Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies

Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies (minor only)


Changes effective Fall Term 2014

Faculty teaching Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies courses include members of the Expressive Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Divisions in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please see the schedule of classes for each academic term for specific assignments.

Sexuality, Women's, and Gender studies explores the nature and creations of women often neglected in traditional academic offerings. The multidisciplinary curriculum draws faculty from many departments – anthropology, biology, economics, religion, history, English, political science, sociology, and other disciplines.

Sexuality, Women's, and Gender studies minors learn to evaluate cultural forces that have formed contemporary perceptions and expectations of women. Students investigate biological sexual differences, culturally assigned gender roles, theories about female consciousness and behavior, and restraints imposed by law and social conventions. The field covers an exciting range of topics, from the history of feminism to women's art and literature. 

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Six (6) courses are required: three (3) core courses, three (3) electives, AND a service-learning component. 

CORE COURSES

  • SWAG 205 Introduction to Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies
  • PHI 314 Topics in Philosophy: Feminist Theory
  • SWAG 350 Feminist Methodology OR an independent research project

ELECTIVES

Choose three (3) courses listed in the schedule of classes under sexuality, women’s, and gender studies that meet the following criteria.

  • At least one at the 300 level or above
  • At least one in the humanities
  • At least one in the social sciences
  • May be independent studies
  • May count toward student’s major

SERVICE LEARNING

Students must complete twenty (20) hours of service learning as part of one (1) or two (2) courses.

  • May be part of core courses or SWAG electives
  • May be part of other courses with approval of Sexuality, Women's, and Gender studies coordinator

 

Course of Study

SWAG 2xx Topics in Sexuality, Women's, and Gender studies: Explores issues within the field of Sexuality, Women's, and Gender studies; may be from a range of disciplinary perspectives and cover issues including, but not limited to, sex, gender, and sexuality. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit. Suitable for first- and second-year students.

SWAG 3xx Topics in Sexuality, Women's, and Gender studies. Explores issues within the field of Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies; may be from a range of disciplinary perspectives and cover issues including, but not limited to, sex, gender, and sexuality. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit. Suitable for third- and fourth-year students.

SWAG 205 Introduction to Sexuality, Women's, and Gender studies: Presents feminist theory and origins of Sexuality, Women's, and Gender studies. Discusses classic texts of contemporary feminist movement. Raises consciousness about sexual stereotypes, anger, female friendships, lesbianism, mothering, violence against women, and economic power. 

SWAG 350 Feminist Methodology: Explores questions debated within academy. Examines feminist critique of and innovations in methodology in many fields, from the humanities to the social sciences.