400 Level Courses

ANTH-425 Global Sexualities

This course explores issues of gender and sexuality in a global context. Students will be introduced to anthropological perspectives on the experience of men and women, as gendered subjects, in different societies and historical contexts such as colonialism, nationalism, and global capitalism. In turn, we will explore how cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity are configured by race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Course materials are drawn from an array of sources, reflecting various theoretical perspectives and ethnographic views from different parts of the world. Counts toward the major in international and global studies and the major in anthropology and sociology. (INGS-101 Global Studies or ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology or permission of instructor) Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall or Spring)

ECON-451 Economics of Women and the Family

This course applies economic theory to explain choices faced and selected by women concerning marriage, fertility and labor market participation, alongside government policies targeting those decisions.  Empirical research will be presented that describes the changing demographic profile of families, poverty and the labor force.  Students in this course will gain experience evaluating how economic theory and practice fits into the larger social sciences goal of describing human behavior by focusing on women and the family.  (ECON-101 Principles of Microeconomics or equivalent)  Class 3, Credit 3 

POLS-481 Women in Politics

A study of feminist thought as it applies to the political, economic and social status of women and how it has been expressed through the women's political movement. Students study a number of public policies as they apply to and affect women and examine the opportunities for women to participate in the political process. (POLS-110 American Politics, POLS-120 Intro to International Relations or equivalent) Class 3, Credit 3 (Spring) 

WGST 400 Foundations in Women’s and Gender Studies

This course will use an interdisciplinary perspective to provide an introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. The course will focus on the rise of feminist consciousness in the western world from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century. It will consider the concept of patriarchy, its dominance for the past four millennia, and the multitude of efforts by women and men to conceptualize an alternative world view. The course will consider key historical patriarchal and feminist texts, study the rise of feminist thought, and consider the history of women’s activism and the women’s rights movement from the late 18th century through the second half of the 20th century. The course will also consider feminist theory and the rise of feminism. Part of the WGS concentration and minor. May also be taken as an elective. Class 3, Credit 3 (offered: Annually)