Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

WGS 150 WOMEN, INFORMATION, AND TECHNOLOGY (3)

Examines the historical relationship of women, information, and technology through web-based learning, critical explorations of information technology, and computer communication skill building. Letter grade only. SPW

 

WGS 191 WOMEN, GENDER IDENTITY AND ETHNICITY (3)

Focuses on the significance of gender and ethnic minority identities in society, providing a non-traditional, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspective on the experiences of women in the U.S. Cross-listed with ES 191. Letter grade only. CUE

 

WGS 191H WOMEN, GENDER IDENTITY AND ETHNICITY - HONORS (3)

Focuses on experiences of women and the significance of gender and ethnicity in society, providing an interdisciplinary perspective that is often ignored in traditional scholarship. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group CUE

 

WGS 199 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry. In-depth study of a substantive problem. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

WGS 199H SPECIAL TOPICS - HONORS (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry. In-depth study of a substantive problem. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group 

 

WGS 200 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (3)

Introduction to academic field of Women's Studies and the relationship of theory and practice, focusing on contributions of founding mothers and movements, debates about feminism, gender, and women, and politics and problem solving; includes a community learning experience. Letter grade only. SPW

 

WGS 201 WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES EVENTS LAB (1)

Draws together the skills and understanding generated in women's studies courses and applies them to the women's studies film and lecture series. You must take this lab course concurrently with a related WGS course. Instructor consent required. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 4 units of credit.

 

WGS 215 MAKING "REAL MEN": MASCULINITIES IN THE UNITED STATES (3)

Examines how race, gender, and sexualities influence the diverse experiences of boys/men in the U.S., focusing on discourses of masculinity, socialization of boys/men, boys'/men's actions and perceptions of themselves, other boys/men, women, and social realities. Letter grade only. CU

 

WGS 215H MAKING "REAL MEN": MASCULINITIES IN THE UNITED STATES - HONORS (3)

Examines how race, gender, and sexualities influence the diverse experiences of boys/men in the U.S., focusing on discourses of masculinity, socialization of boys/men, boys'/mens' actions and perceptions of themselves, other boys/men, women, and social realities. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group CU

 

WGS 255 "AUTHENTIC INDIAN": GENDER AND INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATION (3)

Examines the relationship and negotiation of gender and culture as they are represented within and concerning Indigenous peoples/communities. We will focus on U.S. forms of representation in popular experiences, e.g., literature, film, media.  Cross-listed with AIS 255 and ES 255. Letter grade only. AHIE

 

WGS 260 THIRD WORLD WOMEN (3)

Variable content, focusing on women, gender constructions and histories, and contemporary issues in postcolonial settings in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America.  Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit. SPWG

 

WGS 260H THIRD WORLD WOMEN - HONORS (3)

Variable content, focusing on women, gender constructions and histories, and contemporary issues in postcolonial settings in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPWG

 

WGS 299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

WGS 300W FEMINIST THEORIES (3)

Foundational overviews of the history of feminist theory. Also addresses contemporary ethnic minority and international theorists. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: WGS 200 or International Exchange Student Group AHI

 

WGS 301 WOMEN, HEALTH AND HEALING (3)

Represents health concepts basic to the mind-body processes and life experiences of women throughout the life cycle. Uses traditional and current feminist research. Letter grade only. SPW

 

WGS 325 "SISTER NATION": INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN THE U.S. (3)

This course focuses on a deeper theoretical and an applied understanding of how Indigenous women understand themselves, their communities, and responsibilities. We utilize and demand a comprehension of Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. Cross-listed with AIS 325 and ES 325. Letter grade only. CUE

 

WGS 350W HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY OF FEMINIST MOVEMENTS (3)

Examines differing histories of international feminist movements and the writing of histories of the same. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: WGS 200 or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

WGS 360 TRANSNATIONAL FEMINISMS (3)

Variable content, focusing on the histories, theories, geographies, practices and global contexts of non-Western feminisms. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit. CUG

 

WGS 360H TRANSNATIONAL FEMINISMS - HONORS (3)

Variable content, focusing on the histories, theories, geographies, practices and global contexts of non-Western feminisms. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group CUG

 

WGS 375W FEMINIST METHODOLOGY, INTERPRETATION AND CRITIQUE (3)

Examines ways in which feminist methodology, interpretation, and critique are informed by political, aesthetic, cultural, historical, and disciplinary theories, practices, and conventions. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: WGS 200 or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

WGS 391 SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (3)

Possible topics include women, history, and education; women and the outdoors; women and professional identity; women and science; women and disability. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit if content varies. Course fee required.

 

WGS 392 SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES: HUMANITIES (3)

Possible topics include women and the body; feminist spirituality; Navajo women; American feminist rhetoric; feminist cultural critique. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit if content varies.

 

WGS 392H SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES: HUMANITIES - HONORS (3)

Possible topics include women and the body; feminist spirituality; Navajo women; American feminist rhetoric; feminist cultural critique. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit if content varies. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group 

 

WGS 393 SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES: ARTS (3)

Possible topics include women and theater; women and the arts; feminist aesthetics; women, creativity, and difference. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit if content varies.

 

WGS 394 SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES: SOCIAL SCIENCES (3)

Possible topics include gender and social thought; Latin American women; mothering; feminist approaches to the family; women and development; women and ethnicity. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit if content varies.

 

WGS 394H SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES: SOCIAL SCIENCES-HONORS (3)

Possible topics include gender and social thought; Latin American women; mothering; feminist approaches to the family; women and development; women and ethnicity. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit if content varies. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group 

 

WGS 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

WGS 408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE (1-12)

Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Department consent required.  Pass-fail only. May be repeated for credit.

 

WGS 425 "WHEN SCIENCE RULED THE WORLD": RACE, GENDER, AND SCIENCE (3)

Explores how Western/European science has delineated and determined race and gender definitions, social expectations, and institutional constructions with particular attention to historical implications and scientific precepts that impact women and people of color. Cross-listed with ES 425. Letter grade only.

 

WGS 465 DIRECTED READINGS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (3)

With the approval and direction of the women's studies director, you develop a reading list, submit a reading journal, and meet with the director of your project regularly. Variations of these requirements can be approved. Department consent required. Letter grade only.

 

WGS 485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (3)

Original research, with content and nature of project approved by the women's studies director. You present research results at end of the course. Projects must have substantial grounding in research methods. Department consent required. Letter grade or pass-fail. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.

 

WGS 491C WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES RESEARCH (3)

Integrates perspectives gained in women's studies courses and provides understanding of how women's studies fits into and enriches one's understanding of society, culture, letters, the arts, and other fields. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: (WGS 200 and (WGS 300W or PHI 362 or PHI 362H) and 6 hours from WGS 491C Course List)) or International Exchange Student Group CAP

 

WGS 495C WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES ESSAY (1)

Involves a review of writing done in the Women's and Gender Studies BA and BS in Interdisciplinary Studies programs and production of an essay or project for your portfolio. Letter grade only. Corequisite: WGS 491C CAP

 

WGS 497 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)

Original research, with content and nature of project approved by women's studies director. You present research results at end of the course. Projects must have substantial grounding in research methods. Department consent required. Letter grade or pass-fail. May be repeated for credit.

 

WGS 499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 3 units of credit.