Gender and Women’s Studies

Interdisciplinary Program Director: Patricia Bolanos

The study of gender is an important element in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and natural sciences. The Gender and Women’s Studies program allows students and faculty to link the examination of gender across all academic disciplines. CSB/SJU's Gender and Women's Studies Program is unusual in studying gender's role in lives of both men and women and in examining the social construction of both masculinity and femininity.

The purpose of this program is to provide an inter- and multi-disciplinary framework within which to explore the social and biological construction of gender and sexuality. The program incorporates a variety of methodologies and theoretical approaches.

Students who complete the Gender and Women’s Studies major or minor will have worked with materials and methodologies from several academic disciplines in order to gain an understanding of how gender functions across cultures and in their own lives as it intersects with race, class, age, ethnicity, and sexuality.

Major (40 Credits)

A total of at least 40 credits, including:
1.  GWST 101, Introduction to Gender Studies (required)
2.  GWST 380, Approaches to Gender Theory (required)
3.  GWST 381, Sex and Gender in Global Perspectives (required)
4.  GWST 385, Senior Capstone in Gender and Women's Studies (required)
5.  Experiential Learning Component (0-4 credits)
6.  5-6 additional 4 credit courses (20-24 credits), chosen from approved courses (designated in each semester's GWST course list), of which at least two courses should be from Humanities/Fine Arts and at least two courses from Social Sciences/Natural Sciences. Of these 20-24 credits, at least four courses (16 credits), should be at the 300-level. No more than three courses counting toward another major can be applied to the GWST major. Upon applying for a major, students should complete a Focus Statement and submit an application to the major along with a transcript.

Minor (24 Credits)

A total of at least 24 credits, including:

  1. GWST 101, Introduction to Gender Studies (required); 
  2. At least 12 of the 24 credits must be from 300-level courses that have been approved for the minor(designated in each semester’s course list);
  3. GWST 380, Approaches to Gender Theory (required). 
    In order to ensure the multidisciplinarity of the minor, no more than 8 credits should be taken from the same department.

Notes:

Courses currently approved for the Gender and Women’s Studies minor include the following:

COMM 305 Women's Voices Before 1920
COMM 306 Contemporary Women's Voices
COMM 351 Gender and Communication
COMM 386 See ENGL 386
ECON 325 Political Economy of Race and Gender
ENGL 355 Studies in Individual Authors: Olsen and Fitzgerald
ENGL 381 Literature by Women
ENGL 382 Multicultural Literature of the United States
ENGL 385 Studies in Literature: Men’s Lives in Literature and Film
ENGL 385 Studies in Literature: Ethnic American Lives
ENGL 385 Studies in Literature: Writing Out - Lesbian and Gay Narratives
ENGL 385 Studies in Literature: Ethnic American Novels
ENGL/COMM 386 Studies in Film: Gender and Sexuality in Film
ENGL/COMM 386 Studies in Film: An Epistemology of Romance
ENGL/COMM 386 Studies in Film: Performance Anxiety
ENGL/COMM 386 Studies in Film: Advanced Media Theory
ENGL 388 Studies in Popular Culture: Lavender Lives: Representations of Lesbians and Gay Men in Contemporary American Culture
ENVR 200 Topics: Gender and the Enlightenment
GWST 101 Introduction to Gender Studies
GWST 290 Men's Studies Research
GWST 380 Approaches to Gender Theory
GWST 381 Sex and Gender in Global Perspectives
GWST 385 Senior Capstone in Gender and Women's Studies
HIST 200 Witchcraft and Magic in Early Modern Europe
HIST 333 Gender and Society in Western Europe
HIST 361 American Women to 1920
HIST 362 American Women since 1920
HIST 364/CORE 365 American Popular Religion
MCLT 223 Literary Traditions: Gender, Narrative Structure, and the Fairy Tale
MCLT 368 Comparative Literature: Biblical Women
NUTR 300 Cultural and Social Aspects of Food
PCST 351 Women and Peace
PHIL 153 Philosophy and Gender
PHIL 361 Feminist Ethics
PHED 320 Gender and Sport
POLS 314 Feminist Political Theory
POLS 339 Gender and Public Policy
POLS 352 Global Gender Issues
PSYC 308 Psychology of Gender
PSYC 345 Human Sexuality
SWRK 347 American Social Policy
SWRK 380 Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
SOCI 229 Intimate Relationships
SOCI 319 Sex and Gender
SOCI 329 Family and Gender
SOCI 337 Special Areas and Problems: Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class and Gender
THEO 309 Topics in Scripture: Bible, Church and Gender
THEO 311 Christian Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Christianity
THEO 329 Women's Theological Perspectives
THEO 339 Topics in Spirituality: Spirituality of Marriage and Family
THEO 349 Topics in Moral Theology: Women, Church and Society
THEO 359 Themes in Scripture: Community, Ministry and Women

Please consult the program’s website (http://www.csbsju.edu/genderstudies/) for up-to-date course and program information.

Courses (GWST)

101 Introduction to Gender Studies. (4)
This course introduces students to a broad range of concepts and issues in the discipline of gender studies. It also serves as a practical and theoretical foundation for further courses in the Gender and Women’s Studies program. It uses gender as a analytical method and explores how race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation influence the construction of gender identity. Although containing these common elements, this course’s main focus will vary according to the particular instructor’s design. Please refer to each semester’s course title and description for more specific information.

270/370 Readings in Gender Studies. (0-1)
Readings and discussions in specific areas of gender studies. Topics may be tied to on-campus lectures/presentations given by invited speakers. Approval of the director and/or faculty moderator required. This course can be repeated once for credit with the permission of the director. S-U grading only.

271 Individualized Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the lower-division level. Permission of program director required.

290 Special Topics. (4)
A sustained interdisciplinary analysis of selected topics in Gender and Women’s Studies at the intermediate level. Topics will vary each year.

360 Topics in Gender and Women’s Studies. (4)
A sustained interdisciplinary analysis of selected topics in Gender and Women’s Studies at the upper division level. Topics will vary each year.

371 Individualized Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the upper-division level. Permission of program director required. Not available to first-year students.

380 Approaches to Gender Theory. (4)
This course is offered once per year in cooperation with, for example, the English, Philosophy, or Political Science departments. It builds on and further develops the understanding of gender studies introduced in GWST 101 by critically examining theoretical approaches to gender studies and analyzing key issues and disputes within the field. This course develops a framework that allows students to identify and examine the relations among the diverse theoretical approaches to gender studies encountered in GWST courses and within the discipline of gender studies. As the theory course for the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at CSB/SJU, this course includes aspects of feminist theory, gender theory, GLBT/queer theory, and men’s studies.

381 Sex and Gender in Global Perspectives. (4)
Examines issues of sex and gender from cross-cultural perspectives. Themes vary but may include: international sex trade, global women's movements, gender and economic development, GLBT human rights movements, health and environmental issues, or cross-cultural conceptions of masculinity. Course will vary according to the particular instructor's design. Prerequisite: GWST 101 for GWST majors.

385 Senior Capstone in Gender and Women's Studies. (4)
Examines the ethical implications of sex and gender in a specific context, such as contemporary social issues, historical movements, aesthetics, theoretical constructs, or sex and gender in the biological-physical world. Students will apply their GWST coursework and experiential learning to examine their personal and intellectual lives, their sense of vocation, and their roles as responsible citizens. Prerequisites: GWST 101 and 380 or permission of instructor.

397 Internship. (1-4)
Practical on- or off-campus experience in gender-related work with a strong academic component. Individually arranged by the student with the approval of the college’s director of internships, a faculty moderator, and the GWST program director. Prerequisites: fourth semester standing in GWST Program; GWST 101 and at least one other 200- or 300-level GWST course. See program director for further information.