Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Women's and Gender Studies minor is an 18 unit program that includes the following requirements:

  1. GNDS 101 Introduction to Gender Studies
  2. Two lower- or upper division elective courses to be selected from a list generated each semester by the program coordinators or from the courses listed below in this course catalog.
  3. Two elective upper division courses to be selected from a list generated each semester by the program coordinators or from the courses listed below in this course catalog. Thus 3-9 units of lower-division work, and 9-15 units of upper division coursework are required.
  4. Two of the four elective courses listed in items 2 and 3 above must be in the humanities and two must be in the social sciences.
  5. GNDS 495 Advanced Women's and Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary Courses

Courses in this edition of the undergraduate catalog that count toward the Women’s and Gender Studies minor are listed below. Other courses that will count toward the minor will be provided on a semester-by-semester basis. Students should select their courses in consultation with one of the program coordinators. Please see the full course descriptions under the appropriate departmental listings.

Social Sciences
COMM 325Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 326Nonverbal Communication3
COMM 432Film and Cultural Politics3
COMM 445Gender Communication3
COMM 475Intercultural Communication3
COMM 482Children and Media3
COMM 483Teens and Popular Culture3
ETHN 321CAfrican American Panethnicity3
ETHN 331Gender in Native America3
ETHN 355Asian American Social Movements3
ETHN 361Immigration at US-Mexico Border: Ethnicity, Race & Gender3
ETHN 364Race, Class and Gender3
ETHN 365U.S. Women Of Color Theory And Activism3
ETHN 367Race and Globalization3
LEAD 349Women in Leadership3
MGMT 306Women in Management3
PJS 441War, Gender and Peacebuilding 3
POLS 307Feminist Political Theories3
POLS 309DSex, Power, and Politics3
PSYC 328Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination3
PSYC 330Psychology of Gender3
PSYC 359Health Psychology of Women and Ethnic Groups3
PSYC 378Explorations in Human Sexuality3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 310U.S. Society3
SOCI 311Sociology of Families3
SOCI 312Gender Through the Prism of Difference3
SOCI 313Sexualities3-4
SOCI 372Politics and Society3
SOCI 470Sexuality and Borders3
Humanities
ARTH 356Race, Ethnicity, Art and Film3
ENGL 215Children's Literature3
ENGL 321Literature of Race, Gender and Sexuality3
ENGL 342Romanticism3
ENGL 358United States Ethnic Literature3
ENGL 374Gender and Literature3
FREN 414French Women Writers3
HIST 126American Women in History3
HIST 323Medieval Woman3
HIST 331The Global Renaissance3
HIST 335The Victorians in Literature & Film3
HIST 367Women's Lives in East Asia3
HIST 383Chicano/a/x History3
HIST 385African American Women 3
PHIL 111Philosophy of Human Nature3
PHIL 343Gender and Economic Justice3
SPAN 302Cultural History of Spain3
SPAN 426Studies in 18th and 19th Century Peninsular Literature and Culture3
THEA 370Performance Studies3
THRS 318Islam, Women and Literature3
THRS 331Sexual Ethics in the Catholic Tradition3
THRS 332HIV/AIDS and Christian Ethics3
THRS 333LGBTQ+ and Christianity3
THRS 334Christian Social Ethics3
THRS 358Latinoa Catholicism3
THRS 365Black and Womanist Theologies3
THRS 367Feminist Theology and Ethics3
THRS 368Latino/a Theologies3

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

GNDS 101, GNDS 494, GNDS 495, GNDS 499

GNDS 101 | INTRODUCTION TO GENDER STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Social/Behavioral Inquiry area, Global Diversity level 1

This course aims to offer an introduction to gender studies. The course will begin by examining the distinction between sex and gender, as well has how that distinction is employed in discussions of sexuality. Specifically, we will examine the so-called “nature” vs. “nurture” debate and the most recent scientific claims about “innate” sex differences. Next, the course will look into contemporary debates on sex work: prostitution and trafficking. From here we will engage critically with pornography in contemporary society. Is pornography harmful? Is it best understood a protected speech? How are sex workers treated within pornography? Are they oppressed? Are they workers like any other? Next, we will turn to examine the role of gender in inequality in the workplace and the relationship to inequality within the family. Finally, we will also examine the debate around rape on college campuses and Title IX.

GNDS 494 | TOPICS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

An advanced course focusing on topics of interest and importance to the study of gender. For example, topics might include such subjects as violence against women; the men’s movement; contemporary theories of love relationships; and lesbian, gay, and bi-sexual issues. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Students must have completed 12 units of coursework in the gender studies minor or have consent of the instructor.

GNDS 495 | ADVANCED WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

Units: 3

A capstone seminar course devoted to advanced study in the field, supplemented by directed research in students’ areas of primary interest in their majors. When appropriate, it may include an internship component. The research experience will culminate in a symposium.

GNDS 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

A program of advanced study in an area of special interest, arranged between the student and the instructor. The independent study must include at a minimum extensive readings, consistent consultations with the sponsoring instructor, and a final report or project.