PLAP 3650

Examines the legal and political status of women, and the politics of changes in that status. How are gender identities forged, and how do they affect law, public policy, political rhetoric, and political movement? Explores, more generally, the clash between 'difference' and 'equality' in democratic societies, using gender as a case-study.  Prerequisite: Two social science courses or instructor permission.

GETR 3590 (Topic: Comm Gdr)

Reading and discussion of German texts compared to texts from other literatures (all in English translation), with the aime of illuminating a central theoretical, historical, or social issue that transcends national boundaries. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at :


The Mask You Live In

The Mask You Live In Flyer

Boys and young men struggle to fit into society's defined notion of masculintity. This film, directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Miss Representation), focuses on boys and the effect that narrow definitions of manhood have on them.  Moderated by Professor Lisa Speidel.
This event is an approved FOA program.
Sponsored by Lambda Upsilon Lambda (LUL), the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program, the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and Feminism is For Everyone (FIFE)

There are still a few open spots left for Fall 2015 WGS Classes!

Fall 2015 Class Alert: LGBTQ History with Doug Meyer

New Course in WGS: Queer American History
Course focuses on 20th century history of LGBTQ activism, but will include formation of heterosexual and homosexual identities and historical constructions of sexual practices prior to the 1900s. From 20th c. the course will focus on the Homophile Movement, Gay Liberation, and ACT UP, among other activist movements. Although primary emphasis will be placed on historical activism, contemporary movements regarding LGBTQ-rights will be included.

WGS J-Term in the Dominican Republic 2016

WGS J-Term in the Dominican Republic 2016

WGS 2559 Adolescent Girls and Sustainable Development  January 5-14, 2016

WGS 2559 (All)

Provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of women, gender & sexuality

PLAP 4141

An exploration of sex and gender differences in traits such as sexuality, cognition, nurturance, and aggression with a consideration of their causes, significance, and political/policy implications. 

SOC 5320

This course will explore the social construction and consequences of gender, covering such topics as work, care, sexuality, identity, politics and inequality.  Readings will include the classics as well as newer works in the field.

WGS 4500

Special topics in Women, Gender & Sexuality vary by semester.

WGS 3500

Special topics in Women, Gender & Sexuality vary by semester.