Lavender Catalog

The following are the Undergraduate courses (including cross-referenced courses) that discuss sexualities or queer issues, either briefly or have a large focus on it. To see when the course is offered, please refer to the Student Adminstration System. Please check with your advisor or your college to see if it will fulfill your degree or general education requirements. This list is not a complete list, overall, it is the instructor’s decision to include sexualities or queer issues into their course, but this list can guide you to sexualities/queer courses. Courses are subject to change and may be variable by semester. Check the university catalog for more courses.

Please keep in mind that you can also choose your own topics with independent study, internships, and joining research projects. Also, check the variable courses every semester, as the content will continue to change based on the professor and their interests.

Many courses are listed multiple times, under each relevant department.

UNIV: Rainbow Center

2500. Gender, Sexuality and Community: Queer Studies in an Interdisciplinary Approach

A weekly lecture and discussion series with guest scholars, community activists, and educators from assorted disciplines. Critical investigation and exploration of interrelationships of gender, sexuality and community.

Africana Studies (AFRA)

3568. Hip-Hop, Politics and Youth Culture in America

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3568.) (Also offered as HIST 3568.) Three credits.

History of hip-hop, its musical antecedents and its role in popular culture. Race, class, and gender are examined as well as hip-hop’s role in popular political discourse

3622. History of Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean

(Also offered as HIST, LLAS, and WGSS 3622.) Three credits.

Topics may include: empire and colonialism/anti-colonialism; slavery, science, and the state; cultural practices and institutions; feminisms and masculinities; law and public policies; immigration; forms of labor and political mobilization; sex and reproduction; and human rights from historical perspective.

Art History (ARTH)

3015/3015W. Women and Body Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Not open for credit to students who have passed WGSS 3251.

Women’s use of body art to express aspects of gender identity and interpretation of body art from a variety of cultures. “Body art” encompasses cosmetics, painting, hair styling, tattoo, scarification, clothing, ornaments, plastic surgery, and exercise.

If taken as a W: Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor. Not open for credit to students who have passed WGSS 3251.

Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AASI)

3201. Introduction to Asian American Studies

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Machida

A multidisciplinary introduction to major themes in Asian American Studies. Concepts of identity and community, migration and labor histories, Asians and the law, representations of Asians in visual and popular culture, gender issues, interracial and interethnic relations, and human rights. CA 1. CA 4. Schund-Vials

Communication (Comm)

4320. Media and Special Audiences

(Also offered as LLAS 4320.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000, 1300.

Media content and audience responses. Ethnic, racial, and gender issues in mainstream and ethnic media. Special audiences include Latina/os, African Americans, Asian Americans, Women, Gays, and Lesbians.

Dramatic Arts (DRAM)

2134. Honors Core: Sports as Performance

Three credits. Instructor consent required.

Rigorous critical investigation of parallels between sports and performance. Includes writing, critical readings, experiential activities, viewing sporting events/performances, multimodal research. Critical and theoretical perspectives on athletics, spectacle, performance, national identity, community, race, gender, sexuality, and more. CA 1.

English (ENGL)

1601W. Race, Gender, and the Culture Industry

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Cultural construction of race and gender in English-language literature, film, and music. CA 4.

3613. Introduction to LGBT Literature

Three credits.

An introduction to themes of sexual diversity in literature, related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered issues. CA 4.

History (HIST)

3203. History of the Family

(Also offered as HDFS 3423.) Three credits.

Pre-industrial and industrial family life in Western society since the Middle Ages, with emphasis on the changes in demography, family size and structure, family economy, social expectations, sex roles, sexuality, and affective bonds.

3416. Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe

(Also offered as WGSS 3416.) Three credits. Schafer

The construction of gender difference and ideas about sexuality in Western Europe since 1789. Masculinity and femininity; sexuality, identity and the state; European power and personhood in global context.

3622. History of Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean

(Also offered as AFRA, LLAS, and WGSS 3622.) Three credits.

Topics may include empire and colonialism/anti-colonialism; slavery, science, and the state; cultural practices and institutions; feminisms and masculinities; law and public policies; immigration; forms of labor and political mobilization; sex and reproduction; and human rights from historical perspective.

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

1060. Close Relationships Across the Lifespan

Three credits.

Theory and research on topics in the close relationship literature including attraction, relationship development and maintenance, friendship and social support, love, sexuality, intimacy, power, communication, conflict, dissolution and divorce, and bereavement. CA 2.

3042. Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender

(Also offered as AFRA 3042 and WGSS 3042.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Baseball in historical, political, sociological, and economic contexts. Topics may include: impact on individuals and families; racial discrimination and integration; labor relations; urbanization; roles of women; treatment of gay athletes; and implications of performance-enhancing drugs.

3249. Gender and Aging

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Aging process as it impacts on men and women; historical and cross-cultural perspectives, changing family roles, including grandparenthood and widowhood, and implications of changing gender roles for self-actualization of older persons.

3261. Men and Masculinity: A Social Psychological Perspective

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Men’s gender role socialization over the life span; men’s developmental issues, gender role, conflicts, and interpersonal dynamics with women. Theory, research, and personal exploration are integrated. CA 4.

3268. Latinos: Sexuality and Gender

(Also offered as LLAS 3251.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Critical discussion of issues involving gender and sexuality among Latinos, with particular attention to race, class, ethnicity, and acculturation.

3277. Issues in Human Sexuality

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Contemporary issues concerning human sexuality; impact upon individuals and family units.

3423. History of the Family

(Also offered as HIST 3203.) Three credits.

Pre-industrial and industrial family life in Western society since the Middle Ages, with emphasis on the changes in demography, family size and structure, family economy, social expectations, sex roles, sexuality, and affective bonds.

Latino and Latin American Studies (LLAS)

3251. Latinos: Sexuality and Gender

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3251.) (Also offered as HDFS 3268.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Critical discussion of issues involving gender and sexuality among Latinos, with particular attention to race, class, ethnicity, and acculturation.

3622. History of Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean

(Also offered as AFRA, HIST, and WGSS 3622.) Three credits.

Topics may include empire and colonialism/anti-colonialism; slavery, science, and the state; cultural practices and institutions; feminisms and masculinities; law and public policies; immigration; forms of labor and political mobilization; sex and reproduction; and human rights from historical perspective.

4320. Media and Special Audiences

(Formerly offered as PRLS 4320.) (Also offered as COMM 4320.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000, 1300.

Media content and audience responses. Ethnic, racial, and gender issues in mainstream and ethnic media. Special audiences include Latina/os, African Americans, Asian Americans, Women, Gays, and Lesbians.

Philosophy (PHIL)

1107. Philosophy and Gender

Three credits. No student may receive more than 6 credits for PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, or 1107.

Topics concern social ethics and gender, such as gender equality and the impact of gender norms on individual freedom. Specific topics are examined in light of the intersections between gender and race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. CA 1. CA 4.

3218. Feminist Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, or 1107; or WGSS 1104, 1105, or 1124.

Philosophical issues in feminist theory. Topics may include the nature of gender difference, the injustice of male domination and its relation to other forms of domination, the social and political theory of women’s equality in the home, in the workplace, and in politics.

Psychology (PSYC)

2110. Psychology of Human Sexuality

Three credits. Recommended preparation: PSYC 1100.

Sexuality from across psychological science, highlighting relevant theoretical perspectives, methodology, and empirical research.

3102. Psychology of Women

(Also offered as WGSS 3102). Three credits. Prerequisite: Three credits of 2000 to 3000-level psychology.

Gender roles, socialization, women and work, women’s relationships, violence against women, and other topics. Theory and research. CA 4.

Urban and Community Studies (URBN)

1300/1300W. Exploring Your Community

Three credits.

Various aspects of urban and community life emphasizing the interplay of social justice, diversity, individual and social well-being. Theories, concepts, and methods in community studies. May contain a service learning component. CA 2. CA 4.

If taken as a W: Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 . CA 2. CA 4.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

1105. Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life

(Formerly offered as WS 1105.) Three credits.

How gender, sex, and sexuality are woven into systems of difference and stratification that shape everyday life. Examines these processes in the family, education, work, and politics with sensitivity to the diversity of individual experiences across class, racial ethnic groups, cultures, and regions. Provides experience in introductory research methods to analyze the social construction and structural organization of gender and sexuality. CA 2. CA 4.

1124. Gender and Globalization

(Formerly offered as WS 1124.) Three credits.

Exploration of the construction and reproduction of gender inequality and the gendered nature of global structures and processes. Key topics include women’s rights as human rights; women’s work; gender, development, and the global economy; migration; religious fundamentalism; reproduction, health, and HIV/AIDS; education; violence against women; and gender, war, and peace advocacy. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

2105/2105W. Gender and Science

(Formerly offered as WS 2105.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

The historical, sociological, economic, and political processes that shape the ways that gender, race, class, sexuality and nation intersect with science, medicine and technology. CA 4-INT.

If taken as a W: (Formerly offered as WS 2105W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 ; open to sophomores or higher. CA 4-INT.

2250. Feminisms

(Formerly offered as WS 3250 and as WS 2250.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WGSS course.

Current feminist theories and related social and political issues.

2255/2255W. Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization

(Formerly offered as WS 2255.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Globalization of LGBT identities, cultures and social movement activism, and cultures from a transnational perspective; use, role, and impact of digital media. CA 4-INT.

If taken as a W: (Formerly offered as WS 2255W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. CA 4-INT.

2263. Women and Violence

(Formerly offered as WS 2263 and as WS 3263.) (Also offered as HRTS 2263.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WGSS course.

Discussion of violence against women in the U.S .and globally, including close examination of various forms of interpersonal and structural violence as well as the social, political and personal meanings of violence.

3042. Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender

(Formerly offered as WS 3042.) (Also offered as AFRA 3042 and HDFS 3042.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Baseball in historical, political, sociological, and economic contexts. Topics may include: impact on individuals and families; racial discrimination and integration; labor relations; urbanization; roles of women; treatment of gay athletes; and implications of performance-enhancing drugs.

3102. Psychology of Women

(Formerly offered as WS 3102.) (Also offered as PSYC 3102). Three credits. Prerequisite: Three credits of 2000 to 3000-level psychology. Crawford

Gender roles, socialization, women and work, women’s relationships, violence against women, and other topics. Theory and research. CA 4.

3105/3105W. The Politics of Reproduction

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; sophomores by consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: any 1000 or 2000-level WGSS course.

National and transnational politics of reproduction including: contraception, sexuality education, abortion, childbirth, surrogacy, adoption, health care policy and funding.

If taken as a W: Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 ; open to juniors or higher; sophomores by consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: any 1000 or 2000-level WGSS course.

3251. Women and Body Art

(Formerly offered as WS 3251.) Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed ARTH 3015.

Women’s use of body art to express aspects of gender identity and interpretation of body art from a variety of cultures. “Body art” encompasses cosmetics, painting, hair styling, tattoo, scarification, clothing, ornaments, plastic surgery and exercise.

3252. Genders and Sexualities

(Formerly offered as WS 3252.) Three credits.

Examination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. Focused exploration of three to four topics.

3253/3253W. Gender Representations in U.S. Popular Culture

(Formerly offered as WS 3253.) Three credits.

Forces in the U.S. that shape and reshape gender in popular culture. CA 2.

If taken as a W: (Formerly offered as WS 3253W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 . CA 2.

3255W. Sexual Citizenship

(Formerly offered as WS 3255W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 . Naples

Sexuality as a significant axis of citizenship. How sexual citizenship differs in national, historical, and international contexts. How its different constructions influence such issues as welfare, adoption, marriage, and immigration. CA 4-INT.

3257/3257W. Feminist Disability Studies

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; sophomores by consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: 1000-level WGSS course.

Social, historical, cultural, and political constructions of the intersecting categories of gender and disability. Through a wide variety of texts and cultural examples, exploration of how disability is gendered, gender is disabled, and both are interwoven by race, ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, and subcultures.

If taken as a W: Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 ; open to juniors or higher; sophomores by consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: a 1000-level WGSS course.

3264. Gender in the Workplace

(Formerly offered as WS 3264.) Three credits. Prerequisite: WGSS 1105 or WGSS 1124 or instructor consent.

Examination of the gendered dimensions of migration and labor in the global economy and its impact on workers in the U.S. and select other countries.

3265W. Research Methodology

(Formerly offered as WS 3265W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Any 1000-level WGSS course or HIST 1203; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors are strongly urged to take this course as early as possible and before PHIL 3218.

Analyses of gender bias in research design and practice, problems of androcentric values, and over-generalization in research. Varieties of feminist research methods and their implications for the traditional disciplines. Student projects using different methodologies.

3268. Gender and Communication

(Formerly offered as WS 3268.) (Also offered as COMM 3450.) Three credits. Prerequisite: COMM 1000 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Differences in male/female communication, and an examination of cultural assumptions regarding gender in the communication process. Critically analyze the theory, politics and practice of communication and gender.

3269. Women’s Movements

(Formerly offered as WS 3269.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; others by instructor consent. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WGSS course.

Examination of women’s movements as related to intersections of gender, race, class, nationality, and sexuality, and to topics such as democracy, economic justice, the environment, health, and sexual freedom.

3270/3270W. Masculinities

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; sophomores by consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WGSS course.

Social construction of masculinity and how maleness is gendered. Examination of the multiple forms of masculinity as influenced by differences in social and cultural expressions of gender, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, disability and subcultures.

If taken as a W: Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 ; open to juniors or higher; sophomores by consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WGSS course.

3416. Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe

(Formerly offered as WS 3416.) (Also offered as HIST 3416.) Three credits. Shafer

The construction of gender difference and ideas about sexuality in Western Europe since 1789. Masculinity and femininity; sexuality, identity and the state; European power and personhood in global context.

3560. Constructions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History

(Formerly offered as WS 3560.) (Also offered as HIST 3560.) Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed HIST 3095 or 3995 when taught as Constructions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History. McElya

Examination of historical development, interconnections, and complexities of conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality in U.S. from European conquest to the present.

3562. History of Women and Gender in the United States, 1850-Present

(Formerly offered as WS 3562.) (Also offered as HIST 3562.) Three credits.

History of gender and the lives and cultural representations of women in the U.S., emphasizing intersections with race, sexuality, class, region, and nation.

3621/3261W. Sociology of Sexualities

(Formerly offered as WS 3621.) (Also offered as SOCI 3621.) Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have taken SOCI 246 or 246W. Bernstein

Explores the social organization, construction, and politics of sexualities; particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experiences and the intersection of sexualities, gender, race, and class. CA 4.

If taken as a W: (Formerly offered as WS 3621W.) (Also offered as SOCI 3621W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 . Not open for credit to students who have taken SOCI 246 or 246W. CA 4.

3622. History of Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean

(Also offered as AFRA, HIST, and LLAS 3622) Three credits.

Topics may include: empire and colonialism/anti-colonialism; slavery, science, and the state; cultural practices and institutions; feminisms and masculinities; law and public policies; immigration; forms of labor and political mobilization; sex and reproduction; and human rights from historical perspective.

3891/3894. Internship Program and Internship Seminar (Must be taken together)

3891 – (Formerly offered as WS 3891.) Three to nine credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: One WGSS course; open only with consent of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Internship Coordinator. To be taken concurrently with WGSS 3894.

A field placement 9-18 hours per week in an organization related to the student’s major field of study. Such work is overseen by the field work supervisor and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Internship Coordinator.

3894 – (Formerly offered as WS 3894.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Internship Coordinator. McComiskey

A weekly seminar on women and work in which students integrate their field experience with readings, class discussion and guest lecturers.