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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 Fall 2018!

Courses taught by WGST faculty
  • WGST 300W Feminist Inquiry (Currans): TR 9:30-10:45 a.m. (15197)

This course examines the concept of knowledge, traditional methods for the construction of knowledge, and feminist critiques of these traditional methods. Both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies employed in women's and gender studies and explored and applied. This course is required for the Major in WGST. It is offered every fall.

  • WGST 450 Gender, Work and Public Policy (Goodman): Thurs., 5–7:40 p.m. (16208) 

This course will comparatively examine gendered workplace policies in the U.S. and select countries in the global north and south. We will take an intersectional approach to gender inequality and sex discrimination at work, focusing on the ways in which state policy intersects with gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, immigration status, and ethnicity in the workplace.  Topics will include the social construction of masculinity, femininity, and motherhood in relation to workplace discrimination, occupational segregation, the “family wage,” the pay gap, family and work policies, reproductive rights and the workplace, sexual harassment, welfare and the right to work, professional work, domestic work, and other forms of informal work.   We will also examine various forms of  gendered resistance that gave rise to such policies.

WGST cross-listed courses (offered by faculty affiliates in other departments)
  • WGST 337 Women in North America to 1865 (Murphy): MW 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (16228)

This course will trace history of African, European, and Native American women in North America from contact until 1865. It will illuminate women's experiences across different regional contexts, including religion, spirituality, labor, family life, knowledge production, citizenship, sexuality, war and social reform.

  • WGST 344 Sociology of Gender (McTague): TR 12:30–1:45 p.m. (12679)

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 369 Biology of Sex and Gender (Kielb): TR 9:30–10:45 a.m. (13504)

Lectures will address the biology of sex and gender from early stages of development throughout life. Anatomy and physiology of gender and behaviors in humans and other animals will be discussed, along with sexual differentiation, puberty, reproductive patterns and the effects of aging on the sexual response.

  • WGST 418 Women and the Law (White): Online (16357)

A critical analysis how gender, as an element of the American legal system, impacts the lives of women. Major U.S. cases and state and federal laws will be evaluated and challenged as appropriate.

  • WGST 443 Women in Literature (Daumer): MW 2–3:15 p.m. (14413)

A study of women and their experiences as described in literature.

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