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Open to people of all genders, our Women's and Gender Studies Department offers engaging courses that develop our multicultural perspectives. Our courses engage students in the study of women's experiences and the gendered structure of society across disciplines. They enable students to become more reflective about their own lives and the lives of people everywhere. Courses encourage each student to serve as an active citizen in the world.

Many of the courses available to students are cross-listed with Political Science; History; English; Languages, Literature, and Cultures; Sociology; Theology; Philosophy, Psychology; and Communication, among others.

For the purposes of the Women's and Gender Studies Major or Minor students may take these courses under either the Women's and Gender Studies number or the Department number.

Undergraduate Course Descriptions     Graduate Course Descriptions

Course Lists

Fall 2015 Undergraduate & Graduate

Spring 2015 Undergraduate & Graduate

Fall 2014 Undergraduate & Graduate

Spring 2014 Undergraduate & Graduate

Fall 2013 Undergraduate & Graduate

Spring 2013 Undergraduate & Graduate

Fall 2012 Undergraduate & Graduate

Spring 2012 Undergraduate & Graduate

FALL 2011 Undergraduate & Graduate

SPRING 2011 Undergraduate & Graduate

FALL 2010 Undergraduate & Graduate

SPRING 2010 Undergraduate & Graduate

FALL 2009 Undergraduate & Graduate



Undergraduate Course Descriptions:

*This is a list of past and present Women's and Gender Studies courses. Not all the following courses are taught every semester

WGST 1900 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
3 credit hours
Examines issues concerning women in a variety of disciplines, including the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, and art. Special focus given to enabling students to recognize and critically analyze the notion of gender and patterns of gender roles.

WGST 2400 - Gender and Popular Culture
3 credit hours - cross-listed with American Studies and Film Studies
Popular culture provides the stories and images that enable us to imagine and practice femininities and masculinities. This course explores popular culture's influence on understandings of gender and its intersections with other identity markers and focuses on how feminist concepts raise awareness of discrimination and oppression in pop culture.

WGST 2800 - Men and Masculinities
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science
The course introduces research on men and masculinity, and gender more generally, and explores from a feminist perspective the personal and political issues this research - and the current state of our world - raise for men and women. Topics include socialization, college life, media, personal relations, politics, sports, and war.

WGST 3230 - Gender & Society
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Sociology
Examination of the impact of large-scale forces on how gender roles are structured and enacted in our society. Particular attention to be paid to the different experiences of men and women in the labor force, politics and the family.

WGST 3240 - Female Bildungsroman
3 credit hours - cross-listed with English and Film Studies
The Bildungsroman has traditionally traced the intellectual, social, and moral education of a male hero. This course addresses how female artists modify this narrative genre to tell alternate stories about intellectual, social, and sexual development. Through critical examination of the female Bildungsroman, students explore how gender affects selfhood, citizenship, and authorship.

WGST 3300 - Intercultural Communications
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Communications
Introduces the role of culture in the process of human interaction and encourages in-depth analysis of the unique challenges posed by intercultural encounters. Develops a better understanding of culture and the many ways in which it influences interaction between individuals and groups.

WGST 3320 - Mary and Her Sister
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Theology
This course looks at a series of important female figures from the scriptural roots of Christianity, especially the multiple Marys of the New Testament. We will read the primary canonical and apocryphal texts describing these women and examine their depiction in art, literature and music throughout history.

WGST 3430 - Marriage and the Family
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Sociology
Examination of theories and data on different types of families, role assignments, and definitions, pertaining to various types of societies through space and time. modern aspects of family institutions and problems, with an emphasis on the issue of equality of marriage.

WGST 3510 - The Structure of Poverty
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Sociology
This course examines the structural causes of poverty at the global and local levels from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course focuses on the social, political, and economic structures that produce and perpetuates poverty. The global dimension of the course focuses on developing countries, while the local dimension focuses especially in the St. Louis area.

WGST 3540 - African Diaspora Writing
3 credit hours
An introduction to the fiction and poetry of Black African and African American writers.

WGST 3550- Women in the United States to 1900
3 credit hours
This course examines the history of women in the United States from the period surrounding European settlement to the turn of the twentieth century. Themes examined include: ideal of gender and sexuality; family life; class, racial, and ethnic diversity; labor; national expansion and empire; and social and political movements.

WGST 3560 - Twentieth-Century U.S. Women's History
3 Credit Hours
This course surveys social, economic, and political developments to explore changes and continuities in women's lives in the United States over the course of the twentieth century. Themes include: ideals of gender and sexuality; family structures; class, racial, and ethnic diversity; labor; and social and political movements. No prerequisites.

WGST 3600 - Women in Literature
3 credit hours - cross-listed with English
Reading and analysis of works authored by and about women; studied from a feminist perspective.

WGST 3630 - Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Theology
An introduction to contemporary Christian thinking on sexuality. Students are encouraged to understand the diversity of the Christian tradition, debate the available alternatives, and come to their own well-reasoned positions. Issues covered include premarital sex, gender, contraception, and homosexuality. Prerequisites: Any 200 level Theology course.

WGST 3650 - Women's Lives
3 credit hours
This course examines women's lives in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States. Looking at a wide range of different kinds of texts, including novels, photographs, essays, speeches, letters, short stories, autobiographies, and slave narratives, we will examine how women from diverse social positions produced, promoted, and challenged representations of womanhood.
 

WGST 3720 - Ren & Mod Political Theories
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science and Philosophy
Examines the works of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Taylor, and Mill, among others, focusing on different notions of justice, law, freedom, and community. Particular attention is paid to the public and private contexts and gendered political roles associated with modern political thought.
 

WGST 3760 - Women in Modern Europe
3 credit hours

WGST 3770: Postmodern Politics: Sex/Race/Class
3 credit hours
This course will examine postmodern thought with a focus on poststructuralism, semiotics, and deconstruction. The course will critically interrogate these approaches and examine the politics of the construction of self, communities, cosmologies, understandings of agency and responsibility, and issues of social justice by focusing on class, race, and sex.
 

WGST 3775 - Feminist Theory-Gender Justice
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science and Philosophy
Feminist Theory: Gender Justice examines the various ways of understanding gender by looking at a variety of theories and philosophical perspectives within feminist thought, especially as it is formed by political philosophy including liberal, radical, Marxist and postmodern feminism. Sub-field in political science is Political Thought.
 

WGST 3780 - Disability Theory and Politics
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science
This course applies insights from disability studies to Western political thought in order to examine the political nature of disability and the disabling nature of politics. In this course, students are exposed to varying definitions, cultural representations, social justice issues, human rights concerns, and bioethical debates related to disability.
 

WGST 3800 - Violence Against Women
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Sociology
This course focuses on the causes, effects, and institutional responses to several types of gender-based violence, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and sex trafficking. Includes examination of the psychological, legal, sociological, and political discourse surrounding these issues. No prerequisites.
 

WGST 3850 - Feminism in Action
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science
This course addresses feminist activism on a wide range of issues (including domestic violence, rape, education and health care), and in a variety of forms (including writing, theater, public protests and coalition building). It gives students the opportunity to study the scholarship of activism and to participate in feminist action.
 

WGST 4010 - Cultural Analysis
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science

WGST 4200 - Psychology of Women

3 credit hours - cross-listed with Psychology
The study of girls' and women's development, including gender roles, gender role stereotyping, the biology of being female, psychological theories about gender, violence against women, women in families, in relationships, and in the workplace. The course addresses women's diversity by race, ethnicity, culture, age, nationality, sexual orientation, and economic condition.
 

WGST 4300 - Gender & Communication
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Communication
Explores the ways in which communication in families, schools, media, and society creates and perpetuates gender rules. Discusses how men and women enact gender differences in public and private, and how such experiences affect success, satisfaction, and self-esteem.
 

WGST 4310 - Contemporary Women Writers in France
3 credit hours - cross-listed with French
20th-Century Women's fiction in French, examined in light of French and Quebecois feminist theory. De Beauvoir, Duras, Sarraute, Brossard, Maillet, Cixous, Irigaray, Redonnet, etc. Taught in French.
 

WGST 4330 - Psychology of Oppression
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Psychology
This course uses a family-centered approach to the study of the health care needs of women, infants, children, and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on theoretical knowledge and research findings as the basis for nursing strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health. Priority is given to significant health care issues within these populations.

WGST 4340 - Nursing Care of Childbearing
3 credit hours
This practicum provides an opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge and research findings in the care of selected women, infants, children, and adolescents. The use of a family-centered approach in the nursing process is emphasized. Learning experiences are provided in a variety of settings.

WGST 4350 - Stereotyping and Bias in Mass Media
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Communication
Examines debates over stereotyping and bias in the mass media. Considers the types of materials that have aroused charges of bias, and surveys the historical, economic, political, sexual, and sociological perspectives that help explain stereotyping as a cultural practice.

WGST 4380 - Early Women Writers
3 credit hours - cross-listed with English
An examination of the writings of Englishwomen in the period from 1600 to 1700, including autobiographies, tracts, letters, fiction, poetry, and plays.

WGST 4480 - Jane Austen & her Predecessors
3 credit hours
An exploration of five of Jane Austen's novels as well as fiction by Charlotte Lennox and Fanny Burney. The purpose is to develop an understanding of Austen's work in its social and cultural context.

WGST 4490 - 18th & 19th Century Women Writers
3 credit hours - cross-listed with English
An examination of the woman writer and literary tradition in the 18th and 19th centuries, including such writers as Eliza Haywood, Fanny Burney, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Christina Rossetti

WGST 4580 - Studies in 19th Century Lit
3 credit hours
Focus on women writers in the Nineteenth Century. Explore the evolution of the women writer's role in the emerging marketplace of mass culture; changing perceptions of gender and sexuality and women writers' responses to the rise of industrial capitalism and political reform.

WGST 4650 - Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival: Gender, Race, and Otherness
3 credit hours - cross-listed with German
In this course, student will read and critically reflect on Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival (ca. 1220). They will read the text in modern German. While this text is fictional, it is grounded in ‘reality' and reflects upon its times and its discourses on politics, religion, race, gender, and otherness, the focus of this course. This course is taught in German, therefore knowledge of German required. Prerequisites: GR 3200 and GR 3250, or instructor permission.

WGST 4750 - American Political Thought
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science
From 1765 to the present. Eighteenth century consensus, nationalism versus sectionalism, nineteenth century reform movements, pragmatism and progressivism, current liberalism and conservatism.

WGST 4770 - Spanish Women Poets
3 credit hours
Historical analysis and literary interpretation of a representative selection of modern and contemporary Spanish women poetry. Discussion of the topics and preoccupations present in their work, and analysis of their contribution to reformulating the male canon in general. Authors: Carolina Coronado, Rosalia de Castro, Concha Zardoya, Gloria Fuertes, and Maria Victoria Atencia.

WGST 4800 - Black Women in Society
3 credit hours - cross-listed with African American Studies
This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach for the study of African women in the context of a changing society and the impact of the context from social, historical, cultural, political and economic perspectives. Attention will be devoted to the examination of relationships that have emerged between systems and societal conditions.

WGST 4810 - Philosophy of Feminism
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Philosophy
A critical examination of the feminist challenge to traditional conceptions of law, morality and epistemology. The philosophical and methodological assumptions underlying the feminist challenge will be explored.

WGST 4840 - Family Violence
3 credit hours

WGST 4860 - Global and Transnational Feminism
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science
This course offers an advanced survey of the field of theory and political activism referred to as transnational feminism. Students are introduced to the history of feminist work in international political and economic forums (e.g. the UN and World Bank), as well as to on-going feminist efforts in the context of current social movements around the globe.

WGST 4919 - Women Leadership Internship
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science
Interns work with women in leadership positions in governmental or non-governmental civic organizations, or collaborate on research projects related to women leaders in the public sector. Students keep journals and write an essay relating their experiences to assigned readings on gender justice and the role of women in public policy.

WGST 4950 - Senior Residency
WGST 4960 - Women's and Gender Studies Capstone
3 credit hours
The synthesizing course; students do an independent study, research paper or practicum.

WGST 4980 - Adv. independent Study
1-3 credit hours

Graduate Courses

WGST 5010 - Feminist Theory
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science
Begins with the history of feminist scholarship from the pre-modern period and 19th century and proceeds to examine liberal, socialist/Marxist, radical, postmodern, and global feminism. Critical reviews of each theory will include issues of race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and spirituality. Offered each fall semester.

WGST 5020 - Feminist Epistemologies
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science and Philosophy
Examination of how feminist scholarship has reconrtextualized epistemological issues in the philosophy of science, eco-feminism, hermeneutics, mysticism, and phenomenology. Students will write and present papers to demonstrate their integration of feminist theory and feminist epistemological issues within their own major fields of study. Offered each spring semester.

WGST 5030 - Cultural Methods: Gender, Politics, & Power
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science
Course covers methods of studying issues of culture, gender, and power, such as focus groups, interviews, and ethnographic fieldwork, often described as qualitative methods. Emphasis on learning by completing small research exercises, considering research ethics, and writing a major research proposal.

WGST 5040 - Current Issues and Debates
3 credit hours
This course examines historical and contemporary debates about controversial issues involving women, gender, social change for equality, and sexuality. Students learn to locate, express, and evaluate arguments on multiple sides of the controversies.

WGST 5150 - Gender and American Politics
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Political Science
This course examines the ways in which women shape, and are shaped by, American politics and public policy. We explore the history, approaches, findings and controversy in research about women in American politics and political science from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches.

WGST 5210 - Women's Movements in the U.S. and Beyond
3 credit hours
The course surveys the evolutions of women's movements in the U.S. from the mid-19th century to the present. Incorporating the study of both feminist and anti-feminist activism, the course investigates direct action protest efforts, mobilizations in the formal political sphere and coalistion building. Offered every fall.

WGST 5980 - Graduate Reading Course
1-3 credit hours

WGST 6300 - Feminist Ethics
3 credit hours
Extensive examination of such questions as how ethical claims are distinctive and whether and how they can be rationally based. Offered annually.

WGST 6590 - 19th Century English Lit
3 credit hours
Studies in particular issues and developments in British literature of the 19th century.

WGST 6690 - Irish Gothic
3 credit hours
Particular issues and developments in literatures in English of the 20th century.  

WGST 6790 - Feminist Approach: Not for Women Only

WGST 6833 - Employment Discrimination
3 credit hours - cross-listed with Law
This course will provide an in-depth study of current problems win employment discrimination, including theories of discrimination, order and allocation of the burden of proof and other related issues; emphasis on the use of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and amendments, and on the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Grade will be based on a final exam.

 

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