Gender is the set of socially constructed behavioral and psychological characteristics associated with masculinity, femininty, and gender non-conformity. Feminist theorists recognize that past generalizations about "women" and "men" have been false and over-simplistic. Individuals are not gendered simply as a man or woman; gender is constituted and understood within other hierarchical systems, such as race and class. Women’s and Gender Studies has made gender (and thus men) visible. In so doing, it has allowed the introduction of gender into academic discourse more generally. As such, it is vital that gender studies is included as a focus area in the curriculum for Women’s and Gender Studies. Moreover, it functions as an important contribution to the university curriculum as a whole.
Intersectional Gender Studies courses explore the making and meaning of gender across cultures and social formations, past and present. This includes men’s studies and queer studies. Gender influences human options, conditions, and experiences and examines how the legal, political, economic, and cultural systems are all profoundly gendered. Comprehensive understanding of gender patterns, dynamics, and biases can enhance the accuracy and scope of work in many fields. Gender awareness benefits individuals, communities, and organizations.
The following courses comprise the Intersectional Gender Studies Focus Area. In some cases a course may count in two focus areas, but may only be taken for credit toward the major in one focus area.
- WGS 104 (PHL 104): Identities: Gender, Race, Sexuality
- WGS 200 Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (depending on topic)
- WGS 210: Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (depending on topic)
- WGS 260 (POR 260): Gender and Sexuality in Lusophone Literatures
- WGS 300: Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (depending on topic)
- WGS 300 (SOA 300): Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity and Culture
- WGS 316 (HST 316): Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe**
- WGS 319 (SOA 319): Gender Variation and Sexual Orientation Across Cultures*
- WGS 350 (SOA 350): Readings in Sociological and Anthropological Literature (depending on topic)
- WGS 359 (SOA 359): Men and Masculinities
- WGS 370 (ENL 370): Women, Writing, and the Media
- WGS 371 (POR 371/571): Gender and Society in Brazilian Cinema**
- WGS 375 (PSY 375): Psychology of Sex Differences
- WGS 380 (ARH 380): Feminist Perspectives on Art History**
- WGS 391 (HST 391): Topics in African History (depending on topic)* **
*May also be taken for the Cross-Cultural and Transnational Inquiry Focus Area
**May also be taken for the Politics of Cultural Representation Focus Area