Gender Studies courses give you the opportunity to think critically about how gender affects the text/issue under consideration. As a discipline, Gender Studies gives you the theoretical tools and analytical language to examine and explain this.
Gender Studies Graduate Minor Signature Courses
The Interdisciplinary Seminar is a theory and methods course that provides cross-disciplinary training in Gender Studies across at least two scholarly fields. It is taught as a combined course with both graduate and advanced undergraduate students. In this seminar, students will explore an issue of Gender Studies, reading canonical and current scholarship to reaffirm the interdisciplinary nature of the field. This course has a significant writing component (minimum of 20 pages). The Interdisciplinary Seminar is required for all undergraduate primary majors in Gender Studies who are not pursuing the thesis track; it is one of two options for supplementary majors’ capstone experience. This is the only specific course required for students pursuing a graduate minor in Gender Studies. It is intended as a gateway for both the master’s and doctoral tracks, and graduate students are encouraged but not required to take it prior to further graduate coursework in Gender Studies. The topics for this course vary. The Directors of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies will ensure that a diverse range of interdisciplinary approaches to Gender Studies are represented in this course over any five-year period. Undergraduates enroll in this seminar at the 53xxx-level, which is an advanced undergraduate course with the expectation of advanced undergraduate work. Graduate students will enroll at the 63xxx-level.
Foundations in Gender Studies (GSC 63700/53700)
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) by focusing on key concepts in feminist and queer research. We will discuss major figures in the development of the field, examine current theoretical debates and methodologies, and consider relevant pedagogical philosophies. The course offers a strong interdisciplinary underpinning for future research and teaching in GWSS and for GWSS-informed work across the disciplines. Course expectations include extensive reading, vigorous participation in discussion, and a final paper on a gender-focused topic of the student's choice. Students will have the option to satisfy some of the written requirement for the course by designing their own undergraduate GWSS or GWSS-informed syllabus along with two lesson plans.