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ANTH 316               Sex, Gender & Culture

Sex, gender, and culture are closely interwoven in society and define the parameters of our identities. By taking a uniquely anthropological approach, this course examines how sex and gender are a part of human culture. This course uses anthropological case studies from around the world to explore the ways in which social conventions are maintained, manipulated, and challenged, and how they influence our perceptions of ourselves and others.

COMM 304               Gender Communication

Gender Communication inquires into the connections among four areas of study: gender, identity, culture, and communication.  Students explore the multiple ways that gender roles are created and sustained through communication in such contexts as families, schools, the workplace, and the media.

ENGL 351               Language, Gender, and Power

(Prereq: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 211 and one other 200 level ENGL class) The course investigates language structure and usage patterns in the context of gender to achieve a better understanding of the way language references, and the perceptions, attitudes and behaviors related to these differences are examined.

ENGL 409               Theories of Gender and Sexuality

(Prereq: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102/ENGL 211 and one other 200 level ENGL class). In this course, we will explore theories that have contributed to current debates about representations of men and women, constructions of femininity and masculinity, and the implications of sexuality. The first half of the course will focus on several key essays in feminist theory. In the second half of the semester, we will explore other developments in gender and sexuality studies, including the origins of queer theory and transgender studies. The study of theoretical works will be interspersed with the application of those theories to works of literature and film. Over the course of the semester we will consider the intersections of gender with race, class, age and nationality as we examine the relevance of reading, writing, and filmmaking to our understanding of gender and sexuality.

ENGL 443                Studies in Women Writers

A study of selected works of Western and non-Western women writers. 

ENGL 489                Gender and Sexuality in Literature

This course employs feminist principles, philosophies, and pedagogies to examine literary and/or theoretical treatments of gender and sexuality.  Topics vary from semester to semester and may include issues such as sexual identity, queer theory, feminist criticism, and masculinity studies. May be repeated for credit as topics vary with the approval of the Program Director.

HLED 310                Issues in Family Life and Sexuality

(Prereq: Health Education 121 or permission of the instructor) An overview of problems and questions relative to family life and sex education. Topics include: communication, relationships, intimacy, marriage, parenting, male/female sexual anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, contraceptives and childbirth.

HLED 480                Women's Health Issues

(Prereq: Health Education 121 or permission of the instructor) An overview of current health concerns related to women throughout their life-span. Current diagnostic, technological and other medical/scientific advances will be discussed. Open to men and women.

HIST 386                History of American Women

The social, political and economic roles and changing status of women in America.

HIST 403                Gender and Sexuality in the Early Church, c. 30-600 CE

Using the lens of gender, this course explores the political, economic, social, theological, an cultural developments of the Christianity in the Mediterranean, c. 30-600 CE, situating the early Christian movement within the historical context of Roman gender constructs and the shifting power structures of the Roman Empire.

JOUR 365                Women and Media

This is a survey course about the history of women’s roles in the media, their contributions, employment, and media effects on women. 

POLI 327                Women in the Middle East

(Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course examines women and gender relations in early Islam and the post-colonial era focusing on recent developments of the status of women in the Middle East. Based on the analysis of theories of patriarchy, socialization, Feminism/Islamic Feminism and of "Orientalism," the course aims to explore the contemporary struggle of women in the Middle East for economic, political, and civic equality.

POLI 372                Women and Public Policy

(Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) This course examines the expanding role of women in political life. Students will study women as emerging political players in society, with a particular focus on strategies for gaining political power, the evolution of public policies that affect the lives and opportunities of women, and the present political status of women in the U.S.

PHIL 322                 Feminist Philosophies

This course explores and critically examines philosophical topics in feminist thought, with an emphasis on one or more of the following: feminist ethics, feminist epistemology, feminist political philosophy, and feminist philosophy of science. Issues may include the nature of feminist theorizing and varieties of feminist theories; feminist perspectives on the self and the social world; moral agency, knowledge, and reason; the family, motherhood, and sexuality; liberty, justice, and the state on women.

PSYC 300                 Human Sexual Behavior

(Prereq: Psychology 101 or permission of in­structor) An examination of the psychological, social, behavioral, and cognitive aspects of human sexuality. Selected topics to be covered are sexual anatomy and physiology, contraception, sexually transmitted disease, sexual variations, com­mercial sexuality, and sexual violence.

PSYC 301                Psychology of Marriage

(Prereq: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor) A survey of the psychological issues related to marriage. Topics include spouse selection, sexuality, child bearing, parenting, divorce, remarriage, and aging.

PSYC 310                Psychology of Women

(Prereq: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor) The social, psy­chological and biological aspects of women’s development are addressed and explored. The changing roles of women, and the impact of these changes upon present day lifestyles are also discussed.

RELG 360                Women and Religions

(Prereq: Religion 103 or permission of instructor) An examination of the historical and social context of issues in religion or sanctioned by religion that are uniquely related to women.

SOC 301                   Sociology of Sex Roles

Theories, methods, and substantive issues in a sociological approach to sex roles. Topics usually include sex role expectations and socialization in contemporary societies, subcultural and social class variations and structural and institutional factors.

SOC 305                  Sociology of the Family

Sociological perspectives related to various aspects of family behaviors, roles and values. 

SOC   309                Social Inequality

The course provides a sociological overview of how social inequality occurs, is maintained and challenged, with a primary focus on the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, and social class. Current and historical trends in inequalities are examined. The social causes of inequalities are analyzed as well as the consequences of inequality for individuals and states.

SOC 450                 Victimology

(Prereq: Sociology 101 or permission of the instructor) Exami­nation of sociological theories, research, and methodologies in the study of victims and analysis of the growth and institutionalization of victim advocacy.

WGST 103               Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

This interdisciplinary course provides an overview of the historical influences that have shaped women’s roles and experiences and offers an introduction to some of the current issues in women’s and gender studies, such as the construction of gender; work, wages, and welfare; global violence against women; and transnational feminist activism.

WGST 325                  Q Civic Engagement

(Prereq: WGST 103 or permission of the instructor) This course provides an opportunity for students interested in Women’s and Gender Studies issues to put their ideas about social change into action. It is designed for students to apply models of social change to various 21st-century challenges, such as: gender and racial justice, oppression, population growth, community health needs, poverty, reproductive health and climate change. As a type of service learning course, civic engagement from a gender studies perspective involves working towards equality and addressing these and other social issues from many different angles. Students will volunteer with appropriate local organizations (such as the Horry County Rape Crisis Center, Citizens Against Spouse Abuse, and local homeless shelters, among others) to address gender-based issues of the student’s choice, and host an on-campus event to raise awareness of the issue.

WGST 399                  Independent Study

Directed study and/or research on a specific topic.  Requires a written plan, permission of a mentoring instructor, and approval of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program Director.


WGST 495                  Women's and Gender Studies Internships

The purpose of the course is to provide students with supervised practical experience related to women’s and gender studies.  This may include the option of an internship in an appropriate community agency, organization, or campus department, a service learning opportunity,  or an applied research experience.



WGST 498                  Capstone Course

Advanced special topics in Women’s and Gender Studies.  May be repeated for credit as topics vary with the approval of the Program Director.