Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) explores:
- women’s past and present contributions to societies as persons, creators, and thinkers.
- the intersectional diversity--racial, economic, sexual, religious, generational—of women’s, men’s, and nonbinary individuals’ experiences.
- scholarship exposing the structural and institutional factors that perpetuate sexism, racism, classism, heteronormativity, and transphobia.
While WGSS is a discipline in its own right, our interdisciplinary program draws upon methods and content from a wide range of programs and majors, including anthropology, literature and the arts, biology, economics, history, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Our minor prepares students to:
- better understand individuals, particularly but not only women, and the social structures that impact the lives of individuals.
- think critically about the intersectional issues which they will face in their lives professionally and personally.
- extend their intellectual development by helping them to understand women’s accomplishments and capabilities, and by looking beyond the limits of traditional gender-differentiated roles.
- think, research, and write while using strong interdisciplinary skills.
Thus, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an essential component of a liberal arts education.
Any student may elect Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as a minor in addition to their chosen major. The minor is excellent preparation for further study in law as well as for graduate programs in WGSS, psychology, social work, literature, and education. Graduates with WGSS minors are working in a variety of fields, including business, child and family services, education, journalism, and social service administration.
|Required Supporting Course||3|
|Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies|
|Choose one of the following Supporting Courses||3|
|First Year Seminar|
|Introduction to LGBTQ Studies|
|Women in Popular Culture|
|Women in Literature|
|Fertility, Reproduction, and Family Planning|
|Sociological Perspectives on Gender|
|Latin American and Latina Women|
|Women in the Performing Arts|
|Choose 4 of the following courses||12|
|The Biology of Women|
|Gender Development Across the Lifespan|
|Gender and the Law|
|Topics in Women's Studies|
|Women and Gender in First Nations Communities|
|History of Sexuality in the U.S.|
|Women, Art and Image|
|U.S. Women's History|
|Psychology of Women and Gender|
Kathleen C Burns; Professor; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
Illene N Cupit; Professor; Ph.D., Temple University
Heidi S Fencl; Professor; Ph.D., The Ohio State University*
Alison A Gates; Professor; M.F.A., University of Washington
Rebecca A Meacham; Professor; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Sarah A Meredith-Livingston; Professor; D.M.A., University of Iowa
Laura E Riddle; Professor; M.F.A., De Paul University, Goodman School of Drama
Patricia A Terry; Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado*
Andrew W Austin; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Bryan James Carr; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Alise Coen; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Delaware
Hye-Kyung Kim; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Marquette University
Daniel J Meinhardt; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas*
Valerie Murrenus-Pilmaier; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Marquette University
Rebecca L Nesvet; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Lisa M Poupart; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Arizona State University
Kimberley A Reilly; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Chicago, chair
Jolanda M Sallmann; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison*
Courtney J Sherman; Associate Professor; D.M.A., Arizona State University
Christine A Smith; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Rebecca Stone-Thornberry; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado
Jessica VanSlooten; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Auburn University
Kristin M Vespia; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa
Le Zhu; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Cornell University
Sarah Schuetze; Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Samuel E Watson; Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas
Lisa Wicka; Assistant Professor; M.F.A. , Purdue University