Women's and Gender Studies Minor

Required Courses for the Women's and Gender Studies Minor

A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.

  • WGS 101

    Introduction to Women’s Studies

    3 Credits

    This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women’s studies. Readings in feminist theory and research, autobiography, and the history of women’s rights activism will provide a framework for an investigation of major themes in women’s lives. Using contemporary cultures of the United States as our primary field of study, we will also explore dominant ideas about gender, one of the primary terms through which human beings articulate identity, define social roles, and assign status. We will consider as well how notions of gender intersect with other components of experiences such as those related to nationality, culture, ethnicity, race, class, age, religion, and sexuality. Fulfills specialized valuing general education requirement.

  • WGS 220

    Masculinities

    3 credits

    The course introduces students to main categories, topics,
    and research of masculinity studies. Through theoretical
    readings and discussions of popular culture, we will focus
    on the central debates around men and masculinities. We
    will examine the following questions:
    _ How is masculinity constructed and maintained in
    society?
    _ How do we learn to be men and play masculinity in
    everyday life?
    _ How do race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality affect our
    masculinities?
    _ What is the relationship between masculinity and
    sexed bodies?
    Analyzing male sexuality, intimacy, violence,
    homophobia, and gender equality, we will pay
    considerable attention to different forms of masculinity
    and masculinity politics in the contemporary world.

  • WGS 470

    Gender Theory

    3 credits

    This course builds upon the understanding of gender
    studies introduced in WGS 101.

Students must choose one course from one of the following:

  • COM 230

    Gender Communication

    3 Credits

    Explores the relationship between human communication and issues of gender. Students will be encouraged to think seriously about how society defines gender and what that means for us on a personal level. Specific applications will include the family, the workplace, and relationships. The course will culminate with an individual project tailored to the student’s interest in gender communication.

  • PSY 275

    Psychology of Women

    3 Credits

    The nature of gender from psychological and social perspectives will be examined. Topics covered include gender identity, gender role development, socialization, women’s health, communication styles, career issues, and global perspectives on the psychology of women. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

  • SOC 320

    Sociology of Sex and Gender

    3 Credits

    A detailed investigation of the social construction of gender in the United States. The role of social institutions such as education, media, and family are highlighted as key components to the social construction process. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

Students also choose three courses of elective credits from the following courses:

  • COM 230

    Gender Communication

    3 Credits

    Explores the relationship between human communication and issues of gender. Students will be encouraged to think seriously about how society defines gender and what that means for us on a personal level. Specific applications will include the family, the workplace, and relationships. The course will culminate with an individual project tailored to the student’s interest in gender communication.

  • ENG 220

    Introduction to Women’s Literature

    3 Credits

    An introduction to the contributions of female writers. The goal of this course is to develop an awareness of how gender may influence the content and form of literature by women. Students will examine the varied components of a gendered identity, the ways they are represented in literature, and the effects they have had on a wide range of women writers.

  • PSY 275

    Psychology of Women

    3 Credits

    The nature of gender from psychological and social perspectives will be examined. Topics covered include gender identity, gender role development, socialization, women’s health, communication styles, career issues, and global perspectives on the psychology of women. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

  • PER 314

    Multicultural Experiences in Performance

    3 credits

    An examination of various acts of performance as a way
    of understanding and knowing the human experience.
    Includes the study of personal narrative, storytelling, folk
    legends, ritual, ethnography, ethnicity, and an
    investigation of performance art. Open to all.

  • SOC 320

    Sociology of Sex and Gender

    3 Credits

    A detailed investigation of the social construction of gender in the United States. The role of social institutions such as education, media, and family are highlighted as key components to the social construction process. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

  • FCS 337

    Family Relations

    3 credits

    Analysis of family interaction throughout the life cycle.
    Emphasis on issues related to self-understanding,
    readiness for mature relationships, and communication
    within families. Focus is on understanding family
    dynamics in relationships and the interrelationships of
    family with other social institutions. This course has been
    designated as writing intensive by the university.

  • FCS 440

    History of Women and Families in the United States Society

    3 credits

    This course examines the role of women have played as
    individuals and as family members throughout the history
    of the United States. Investigates distinct cultural beliefs
    concerning the role of women and mothers, family
    relationships, the past and future of women. Crosscultural
    and multicultural aspects are key aspects of this
    course. Reading and discussion are integral to the course.
    This course may be cross-listed with HST 440

  • PER 455

    Sexual Politics in Drama

    3 Credits

    This course will look at the theme of sexual politics as it appears in dramatic literature from Ancient Greece through modern times. We will examine the myths, games, and realities of sexual politics, and how they interact with the performance of gender and sexuality. We will discuss and write about drama as a unique genre, exploring through dramatic texts the evolution of sexual politics. After completing this course, a student should have an understanding of 1) the development of theatrical styles of Greek and Renaissance theatre and the rise of Realism; 2) how sexual roles are performed by real people (on and off-stage); 3) how to analyze a dramatic text and its historical/social context; 4) what the term “sexual politics” means and how it is visible in dramatic texts and performances of the past and present. Offered odd years.

  • FCS 105

    Personal, Professional and Cultural Dress

    3 Credits
  • REL 240

    Women and Religion

    3 Credits

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