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

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.


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.