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WGSS Courses

The Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies faculty is drawn from virtually every academic discipline represented on Richmond’s campus; consequently, teaching styles vary tremendously, and students have the opportunity to work with professors who best fit their own learning styles. All WGSS faculty encourage students to think critically and perform critical assessments of the world around them. All the department’s courses emphasize class discussion and promote active engagement with contemporary issues.

Over their course of study, students are encouraged and enabled to develop their own positions on current academic and social issues, to cultivate their own voices in their speaking and writing, and to test theoretical assumptions by applying them to real life situations.

Courses that Fulfill the Major

WGSS courses come from disciplines across the liberal arts. Each semester students can select from among dozens of courses (with and without a WGSS prefix) that count toward the WGSS major.

There are two types of courses that can count for WGSS credit, regular courses and special cross-list courses. The latter require students to make arrangements with the instructor to complete the course for WGSS credit. Contact the course instructor or the WGSS coordinator for more information on those.

Previous course offerings are listed by term and subject to assist students with planning their programs. In addition, course offerings are provided for the upcoming term.

For faculty looking for information about special cross-list opportunities, see the WGSS cross-listing policies and procedures.

WGSS Courses
WGSS 200 Introduction to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSSA)
Description
Introduction to the broad, interdisciplinary field of women, gender, and sexuality studies. Special attention will be paid to the meaning and history of the terms "gender" and "sexuality" and to the political movements mobilized around those terms. Students will read both contemporary and historical materials and both primary and secondary sources.

WGSS 201 WILL* Colloquium: Gender, Race and Activism
Units: 1
Description
Explores the link between knowledge/power and between theory/practice by examining and applying foundational terms and concepts central to social justice work.
Prerequisites
Enrollment in the WILL Program.

WGSS 202 Queer Theories
Units: 1
Description
Explores a range of queer theoretical approaches. Special attention will be paid to intersectionality, the social construction of identities, and how these constructed identities impact knowing, ethical reasoning, and conduct. Engagement of the theoretical underpinnings of political, ethical, or cultural issues.

WGSS 257 Introduction to Digital Humanities
Units: 1
Description
Explores applying computational methods including text analysis, mapping, and network analysis to humanities data.

WGSS 279 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Varying issues of current relevance and importance to women, gender and sexuality studies. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

WGSS 280 Gender and Work
Units: 1
Description
Examines the gendered nature of both historical and contemporary workplace issues from a global perspective. Gender and workplace issues will be examined from theoretical, historical, comparative perspectives.

WGSS 301 WILL* Senior Seminar
Units: .5
Description
Community based learning course for students to connect WGSS theory and praxis, a central tenet of the WILL* program, and reflect on their WGSS learning.
Prerequisites
WILL* program participant.

WGSS 350 Michel Foucault's Philosophy
Units: 1
Description
Michel Foucault's work has had tremendous impact on late 20th and 21st century work in philosophy, the social sciences, and queer theory. Examines his work on sexuality, criminality and incarceration, and the effects of liberal and neoliberal economic theories and practices. Major concepts to be studies are repression, biopower, normalization, human capital, and self-entrepreneurship.
Prerequisites
WGSS 200, WGSS 202, or junior standing

WGSS 379 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Varying issues of current relevance and importance to women's studies. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

WGSS 388 Individual Internship
Units: .5-1.5
Description
No more than .5 units of internship may be applied to the women, gender, and sexuality studies major or minor. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

WGSS 398 Independent Study
Units: .5-1
Description
Pass/fail grading may be designated by department for certain enrollments.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

WGSS 406 Summer Undergraduate Research
Units: 0
Description
Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.
Prerequisites
Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

WGSS 490 Senior Capstone Experience
Units: 1
Description
Special topics seminar for senior WGSS students only, both majors and minors, but required only for majors. The special topics will be selected per Capstone professor's choice and designed to advance research in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Prerequisites
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 489.