Women's and Gender Studies

The mission of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Georgia Southern University is to introduce students to the definitions, theories, and methodologies of the study of gender as intersecting with identities of race, class, and sexuality. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Georgia Southern University offers an interdisciplinary minor available to all undergraduate students, regardless of major.

As an interdisciplinary minor, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program promotes collaboration across diverse disciplines and among students, faculty, and the community who work together to understand the ways in which ideologies of gender and sexuality permeate the entire fabric of society.

Through course offerings in the undergraduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST), the program promotes academic study and dialogue on a broad range of topics related to interdisciplinary studies of women, feminisms, masculinities, sexes, genders, and sexualities, including LGBT+ or gender and sexual minorities (GSM).

The Women's and Gender Studies Program supports research, teaching, and outreach activities that analyze gender through the framework of "intersectionality," which theorizes identity categories as multiple.  Identities that are always intersecting influence experiences and complicate marginalization.

Guided by disciplinary standards, the Women's and Gender Studies Program supports the University’s mission by fostering research, teaching, and outreach activities that promote integrity, civility, kindness, and collaboration.

Women and Gender Studies Concentration

WGST   2530   Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A multidisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the field of women and gender studies. Students will examine traditional and alternative perspectives on women's and men's experiences.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   2530S.

WGST   2530S   Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A multidisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the field of women and gender studies. Students will examine traditional and alternative perspectives on women's and men's experiences.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   2530.

WGST   3090   Selected Topics in Women and Gender Studies

0-15 Credit Hours.   0-15 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various Selected Topics.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   3090S.

WGST   3090S   Selected Topics in Women and Gender Studies

0-15 Credit Hours.   0-15 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various Selected Topics.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   3090.

WGST   3137   Topics in U.S. Women's History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the experiences of women in the United States from colonial times to the present within the overall framework of American history. Explores the impact of major historical events on women; the contributions of women to the social, political, cultural and economic development of the US; and the changing roles of women within the family and the workplace. Topic varies. May be repeated for credit.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   3137.

WGST   3330   Roman Women

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Study of the role of women in the ancient Roman world. Emphasis on their influence within the political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual life of Rome. Examination of the Roman world through the eyes of ancient Roman women from different historical periods and social status.

WGST   3333   Communication and Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the literature of gender and communication. Considers how men's and women's self-perceptions and resulting communication patterns evolve as a function of cultural influences.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3333.

WGST   4090   Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies

1-4 Credit Hours.   1-4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies. The opportunity to design and conduct independent research and/or projects under the direction of a WGST faculty member in a specialized area of Women's and Gender Studies.

Prerequisite(s): WGST   2530.

WGST   4130   Feminist Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the main topics in Feminist Philosophy to include the adversary method and the 'maleness' of philosophy; dualities of mind and body, male and female, self and other; women's ways of knowing; caring and maternal thinking; and ecofeminism. Feminist philosophy addresses these ideals and assumptions in the western philosophic traditions that have oppressed women and other subordinate groups.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   4130.

WGST   4331   Gender, Media, and Representation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the implicit gender messages that are communicated through mass media. Focuses on the representation of gender in the media and how media both reflects and creates cultural values and ideals pertaining to gender.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   2332.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   4331.

WGST   4335   Woman Question in Europe

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An Intellectual History course focusing on the debate over women's nature, women's roles, and the notion of "woman". Although the "woman question" has a history spanning the entire modern period, this course will examine the period 1848-1950 when many of the classic texts appeared.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   4335, SOCI   4332.

WGST   4338   Sport, Culture, and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines sport as a social institution, focusing on cultural values related to sport, stratification within and among sports, and issues of power and inequality pertaining to sport.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   4338.

WGST   4530   Revelation and Revolution

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores issues of gender, spirituality, and power within the context of African history.

Cross Listing(s): AAST   4530 and HIST   4530.

WGST   5131   Sex, Violence, and Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Uses feminist theories of gender, sexuality, and patriarchal culture to explore the relationship between public and private violence. Placing private violence in a global perspective, this course critiques the gender stakes of economies of domination and exploitation, the war system, and ideologies of family and nation.

Prerequisite(s): WGST   2530.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   5131G.

WGST   5633   Writing the Body

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Writing the Body explores the ways in which written discourse is an intellectual, social, creative, and educational practice that is always also material and corporeal. As an introduction to discipline-specific foundations in writing theory and methodologies, this course engages students in both the analysis and production of written texts and enables them to explore the ways in which identity narratives are embodied and performative.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   5633G, WRIT   5633, WRIT   5633G.