Women’s and Gender Studies Major Requirements 

Women’s and Gender Studies courses are open to all undergraduates – women and men – and most offer general education credit to meet diverse IWU requirements. The major in Women’s and Gender Studies requires a minimum of ten courses (four courses must be at the 300-400 level) to include:

1.)  WGS 101:Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies  (SI,U)

2.)  HIST 244:Women and the American Experience (CSI, U)

3.)  Six additional courses designated as Women’s and Gender Studies. Courses must be chosen from at least 2 different divisions, schools, or programs, and within those, from at least 3 different departments or disciplines. WGS 270, 370, 397 and 450 may also count in these six.

 4.)  One course from:

ANT 252: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (SI, G, W)

ANT 350: Healing, Birthing, and Dying (G,W)

ENG 129: Third World Women Speak (LIT, G)

ENG 259: Sex, Text and Tradition in Black Women’s Writing (LIT, U)

HIST 343: United States Immigration History (CH, U)

LIT/Culture 207: Language & Gender: U.S. and Japan (SI, G)

LIT/Culture 350: Terrible Perfection: Women in Russian Literature and Cinema (LIT,G)

SOC 354: Gender and Globalization (G)

5.)  WGS 490: Senior Seminar (W)

 

Courses for WGS

HUMANITIES

ENG 120: Women and Literature (LIT)

ENG 122: A Woman’s Place (LIT)

ENG 123: Bad Girls (LIT)

ENG 129: Third World Women Speak (LIT, G)

ENG 170: Special Topics: 20th Century Women Writers (LIT)

ENG 220: Literature and its Signs: An (Un)Suitable Job for a Woman (LIT); New Woman: A Literary History (LIT); or Shakespeare’s Shrews (LIT, W)

ENG 259: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women’s Fiction    (LIT, U)

ENG 361: Gender and the Novel (LIT, U)

ENG 370: Special Topics*

GRS 312: Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece and Rome (CHC, W)

HUM 370: Women in Popular Music

LIT/Culture 207: Language and Gender (CSI, G)

LIT/Culture 274: Superwomen of Central European Fiction and Film (CHC, G, W)

LIT/Culture 350: Terrible Perfection: Women in Russian Lit/Cinema (LIT, G)

PHIL 230: Philosophy of Feminism (AV, U)

REL 106: Women, Religion, and Spirituality (CSI, G)

REL 324: Sexuality and Christianity (AV)


SOCIAL SCIENCES

ANT 252: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (CSI, G, W)

ANT 350: Healing, Birthing, and Dying (G,W)

HIST 244: Women and the American Experience (CHC, U)

HIST 249: Revolutions in American Childhood and Family Life (CHC, U)

HIST 323: Sex, Gender and Power under King James (CHC)

HIST 343: U.S. Immigration History (CHC, U)

HIST 344: The Gilded Age, 1865-1900 (CHC, U)

HIST 350: Women, Work, and Leisure 1890-1930 (CHC, U)

HIST 390: Special Topics*

PSC 220: Women and Politics (CSI, U)

PSC 270: Special Topics*

PSC 342: The Politics of Presence (W)

SOC 222: Sex and Gender in Society (CSI, U)

SOC 311: Marriage and Family

SOC 354: Gender and Globalization (G)

SOC 355: Special Topics* 


NURSING/HEALTH

HLTH 310: Special Topics in Health*

HLTH 330: Human Sexuality (AV)

HLTH 351: Abuse in America
 

NATURAL SCIENCES

PSY 333: Psychology of Gender (U) (prerequisite PSY 100; some sections for Psychology majors only)
 

FINE ARTS

THE 370: Special Topics*

MUS 350/370: Women in Popular Music
 

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

WGS 270: Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 370: Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 397: Internship

WGS 450: Independent Study

 *Applies if course has significant women’s and/or gender issues content. Contact Women’s and Gender Studies Director for advice.