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Undergraduate Programs

Women's and Gender Studies offers one undergraduate major and two undergraduate minors:

For advising, please contact Dr. Peter Higgins (Department Head) at 734-487-1177 or phiggin1@emich.edu



Here are the 300 and 400 level courses scheduled for Winter 2018!

Courses taught by WGST faculty
  • WGST 400W Capstone Seminar: MW 12:30-1:45pm (23359)

A culminating experience designed to enable students to understand, demonstrate and improve skills acquired as majors or minors in the program, and to facilitate the integration of interdisciplinary knowledge. This course is required for the Major in WGST.

  • WGST 362 Black Women: Religion and Sexism: Tues., 5:30-8:10pm (22120)

An introduction to the social and political role of Black women in African American religious institutions. Particular attention will be placed on how African American religion has limited the power of women. The course will also examine the historical evolution of the various major black denominations in America and their political and social roles in African American communities.

  • WGST 450 Inside-Out Prison Exchange: Feminist Activism for Justice: Tues., 5:30-8:15pm (27127)

This course continues WGST 202 and 210 and will consist of 15 EMU students and 15 women “inside” to study and do gender activism and social transformation concerned with breaking down the community barriers that separate us. EMU students must apply for this course, which takes place at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility. Contact Dr. Ziegler at kziegler@emich.edu.

  • WGST 456 Gendered Globalization: Wed., 5:30-8:15pm (27090)

This course approaches globalization as both a gendered and multidimensional process. It provides an overview of how the gendered economic, political and cultural dimensions of globalization impact gender inequalities across countries and cultures. The course examines the intersections of gender and class, race, ethnicity, location and sexualities from a transnational comparative approach.

WGST cross-listed courses (offered by other departments)
  • WGST 326W Philosophy and Sexuality (Philosophy): MW 2-3:15pm (25984) 

This course applies philosophical methods to ethical, political, and conceptual questions related to sexual preference and identity, including: Are arguments for the alleged moral wrongness of homosexuality logically sound? Should (same sex) marriage be legal? What groups does/should ‘LGBT(etc)’ seek to identify? Who is ‘queer’? What is the relation between feminism and the liberation of sexual minorities?

  • WGST 328 Economics of Women (Economics): Tues., 6:30-9:10pm (23087)

The changing economic role of women in the labor force. Analysis of policies affecting earnings, employment, and work and family issues in traditional and nontraditional occupations. Includes some international comparisons.

  • WGST 338 Women, Crime, and Justice (Criminology): TR 12:30-1:45pm (21419) 

This course will offer a critical analysis of gender and criminal justice as it relates to women as victims, offenders and agents of the criminal justice system. The social conditions of criminality, intervention strategies as well as social action and criminal justice policy reform will be examined.

  • WGST 344 Sociology of Gender (Sociology): MW 11-12:15pm (22930) 

Analysis of past, present and future sex roles; the changing roles of women and men, and the conflicts and consequences of these changes on marriage and family systems in the United States.

  • WGST 413 Women and Aging (Social Work): Mon., 9:30am-12:10pm (26541)

Designed to provide social work, women’s studies, and gerontology students with the skills and sensitivity to understand the issues, needs, and positive attributes of women as they grow older. Students will examine the lives of women in special groups, such as older minority women, caregivers, widows and institutionalized elderly women. Students will learn skills to provide effective services to older women in a variety of human service settings.

  • WGST 420: Women and Technology (Technology): Delivered online (26868)

This course surveys gender issues surrounding technology development, transfer and use. We will examine the gender implications of technologies used in everyday life, particularly those that apply to work, health, reproduction, education, and communication. Historical and cross-cultural/global perspectives will be integrated into course themes.

  • WGST 446 History of African American Women (History): MW 9:30-10:45am (26053)

African American Women’s History chronicles how black women served as agents of social change in their lives, throughout the communities, and across the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Students will examine black women’s experiences of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, and freedom struggles.

  • WGST 462 Practice with LGBT Persons (Social Work): Mon., 5:30-8:10pm (22614)

This course exposes students to a wide array of life experiences of lesbian, gay, bi-attractional and transgender persons by listening to their own words — spoken, written, on film and through personal interviews. It develops a deeper contextual knowledge and understanding of life courses taken by sexual minorities.

Please note that planned course offerings are subject to change prior to the start of the term.