All Courses

In order to earn a Bachelor of Science, a Minor, a Graduate Certificate in WGS, or a Minor in Queer Studies there are core classes that are required.  Depending on what degree you choose, the credit hour amount may change.

View our most current list of classes offered by other departments that will count toward your WGS MajorWGS MinorQueer Studies Minor, and the Graduate Certificate.

All courses

WGS 150: Women, Information, and Technology
Examines the historical relationship of women, information, and technology through web-based learning, critical explorations of information technology, and computer communication skill building.

WGS 191: Women, Gender Identity and Ethnicity
Focuses on the significance of gender and ethnic minority identities in society, providing a non-traditional, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspective on the experiences of women in the U.S. Cross-listed with ES 191. 

WGS191H: Women, Gender Identity and Ethnicity - Honors
Focuses on experiences of women and the significance of gender and ethnicity in society, providing an interdisciplinary perspective that is often ignored in traditional scholarship. 

WGS 199: Special Topics
Foundations of intellectual inquiry. In-depth study of a substantive problem. 

WGS 199H: Special Topics - Honors
Foundations of intellectual inquiry. In-depth study of a substantive problem. 

WGS 215: Making "Real Men": Masculinities In The United States
Examines how race, gender, and sexualities influence the diverse experiences of boys/men in the U.S., focusing on discourses of masculinity, socialization of boys/men, boys'/men's actions and perceptions of themselves, other boys/men, women, and social realities.

WGS 215H: Making "Real Men": Masculinities In The United States - Honors
Examines how race, gender, and sexualities influence the diverse experiences of boys/men in the U.S., focusing on discourses of masculinity, socialization of boys/men, boys'/men's actions and perceptions of themselves, other boys/men, women, and social realities. 

WGS 250: Introduction To Queer Studies
This course will provide an introduction to queer theory and activism. Studies include social and historical construction of gender and sexuality, politics of coming out, transgender theory, mainstream LGBT movement, historical trauma and violence, HIV/AIDS, connections between sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability, national citizenship, role of allies and social change. 

WGS 260: Introduction To Transnational Feminisms
Survey focusing on women, gender constructions, histories, and issues in post-colonial settings in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America. 

WGS 299: Special Topics
In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.

WGS 300W: Feminist Theories
Foundational overviews of the history of feminist theory. Also addresses contemporary ethnic minority and international theorists. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. 

WGS 301: Women, Health And Healing
Represents health concepts basic to the mind-body processes and life experiences of women throughout the life cycle. Uses traditional and current feminist research. 

WGS 310: Chicana Feminisms: Theory, Literature, And Activism
This course studies Chicana Feminist theories, literature, history, film, and art as action for social change.  Some themes include critiques of white second wave feminism; the Chicano Movement; current activism; SB 1070; resistance to gendered economic racialized subjectivity and exploitation; queer and/or transgender existence and undocuqueer movements; and decolonization.   Cross-listed with ES 310.
WGS 320: Women In The Outdoors
Investigates the variety of relationships that exist between women and the outdoors and the active exploration undertaken by women in the outdoors. The course will begin with an overview of women in the outdoors, including variable constraints and opportunities, depending on the cultural, economic and historical context. The course will include an outdoor experience of some kind. 
WGS 325: "Sister Nation": Indigenous Women In The U.S.
This course focuses on a deeper theoretical and an applied understanding of how Indigenous women understand themselves, their communities, and responsibilities. We utilize and demand a comprehension of Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. Cross-listed with AIS 325 and ES 325. 

WGS 333: Queer Theories: Intersections Between Sexuality, Gender And Ethnicity In The U. S.
This course builds on conceptual knowledge gained in the pre-req (Introduction to Queer Studies WGS 250). It advances queer theory to explore the intersectionality of racism, ableism, cis-sexism, citizenship status, decolonization, heteropatriarchy, and capitalism.  Themes/topics include queer crip anarchism; border politics and immigration; the prison industrial complex and prison abolition; queer Indigenous studies; criminalization and policing of bodies; histories of art, activism, and resistance.

WGS 340: Gender And Violence
In depth exploration of the links between social constructions of gender and violence against women in American culture and institutions. While the emphasis of the course will be on the psychological, sociological and cultural context of the United States, international perspectives and concerns will also be explored.

WGS 355: History Of Feminisms And Feminist Historiography
Examines differing histories of international feminist movements and the writing of histories of the same. Looks at how scholars have sought to build alliances across various cultural and political borders.

WGS 360: Topics In Global Feminisms
Variable content, focusing on the histories, theories, geographies, practices and global contexts of non-Western feminisms

WGS 360H: Topics In Global Feminisms - Honors
Variable content, focusing on the histories, theories, geographies, practices and global contexts of non-Western feminisms

WGS 370: Doing Feminisms
This course enables you to learn how intersectional identities (gender, race, sexuality, class, ability and age) operate in a community context. Areas of focus include work, family, immigration, dislocation, environmentalism, health and other topics. Grounded in feminist methodologies, students will do interviews, ethnography and analysis by looking at real people’s lives and creating practical solutions for social change.

WGS 382: Queer Literature And Film
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to critically analyze important poetry, novels, memoir, and film central to the field of queer studies. The course material will emphasize the intersectionality of various forms of structural oppression related to race, gender, class, sexuality, heteronormativity, cis-sexism, disability and citizenship and how artistic expression can be a vehicle for radically altering communities for social justice.  Includes a creative writing assignment.

WGS 399: Special Topics
In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study.

WGS 408: Field Work Experience
Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Department consent required.

WGS 410: Gendering Nature
This course explores the critical intersections of gender, nature, and culture. How is nature gendered? How is the culture-nature binary related to the subjugation of women and people of color? How are sexist patriarchal attitudes linked to the destruction of nature? What is the role of sensuality in constructs of gender and human relationships with nature? Co-convened with WGS 510.

WGS  432: Queering Schools: Rethinking Sexuality And Gender Identit(Ies) In Educational Contexts
This course offers critical, feminist, queer, and post-modern theoretical grounding that supports an examination of issues of sexuality and gender identity/performance in educational contexts (pre K-Higher Education). Students will develop frameworks for evaluating and responding to school policies and educational experiences from a variety of contexts: as students, as parents, as educators, and as citizens. Cross-listed with ECI 432.

WGS 465: Directed Readings In Women's And Gender Studies
With the approval and direction of the women's studies director, you develop a reading list, submit a reading journal, and meet with the director of your project regularly. Variations of these requirements can be approved. Department consent required.

WGS  470: Advanced Readings In Queer Studies
Students read recent scholarship in queer studies. Readings will be focused on a particular area of expertise; some examples might include: Queering History and Memory, Transgender Scholarship, Heteronormativity, Queering Kinship, or Locating Queer in a Transnational World.

WGS  485: Undergraduate Research
Original research, with content and nature of project approved by the women's studies director. You present research results at end of the course. Projects must have   substantial grounding in research methods. Department consent required.

WGS 491C: Women's And Gender Studies Research
Integrates perspectives gained in women's studies courses and provides understanding of how women's studies fits into and enriches one's understanding of society, culture, letters, the arts, and other fields.

WGS  497: Independent Study
Original research, with content and nature of project approved by women's studies director. You present research results at end of the course. Projects must have substantial grounding in research methods. Department consent required.

WGS 499: Contemporary Developments
Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.

WGS 510: Gendering Nature
This course explores the critical intersection of gender, nature, and culture. How is nature gendered? How is the culture/nature binary related to the subjugation of women and people of color? How are sexist/patriarchal attitudes linked to the destruction of nature? What is the role of sensuality in constructs of gender and human relationships with nature? Co-convened with WGS 410.

WGS 599: Contemporary Developments
Examines recent trends and investigations in women's studies.

WGS 600: Introduction To Feminist Theories
Survey of feminist theories, their arguments and strategies for transformation, with particular focus on how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality, imperialism, neo-imperialism, and resulting global inequalities.

WGS 601: Topics In Feminist Studies
Explores feminist theory and research, through such topics as transnational feminisms, gender and development, reproductive rights, women and war, sexualities, Third World feminisms, and Third Wave feminism.

WGS 652: Gender Issues In Education
This course is an exploration of the complexities of issues surrounding the topics of gender in education. Sociocultural, political, historical, and personal contexts will be   covered in this course with a focus on teaching and learning within schools. Cross-listed with ECI 652.

WGS 685: Graduate Research
Letter grade or pass-fail. 

WGS 697: Independent Study
Directed study on selected topics in women's studies.