Gender and Sexuality Program

Dr. Edgar Rivera-Colon, Director

The Gender and Sexuality Program is an interdisciplinary cross/cultural program and offers a minor and focused courses. It provides interested students with an in-depth knowledge of the social construction of gender, the significance of gender in structuring human social life and women’s contributions to history and culture. The program emphasizes the link between the personal and the political and using knowledge to create community based agendas for social change to eliminate gender based inequality.

Requirements for Minor in Gender and Sexuality

WS/SO-140Introduction to Women's Studies3
Choose one of the following3
Feminist Political Theory
Feminist Philosophy
Select four of the following, no more than two with the same prefix:12
Gender and Communication
Literature, Culture and Society Issues of West Africa
Feminist Philosophy
Feminist Political Theory
Marriage and Family
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Studies
Black Hair and Identity in America
Sociology of Salsa
Sociology of Sports
Global Feminisms
The Anthropology of Gender
Sociology of Intimacy
Health and Inequalities: Race, Class and Gender
Philosophy and Bob Dylan
Social Deviance
Women in American History
Biological Foundations: Human Sexuality
Seminar: Political Poetry and Music
The U.S. Civil Rights Movement
Mapping Asian and Latino Bodies
Total Credits18


WS-136. Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Studies. 3 Credits.

This course will offer students an introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered studies. Along with a focus on the history of this topic as a social movement, the course examines the topic from community, social justice and lifestyle perspectives.

WS-140. Introduction to Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to women's studies, including its roots in the feminist and civil rights movements and the construction of gender in culture and society, giving specific attention to forms of gender inequality in the family, workplace, religion, healthcare, and relationships.

WS-216. Gender, Sexuality and Religion. 3 Credits.

Religion is known to have devoted considerable energy to regulate sexual norms and gender roles. This course seeks to help students to understand the social construction of religion, gender and sexuality. It will analyze and examine how different religions view gender and sexuality and how religion construct, reconstruct, and deconstruct gendernorms and sexuality. Prerequisites: SO-121.

WS-223. Latin America Today: People, Culture and Issues. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the diverse societies of Latin America from a social science perspective. We will explore everyday life and experiences as they relate to culture and diversity, race, ethnicity and gender, politics and the economy, migration and urbanization, social justice and pop culture.

WS-253. Sociology of Salsa. 3 Credits.

Explores the concepts of social norms, egocentricity, and ethnocentricity. Examines the relativity of deviance including criminal behavior, human sexuality, drug use, suicide, and other alternative forms of behavior.

WS-256. Sociology of Sports. 3 Credits.

This course uses both readings and films to explore the impact of economic and political forces and changing constructions of gender and social values on organized athletics at the professional and amateur levels. Prerequisites: SO-121.

WS-273. Global Feminisms. 3 Credits.

This interdisciplinary course explores global issues and debates regarding significant issues affecting women's lives and opportunities for equality. Prerequisites: WS-140.

WS-285. Gender and Communication. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to the field of study of communications and gender. The objective is the explanation, observation, discussion and understanding of gender and how it affects communication at the personal, group, organization and societal levels and how gender is portrayed in our culture through digital technology and the mass media.

WS-307. Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the roles of women in pre- modern times, discussing the theological and social attitudes that often hindered their advancement and the accomplishments they achieved nevertheless in politics, society, and culture. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

WS-310. Feminist Political Theory. 3 Credits.

Historical overview of feminist political activity in the United States and an analysis of feminist theory: liberal feminism, Marxist feminism, radical feminism, and post-modern feminism.

WS-311. Philosophy and Bob Dylan. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the philosophical, ethical and cultural themes in Bob Dylan's lyrics. Philosophical ideas such as appearance versus reality, truth and knowledge, and good and evil will be explored through a comprehensive study of Dylan's music. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101 OR TH-110 TH-120.

WS-326. The Anthropology of Gender. 3 Credits.

This course is a cross cultural, comparative and historical examination of the different constructions of gender (masculinity and feminism) and how gender has shaped the perspectives, methods and subject matter of anthropology's four fields. Prerequisites: SO-140 OR WS-140.

WS-333. Gender Crime and Justice. 3 Credits.

An in-depth survey of changing social values about gender, changing criminal codes about sex crimes, changing law enforcement policies and procedures in prosecuting sex offenders, and emerging legal doctrines about privacy and sexual rights. Prerequisites: CJ-170 OR CJ-390 OR SO-121 OR WS-140.

WS-335. Veils to Vestments: Women's Leadership in Ancient Religion. 3 Credits.

This course explores the religious roles and offices taken by women in antiquity using evidence from the Bible and Greco-Roman world. Methodologies for uncovering this evidence and reconstructing women's history will be evaluated. We also consider its implications and applications for the twenty-first century. Prerequisites: TH-110 TH-120 OR EQUIVALENT.

WS-340. Feminist Philosophy. 3 Credits.

This class will investigate trends in feminist philosophy, with close attention given to the influence of gender considerations on philosophical theory. Topics for discussion include feminist epistemology and political theory, and patriarchy. This class is a Values course. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

WS-345. Sociology of Intimacy. 3 Credits.

This course is an interdisciplinary examination of intimate social relations: sexual, familal and friendship. It explores the role played by intimate relationships in the development of human societies, the cultural construction of sexual scripts, coupling and marriage practices and kinship systems. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

WS-350. Human Sexuality in Health Education. 3 Credits.

An overview of human sexuality and behavior with special emphasis on health education.

WS-366. Mapping Asian and Latino Bodies. 3 Credits.

Creating "maps" of Asian and Latino Bodies in the cultural spaces of film, art, literature, and photography.

WS-368. Health and Inequalities: Race, Class and Gender. 3 Credits.

This course critically examines the relationship between health status and social inequalities along the lines of race and ethnicity, social class and gender from a sociological perspective concentratring on how low socioeconomic status leads to poor health, how racial/gender bias affects medical care and health outcomes, and addresses ideas for reducing health disparities. Prerequisites: SO-121.

WS-384. Cultural Anthropology. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the development of anthropology as an offshoot from Sociology an examination of the differences in the methodology of anthropology and Sociology in the study of a variety of cultures. Prerequisites: SO-121 PL-100 OR PL-101 OR TH-110 OR TH-120.

WS-428. Literature, Culture and Society Issues: West Africa. 3 Credits.

A study of seminal texts representing the Malinke, Igbo, Ghanaian, Wolof, Bambara, and Senegalese peoples of West Africa.

WS-486. Seminar: Genocide. 3 Credits.

After a thorough conceptualization of genocide, the course will examine case studies of modern genocide, ranging from the 20th and 21st centuries.

WS-490. Urban Field Work. 3 Credits.

Introductory level of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required.

WS-491. Advanced Urban Field Work. 3 Credits.

Advanced level of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required.

WS-492. Urban Internship. 3 Credits.

Advanced levels of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required.

WS-493. Advanced Urban Internship. 3 Credits.

Advanced levels of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required.

WS-495. Internship in International Settings. 3 Credits.

Planned and supervised off-campus working experiences overseas or with international organizations integrated with independent academic study under the tutelage of the Director of International and intercultural Studies.