Director: Angelique Harris, Ph.D.

The Women’s and Gender Studies program offers a major or minor that promotes a critical, feminist, and cross-cultural understanding of gender and power in a global context and across disciplinary boundaries. It provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for just and equitable leadership in professional, civic and religious roles.

Students gain the knowledge and skills for understanding and recognizing:

  • How gender has shaped the world around us and the ways we make sense of it.
  • How sexism operates in a dynamic with other systems of oppression historically and in contemporary contexts.
  • The diversity of women’s experiences and accomplishments.
  • The diversity of gendered experiences and perspectives among men and women.
  • How to embrace gender diversity and work for justice.

Women's and Gender Studies Major

The interdisciplinary major in Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) consists of one introductory course (3 credit hours), four exploratory courses (12 credit hours), four integrative courses (12 credit hours) and the senior capstone course (3 credit hours) for a total of 30 credit hours.

  • Exploratory courses enable students to explore WGST issues as they arise within particular disciplines.
  • Integrative courses combine theory with practice or link distinct subjects together.

Required Introductory Course:
WGST 1001Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
Exploratory Courses - Choose four of the following courses:12
Women and Men in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Gender and Communication
Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society
Gender, Sexuality, Literature
Culture and Health
Women's Health
A History of Women in America
Women in Western Civilization
Feminist Philosophy
Introductory Social Psychology
The Psychology of Prejudice
Psychology of Marriage and Family
The Family
Women in the Bible
Integrative Courses: Choose four courses from either Group I or Group II .12
Group I
Culture, Law and Violence
Mass Media and the American Family
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Family Communication
Rhetoric of Social Movements
Cross-Cultural Communication in the United States
Domestic Violence in the United States
Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice
Family Violence and Public Intervention
Children’s Literature
Women Writers
Natural Family Planning
Childhood in America
Diversity in Organizations
Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Gender Roles
Race and Family
Race, Gender and Medicine
Men, Masculinities and Health
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Family Practice
Group II (depending on content and prior approval from director of WGST)
Seminar in Advertising and Public Relations
Topics in Criminology and Law
Economics of Labor Markets
Seminar in Economics
Studies in Language
British literature of the Long 18th Century
British Literature of the Romantic Period, 1790-1837
British Literature of the Victorian Period, 1837-1900
Modernism
British Literature of the Postmodernist Period
US Literature from the Constitution to the Civil War
US Literature from the Civil War to the Early 20th Century
US Literature: 20th-Century Beginnings to World War II
US Literature after World War II
Individual Authors
Studies in Genre
Studies in Literature and Culture
Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Studies in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Topics in Literature
Substance Abuse
Topics in Health Care
Alternative and Complementary Therapies
Topics in History
Readings in History
Undergraduate Seminar in History
Topics in Philosophy
Undergraduate Seminar:
Topics in Sociology
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Spanish Literature
Studies in Moral Theology
Required Senior Capstone Course:
WGST 4997Women's and Gender Studies Capstone Course3
Total Credit Hours30

Notes:

  • The two required courses are critical to the WGST major and will not be waived or substituted. Both courses are offered annually:  WGST 1001 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies is offered during the Fall semester, and WGST 4997 Women's and Gender Studies Capstone Course is offered in the Spring semester.
  • Integrative courses: Group I (course content always satisfies WGST requirements); Group II (content varies from term to term, will satisfy requirements according to course title and content with prior approval from director of WGST).
  • Other courses relevant to WGST issues may be approved with consent of director of WGST.
  • In the senior capstone course, WGST 4997 Women's and Gender Studies Capstone Course, you will integrate your diverse academic experiences within WGST and devise a community-based project that meets your unique interests.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

The WGST minor consists of six courses (18 credit hours): the required  WGST 1001 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, in addition to 5 courses (15 credit hours) including at least one exploratory course and at least one integrative course, with courses distributed among at least three disciplines.

Required Course
WGST 1001Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
Elective Courses - Choose five courses distributed among at least three disciplines.15
Exploratory Courses - Choose at least one from the list below:
Women and Men in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Gender and Communication
Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society
Gender, Sexuality, Literature
Culture and Health
Women's Health
A History of Women in America
Women in Western Civilization
Feminist Philosophy
Introductory Social Psychology
The Psychology of Prejudice
Psychology of Marriage and Family
The Family
Women in the Bible
Integrative Courses - Choose at least one course:
Group I
Culture, Law and Violence
Mass Media and the American Family
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Family Communication
Rhetoric of Social Movements
Cross-Cultural Communication in the United States
Domestic Violence in the United States
Family Violence and Public Intervention
Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice
Children’s Literature
Women Writers
Natural Family Planning
Childhood in America
Diversity in Organizations
Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Gender Roles
Race and Family
Race, Gender and Medicine
Men, Masculinities and Health
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Family Practice
Women's and Gender Studies Capstone Course
Group II (depending on content and program director's approval)
Seminar in Advertising and Public Relations
Topics in Criminology and Law
Economics of Labor Markets
Seminar in Economics
Studies in Language
British literature of the Long 18th Century
US Literature from the Constitution to the Civil War
British Literature of the Romantic Period, 1790-1837
British Literature of the Victorian Period, 1837-1900
US Literature from the Civil War to the Early 20th Century
Modernism
US Literature: 20th-Century Beginnings to World War II
British Literature of the Postmodernist Period
US Literature after World War II
Individual Authors
Studies in Genre
Studies in Literature and Culture
Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Studies in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Topics in Literature
Substance Abuse
Topics in Health Care
Alternative and Complementary Therapies
Topics in History
Readings in History
Undergraduate Seminar in History
Topics in Philosophy
Undergraduate Seminar:
Topics in Sociology
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Spanish Literature
Studies in Moral Theology
Total Credit Hours18

Notes:

  • Other courses relevant to WGST issues may be approved with consent of director of WGST.
  • The introductory required course is critical to the WGST minor and will not be waived or substituted.  WGST 1001 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies is offered annually during the fall semester.
  • Integrative courses: Group I (course content always satisfies WGST requirements); Group II (content varies from term to term, will satisfy requirements according to course title and content with prior approval from the director of WGST).
  • WGST Minors are strongly encouraged to take the WGST 4997 Women's and Gender Studies Capstone Course, which would count as an integrative course for the minor.

Courses

WGST 1001. Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women's and Gender Studies, an academic area of study focused on the ways sex and gender manifest themselves in our social, cultural, and political lives. Define and learn to use key terms and concepts such as sex, gender, sexuality, embodiment, feminism, patriarchy, etc. Course materials will include classic and contemporary scholarship from a variety of disciplines, as well as personal narratives of gendered lives.

WGST 4951. MU Led Travel/Study Abroad. 6 cr. hrs.

Course taught in an international setting by Marquette professors and where students earn Marquette credit. Study Abroad expenses apply. Prereq: cons. of the Office of International Education.

WGST 4997. Women's and Gender Studies Capstone Course. 3 cr. hrs.

Capstone course is designed to enable upper-level students, and especially WGST majors and minors, to integrate the knowledge and experience gained in WGST courses and use that knowledge and experience as a springboard for future work. Prereq: WGST 1001 and two other WGST courses or permission of program director.