Courses

The Department of Gender and Women's Studies at Western Michigan University offers a diverse array of courses.

Gender and Women's Studies courses

Upcoming course offerings for students pursuing a gender and women's studies major or minor:


Spring 2021 classes

  •  GWS 1000    Media And The Sexes
  • GWS 2000     Intro Gender & Women's Studies

  • GWS 2010    LGBT Studies

  • GWS 3200    Women, Global & Social Change

  • GWS 3400    Race, Gender and Science

  • GWS 3480    Gender & Plastic Bodies

  • GWS 3500    Psych Perspectives on Gender

  • GWS 3700    Queer History

  • GWS 3700    Women Writers Contemporary Black Lit

  • GWS 3700 / LANG 3750    Gender in Chinese Lit

  • GWS 3700 / ENGL 3170    Stories of the Other

  • GWS 4100    Constructing Girls in Media

  • GWS 4100 / PSCI 4210    Gender and Law

  • GWS 5980    Readings in Women's Studies

  • GWS 4400    Internship (contact department)

  • GWS 4980/5980    Independent Study (contact department)

Summer I & II classes

  • GWS 1000    Media and The Sexes

  • GWS 2000    Intro Gender & Women's Studies

  • GWS 3200    Women, Global & Social Change

  • GWS 3400    Race, Gender and Science

  • GWS 3480    Gender & Plastic Bodies

  • GWS 4400    Internship (contact department)

  • GWS 4980/5980    Independent Study (contact department)



WMU courses

WMU course offerings provides a full listing of course offerings organized by department and semester.

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WMU course catalog

WMU's course catalog allows you to explore undergraduate programs and view course descriptions.

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General education and essential studies 

Students in catalog years up to and including 2019-20 will need to follow the general education guidelines, and those starting in 2020-21 will be adhering to essential studies guidelines.

GENERAL EDUCATION           ESSENTIAL STUDIES


Special topics

The department offers variable topics courses at the 3000- and 4000-level, all of which count toward the GWS major and minor. Graduate students sometimes enroll in topics courses under GWS 5980: Readings in Gender and Women's Studies. Contact the department for more information.


GWS 3700: Special Topics

 Recent topics have included women of color in media; witch and princess stories; gender and sexuality in modern China; and queer history.


GWS 4100: Special Topics

 Recent offerings have included narratives of queerness; gender and law; race, class, motherhood; black feminisms.