Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies



E. Jane Burns, Feminist Medieval Studies, Courtly Love and Literature, French Feminist Theory, Women, Clothing, and Textiles, Mediterranean Silk Trade, Medieval Pilgrimage

Joanne Hershfield, Mexican Film and Visual Culture, Feminist Film and Visual Studies

Associate Professors

Michele T. Berger, Women and HIV/AIDS, Gender and Political Participation, Feminist Methods, and Multiracial Feminisms

Karen Booth, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Imperialism, Postcolonialism and Globalization, Feminist Policy Studies

Silvia Tomášková, Gender and Science, Archaeology, Prehistoric Art

Assistant Professors

Emily Burrill, Gender and Legal History, Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

Tanya L. Shields, 20th-Century Caribbean Literature, Caribbean Diaspora Studies, Cultural Citizenship, and Social Justice Discourses

Ariana D. Vigil, Contemporary U.S. Latina/o Literatures and Cultures; Transnational Latina/o – Latin American Studies; Queer and Feminist Literature; African American Literature.

Susan Page, Feminist Media Art, Photography, Altered Textiles, Video Installations

Adjunct Professors

Annegret Fauser (Department of Music)

Rachel F. Seidman (Southern Oral History Program)

Robert Pleasants (Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator, Dean of Students Office)


Contact the chair of Women's and Gender Studies.

Requirements for the Minor

Women's and Gender Studies offers a graduate minor which requires students to take 15 credit hours in cross-listed courses at the 700 to 899 level. (The chair will consider substitution of 400–699 level courses where appropriate.) Courses must be distributed as follows:

Graduate students minoring in Women's and Gender studies must include on their doctoral committee a faculty member who teaches women's studies courses.

Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students


410 Comparative Queer Politics (3). Prerequisite, WMST 101. Permission of the instructor. Compares the histories, experiences, identities, and political struggles of sexual and gender minorities in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Américas and at the United Nations.

424 Gender Theory and the Study of Religion (RELI 424) (3). See RELI 424 for description.

437 Gender, Science Fiction, and Film (COMM 436) (3). The course combines several fields, analyzing the construction of gender through science, science fiction, and film. Students are exposed to science issues as they are represented in popular media.

441 The Anthropology of Gender, Health, and Illness (ANTH 441) (3). See ANTH 441 for description.

442Gender, Class, Race, and Mass Media (JOMC 442) (3). See JOMC 442 for description.

444 Race, Class, and Gender (SOCI 444) (3). See SOCI 444 for description.

446 American Women Authors (ENGL 446) (3). See ENGL 446 for description.

451 Women in the Visual Arts II (ARTH 451) (3). See ARTH 451 for description.

458 Archaeology of Sex and Gender (ANTH 458) (3). See ANTH 458 for description.

475 Philosophical Issues in Gender, Race, and Class (PHIL 475) (3). See PHIL 475 for description.

477 Advanced Feminist Political Theory (POLI 477) (3). See POLI 477 for description.

479 History of Female Sexualities in the West (HIST 479) (3). See HIST 479 for description.

486 Contemporary Russian Women's Writing (RUSS 486) (3). See RUSS 486 for description.

500 Gender, Empire, and Nation in Europe and Beyond, 18th to the 20th Century (HIST 500). See HIST 500 for description.

501 The Gender of Welfare: Comparative Perspectives, 19th and 20th Century (HIST 501) (3). See HIST 501 for description.

517 Military, War, and Gender in Comparative Perspective (HIST 517, PWAD 517) (3). See HIST 517 for description.

537 Women in the Middle East (ASIA 537, HIST 537) (3). See HIST 537 for description.

550 The Social Construction of Women's Bodies (3). Prerequisite, WMST 101. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Looking specifically at the social and cultural construction of women's bodies, this course considers the ways in which biological difference is imbued with social significance.

553 Theorizing Black Feminisms (3). Prerequisites, WMST 101 and 202. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Introduction to the theoretical and practical contributions of African American feminists who maintain that issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social class are central, rather than peripheral, to any history or strategy for bringing about social justice in the United States.

555 Women and Creativity (3). Prerequisite, WMST 101. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. This course will present an overview of the variety and diversity of contemporary American women's experiences of creative expressions. We explore how women have been historically excluded from the arts.

560 Women and Religion in United States History (3). An interdisciplinary consideration of women's roles, behavior, and ideas in the religious life of Americans from 1636 to 1982.

561 Performance of Literature by Women of Color (COMM 561) (3). See COMM 561 for description.

562 Oral History and Performance (COMM 562, FOLK 562, HIST 562) (3). See COMM 562 for description.

563 Introduction to Women's Health and Health Education (3). Permission of the instructor. An overview of women's health emphasizing their specific interest as family and community members, as patients, and as health professionals. Implications for health education practice and research.

568 Women in the South (HIST 568) (3). See HIST 568 for description.

569 African American Women's History (HIST 569) (3). See HIST 569 for description.

576 The Ethnohistory of Native American Women (HIST 576) (3). See HIST 576 for description.

610 Feminism, Sexuality, and Human Rights (3). Required preparation for undergraduates, WMST 101, one other WMST course beyond the introductory level, and junior/senior standing. Permission of the instructor required for both undergraduates and graduate students. Examines how transnational struggles over reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS, sex work, and "LGBT" rights have used, challenged, and transformed human rights discourses.

620 Women in Hispanic Literature (SPAN 620) (3). See SPAN 620 for description.

660 Kinship, Reproduction, Reproductive Technology, and the New Genetics (ANTH 660) (3). See ANTH 660 for description.

662 Gender Issues in Planning and Development (PLAN 662) (3). See PLAN 662 for description.

665 Queer Latina/o Literature, Performance, and Visual Art (ENGL 665) (3). See ENGL 665 for description.

666 Queer Latina/o Photography and Literature (ENGL 666) (3). See ENGL 666 for description.

691H Honors in Women's Studies (3). Prerequisites, WMST 101 and 202. Senior standing and permission of the department. The first semester of the yearlong honors thesis in women's and gender studies. Completing WMST 691H fulfills the WMST 695 requirement for the major.

692H Honors in Women's Studies (3). Prerequisite, WMST 691H. Permission of department. Second semester of the yearlong honors thesis project.

695 Senior Seminar: Principles of Feminist Inquiry (3). Prerequisites, WMST 101 and 202. Required preparation, at least one additional WMST course and senior standing or permission of the instructor. Required for majors; strongly recommended for minors. An advanced writing-intensive course drawing on a student's interests and background. Major research of specific topics utilizing feminist perspectives.

Courses for Graduate Students


715 Feminism and Society (ANTH 715) (3). See ANTH 715 for description.

725 Selected Readings in the Comparative or Global History of Women in Gender (HIST 725) (3). See HIST 725 for description.

726 French Feminist Theory (FREN 726) (3). An introduction to feminist literary theory, focusing on feminist writings from France (in translation) and their sources in psychoanalysis and poststructuralism. Anglo-American counterparts and adaptations of the French theorists in the United States will also be treated.

730 Feminist and Gender Theory for Historians (HIST 730) (3). See HIST 730 for description.

735 Readings in the History of Sexuality and Gender (HIST 735) (3). See HIST 735 for description.

751 Gender and Visual Culture (ARTH 751) (3). See ART 751 for description.

753 Gender, Sickness, and Society (ANTH 753) (3). See ANTH 753 for description.

755 Readings in Medieval and Early Modern Women's History (HIST 755) (3). See HIST 755 for description.

768 Feminist Political Theory (POLI 768) (3). See POLI 768 for description.

770 Readings in Modern European Women's and Gender History (HIST 770) (3). See HIST 770 for description.

775 Advanced Studies in Feminism (PHIL 775) (3).

776 Gender, Race, and Class Issues in Education (EDUC 776) (3). See EDUC 776 for description.

777 Gender, Policy, and Leadership in Education (EDUC 777) (3). See EDUC 777 for description.

790 Graduate Seminar in Women's Studies (3). Explores the complex interaction between women's studies, feminist studies and gender studies as these fields have evolved within and across academic disciplines, intersecting with issues of race, class, ethnicity, masculinity, sexuality, and with practices of queer theory and cultural studies.

796 Graduate Independent Reading and Research (1-3). Permission of the instructor. Intensive reading and research in a student's chosen area of interest under faculty supervision. Results in a written report.

851 Sociology of Gender (SOCI 851) (3). See SOCI 851 for description.

858 Seminar in Feminist Studies of Film and Television (COMM 858) (3). See COMM 858 for description.

865 Readings in U. S. Women's and Gender History (HIST 865) (3). See HIST 865 for description.

890 Topics in Women's Studies (3). This course allows faculty in WMST to offer graduate-level courses on special topics pertinent to their current research.

975 Seminar on Women's and Gender History (HIST 975) (3). See HIST 975 for description.