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Spring 2017


The following courses are graduate seminars offered in the Center. They are available to graduate students in the Center and those students working on certificates. Please also see this link for a complete listing of approved graduate electives offered outside the center.

Advanced Feminist Theory

Anita Anantharam
WST 6508-Section 09B6
M 6-8; UST 0108; 3 Credits

Contemporary theory with focus on common themes among academic disciplines. Since feminist theory is by its very nature interdisciplinary, this course is designed to acquaint students with some foundational feminist theory–in primary texts–across the disciplines: philosophy, art history, literary studies, sociology, anthropology, the sciences. By foundational” I mean feminist thought which has been influential in shaping academic feminist scholarship since the so-called “second wave” of United States and European feminism, beginning (roughly) in the late 1940s and moving up to the present. Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Whitney Chadwick, Janice Radway, Nancy Hartsock, bell hooks, Jane Gallop, Gayatri Spivak, Patricia Williams, Pat Hill Collins, Gayle Rubin will be some of the individuals discussed in the course. Course requirements include one 25-30 page final paper, 8 response papers, and one short presentation.

Independent Study

Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6905-Section 09BE
TBA; Variable Credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department chair and 1 Women’s Studies course or course that counts for women’s studies, For advanced graduate students who desire to supplement their regular courses by independent reading or research under guidance. On-line application.


Alyssa N Zucker
WST 6935-Section 1D62
T 6-8; UST 0108; 3 Credits

We will study LGBTQ+ health and well-being from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including women’s studies, medicine, public health, and psychology. We will examine: (1) mechanisms by which social mistreatment of LGBT people “gets under the skin” to affect health behaviors and health outcomes; (2) how the healthcare setting improves and detracts from LGBT health at population and individual levels, and how providers can improve in this domain; and (3) specific illnesses and medical processes that concern members of these groups (e.g., HIV/AIDS, cancer, substance use, gender transition). Although the focus of this class is on people who identify as LGBTQ+, those identities do not exist in isolation. Thus we will adopt an intersectional analysis of sexual orientation and gender identity with race, social class, and other important social identities whenever possible within our analysis.

Feminist/Queer of Color Studies

Tanya Latrice Saunders
WST 6935-Section 18C3
W 7-8;UST 0108; 3 Credits

This graduate level course is a survey course of the scholarship and key debates in the emerging fields of Black Queer/Queer of Color Studies, which have their origins in Black, Chicana, and Latina Feminist Studies. We will take a sociological approach to understanding how race, sexuality, gender, and coloniality affects our understanding of ourselves, and how we experience social life through placing non-heteronormative Black and Latinx Queer subjects at the center of our analyses. We will engage the social implications of the scientific study on sexuality, engage key theoretical perspectives in the area of queer/sexuality studies, and review empirical studies concerning Black and Latinx queer identities and cultural politics within Africa and the Diaspora in the Americas. Sexuality studies is a large and broad field of inquiry, therefore this course is not exhaustive. The goal of the course is to give you a strong theoretical and empirical base from which you can think about Diaspora, race, gender, “sexuality‟ and society.


Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6946-Section 08F5
TBA; Variable Credits

Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Coordinator. Designed for students desiring practical experience in the community. Students intern with a local agency, group or business involved in women’s issues. Click here for more information and an on-line application.

Master’s Research

Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 697-Section 4433
TBA; Variable Credits




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