Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Courses

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Courses

BIO 110: Sex, Gender and Health
Non-laboratory course explores the intersection of sex and gender with health and disease states.  Content includes a comparison of the sociological and biological factors that influence health, the role of sleep and blood pressure in human health, and the development of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases and cancer. After reviewing each wellness or disease state, the impact of sex and gender on that state will be discussed.

EGL 225: Women and Literature
Course introduces fiction, poetry, and drama by women writers from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. Content includes influence of experience, cultural attitudes, and literary influences; social, cultural, and historical contexts; terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 911D

EGL 228: Gender, Identity and Literature
Course introduces students to representations of gender and sexuality in literary works, including poetry, fiction, drama, and film. Content includes theory of gender and sexual identity; influence of gender and sexual identities on literary expression, and influence of literature on gender and sexual identities; terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 911D

HIS 235: Women in American History
Course examines women's roles and accomplishments throughout the history of the United States.

HIS 236: Women in Western Civilization
Course examines women's roles and accomplishments in Western civilization from prehistory to the present.

HUM 124: African-American Culture and the Arts
Course offers an interdisciplinary and comparative survey of the intellectual, artistic, historical, and cultural achievements of people of African descent in America. Content includes examination of literature, philosophy, visual art, music, film, and other performing arts. IAI HF 906D

HUM 140: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Course introduces the interdisciplinary field of women's studies that seeks to understand and challenge gender inequalities. Course traces the philosophical, literary and historical emergence of the women's studies discipline to explore the many ways it has addressed our cultural experiences. NOTE: All students wishing to receive the WGS Concentration must complete HUM 140.  IAI H9 900

HUM 141: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Course introduces the interdisciplinary field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer studies, which seeks to understand and challenge inequalities related to sexuality and gender identity. Course traces the philosophical, literary and historical emergence of the LGBTQ discipline to explore the many ways it has addressed our cultural experiences, as well as diverse representations of sexuality and gender identity in literature and popular media. IAI H9 900

HUM 142: Women and Creativity
Course explores selected creative work done by women. Content includes literature, art, music, film, and philosophy; may also explore women's creativity as manifested through shaping of community and domestic institutions, and through domestic arts. Focus may be either historical or contemporary. IAI HF 907D

HUM 242: Women, Art and Culture
Course will focus on women as both creators and subjects of visual art. Through examining individual art works course participants will consider how gender is relevant to the definition, creation and appreciation of visual art. Instructors make take either a topical or historical approach to course content. IAI F2 907D

PSY 122: Human Sexuality
Course explores biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality. Content includes sexual identity and effects of genetic, cultural and environmental influences on human relationships and behavior.

SOC 103: Social Problems
Course investigates social conditions that contribute to contemporary U.S. and global social problems. Content includes globalization; poverty; discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age and sexual orientation; crime and criminal justice system; substance abuse; population growth, environmental problems and sustainability; and war and terrorism. IAI S7 901

SOC 104: Sociology of Marriage and Family: Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment
Course explores broad survey of issues related to marriage and family in contemporary society. Content includes nature of relationships and intimacy; love, dating, courtship, cohabitation, marriage and its alternatives, childbirth and parenting, and crises faced in intimate relationships such as divorce and family violence. IAI S7 902

SOC 230: Sociology of Sex and Gender
Course explores issues related to gender, across time and in contemporary society. Content includes social origins of gender roles; socialization into gender roles by family, schools, peers and the media; gender-based inequality in the family, employment, politics, and health; multicultural variations in gender roles, and future directions of gender roles. Recommended: SOC 101 or SOC 104.  IAI S7 904D 

SSC 105: Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Course introduces concepts and issues regarding race and ethnicity within and beyond the United States, and through a critical and interdisciplinary approach, studies their impact on society. Topics include identity and group affiliation; historical formation of racial categories and the emergence of theories of "whiteness"; issues of power and privilege; the connection between race, class, gender and sexuality; immigration and imperialism; and race and education. IAI S7 903D


In addition to the above courses which have a core focus on women's and gender issues, the following courses are regularly offered as "Special Sections" Women's and Gender Studies courses. Special Section WGS courses have a logical connection to women's and gender studies theory, content and methodology, and have been redesigned to emphasize those connections and still fulfill stated course objectives. Both Core Courses and Special Sections can be used to satisfy the 15-hour course requirement for the WGS Concentration.

ANT 102: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Course introduces subfield of social and cultural anthropology, which studies living cultures. Content includes cultural behavior, language, kinship and social structure, political and economic anthropology, religion and world view, and topics related to applied anthropology and modern cultures. IAI S1 901N

BUS 292: Topics in Business: Women in Business
Course is designed to meet special interest needs of Business students and local business organizations. Special topics offered for variable credit, from one to four semester credit hours. BUS 292 may be repeated up to three times on different topics for a maximum of nine semester credit hours. Prerequisite may vary by topic.

EGL 101: Composition I
Course introduces strategies for planning, writing, and revising expository essays based on experience and reading. Content includes purpose, context, genre, and the rhetorical situation as elements in the writing process, as well as critical reading and analysis as the basis for essay writing. The first course in a two-course sequence with EGL 102. Prerequisite: Placement in EGL 101 or successful completion of EGL 090 or EGL 097 or EGL 098 (grade of P). IAI C1 900

EGL 102: Composition II
Course introduces strategies for planning, writing, and revising advanced expository essays and the college research paper. Content includes critical reading and analysis, the structure of argument, and the use of sources. Prerequisite: C grade or higher in EGL 101. IAI C1 901

EGL 115: Introduction to Fiction
Course introduces students to study of the novel and short story in cultural, social, and historical context. Content includes terminology and methods for analyzing and evaluating fiction including form, thematic development, and style. IAI H3 901

HUM 210: World Mythologies
Course explores the nature of mythology. Content includes themes, archetypal figures and situations, symbolism and figurative language found in selected folklore and legendary narratives. Comparative studies of two or more traditions are undertaken. IAI H9 901

HUM 260: Perspectives on Film
Course presents different modes of filmmaking. Content includes narrative, documentary, and animation; variety of current critical methodologies for studying film, such as genre theory, authorship theory, star theory, national cinema, feminist film theory, and structuralist theory (hero studies). IAI F2 908

PHL 205: World Religions
Course uses global perspective to introduce philosophies, traditions, and histories of major world religions. Topics include at least six of the following religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto, the indigenous religions of North America, Africa, or pre-Christian Europe. IAI H5 904N

PSY 107: Applied Psychology: The Psychology of Personal Growth
Course increases awareness of values, emotions, and other motivational factors that affect an individual's growth. Content includes learning theory, personal behavior, human relationships, personal growth in a culturally diverse society; opportunity for group experience to examine similarities and differences between self and others in diverse society.

SPE 103:  Effective Speech
Course offers opportunities to develop capability in oral communications. Content includes rhetorical theory, organization and structure of ideas, techniques for general speaking and listening effectiveness, practical experience in individual and group presentations. Recommended: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI C2 900

For information about WGS Core Courses and Special Sections, please contact the program Coordinator, Lindsey Hewitt at 847-376-7044 or lhewitt@oakton.edu.