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GWOS 1 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender in social, cultural, and institutional contexts, examining how gender systems impact women, men, and gender non-conforming people. The course introduces fundamental concepts and methods in the discipline of Gender and Women's Studies and emphasizes intersections of gender with race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. Also offered online.

GWOS 2 Leadership and Community Development

Provides students with both classroom instruction and hands-on practical experience in community development and leadership. Combining online and face-to-face class meetings with practicum hours, students develop leadership skills and community development knowledge through the lens of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality.

GWOS 3 Gender and Violence

Examines gender-based violence through intersectional methods attentive to interlocking systems of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class and investigates gendered violence in social, cultural, and institutional contexts.

GWOS 4 Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture

Examines popular culture and gender in its intersections with sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class. Students study diverse representations of gender in popular media such as television, film, gaming, sports, and music

GWOS 6 Psychology of Women

Focuses on the psychological, social, and biological factors that influence women's personality, behavior, and self-image throughout the life cycle.

GWOS 7 Women’s Health

Focuses on specific women’s health concerns, including reproductive health, birth control and birthing, female anatomy and physiology, preventive medicine, and making alternative medicine choices

GWOS 10 Gender and American Politics

Focuses on American government at the national, state, and local levels, emphasizing roles and influence of women from contemporary and historical perspective, especially the legal and civil rights of women in areas of employment, law, and public participation

GWOS 11 Literature by and about Women

Surveys American, British, and international literary works by and about women, including poetry, fiction, autobiography, drama, and non-fiction prose. Focus on literary trends, style, and issues of race, class, ethnicity, and cultural identity.

GWOS 12 Women in U.S. History

Covers Native American, African-American, Asian-American, Latina, European-American and immigrant women heroines and "ordinary" women who have shaped U.S. history and culture. Satisfies the CSU American History requirement.

GWOS 25 Introduction to Language and Gender

Examines the linguistic differences associated with gender and how these differences affect the speaker's identity and cultural roles.

GWOS 30 Gender in Global Perspective

Explores gender categories, experience, and history from a transnational feminist perspective, examining diverse global locations, geo-politics, and cultural contexts.

GWOS 40 Introduction to Feminist Theory

Encourages students to reflect on historical and present-day social experiences of women and men through readings in feminist philosophy and theory. It engages students in critical analysis of the readings and the changes that feminist theory has undergone, as well as its relationship to other theories.

The following GWOS courses offer online sections: 

GWOS 1 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies

GWOS 2 Leadership and Community Development

GWOS 6 Psychology of Women

GWOS 10 Gender and American Politics

GWOS 12 Women in U.S. History

GWOS 25 Introduction to Language and Gender

GWOS 40 Introduction to Feminist Theory