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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 2019!

Courses taught by WGST faculty
  • WGST 400W Capstone Seminar (Currans): TR 3:30-4:45pm (22806)

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 (Logwood): TR, 12:30-1:45pm (21860)

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 410 Gender, Sexuality, and Disability (Currans): Wednesdays, 5:30-8:10pm (26257)

This course examines intersections among feminist, queer, and disability studies. Given cultural assumptions about binary gender characteristics and the sexual attractiveness of idealized bodies, these three areas are intricately intertwined. The racialization of gender and sexual norms adds additional complexities.

WGST cross-listed courses (offered by faculty affiliates in other departments)
  • WGST 328 Economics of Women: TR, 9:30-10:45am (22600)

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: Delivered Online (26114)

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 413 Women and Aging: Mondays, 5:30-8:10pm (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 settings.

  • WGST 415 Sexual Communities in American History: TR, 12:30-1:45pm (26735)

This class addresses the history of sexuality and the development of communities based on sexual identity in the United States. Topics include the origins of scientific theories of sexuality, the development of social movements around sexual issues and social responses to sexual minorities.

  • WGST 420 Women and Technology: Delivered Online (25137)

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 462 Practice with LGBT Persons: Mon., 5:30-8:10pm (22228)

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.

  • WGST 479 Major Authors: The Brontës: MW, 12:30-1:45pm (26376)

An intensive study of a major literary figure or a group of related authors. Regular offerings include Mark Twain, Louise Erdrich, John Milton, T.S. Eliot, the Brontes; Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes; Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright; Sigmund Freud and Alfred Hitchcock. The particular author(s) to be taught in a given semester will be announced in the class schedule bulletin.


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