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college. In consultation with these advisors, the student will also: (a) select courses and/or
contexts in which she or he will acquire the theoretical and methodological skills to complete a
capstone project, and (b) indicate how the proposed course of study provides intersectional,
global, and historical perspectives relevant to the study of women, gender, and sexuality.

Minor: A minimum of five and ½ course credits which include:

1. GSS 171, 270, 510 (1/2 credit to be earned over two semesters);
2. Three additional courses selected from Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies courses or

    other departmental courses approved for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies credit
    (see list above). Two of these three additional courses may not be counted toward a major in

    another department or program. At least two courses must be at the 300 level.

171. Gender, Power, and Identity
This interdisciplinary core course in the program analyzes how notions of race, gender,
sexuality, class, nation, physical ability and other aspects of social location materially influence
people’s lives. To conduct our analysis, we will consider various strands of feminism, divergent
positions among queer theorists, and arguments drawn from other identity based fields (e.g
ethnic studies, American studies, postcolonial studies) in order to survey and compare several
perspectives on gender, race, sexuality, race and class. Placing gender and sexuality at the center
of analysis, we will address some of the basic concepts in Gender, Sexualities and Women’s
Studies. We will also explore questions regarding incorporating other social categories such as
race, ethnicity, class and nationality. Throughout the course we will complete readings, watch
films, and engage in exercises to explore the past, present and potential future understandings
about gender and sexuality, paying close attention to political, cultural, and economic contexts.

180-181. Introductory Topics: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
See Topics Courses.

270. Social Justice Perspectives and Practices
Intersectional and interdisciplinary exploration of feminist and other social justice perspectives
and practices relevant to understanding and responding to social oppression. Course
discussions focus on power, privilege, oppression, and implications for social change. Activities
and assignments focus on using social justice remedies or ‘tools,’ such as individual resistance,
policy, advocacy, and social action, and collective struggle to propose solutions to contemporary
problems. Areas studied might include critical race theory and critical race feminism, queer
theory, women of color feminisms, transnational/global feminisms, disability studies, liberation
theory, postcolonial theory, feminist ‘locational’ theories. Specific topics vary by instructor.
Prerequisite: GSS 171, or EST 123, or SOC 101, or ANT 101, or PSY 276, or POL 143.

271. Feminist Theories
Examination of a variety of theories about feminism, the nature of gender, and its relationship
to biological sex, and women's and men's roles in society. Theoretical perspectives that posit
reasons for the existence of privilege, oppression and various "isms" (e.g., sexism, heterosexism,
and racism) will be examined as well as goals and strategies for social change associated with
these diverse perspectives. Prerequisite: GSS 171 or any course approved for Women's Studies

major credit.

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See Topics Courses.

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