 or 6000-level seminar
3) 12 hours must be at the 5000 level or above, while up to 6 hours of 4000-level courses may be taken for graduate credit, as long as student completes graduate level work for the course.
4) No more than 6 hours may be taken as Directed or Independent Study credit.
GS 1004 The History of Women in the United States (3)
Same as HIST 1004 A survey of women’s history from the colonial era to the present.
GS 2100 Women in Contemporary Society (3)
Same as SOC 2100. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or GS 2102 or consent of instructor. An introduction to the sociological analysis of the status of women in society, including their work, family, and political roles. Socialization, education, and the women's movement will also be considered, as these affect the position and participation of women in a variety of social arenas.
GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies (3)
Same as SOC WK 2102, HIST 2102, and SOC 2102 This core class is required for all Gender Studies Certificate earners. This class introduces students to cultural, political and historical issues that shape gender. Through a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the course familiarizes students with diverse female and male experiences and gendered power relationships.
GS 2140 Female Sexuality (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003, or BIOL 1012, or its equivalent.
GS 2150 Special Topics in Gender Studies* (3)
An introduction to a particular topic area in women’s and gender studies (topics will be announced prior to registration), drawing on the theories and methods of such disciplines as sociology, psychology, political science, history, philosophy, art history, and others to examine particular aspects of gender in social and cultural life. Course may satisfy the distribution requirement for humanities or social sciences depending on the topic.
GS 2230 Psychology of Gender (3) [V,SS]
Same as PSYCH 2230 Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. Evaluation of psychological theories and research regarding physiological, cognitive, and personality sex differences, female problems in adjustment, and clinical intervention for women.
GS 2232 Psychology of Trauma (3)
Same as PSYCH 2232. Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. This course is designed to review the psychological effects of crime, violence, war, natural disasters, and other traumas. Particular attention is paid to the development of specific psychopathology and other negative consequences of traumatic events. The process of recovery from distress following psychological events is further emphasized. The role of gender and its relationship to victimization and the development of psychopathology and recovery are considered throughout the course.
GS 2253 Philosophy and Feminism (3)
Same as PHIL 2253 A critical examination of what various philosophers have said about issues of concern to women. Sample topics include oppression, racism, women’s nature, femininity, marriage, motherhood, sexuality, pornography, and the ethics of care.
GS 2290 Gender and the Law (3)
Same as POL SCI 2290. This course examines the ways in which laws and interpretations of laws affect gender equality in the United States. Emphasizing how traditional roles impact both women and men historically and currently, the course highlights major pieces of legislation and court rulings related to employment, economics, education, sexual harassment, pornography, rape, reproductive rights, and domestic relations. The course stresses the impact of federal and state institutions and non-governmental influences on equality. It also addresses gender representation in the legal profession and its effect on judicial decisions. (This course satisfies State requirements in American History and Government.)
GS 2380 The Politics of Gender in the United States (3)
Same as POL SCI 2380. Prerequisite: POL SCI 1100 or consent of instructor. This course examines the role of gender in political institutions, practices and policy in the United States, past and present. It focuses on various movements for political equality, the relationship between gender and political participation, vote choice, and public opinion, and how legislative executive, and judicial offices are gendered at the national, state and local levels. (This course satisfies State requirements in American History and Government.)
GS 2410 Work, Families, and Public Policy (3)
Same as ECON 2410. This course compares the economic behavior of women and men in both the labor market and the household. Topics include: the family as an economic (production) unit, gender differences in labor force participation, occupations and earnings; the effectiveness of human capital theory and labor market discrimination in explaining the male-female wage gap; remedies for reducing the wage gap, family structure and economic well-being, and alternative policies to alleviate poverty. Students who have completed ECON 3400 may not take GS 2410 for credit.
GS 3031 History of Gender in the United States (3)
Same as HIST 3031 Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. Development of women’s economic, political, and social role in the United States with special emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; women and work; women and the family; women and reform movements; women and education; feminist theorists and activists; images of women.
GS 3032 History of Gender in Comparative Cultures (3)
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. An introduction to the historical development of women’s status in a variety of cultures and periods within the areas of Africa, Europe, the Far East, Latin America, and the Middle East. The course analyzes women’s political, economic, familial, and sexual roles and the economic, demographic, ideological, and political forces which promoted change and continuity in these roles.
GS 3033 Sexuality and Gender Theory (3)
Same as HIST 3033. Prerequisite: Junior Standing or consent of instructor. This course examines the ways in which contemporary sexuality and gender theory has challenged and changed the study of culture and history. The course introduces students to sexuality and gender theory in late twentieth and early twenty-first century contexts. It then explores dynamic links between theory and the formal structures of political economy as well as the informal structures of everyday life.
GS 3034 History of Sexuality (3)
Prerequisite: Junior Standing or consent of instructor. This course locates sexuality at the center of history and examines its impact over time on politics, society, culture and economics. In particular, the course focuses on changing definitions of sexual deviance, the historical evolution of formal and informal regulations of sexual practices and the manner in which sex has been deployed in broader historical struggles involving gender, race, class, migration and state building.
GS 3224 Marriage and the Family (3)
Same as SOC 3224 Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or consent of instructor. The study of patterns of close relationships and how these relationships are influenced by larger social forces. Topics include: love, dating, mate selection, cohabitation, alternative lifestyles, working families, parenting, single mothers, families in crisis, domestic violence, and divorce. Universal and variable aspects of family organization, family role systems, and changes in family social structure.
GS 3250 Sociology of Victimization (3)
Same as SOC 3250. Prerequisite: SOC 1010. Examines the role of social factors in a wide range of kinds of victimization—crime, violence, natural disasters, accidents, disease, etc. The topic of social reactions to various kinds of victimization is also covered. Sociological theories of victimization are emphasized.
GS 3350 Special Topics in Gender Studies (3)*
Prerequisite: GS 2102 or consent of instructor. Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies. Topics vary by semester.
GS 3352 Independent Studies in Gender Studies (1-3)
Prerequisites: Junior standing; two courses in Women’s and Gender Studies, including 2102; and consent of the instructor and the Institute. Directed independent work in selected women’s and gender studies topics through readings, research, reports and/or conferences. Course may satisfy the distribution requirement for the humanities, social sciences or math/science depending on topic.
GS 3376 Gender in the Visual Arts (3)
Same as ST ART 3376. Prerequisite: Minimum of one 2000-level course in art history and ENGL 3100, or consent of instructor. Selected topics in the role of gender difference in the production and reception of works of visual art and culture. This course will consider examples of historical and contemporary works through gender theories and the analysis of cultural and social factors that contribute to the construction of sexualities and genders.
GS 3590 Women and Leadership World-Wide: Breaking the Glass Ceiling (3)
Same as POL SCI 3590. Prerequisite: POL SCI 1500 or consent of instructor. Compares women’s day-to-day leadership and participation patterns across a wide variety of political-economic contexts, emphasizing their performance as elective and executive office holders. It examines the experiences of individual female leaders, the effect of country-specific nomination and recruitment strategies, party dynamics, and the larger political opportunity structure hindering or promoting the balanced participation of women and men in national leadership. Understanding how gender (the socially constructed meanings related to biological sex) operates within these specific contexts is a major concern.
GS 3700 Diversity and Social Justice (3)
Same as SOC WK 3700 Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or equivalent. Analyzes the structure, dynamics, and consequences of social and economic injustice, and the impact on diverse groups in American society. Examines theoretical models and practice principles for work with diverse groups.
GS 4100 Power & Practice: Introduction to Feminist & Gender Theory (3)
Prerequisites GS 2102. This class serves as an initial intellectual investigation into gendered ideologies (such as the effects of race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic class, sexuality, and religion) and functions as a bridge to later advanced gender theory and methods courses. Topics include interdisciplinary feminist theories (with a focus on gender equality), including masculinity theory, queer theory, muted group theory, and other evolving frameworks.
GS 4150 Feminist Theory and Social Research (3)
Same as SOC 4150. Prerequisites: GS 2102 and Junior Standing or consent of instructor. This course provides an in-depth examination of feminist theoretical contributions to social science research. We begin by examining the 20th century roots of contemporary feminist theories. With these foundations in place, we then shift to an investigation of how feminist theory has informed sociological research by examining current feminist understandings of gender, race, class and sexual inequalities across a range of contemporary social problems. Fulfills GS feminist theory requirement.
GS 4300 The Female Gaze: Women and the Media (3)
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. This course challenges how women’s issues and performances of femininity are represented in global media, particularly popular Western media which perpetuate cultural stereotypes of gender norms. Specific topics will vary.
GS 4325 Gender, Crime and Justice (3)
Same as CRIMIN 4325 and SOC 4325. Prerequisites: CRIMIN 1110, CRIMIN 1120, CRIMIN 1130, CRIMIN 2210, CRIMIN 2220, or consent of instructor. Analysis of the role of gender in crime and in the justice system. Emphasis on gender differences in crime commission, criminal processing, and the employment of women in criminal justice agencies. Fulfills criminology diversity requirement.
GS 4330 Violence Against Women (3)
Same as CRIMIN 4330. Prerequisites: Junior Standing, CRIMIN 1110, CRIMIN 1120, CRIMIN 1130, CRIMIN 2210, CRIMIN 2220, and ENGL 3100 or consent of instructor. This course examines the nature, extent, causes and consequences of various types of violence against women, including rape, sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence. Criminal justice policy and practice regarding violence against women are also examined.
GS 4350 Special Topics in Gender Studies* (3)
Prerequisite: GS 2102 or consent of instructor. Special topics examined from a gender perspective in the fields of anthropology, art history, criminology, economics, English, foreign language, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, business, or others. Topics and departments vary by semester. Course may be repeated by permission of IWGS Director.
GS 4352 Independent Study in Gender Studies (1-3)
Prerequisite: GS 2102 or consent of instructor. Independent, directed readings and research in a women’s and gender related topic, to be determined in consultation with instructor.
GS 4353 Internship in Gender Studies (3)
Prerequisites: 90 hours. 2.5 GPA, 12 WGS hrs. Internship would place the student in a profit or nonprofit setting for approximately ten hours a week in an internship structured and supervised by the Institute; consent of Director required; may include biweekly seminar. Student must present appropriate course background for either option, plus the above pre/co-requisites.
GS 4360 Sociology of Minority Groups (3)
Same as SOC 4360. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 and junior standing or consent of instructor. The study of dominant-subordinate group relations. Religion, ethnicity, race, and gender as factors in the unequal distribution of power.
GS 4452 Feminism and Science (3)
Same as PHIL 4452. Prerequisites: Six hours of philosophy, graduate standing, or consent of instructor. This course will explore major themes and issues in feminist science scholarship, a body of research that focuses on the relationship between science and gender. Feminist research in the philosophy and history of science, and in the biological sciences, are emphasized. Issues include: the nature of objectivity, evidence, and truth; the factors that contribute to the acceptance or rejection of research hypothesis and theories; the nature and consequences of science’s cognitive authority; and the relationship between science and values.
GS 4600 Masculinities (3)
Same as SOC 4600. Prerequisites: GS 2102 or consent of instructor. This course examines men and masculinities through a critical lens, looking carefully at an institutionalized system of gender relations and practices that is assumed to be a natural phenomenon that is culturally universal. The course explores various masculine behaviors, myths, ideologies, and experiences so that students can consider the relationship between masculine practice and social power and delineate choices for future directions. The course is necessarily interdisciplinary and may utilize tools and methods from the social sciences and the humanities. Satisfies GS gender theory requirement.
GS 4610 Domestic Violence: Theory, Problems, and Practice (3)
Same as SOC WK 4610. Prerequisite: SOC WK 3150. Focuses on theoretical and empirical understanding of domestic violence in U.S. society and social work practice with battered women and their families. This course addresses direct services, community organizing, and public policy changes to help end violence against women. Relationships between violence against women and other forms of oppression (e.g., racism, economic exploitation, heterosexism and social class) are explored.
GS 4630 Women’s Social Issues (3)
Same as SOC WK 4630. Prerequisite: SOC WK 3150 or equivalent. This course will help students become more sensitive to the social and welfare concerns of women. The topics include work, education, family responsibilities, violence against women, and special health and mental health service needs. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how social action can be used to bring about positive change.
GS 4920 Women Writing Nature (3)
Prerequisite: GS 2102, or consent of instructor. We will read and analyze nature writings by 19th and 20th century women in America, as well as critical studies from various cultural perspectives and academic disciplines. The course will examine how women’s observations about nature create, support, and/or dispute particular cultural and social attitudes toward the environment. Students will consider debates in feminist pedagogy, ecofeminism, and social constructivism about the relationship of gender to nature.
GS 4925 Feminism and Witchcraft (3)
Prerequisite: GS 2102, or consent of instructor. This class will examine literary and historical treatments of witchcraft through a cross-cultural, feminist theoretical framework. Students will read primary historical documents as well as fictional, dramatic, and poetic representations of witches and witchcraft. The course will consider changing perspectives toward witches in contemporary gender theory, spiritualist discourse and popular media.
GS 4930 Studies in Gender and Literature (3)
Same as ENGL 4930. Prerequisites: Students must satisfy English prerequisites for 4000-level courses or obtain permission of instructor. The course examines the role of gender in literature, including the transformation of literary genres by women writers, writings by women during a particular historical period, and gender relations in literature. Specific topics vary from semester to semester. The course may be repeated for credit with departmental approval.
GS 4931 English Women Writers, 1300-1750 (3)
Same as ENGL 4931. Prerequisites: Students must satisfy English prerequisites for 4000-level courses or obtain permission of instructor. Texts covered will range in scope from closet drama and romance to lyrics to personal, political, and religious writing by women such as Margery Kempe, Mary Sidney, and Amelia Lanyer who wrote during a period when reading and writing were not the female norm.
GS 4932 Female Gothic (3)
Same as ENGL 4932. Prerequisites: Students must satisfy English prerequisites for 4000-level courses or obtain permission of instructor. The course examines the historical development of the female gothic, a genre which employs narrative strategies for expressing fears and desires associated with female experience. From the late 18th century to the present, we will trace the persistence of the Gothic vision in fiction and film.
GS 4934 Austen and the Brontes (3)
Same as ENGL 4934. Prerequisites: Students must satisfy English prerequisites for 4000-level courses or obtain permission of instructor. This course covers the novels of the major 19th century British writers Jane Austen and the three Bronte sisters, Anne, Emily, and Charlotte. The course will be devoted to Austen’s romantic comedies and the historical/cultural contexts that inform the novels, as well as the darker romanticism of the Brontes, along with the biographical, cultural, philosophical, and religious contexts of their work.
GS 4935 Women Heroes and Romantic Tales (3)
Same as ENGL 4935. Prerequisites: Students must satisfy English prerequisites for 4000-level courses or obtain permission of instructor. Women as epic and romantic heroes in British and transatlantic writing 1790s-1850s: reformers and rulers in novels by Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley; a runaway slave and an epic poet in works by Mary Prince and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; erotic and political adventures in Robinson, Dacre, Hemans; American icons “Pocahontas” and “Evangeline” in Sigourney and Longfellow.
GS 4936 Tales of the Islamic East (3)
Same as ENGL 4936. Prerequisites: Students must satisfy English prerequisites for 4000-level courses or obtain permission of instructor. Adventure, gender, and power in British and post-colonial writing: Lady Montague on Turkey, Gibbon on Islam, Byron and Hemans on harems and heroes, Disraeli on the Jewish Caliph of Baghdad, T.E. Lawrence on Arabia, and el Saadawi and Rushdie on (post) modern gender and the Islamic East.
GS 4938 American Women Poets of the 20th/21st Centuries (3)
Same as ENGL 4938. Prerequisites: Students must satisfy English prerequisites for 4000-level courses or obtain permission of instructor. Introduction to American women poets since 1900: anarchists, Imagists, Harlem formalists, white lyricists, modernists (Ridge, H.D., Dunbar-Nelson, Millay, Stein); mid-century giants (Rukeyser, Brooks) and Confessionals (Sexton, Plath); feminists and multiculturalists (Rich, Lorde, Giovanni, Hogan), poets of witness and the play of language and the mind (Klepfisz, Olds, Mullen, Perillo).
GS 5350 Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and at least one Women’s and Gender Studies course. This course will focus on a particular aspect of gender (to be announced prior to registration) and will draw upon recent theoretical and methodological work from a variety of disciplines.
GS 5450 Special Topics in Gender Studies (3)*
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Special topics at the Graduate level examined from a gender perspective in the field of anthropology, art history, criminology, economics, English, foreign language, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, business, or others. Topics and departments vary by semester.
GS 5500 Foundations of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
Same as SOC WK 5500. Prerequisite: SOC WK 3150 or equivalent or admission to the MSW program. Focuses on theoretical and empirical understanding of human behavior in the social environment using a life-span perspective. Introduces biological, behavioral, cognitive, and sociocultural theories of individuals, families, and small groups, and their implications for the professional social worker’s understanding of socioeconomic status, gender, disability, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation.
GS 5700 Diversity, Social Justice and Social Practice (3)
Same as SOC WK 5700 Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Analyzes the structure, dynamics, and consequences of social and economic injustice, and the impact on diverse groups in American society. Examines theoretical models and practice principles for work with diverse groups.
GS 5940 Seminar in Gender and Literature (3)
Same as ENGL 5940. Gender studies in literature of different periods, types, and genres; satisfies area requirement (1-6) appropriate to its period, national literature, and genre.
GS 6350 Gender, Language & Identity (3)
Same as TCH ED 6350. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. An interdisciplinary look at the ways gendered and racial identities get developed and shaped through language and culture. Readings will address the complex, yet sometimes invisible, ways that identity, language and gender intersect, creating and assigning roles, responsibilities, and possible selves to individuals and groups in a global world.
GS 6353 Graduate Internship in Gender Studies (1-6)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of Director. Provides an opportunity for the Graduate Women’s and Gender Studies student to acquire “real world” experience working in a non-profit, political, economic, or social service organization with a gender focus.
GS 6410 Women and Mental Health (3)
Same as PSYCH 7410. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology or consent of instructor. This course will focus on contemporary research on the psychology of women pertaining to mental health issues. Etiology and treatment of disorders disproportionately affecting women will be emphasized.
GS 6418 Seminar in Human Sexuality (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology or consent of instructor. Review of theory and research in human sexuality from physiological, psychological, and social perspectives. Implications for the assessment and treatment of sexual dysfunction are considered.
GS 6446 Sex Crime (3)
Same as CRIMIN 6446. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Examination of consensual and non-consensual sexual offending. Topics include historical development of laws regulating sexual conduct, controversies surrounding the application of these laws, and the nature and distribution of sexual offenses.
GS 6450 Seminar in Gender Studies (3)*
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Critical examination of advanced topics in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences from women’s and gender studies perspectives. May be taken more than once provided that the subject matter is different each time the seminar is taken.
GS 6452 Special Readings in Gender Studies (3)
Prerequisites: Admission to Graduate Certificate program and consent of instructor. Directed independent work on a selected Women’s and Gender Studies topic through readings, research, reports, and/or conferences.
* Each semester the Director of the Gender Studies identifies courses being offered by other departments; they are cross listed with Gender Studies courses under the special topic course title. Consult the course schedule each semester for a list of these courses.