Gender and Sexuality Studies Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
AFR 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=LAS 300)
ANT 219 Reproduction and Childrearing: Biology and Culture
ANT 319 Contradictions in Contemporary Motherhood: Culture, Biomedicine, Political Economy
ANT 343 Feminist Anthropology
ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing and Research
ANT 372 Visualizing Anthropology
ANT 377 Imaging the Earth
ANT 386 Seminars in Anthropology - Feminist Anthropology
ARB 250 Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
ARB 340 Gender and Politics in Contemporary Syrian Literature
ARB 341 Gender Studies in the Arab World
ART 222 Painted Women, Women Painting
BIO 233 Behavioral Ecology
BIO 263 Representations of HIV/AIDS (= ENG 285)
BIO 360 Biology of HIV/AIDS
BIO 362 Issues in Reproductive Medicine
CHI 207 Engendering Chinese Cinema
CHI 226 In the Name of Religion: Love and Gender in Chinese Fiction and Film
COM 218 Gendered Communication in Society (= SOC 218)
DAN 282 Dance, Gender, & Sexuality
DAN 286 (Dis)ability: A Creative Laboratory of Self and Society
DIG 340 Gender and Technology
ECO 105 Statistics and Basic Econometrics
ECO 205 Econometrics
EDU 260 Oppression & Education (=SOC 261)
ENG 220 Literary Analysis
ENG 231 Young Adult Fiction
ENG 244 Arthurian Masculinities: Queerness in the Age of Chivalry
ENG 271 Disability in Literature and Art
ENG 282 African American Literature: From Colonialism to Renaissance
ENG 285 Representations of HIV/AIDS (= BIO 263)
ENG 288 Contemporary Amer Multicultural American Drama
ENG 294 Harlem Renaissance
ENG 295 Women Writers
ENG 360 Studies in Brit Lit: 1660-1900 A: Desire or B: British Literature Since 1945 or C: Trad/Originality
ENG 363 History of the Novel
ENG 373 "Terrible Beauty": Yeats and Modern Poetry
ENG 383 Ethnic American Literature A: Black Poetics and "the Queer" or B: Black Literature Since 1953-- The Poetics of Black Beauty
ENG 388 Contemporary Theatre
ENG 391 Literary Criticism
ENG 392 Literature of the American South
ENG 472 Seminar A: Gossip or B: Twenty-First-Century British Literature or C: Joyce/Nabokov
ENG 494 Seminar: A: Disability in Literature or B: Multicultural Literature
ENG 495 Seminar: Cleopatra
FMS 220 Introduction to Film and Media Studies
FRE 220 Literature and Madness
FRE 223 Childhood and Youth
FRE 320 Husbands, Wives, and Lovers
FRE 490 Joséphine Baker
GSS 101 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Fackler, Gonzalez, Horowitz, Tilburg

This class provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the analytical tools, key scholarly debates, history, and research subfields of gender and sexuality studies. It pays particular attention to the construction and deployment of gender as a cultural category across various social institutions. Students will learn to assess and analyze documents pertaining to the history of and contemporary state of feminisms and women's rights, masculinity, queer theory, disability studies, body image and consumer culture, intersectionality, as well as a host of gendered questions related to health, work, the family, violence, and politics.

Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement

GSS 201 Feminist and Queer Theories
Prerequisites & Notes

Tilburg, Boyer, Horowitz

This class explores the epistemological and theoretical foundations of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Students will become familiarized with the different theoretical traditions that inform contemporary gender analysis, and examine scholarly definitions of gender and sexuality. We discuss the means by which gender and sexuality are produced and reproduced at the individual and institutional levels, their intersection with other dimensions of social difference, as well as various related approaches to and interpretations of equality, justice, and freedom.

Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement

GSS 220 Topics in Queer Studies
Prerequisites & Notes


This course provides an introduction to the field of queer studies by way of a specialized topic. Course content and emphasis will vary with instructor, but sample topics include queer theories, queer of color critiques, queer popular culture, transgender studies, and queer activism.


Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies - content course for society and politics of trade.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies-elective.
Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement


GSS 292 Queer Russia (=RUS 292)
Prerequisites & Notes


This course examines the construction and representation of gender and sexuality in Russia by analyzing literature, theater, and film. The course is open to all students, who have an interest in gender and sexuality studies and would like to expand their knowledge to the Russian context. No background in Russian and/or gender criticism is necessary.

Satisfies major and minor requirements in Russian Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

GSS 321 Sex Outside the City
Prerequisites & Notes


Since the early 1990s, many queer theorists have reasserted the centrality of western cities to the formation of queer subjectivities. But more recent scholarship has challenged this assumption, suggesting that not only have LGBTQ identities historically developed in suburban, rural, and non-western locales, but that the dominant urban narrative reinforces white, upper-class maleness as the norm of queer life. This course examines the ways in which space is queered and queerness emerges in response to metropolitan, non-metropolitan, Western, and non-Western space. We will examine the queer convergence of the public and the private, the processes by which space is simultaneously raced and gendered, the relationship between sexuality and built environments, and the role of capitalism and neoliberalism in producing queer individuals and networks.

 Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies -Histories and Geneologies Track

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies - elective

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies liberal studies distribution requirement.

Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement

GSS 324 Sex, Law, Modernity (= HIS 324)
Prerequisites & Notes

Boyer, Tilburg

This course, team-taught by a historian of European gender and a legal and literary scholar of the Hispanic world, will introduce students to the ways that early modern and modern Western societies have intervened in and defined categories of illicit sexual desire, identity, and conduct. Modern European states took an abiding interest in regulating what they considered to be disordered and deviant sexual persons- the Homosexual, the Prostitute, the Intersexed. These same states took a marked interest in enforcing public health and hygiene by way of laws targeting private sexual behavior, from birth control to interracial relationships. These interventions expressed sharp anxieties about the character of modern life: urbanization, industrialization, democratization, the rise of the middle classes, empire. The course will combine an interrogation of primary texts from the early modern and modern periods with secondary and theoretical works dealing with history, law, and sexuality.

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Historical Thought

GSS 340 Transnational Sexualities Studies
Prerequisites & Notes


This course surveys a number of emerging frameworks for rethinking the concept of queerness from a transnational perspective. Our investigations will move between theory and lived experience, within and across national borders, and will challenge key Western assumptions about sexual development, freedom, identity, and citizenship. We will consider questions such as: To what extent do Western paradigms of sex, gender, and sexuality limit our understanding of non-Western sexual cultures? How does the relationship between sexual practice and sexual identity shift across cultures? How do tourists and migrants negotiate, adapt, and remake sexual discourses and economies as they move in and through new spaces? How has the legacy of colonialism shaped and been shaped by sexual practice? How is sexuality used to articulate national, racial, class, and ethnic identities?

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement
Satisfies cultural diversity requirement

Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement

GSS 341 Trans: Bodies, Identities, Politics
Prerequisites & Notes


Trans: Bodies, Identities, Politics

GSS 350 Sex Radicals!
Prerequisites & Notes


When we think about queer and feminist politics, we typically think of the processes by which women and LGBT people have effected change through legislation, court cases, and supporting candidates friendly to their causes. But much U.S. queer and feminist thought and activism has taken root outside the bounds of liberal electoral politics. This course centers on the fringes. It surveys the writings of less-palatable political actors: punks, anarchists, communists, anti-capitalists, sex workers, black radicals, and prison abolitionists. In exploring these political genealogies, we will ask: How does the personal constitute the political? What counts as (legitimate) political action according to whom? (How) can social change be effected outside of electoral politics and state institutions? What should be the role of the state in regulating labor and distributing rights and entitlements? What priorities have animated the various radical traditions within queer and feminist thought, and how have they addressed or failed to address race, class, ethnicity, and disability? How have these traditions intersected and diverged? Why have contemporary queer radicals come to focus on issues less obviously connected to gender and sexuality like global capitalism, drone warfare, and police militarization?


Satisfies a requirement for the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies a Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.

Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement


GSS 390 Sexuality and Public Discourses in the United States
Prerequisites & Notes


This course examines the history of sexuality in the United States from 1642 to the present through the lens of primary documents, analyzed using rhetorical methods.

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

GSS 401 Television: Queer Representations (=ENG 409)
Prerequisites & Notes


Television: Queer Representations

GSS 431 The Science of Sex
Prerequisites & Notes


Contemporary understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality are shaped by a long history of scientific work in fields as diverse as sexology, genetics, phrenology, eugenics, biology, and more. This course traces how these understandings shaped and were shaped by sex, gender, and sexuality. The course begins with early work in the field of feminist science studies, then turns to questions of taxonomy and difference before interrogating the role of nationalisms in sex-related sciences. The class also explores American eugenics, early work in sexology and the study of homosexuality, sex and the brain in the contemporary U.S., problems with sex differentiation, the role of sex in current ecological sciences, assisted reproductive technologies, posthuman bodies, and feminist interventions in technosciences.


Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

GSS 440 Matters of Life and Death: Biopower, Necropolitics, Sex
Prerequisites & Notes


In this course, we will investigate how definitions of life and death have evolved over the last two centuries and how those definitions have shaped American culture and policy. We will ask who is empowered to make decisions about who lives and who dies and by what authority; what bodies are included and excluded in discussions of bio- and necropolitics; and how gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion frame and become framed by matters of life and death.

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement

Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement

GSS 498 GSS Senior Capstone
Prerequisites & Notes

Horowitz, Kaufman

Senior Capstone in Gender and Sexuality Studies

HIS 225 Women and Work: Gender and Society in Britain, 1700-1918
HIS 228 The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Politics in France
HIS 243 Native Women
HIS 244 Settlement of the American West, 1800-1900
HIS 275 Drugs in East Asia
HIS 306 Women and Gender in U.S. History to 1870
HIS 307 Women and Gender in U.S. History Since 1870
HIS 324 Illicit Sexualities: Sex, Law, and Modernity = GSS 324
HIS 336 European Women and Gender, 1650-Present
HIS 364 Gender and History in Latin America
HIS 378 Gender and Sexuality in Modern South Asia
HIS 389 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Japan
HIS 422 Gender in Early Modern Europe (C. 15th-18th Centuries)
HIS 444 Southern Women, or How to Explain Scarlett and Mammy
HIS 467 Family and Families in African History
HIS 469 Work, Gender, and Political Imagination in Africa
LAS 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=AFR 300)
POL 201 Methods and Statistics in Political Science
POL 207 Family and Justice
POL 239 Special Topics in American Politics
POL 423 Politics of Reproduction
PSY 318 Psychological Research-Social
PSY 351 Advanced Seminar in Clinical Psychology
REL 127 Female Resistance in the Old Testament
REL 255 Woman and the Body in the Christian Tradition
REL 301 Perspectives in the Study of Religion
REL 365 Women in American Religion
REL 444 Black and Womanist Theology
RUS 266 Vampires
RUS 292 Gender and Sexuality in Russian Culture
SOC 102 Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality
SOC 217 Gender and Society
SOC 218 Gendered Communication in Society (= COM 218)
SOC 237 Boys and Men in Society
SOC 246 American Families
SOC 260 Social Statistics
SOC 261 Social Diversity & Inequality in Education (=EDU 260)
SOC 310 Gender, Race, and Sports
SOC 312 Gender, Race and Class in Media
SOC 372 Feminist Theories
SOC 382 Men and Masculinities
SOC 390 Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 391 Survey Methodology
SOC 440 The Sociology of Beatties Ford Road
SOC 488 Fatherhood
SPA 344 Latino Culture in the U.S.
SPA 375 Latin American Women Writers
SPA 403 Latino American Sexualities
SPA 407 Gender and Memory in Television and the Novel
THE 242 Women's Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights
THE 383 Contemporary Theatre and Performance: Trends in Theatre Studies