Gender and Sexuality Studies courses

GESS 2900 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to gender and sexuality studies. Its primary focus is critical perspectives on the social construction of gender and sexuality, inequalities on the basis of gender and sexuality, activism around issues of gender and sexuality, and how gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by other systems of inequality such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, nation, region, and age.
credit hours: 3

GESS 3500 Identity, Difference, and Social Inequality
Identity, Difference, and Social Inequality
This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of how gender and sexuality are implicated in, mediate, or are mediated by the social and cultural construction of racial and ethnic identities and cultures, the formation of economic structures and class cultures, and race, ethnic, and class inequalities. This course offers a service learning component.
Pre-requistites: GESS 290
credit hours: 3

GESS 3800 Writing Practicum
Writing Practicum
Fulfills the college intensive-writing requirement. Students will write one or more papers exploring major topics in feminist theory.
Pre-requistites: Successful completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
Co-requisites: Three-credit departmental course
credit hours: 3

GESS 3890 Service Learning
Service Learning
Students complete a service activity in the community in conjunction with the content of a three-credit core course.
Pre-requistites: Departmental approval.
credit hours: 0

GESS 4500 Gender and Archives
Gender and Archives
This course focuses on developing knowledge of major theories of archives, on fostering research skills by engaging with materials, and on involving students in archival work that will allow questions about gender. Exploring theories and practices of archives, the course takes students through the history of archives, with special attention to women as keeping, and represented in, scholarly collections.
Notes: The course offers a service learning project.
Pre-requistites: GESS 2900 and GESS 3500.
credit hours: 3

GESS 4700 Sexuality in US History
Sexuality in US History
In this course we will examine the ways in which sex, gender and sexuality have been fundamentally reorganized since the 18th century. Focusing primarily on the formation and development of the United States, this seminar aims to deepen your understanding of the distinctive constructions of sexuality in various historical, political, and cultural contexts, how those constructions have transformed over time, and what factors account for those changes. All of our critical inquiries will attend to the ways in which race, class, gender, religion, market cultures, and governments intersect with the history of sexuality.
Notes: Writing Practica Option.
credit hours: 3

GESS 4910 Independent Study
Independent Study
Qualified students may arrange for independent study with an instructor to pursue a project of interest to the student. Ordinarily, independent study earns three credits. Requirements will vary depending on the project but will involve some combination of readings, oral reports, and written work. A maximum of four credits of independent studies may be applied toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studiesand three credits toward the minor.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor and program director; open to upper-level majors and minors.
credit hours: 1-3

GESS 4920 Independent Study
Independent Study
Qualified students may arrange for independent study with an instructor to pursue a project of interest to the student. Ordinarily, independent study earns three credits. Requirements will vary depending on the project but will involve some combination of readings, oral reports, and written work. A maximum of four credits of independent studies may be applied toward the major inGender and Sexuality Studies and three credits toward the minor.
credit hours: 1-3

GESS 4930 Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
An in-depth examination of a particular topic relevant to gender and sexuality studies. Topics for discussion focus on a theme or question that is best understood within an interdisciplinary framework.
credit hours: 3

GESS 4940 Gender & Sexuality Theory I
Gender & Sexuality Theory I
This course is the first in a sequence of two courses (see GESS 4/6950) on feminist and queer theory. The primary goals of this course are 1) to provide an introduction to early feminist theories of patriarchy, women’s oppression, and gender inequality, 2) map the emergence of subsequent theories of the social construction of gender and gender difference including the sources, causes, and effects of gender inequality and strategies for reducing or eradicating inequality, and 3) identify how intersectional, postmodern, and queer thinkers enter into dialogue with and critique early feminist theorizing.

Pre-requistites: GESS 2900, GESS 3500
credit hours: 3

GESS 4950 Gender & Sexuality Theory II
Gender & Sexuality Theory II
This course is the second in a sequence of two courses on feminist and queer theory. The primary goals of this course are 1) to map the expansion of feminist and queer theory in recent decades, 2) critically engage with theories of gender, sexuality, race, and class to gain understanding of inequality and social change.
Pre-requistites: GESS 2900, GESS 3500, GESS 4940
credit hours: 3

GESS H4990 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
Open to senior honors candidates and other qualified senior majors with approval of instructor and program director. Intensive interdisciplinary reading and research in the area of gender and/or sexuality studies.
credit hours: 3

GESS H5000 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
Open to senior honors candidates and other qualified senior majors with approval of instructor and program director. Intensive interdisciplinary reading and research in the area of gender and/or sexuality studies.
credit hours: 3