Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Courses

Courses with a “*” fulfill the additional humanities requirement

*GST 103
Women in Antiquity – An introduction to the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome through a consideration of the role and status of women in the classical world. Lectures with slides will be supplemented by readings of ancient texts in translation, in addition to textbook assignments. (Same as CLC 103).
*GST 201
Introduction to Gender Studies - Exploration of the growing body of research available from many disciplines (humanities, social sciences, sciences) for the study of women and men in the United States and abroad. Investigation of femininity and masculinity and the intersection of gender with other categories of identity.
*GST 301
Gender & Culture – A study of gender roles within traditional and popular culture. The specific content of the course may vary in different semesters. Possible emphases might include women in the arts, women in film, women in the media, and women in popular culture.
GST 302
History of Culture – Origins of culture traced by means of archaeological evidence and presented to show the continuity of social life from basic human beginnings to present-day civilization. (Same as ANTH 301).
GST 303
The Family – The American family as an institution and a group of interacting persons; the nature and problems of courtship, husband-wife, and parent-child relationships. Prerequisite: SOC 101, or junior or senior standing. (Same as SOC 301).
*GST 310
Women in the South – A study of the experience of women in the South as revealed primarily through their writings and other expressions. (Same as ENGL 310).
*GST 311
Women & the Goddess in Asian Religions – Exploration of Goddess figures and the social roles of women in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions. (Same as REL 311).
GST 312
Women in United States History – History of the struggle for equality in U.S. politics and culture. (Same as HIS 312).
*GST 321
Race, Gender, and Courtship in African American History – The course will examine concepts of courtship and romantic love among African Americans to assess the central roles that race, gender, class and social forces played in the most private, and intimate, of matters. Through readings (primary and secondary), assignments, and discussions, students will assess the importance of “love” as a social construct among African Americans and how expressions of it complement or diverge from Euro-American conceptions. (Same as HIS 324 and AAS 324)
*GST 322 Race, Gender, Science in Early America – This course examines conceptions and experiences of “gendered racial health” from the colonial period through Reconstruction. (Same as AAS 322, His 322).
GST 324
Men and Masculinities – This course examines the social meanings of masculinity and men’s lives. Topics include fatherhood, sports, aging, work, emotions, media representations, violence, proving manhood, and the experiences of men of different races, ethnicities, social classes, and sexualities. We will study men’s movements such as the mythopoetic men, father’s rights, Promise Keepers, Million Man March, and the profeminist men as well as the “crisis” of masculinity and the costs and benefits of patriarchy for men. (Same as SOC 324)
GST 325
Sociology of Gender – Examines the social and cultural construction of gender differences in contemporary U.S. society. (Same as SOC 325).
*GST 326
Saints & Sexuality – A survey of holy figures within Christianity and Islam with an emphasis on gender and the body. (Same as REL 326).
GST 327
Genocide and Women – Exploration of the roles of women as victims of gender abuse and sexual violence and as perpetrators of violence in modern ethnic genocides. (Same as SOC 327).
*GST 328
African American Feminist Thought – Exploration of the micro-level and institutional intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality as articulated by African American women intellectuals from the 19th Century to present with particular emphasis on social scientific theory and methodology. Topics include: early black feminist thought, sexuality, the body and hip-hop. Prerequisite: AAS 201, AAS 202, GST 201 or SOC 101. (Same as AAS 328 and SOC 328).
*GST 333
Gender Theory – An interdisciplinary course that analyzes various ways in which Western society has constructed gender roles and identities. Prerequisite: GST 201 or permission of the director of the gender studies program.
GST 336
Women in Southern History – A historical survey of Southern women with emphasis on research through documentary sources and oral history. (Same as HIS 336)
GST 337
The South and Sexuality -Students will study the ways in which the South has been constructed through depictions of sexuality, especially forms of sexuality deemed marginal, perverse, and dangerous. (Same as S St 350). 
GST 338
Masculinities & Femininities in America – An analysis of changing views of the masculine and the feminine in American culture since 1607. Class, racial, and ethnic differences will be emphasized. (Same as HIS 338).
GST 344
Women & World Politics – A comparative analysis of women’s political roles in countries around the world. (Same as POL 344).
GST 346
Gender & Power in Latin America – Examination of gender roles in Latin American history. (Same as HIS 346).
*GST 350
Gender on Film – Issues of feminity, masculinity, and sexuality within racial and national identity as represented in mainstream or independent films.
*GST 351
Topics in Latin American Studies - A course designed for specific topics of narrower interest in Latin American studies field, to be offered on the basis of available personnel, the specific topic to be determined by the professor and student interest. (This course may not be used to fulfill the language requirement). (Same as Span 351).
*GST 352
Hemispheric Voices: Women Writers of the Americas – Study of the development of feminist thought in the Americas through translations of works by women writers from North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. (Same as MLLL 352).
*GST 354
Power, Knowledge & Gender: A Comparative Cultural Analysis – Critical, interdisciplinary examination of identity as related to sex, race, and class and as imbricated in knowledge and power, through a study of literary, cultural, and intellectual history. Taught in English. (Same as MLLL 354/ENGL 358).
*GST 356
Women in the Rabbinic Tradition – This course will examine the development of Rabbinic Judaism with particular emphasis on how it has shaped the lives of women. (Same as REL 35*).
*GST 360
Women in Literature – A study of the images of women in British and American literature. Content will vary. (Same as ENGL 360).
*GST 362
African American Women’s History – An introduction to African American women’s history, exploring the epistemology and the scholarship of the field. (Same as AAS 362).
GST 363
Gender in Latin America – Historical and ethnographic examination of gender in Latin America, with an emphasis on kinship, family structure, and identity. (Same as Inst 363).
*GST 365
Gay & Lesbian Literature & Theory – A study of the theoretical perspective involved in the analysis of gay and lesbian representations in literature and other media. (Same as ENGL 365).
*GST 366
Women of the Judeo-Christian Bible – A critical study of the significant women in the sacred literature of the Western prophetic tradition. (Same as REL 366).
*GST 368
Feminism, Women, and Religion – An exploration of the commonalitities and differences in feminist issues, strategies and methodologies across a number of religious traditions. Readings from a variety of contemporary feminist religious scholars.. (Same as REL 366).
GST 380
Society & the Sexes in Modern Europe – An exploration of the changing roles of European women and men since the French Revolution in 1789. (Same as HIS 380).
*GST 385
Western Mysticism – An examination of theist mystical thought and practice, emphasizing the roles of gender and authority. (Same as REL 385).
*GST 390
Women & Philosophy – A survey of contemporary theories and philosophical issues centering on women and feminism. (Same as PHIL 390).
GST 391
Women, Gender, and the Environment – This class examines environmental issues through the lens of gender and its intersections with race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and nationality. Prerequisite: G ST 201 or Consent of Director.
GST 395
Topics in Gender Studies Abroad – Students do approved course work at a foreign university. May be repeated with permission of the director.
GST 399
Special Topics in Gender Studies – Content varies. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (May be repeated once for credit with permission of director).
*GST 414
Race, Place, and Space – This course explores the significance of race, place, and space to modern identity formation. Through a multiple-disciplinary exploration, we will analyze the influence of social, political, cultural, and historical factors on the development of real and perceived “racialized places and spaces,” identities, and experiences in America, with special emphasis on gender and the American South.. (Same as AAS/SOC 414/S St 314).
*GST 438
Language & Gender – A comparative view of gender differences in language forms, using both American English research and sociocultural studies from other language groups. (Same as MLLL 438).
*GST 444
Queer Theory – This course will trace major movements in the development of queer theory from the 1970s to the present. (Same as ENGL 421).
GST 460
Psychology of Human Sexuality – A survey of behavioral, psychological, and physiological research on human sexuality. (Same as Psy 460). Prerequisite: Psy 201, Psy 202, Psy
390 or Psy 392 or Psy 396 or Psy 394.
GST 465
Psychology of Gender - Investigation of the psychological and physiological determinants of gender differences and similarities in behavior, covering topics such as cognitive functioning, social relationships, mental health, and the work place. (Same as Psy 465). Prerequisite: Psy 201, Psy 202, Psy 390 or Psy 392 or Psy 396 or Psy 394.
*GST 482
Renaissance Women Writers – Study of works from the 16th and 17th centuries. (Same as ENGL 482).
*GST 494
Seminar on Literature & Gender – Images of women and men in literature by women and men, the special role of the woman writer, recurrent formal and contextual convention in literature written by women, and feminist critical theory. Content varies; may be repeated for credit. (Same as ENGL 494).
GST 497
Internship – Internship in approved work settings under professional supervision. Prerequisites: 6 hours in Gender Studies courses and consent of director. May be repeated once for a cumulative total of 3 hours of credit.
GST 498
Special Topics in Gender Studies – Content varies and may be repeated once with permission from the director of Gender Studies.
GST 499
Directed Readings in Gender Studies – Individual research into selected issues in gender studies; content varies. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (May be repeated once for credit with permission of director).
GST 599
Directed Readings in Gender Studies – Individual research into selected issues in gender studies; content varies. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (May be repeated once for credit with permission of director). (3).

Not all courses are offered every semester or year.

Regarding additional humanities requirement: GST 103, 201, 301, 333, and 350 will fulfill the humanities requirement.  In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classics, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religion courses will also satisfy this requirement.

Click here for official list of courses in university catalog.

Graduate Courses

ENGL 694
Studies in Gender Theory - Content varies. May be repeated for credit.
G ST 600
Gender History of Modern Europe – Topics in the gender history of modern Europe and its colonial empires.
HIS 660
Readings: Gender & Power in Latin America – Topics in the history of gender identity in Latin America.
HIS 690
Gender Studies Methodology-This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of gender studies, including the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods in order to understand gender in a transnational perspective.(3).
PSY 561
Cross-Cultural Training - The course will survey cross-cultural training programs designed to introduce people from one cultural background to ways of interacting effectively in a culture other than their own.
SPAN 565
Spanish American Women Writers – Poetry, drama, and narrative written by Spanish American women with particular attention to the themes, theories, and questions surrounding gender and escritura femenina.
SOC 625
Gender Studies Methodology – Examines the social and cultural construction of gender differences in contemporary U.S. society, focusing on the social history of gender roles and gender inequality in current cultural and institutional practices.