Current Course Offerings

Winter 2018:

G St 301 – Topics in Gender and Culture  – Gender and Greek Life 
Instructor: C. Smith
M-F, 1-4:30
Peabody 110

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. Fulfills Liberal Arts Humanities Requirement.

G ST 350 – Gender and Sexuality in Cinema – Web 1
Instructor: L. DeLassus

Issues of feminity, masculinity, and sexuality within racial and national identity as represented in mainstream or independent films.

G St 395 – Gender Studies Abroad  – Publics & Subcultures: Writing Gender and Sexuality in the Crescent City
Instructor: J. Cantrell/R. Johnson

Information and application:

Spring 2018

G St 201 – Introduction to Gender Studies – Section 1
Instructor: T. Starkey
TTh, 9:30 – 10:45 
Location: Bishop 106

G St 201 – Introduction to Gender Studies – Web 1
Instructor: TBD

G St 201 – Introduction to Gender Studies – Web 2
Instructor: TBD

G St 201 – Introduction to Gender Studies – Web 3
Instructor: TBD

Introduction to the growing body of research available from many disciplines for the study of women. Comparison of traditional and feminist interpretations of the nature of women, their capabilities, and their roles in society. Fulfills Humanities Requirement.

G St 202 – Introduction to Queer Studies – Web 1
Instructor: TBD

This introductory class will examine and complicate gender and sexuality as categories of identity.

G St 301 – Topics in Gender and Culture  – Gender and Sexuality in Visual Media – Web 1
Instructor: K. Cozart
This course examines representations of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality across various forms of visual media. The analysis  will include readings and surveys of clips from television, film, music videos, theatre, broadcast and print journalism including magazines, advertising, social media, comic books, graphic novels, anime, user generated online content, and digital gaming. Fulfills Liberal Arts Humanities Requirement and Meek School Diversity Requirement.

G St 301 – Topics in Gender and Culture  – Transnational and Multicultural Studies in Gender & Sexuality – Web 2
Instructor: J. Cantrell

This interdisciplinary online course introduces the study of gender and sexualities and their intersections with processes of racializations in the U.S. and in global contexts. Students will explore the emergence of modern sexual and gender identities and their relationship to nation, power, and citizenship. Utilizing field criticism including women of color theory and feminisms, postcolonial feminist theory, and frameworks offered by transnational feminist/women’s movements, students will examine how definitions of gender and sexuality are (de)constructed, reproduced, and (d)employed in the context of globalization. Fulfills Liberal Arts Humanities Requirement.

G St 301 – Topics in Gender and Culture  – Web 3
Instructor: J.Hovey

This course will look at post-apocalyptic fiction, films, and games, most of which feature actual zombies or zombie-like figures, to ask what zombies mean at different historical moments, including our own.  Although there are several prototypical zombie novels in the nineteenth century, the zombie as we know it today is a creature of late capitalism, representing twentieth and twenty-first century popular anxieties about gender, labor, immigration, disease, class, sexuality, technology, race, national identity, and consumer culture.  Beginning with the origins of the zombie in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, following imperialist anxieties about whiteness, gender, and Haitian voodoo in 1930s films, we will trace the evolution of the apocalyptic zombie during the Cold War and Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 1960s, and look at recent zombie apocalypse fiction and games to analyze how zombie literature, films, and games criticize sexism, racism, imperialism, capitalism and consumer culture, ecological carelessness and destruction, and the exploitation of the poor. Texts will include FrankensteinThe Magic IslandI Am LegendThe Zombie Survival GuideDeadlands, and The Road. Films will include Night of the Living DeadDawn of the Dead, and the television series The Walking Dead, as well as White ZombieZombieland28 Days Later, and The Road. We will also look at how video games developed from Dawn of the Dead, and look briefly at some popular zombie games such as the 2002 game Resident Evil, the 2013 game The Last of Us, and The Walking Dead tie-in games. Students should expect to write 2 papers, complete a final project, and participate in regular discussion forum posts and some online meetings.

Fulfills Humanities Requirement.

G St 303 – The Family
Instructor: E. Lake
MW, 4 – 5:15
Location: Lamar Room 129
Cross-listed as SOC 301

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.

G ST 325 – Sociology of Gender
Instructor: K. Dellingder
TTh, 9:30-10:45
Location: Lamar Room 515
Cross-listed as SOC 325

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.

G ST 327 – Genocide and Women
Instructor: W. Johnson
TTh, 11-12:15
Location: Lamar Room 519
Cross-listed as SOC 325

Exploration of the roles of women as victims of gender abuse and sexual violence and as perpetrators of violence in modern ethnic genocides.

G ST 337 – The South and Sexuality – Web 1
Instructor: J. Cantrell
Cross-listed as SST 350

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.

G ST 350 – Gender and Sexuality in Cinema – Web 1
Instructor: L. DeLassus

Issues of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality within racial and national identity as represented in mainstream or independent films.

G St 385 – Women in Literature
Instructor: K. Lechler
MW, 2:30-3:45
Location: Hume 230
Cross-listed as ENGL 385

A study of the images of women in British and American literature. Content will vary. Fulfills Humanities Requirement.

G St 391 – Women, Gender, and the Environment – Web 1
Instructor: N. Provolt


This course provides a historical introduction to women’s relationship to the environment and their political and economic contributions to the environmental movement. Theory and political action, particularly as they relate to the issues of race and class, will be emphasized. Students will both read the works of women writers in this field and also examine their own communities to analyze the ways in which the individual, community values, and institutions impact women’s relationships with the environment. Students will also learn to formulate responses and interpretations using varied strategies (e.g., critical reading, online discussion, self-reflection, comparative analysis).

GST 399 – Queer Literature – WEB 1
Instructor: J. Cantrell

As we study same-sex desire, non-normativity, homoeroticism, and sexual identities in queer literatures, we will be guided by a slew of controversial and often vexing questions: is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise “queer” literature simply literature written by someone who identifies as part of those communities? Does writing not specifically concerned with sexualities qualify? Can a heterosexual writer produce queer literature? What, for that matter, constitutes  “lesbian,” “gay,” or “bisexual” identities and how are those categories unfixed and emergent over time and place? How might an introduction to queer literatures offer an excellent base for reflecting on canonicity—that is, its formations, revolutions, and recuperations? And, finally, how and to what degree is queer literature importantly distinct (and disruptive) from the broader category of literature, anyhow? To help us think through these questions, we will develop interpretive keywords to critique, interrogate, dismantle, and reflect on taxonomies and historicity questions in classical and post-Stonewall era transnational and multi-genre queer literatures. Some keyword topics will include: open secret, pleasure, censorship, repression, love, coming out, coming of age, sex, intimacy, publics, failure. This course will examine queer literatures both with careful attention to the historical and social contexts in which they were written, and with an eye toward analyzing recurrent themes and motifs that emerge across works.

G St 414 -Race, Place, and Space
Instructor: B. Foster

TTh, 4-5:15
Location: Lamar 519
Cross-listed as AAS 414, SST 314, SOC 414

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.

G St 428 – U. S. Women’s History
Instructor: S. Stearns
TTH, 1-2:15
Location: Lamar 404
Cross-listed as HIST 425

History of the struggle for equality in U.S. politics and culture.

G St 433 – Theories of Gender and Sexuality- Honors
Instructor: A. McDowell

M, 2-4:30
Location: Honors 311
Cross-listed as SOC 433

This course surveys how liberal, black, post-colonial, and queer feminist theorists conceptualize gender oppression and resistance and problematizes taken-for-granted beliefs about the naturalness of sex and sexuality.

G St 491 – Special Topics in Gender and Literature
Instructor: T. Starkey

TTh, 8 – 9:15
Location: Bishop 108
Cross-listed as ENG 491

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. Fulfills Humanities Requirement.

G St 497 – Internship

Approved work settings under professional supervision. May be repeated once for a cumulative total of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: 6 hours GST coursework and consent of director required.

G St 498 – Special Topics in Gender Studies: Personal Relationships
Instructor: C. Smith
MW, 11 – 12:15
Location: Peabody 202
Cross-listed as PSY 455

This course is a capstone experience in which students will be immersed in the research process in relationship science.  Over the course of the semester, you will develop an understanding of the theories and methodologies of relationship science, as well as evaluating some of the historical and recent trends of findings in relationship science. 

GST498 – Advanced Queer Studies – WEB 1
Instructor: Jaime Cantrell

How might the history of sexuality be understood as both a problem and as an object of study? This course provides an advanced introduction to the central issues and debates in queer theory, exploring the relationships between acts and identities: how they shape one another, how they might over/under describe historicity and the experiences of queer life, and how they exist simultaneously and in tension. We will move beyond considerations of what queer theory is, and focus instead on what queer theories do. Students will become acquainted with the historiography of queer theory—that is, its temporal ruptures and convergences, coalescences and contradictions, and the goals and formulations that structure our approaches to studying it. We will then critically engage with applications of queer theories in critical academic scholarship from the interdisciplinary fields of trans studies, affect studies, critical race studies, disability studies and crip politics, and animal studies.

Graduate Course Offerings:

G ST 600 – Gender Studies Methodology
Instructor: J. Harker

T, 3-5:30 
Location: 123 S. Residential College

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.

HST 614 – Readings: US Women’s and Gender History
Instructor: J. Wilkerson

W, 1-3:30
Location: 326 Bishop

This seminar examines the development of and major topics in the field of U.S. women’s and gender history, from early America to the contemporary United States. Students will become familiar with classic texts as well as new and cutting-edge scholarship. They will also read conceptual texts alongside historical monographs in order to gain an understanding of the major debates in women’s and gender history and how the field has transformed over the last thirty years. 

S St 560 – Oral History of Southern Social Movements
Instructor: J. Wilkerson

M, 1-3:30
Location:108 Barnard Observatory

This course focuses on the history of American social movements (with an emphasis on the South), oral history methodology, and the uses of oral history interviews in historical research.  Undergraduates who wish to take for gender studies credit should contact the Isom Center. 

Others to be announced.