Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies

Students may minor in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Courses designed to complement the student’s major field will be selected in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. Normally a minor requires 6 semester credit hours at the master’s level and 12 semester credit hours at the doctoral level.

*BEINS, AGATHA, Associate Professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A., Carleton College; M.A., University of Arizona; M.F.A., Eastern Washington University; Ph.D., Rutgers University
*BEJARANO, CHRISTINA, Professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies; Chair of the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A., University of North Texas; M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Iowa
*KEATING, ANALOUISE, Professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
*KESSLER, MARK, Professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.A., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
*PHILLIPS-CUNNINGHAM, DANIELLE, Associate Professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A., Spelman College; Ph.D., Rutgers University
*SAHLIN, CLAIRE L., Cornaro Professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies; Interim Dean of the Graduate School, B.A., Bethel College : St. Paul, Minnesota; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., Harvard University

Courses

WS 5023. Foundations for Scholarly Inquiry in Women's and Gender Studies. Historical origins and development of Women's and Gender Studies within higher education, including critiques and contributions by women of color; relationships between theorizing and activism; the challenges of multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinarity; and emerging issues. Emphasis on development of research, writing, and communication skills. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5043. Art, Activism, and Social Justice. Investigation of history and contemporary examples of the use of artistic works by activists and social movements. Focus on feminist art, art activism, and artists who create art for political purposes. Exploration of theoretical frameworks to analyze art, aesthetics, performance, and visual culture. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5093. Law, Gender, and Sexuality. Evolution of legal rights for women and sexual minorities and theoretical issues raised in concrete legal cases. Examination of debates over equality approaches in law; ways in which law constructs gender and sexuality; and the intersecting roles of gender, sexuality, and race in legal doctrine and theory. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5193. Rights, Race, and Social Justice. Interpretations of the utility of constitutional rights in movements for social justice, with special attention to struggles for racial equality. Readings in legal studies, social sciences, critical legal studies, and critical race theory that address the relationship of legal rights and change. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5253. Transgressive Identities: Queer Theories and Critical 'Race' Theories. Feminist and womanist interventions into recent developments in queer theories and critical "race" theories; the effects of racial, sexual, and gender impersonation, passing, and masquerade on identity categories. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5263. Feminism and Religion. Women's contributions to the formation and development of religious traditions with emphasis on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; interconnections between religion, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and culture; feminist critiques and transformations of religious traditions; relationships between spirituality and social change. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5283. Ecofeminist Theorizing, Spirituality, and Activism. Ecofeminist theorizing concerning interconnections between environmental degradation, sexism, racism, and globalization; spiritual dimensions of ecofeminism; and ecofeminist approaches to social change and environmental justice. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5293. Gloria Anzaldua Seminar: Theories, Politics, and Transformation. Investigation of the theories and literature of Gloria E. Anzaldua, focusing on her contributions to feminist theory, queer theory, poststructuralism, and other contemporary theoretical movements in the social sciences and the humanities. Examination of Anzaldua's impact on Women's and Gender Studies, ethnic studies, and other academic disciplines. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5353. Feminist Pedagogies. Feminist philosophies of education and their significance to Women's and Gender Studies; pedagogical strategies for developing critical consciousness about social inequalities; preparation for teaching undergraduate courses in Women's and Gender Studies. Prerequisite: Three graduate credit hours in Multiclutural Women's and Gender Studies. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5363. Feminist/Womanist Epistemologies. Feminist, womanist, and indigenous engagements with Cartesian knowledge systems, focusing on recent developments in epistemology/ontology/metaphysics and their potential contributions to social-justice work; investigations of how social, geographical, historical, and bodily location(s) affect knowledge production, consumption, and transformation. Prerequisites: WS 5463 and three additional graduate credit hours in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, or permission of instructor. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5373. Black Feminist Thought. Examination of various strands of black feminist thought from the nineteenth century to the present. Distinct methodologies of black feminist theorists and how theories may be used for political and social transformation. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5383. Women At Work: Race, Migration, Labors. Investigation of impact of race, class, and gender politics on the migration and labor experiences of women. Examination of media representations of women workers and similarities and differences in work experiences among women from diverse cultural backgrounds. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5453. Women in Music. Examination of the lives and works of groundbreaking women composers and musicians ranging from the Middle Ages to the present within their social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5463. U.S. Women of Colors. Histories, theories, cultures, consciousness, and lives of U.S. women of colors from a variety of perspectives; issues related to conflict, agency, survival, resistance, intervention, and transformation. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5773. Qualitative Research Methods. Qualitative research philosophies including phenomenological, critical, and feminist perspectives. Research design, data collection, analysis, and writing. Strategies for studying women's lives and developing culturally sensitive models. Responsible research and professional ethics including IRB process. Hands-on research. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5843. Feminist/Womanist Theories. Exploration of feminist/womanist critical inquiry, focusing on particular theoretical issues, historical writings, and/or disciplinary contexts within the diverse body of scholarship of feminist/womanist theories. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5853. Spiritual Activism: Social Justice Theories for Holistic Transformation. Exploration of issues related to spirituality, political activism, personal changes, and social transformation, focusing on multicultural approaches to social change. Investigates the roles of the imagination, creativity, and the arts in struggles for social justice. Examines indigenous contributions to holistic forms of activism. Prerequisites: WS 5463 and six additional hours of graduate credit in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5903. Special Topics. Seminars on topics related to womanist/feminist theories or current areas of inquiry in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5911. Independent Study. Individual study of topics in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: One hour.

WS 5913. Independent Study. Individual study of topics in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies. May be repeated for credit. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5933. Internship in Women's and Gender Studies. Supervised practical experience in an agency or organization related to the intellectual and career interests of students. Ten practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5983. Thesis. Credit: Three hours.

WS 5993. Thesis. Credit: Three hours.

WS 6103. New Directions in Feminist/Womanist Theories. Recent controversies, significant research questions, and new directions in feminist/womanist theorizing. Investigation of recent interventions in Women's and Gender Studies and feminist/womanist theories and theorizing. May be repeated for additional credit when content varies. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 6203. Women's and Gender Studies Disciplinary / Interdisciplinary Knowledges. History of academic disciplines and knowledge production, the challenge of Women's and Gender Studies to conventional academic divisions, and the potential of Women's and Gender Studies to transform academic disciplines. Prerequisite: WS 5363 or instructor approval. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 6303. Transdisciplinary Feminist Research Methods. Relational exploration of feminist, womanist, and multicultural research methods from a variety of disciplines including those in the social sciences and humanities, focusing especially on Women's and Gender Studies' impact on research methods. Overview of research tools and techniques, including qualitative, quantitative, historical, and literary research methods. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 6403. The Politics of Publication and Writing. Issues related to academic writing and publishing, especially focusing on the fields of Women's and Gender Studies and multicultural-feminist scholarship. Submission of at least one article to a peer-review journal and one abstract for a conference presentation. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 6911. Independent Study. Individual study of topics in womanist/feminist theory, scholarship, or student's interests and needs. Credit: One hour.

WS 6912. Independent Study. Individual study of topics in womanist/feminist theory, scholarship, or student's interests and needs. Credit: Two hours.

WS 6913. Independent Study. Individual study of topics in womanist/feminist theory, scholarship, or student's interests and needs. Credit: Three hours.

WS 6983. Dissertation. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the qualifying examinations. Credit: Three hours.

WS 6993. Dissertation. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisite: WS 6983. Credit: Three hours.