Graduate Courses

Below is a list of Graduate courses offered by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Department.

Not all of the courses are offered each semester.  

GSWS 800 - Methodology in Women's Studies Research (5)

An interdisciplinary seminar in methods of research in women's studies. Students will examine theoretical issues in women's studies methodology and study examples of research and criticism from women's studies in history, art/literary criticism, philosophy, psychology and social and natural sciences. Emphasis will be placed on developing a rigorous and creative interdisciplinary approach to problems. Students will apply methods studied in the course to their own areas of concentration.

GSWS 811 - Graduate Professional Development Colloquium I (3)

Workshop designed to support professional development, networking and foster mutuality of research interests. Includes topics on research skill development, academic and public dissemination of work,practical tips for career advancement and presentations of works in progress.

GSWS 812 - Graduate Professional Development Colloquium II (3)

Workshop designed to support professional development, networking and foster mutuality of research interests. Includes topics on research skill development, academic and public dissemination of work, practical tips for career advancement and presentations of works in progress.

GSWS 820 - Graduate Seminar in Women's Studies History (5)

This course will examine one or two critical issues in the history of women. Canada, England and France are of special interest in this course, but students, with the permission of the instructor, may focus their work on North America and/or Europe generally.

GSWS 822 - Graduate Seminar in Feminist Theory (5)

This course will analyze and compare major feminist social and political theories, including those that have emerged from liberal, socialist and radical feminist traditions. The relationship among theories of sexism and political goals and practices will be discussed.

GSWS 823 - Graduate Seminar in Feminist Art/Literary Criticism (5)

This course will examine the development of feminist aesthetic theories with particular reference to literary, cinematic and/or art forms. The fundamental assumptions of feminist literary and/or art criticism as well as the principles of art forms will be discussed.

GSWS 824 - Graduate Seminar on Women and Social Policy (5)

This course will focus on one or more social issues and policies in such fields as law, health, economics, social welfare, and science and technology.

GSWS 826 - Graduate Seminar on Queer/Trans Studies (5)

An examination of the formation, development, and current direction in the fields of queer and trans theory. Students will study the influence of feminism on both fields, the emergence of formative questions and key debates, and critical challenges posed by colonial histories, globalization of LGBT identities, and transnational/local taxonomies.

GSWS 830 - Selected Topics Graduate Seminar I (5)

Selected Topics.

GSWS 831 - Selected Topics Graduate Seminar II (5)

Selected topics.

GSWS 840 - Directed Studies (5)

Directed studies.

GSWS 844 - Directed Studies II (5)

Allows students to pursue in greater depth a particular problem in gender, sexuality or women's studies. Registration by consent of instructor only. May be offered as an individual reading course or a small seminar, depending upon student and faculty interest. Prerequisite: GSWS 822: Graduate Seminar in Feminist Theory.

GSWS 898 - MA Thesis (10)

Thesis.

GSWS 997 - PhD Comprehensive Examination

Comprehensive.

GSWS 998 - PhD Thesis (6)

Thesis.

GSWS 999 - MA Field Exam (6)

Field Exam. Prerequisite: GSWS 822 and five graduate courses.

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