WGS (Women’s and Gender Studies)

WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (4 hours)
This course is intended to develop an awareness of the social construction of gender—the ways in which it is shaped by relations of sex, race, class, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, sexual orientation, and other categories of difference—and the effects of this social construction on individuals and society.

WGS 200 Independent Study in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (1-4 hours)
This course provides the opportunity for an intense study of diverse topics under the direct supervision of the instructor. The student and instructor will collaborate to develop the content of the course, which must be approved as outlined by the Independent Study Policy.  (Sec. 6.15.)


WGS 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication (4 hours)

This course investigates the relationships among gender, culture, and communication. Students will explore theoretical approaches to gender; the cultural histories of women’s, men’s and LGTBQIA movements; cultural views of gendered interaction, including discourse and relational styles as well as other performances; and the practices of gendered communication and identity in a variety of cultural and institutional contexts. Offered every spring. Cross-listed as COM 280.

WGS 290 Special Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (1-4 hours)

Courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum. Prerequisites can vary based on the topic selected. See individual course listings for each semester for the specific topic and any prerequisites.


WGS 380 Feminist Media Studies (4 hours)
This course examines the portrayal of gender in the media, focusing specifically on radio, television, and film, and aims to encourage an understanding of the diversity of groups in society in relationship to identity and selfhood. Class will be conducted in lecture format with some in-class screenings and class discussion. Cross-listed as COM 380.  


WGS 400 Advanced Independent Study in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (1-4 hours)

This course provides the opportunity for an advanced, intense study of diverse topics under the direct supervision of the instructor. These offerings are generally suited for junior or senior students. The student and instructor will collaborate to develop the content of the course, which must be approved as outlined by the Independent Study Policy.  (Sec. 6.15.)


WGS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (1-4 hours)

Advanced courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum. These offerings are generally suited for junior or senior students. Prerequisites can vary based on the topic selected. See individual course listings for each semester for the specific topic and any prerequisites.

Specifically, this Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course places special emphasis on the intersection of gender with the epistemological foundations of other disciplines and on the theory and practice of the study of gender. Courses are not limited to, for example, Southern Women’s Literature and History, but will often be under the same rubric of other disciplines such as are listed under the requirements of the minor.

WGS 495 Internship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (1-12 hours)

An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to have an application (which satisfies all internship requirements developed by the academic program that oversees the internship) and to obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study. All internships are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites are determined by the academic program overseeing the internship course.