We offer courses in an array of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, visual arts, science, engineering, business, economics, and nursing.

  • Your UCOR courses are designed to complement Women & Gender Studies and provide a foundation for courses on feminist, gender, and sexuality theories and research methods.
  • Your elective courses broaden your knowledge base, while internships, community outreach, and study abroad courses take you out of the classroom.
  • In your final year, you will craft an empirically grounded and theoretically informed thesis as a research or creative project.

Our program takes textbook knowledge to a higher level with learning by doing, hands-on, project-focused work. It links you to the wider world, connecting theory and praxis in a meaningful way.


Winter 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses

Degree Requirements

Connect Across Disciplines


The Women & Gender Studies major gives you a wide array of courses that put women and gender at the center of academic study, investigate the complex histories of interlinked oppressions and privileges, and study the experiences of women and men and anyone outside the gender binary of all races, ethnicities, sexualities, and economic circumstances. Some examples are listed here.

Art & Art History

  • Robots, Machines. and the Body


  • Sexual Storytelling
  • Sex, God, and Free Speech

Criminal Justice

  • Gender, Race, & Crime

English, Creative Writing, and Film Studies

  • Dystopian Fictions
  • Literature of India
  • Indigenous American Literature
  • US Ethnic/Non-Western Literature in Context


  • European Women in the Middle Ages
  • The European Witch Hunts
  • Global History of the Women’s Movement
  • Teaching US History/American Women’s History

International Studies

  • Women & Gender in the Middle East
  • Women and Leadership in Latin America


  • Gender and Power in Ancient Greece


  • Sexualities in Psychotherapy
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Women and Children

Political Science

  • Global Queer


  • Paradise Lost: Social Problems
  • Gender Roles and Sexuality
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Belonging in America
  • Sexual Politics
  • Transgender Studies 

Theology and Religious Studies

  • Women and Christian Theology
  • Latin American Liberation Theology
  • Gender and Sexuality in Islam
  • Sexuality, Gender, and the Church

Learning Goals

  • Recognize gender as a system of social relationships and shared practices that shape categories of gender and sexuality.  
  • Differentiate and compare a variety of theoretical interdisciplinary frameworks within Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • Identify the intersections among gender and other social and cultural identities, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, class, and sexuality.
  • Critique how this gender system functions in social, economic, cultural, religious, and/or political understandings of “masculinity” and “femininity,” “gay” and “straight,” and “bisexual” and “transgender.”
  • Analyze how gendered societal categories, institutions, and power structures affect the material realities of lives of differently gendered individuals around the globe.
  • Understand the history, assumptions, and theories and theorists, of women, gender, and sexuality and recognize its epistemological and methodological diversity and character.
  • Identify major influences within key historic feminist and LGBTQ movements. These influences may include activists, authors and/or writings, or legislation.
  • Recognize stereotypes and the naturalization of hierarchies of difference through analyzing power dynamics from the micro to the macro level.

Skill goals

  • Communicate effectively using gender analytics as a tool for academic research, for creative production, for collaborative work, and/or for practices of social change.
  • Evaluate and interpret information from a variety of sources including print and electronic media, film, video, and other information technologies.
  • Articulate connections between global, regional, and local issues, and their relationship to women’s experiences and to human rights, with an awareness of the importance of context.
  • Engage in and analyze concepts, as well as exhibit creative and holistic problem solving skills.
  • Connect theory with practice through a service learning or internship experience to promote social justice and human rights.
  • Construct socially responsible ethical frameworks that are informed by historical consciousness of transnational contexts.