Lisa Corrigan
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Gender Studies Website

The gender studies minor introduces students to the ways that various academic disciplines have examined women’s and men’s differing participation in work, the family, political systems, and creative endeavors. Courses explore sex and gender differences and such concepts as masculinity and femininity, essence and performance; distributions of power, work, and resources; and the symbolic representation of gender and identity in literature, religion, and art. The minor is often chosen by students interested in investigating materials previously neglected by scholars and in fresh perspectives on traditional subject matter.

Requirements for a Minor in Gender Studies. Students must complete 15 credit hours from the list below.

GNST 2003Introduction to Gender Studies3
or GNST 2003H Honors Introduction to Gender Studies
Choose 12 credit hours from the following:12
Male and Female: A Cultural and Biological Overview
Honors Classical Studies Colloquium
Family Communication
Special Topics (must be related to gender studies and approved by the program director)
Communication and Gender
Gender, Race and Power
Gender, Race, and Power
Reel Women
Reel Women
Representational Issues in Film
Representational Issues in Film
Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Literature
Body and Identity
Independent Study
Honors Independent Study
Internship in Gender Studies
Special Topics in Gender Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Colonial Latin America
Women and Gender in Modern Latin American History
Women and Christianity
Women in U.S. History
LGBTQ+ Histories
Honors Colloquium (The History of Sex/Sexuality in America)
Honors Colloquium (Russian and Soviet Women)
Society and Gender in Modern Europe
New Women in the Middle East
Honors Colloquium
Latin American Studies Colloquium
Gender and Politics
Introduction to Human Sexuality
Gender and Politics
Families and Social Change
Special Studies (Women and Arabic Literature)
Total Hours15

Courses

GNST 2003. Introduction to Gender Studies. 3 Hours.

This course explores cultural constructions of gender and sexuality using a variety of media, including literature, film, and architecture. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

GNST 2003H. Honors Introduction to Gender Studies. 3 Hours.

This course explores cultural constructions of gender and sexuality using a variety of media, including literature, film, and architecture. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)
This course is equivalent to GNST 2003.

GNST 3583. Body and Identity. 3 Hours.

This course explores personal, social and cultural constructions and performances of the body and identity, highlighting key intersections of embodiment including gender, race, sexuality and abilities. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with ANTH 3583.

GNST 4363. Gender, Race, and Power. 3 Hours.

Examines how communication shapes gender, race, sexuality, and power. Rather than focusing exclusively on interpersonal communication, this course looks at theories of power that shape institutional macro communication. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with COMM 4363.

GNST 4443. Queer Theor(ies). 3 Hours.

Introduction to the complex history and evolution of Queer Theory into Queer Theor(ies) from Foucault to the Present. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is equivalent to WLIT 4443.

GNST 4733. Reel Women. 3 Hours.

An examination of films made for, about, and/or by women with the aim of better understanding and centralizing issues pertinent to women's daily lives. Prerequisite: COMM 1003. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with COMM 4733.

GNST 4743. Representational Issues in Film. 3 Hours.

An examination of the varying ways that race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, (dis)ability, and age are represented in and by film - both historically and culturally. Prerequisite: COMM 1003. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with COMM 4743.

GNST 490V. Independent Study. 1-6 Hour.

An exploration of gender studies topics studied independently with the supervision of a faculty member. Credit arranged with instructor. Prerequisite: GNST 2003 or GNST 2003H or instructor consent. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

GNST 490VH. Honors Independent Study. 1-6 Hour.

An exploration of gender studies topics studied independently with the supervision of a faculty member. Credit arranged with instructor. Prerequisite: GNST 2003 or GNST 2003H or instructor consent and honors standing. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to GNST 490V.

GNST 4913. Internship in Gender Studies. 3 Hours.

Internship in applied gender work within public and private organizations.Prerequisite: 3 hours of GNST coursework and instructor consent. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

GNST 4973. Black and White Sexualities. 3 Hours.

Explores how dichotomies (binary thinking) shape our understanding of the diversity of human sexuality e.g., Black vs. White, male vs. female, heterosexual vs. homosexual. Develops a more complex and nuanced understanding of sexuality by deconstructing the discourses surrounding sexuality. (Typically offered: Fall and Summer)

GNST 4983. Special Topics in Gender Studies. 3 Hours.

This course covers gender topics that are not usually offered in-depth in regularly offered courses. Prerequisite: GNST 2003 or GNST 2003H. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.