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:


Summer II classes

  • GWS 3200 Women, Globalization and Social Change
  • GWS 3500 Psychological Perspectives on Gender
  • GWS 4400 Internship (contact department)
  • GWS 4980/5980 Independent Study (contact department)
  • ANTH 2600 Sex, Gender & Culture
  • COM 3070 Freedom of Expression
  • ECON 3090 Women and the Economy
  • FCS 2100 Human Sexuality
  • FCS 3150 Global Ecology of the Family
  • HIST 3160 Women in U.S. History
  • PHIL 3150 Race and Gender Issues
  • REL 3170 Religion & Gender

Fall 2020 classes

  • GWS 1000 Media and the Sexes
  • GWS 2000 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies
  • GWS 2010 LGBT Studies
  • GWS 3200 Women, Globalization and Social Change
  • GWS 3400 Race, Gender and Science
  • GWS 3500 Psychological Perspectives on Gender
  • GWS 3700/PSCI 3530 Women and Politics
  • GWS 4010 Foundations of Feminist Theory
  • GWS 4400 Internship (contact department)
  • GWS 4980/5980 Independent Study (contact department)
  • COM 3050 Taboo Topics
  • COM 3050 Women in Media
  • COM 3050 Gender, Science and Media
  • COM 3070 Freedom of Expression
  • COM 4790 Gender and Communication
  • ECON 3090 Economics of Gender and Race
  • ENGL 4160 Women in Literature
  • FCS 2100 Human Sexuality
  • FCS 3150 Global Ecology of the Family
  • FCS 5680 Gender, Culture & Families
  • HSV 3550/NUR 3550 Perspectives Women's Health
  • HIST 3160 Women in US History
  • PADM 2000 Intro to Pub/Nonprofit Service
  • PADM 3000 Foundation of Non Profit Mgt
  • PHIL 3150 Race and Gender Issues

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.