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The mission of the Institute for Women's Studies and Services is to serve as a feminist hub for transformative education, programming and advocacy on issues of gender inclusion and social equity.  

Need a fascinating class for fall?

Check out the following courses: 


General Studies Courses (satisfies Social and Behavioral Sciences category) :

Intro to Women's Studies and Services WMS 1001 (FYS) - 57686

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing and mathematics preassessment tests

Description: This course introduces the discipline of women’s studies, the historical development of feminist thought, the intersectionality of identities, including gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, and the social, economic, and technological factors that have led to changing roles for women throughout the world. The course also focuses analysis on gender, race and class, including experiences of women of color.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences I

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SS3


Women of Color WMS 2100 - 57710, 60677, 60591, 60681

Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): AAS 1010, CHS 1000, or WMS 1001; or permission of instructor

Description: Though U.S. women share much in common, their differences are salient to a thorough understanding of all these women’s experiences. Comparative analysis of women’s race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation are central to this course. The similarities among diverse groups of women are also examined in order to better understand the complexity of women’s lives. The course addresses issues of work, health, interpersonal violence, globalization, as well as resistance, activism, and social change across identities.

Note: Credit will be granted for only one prefix: AAS, CHS, or WMS.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences II

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SS3

University Requirement(s): Multicultural

Cross Listed Course(s): AAS 2100, CHS 2100

MC Study Sexualities & Genders WMS 1200 - 60589

Credits: 3 

Description: This multidisciplinary course introduces the study of sexualities and genders including the history, major theories, racial intersections, and issues.  Foundational concepts and vocabulary are taught so that the student will be equipped to take advanced courses in this area.  General models of identity linked with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered sexualities are explored.  Intersectional analysis will be applied with particular attention to the experiences of sexuality and gender in the African-American, Chicana/o, and Asian American communities.

University Requirement(s): Multicultural


Queer Theory WMS 1001 or WMS 1200

Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): WMS 1001 or WMS 1200

Description: This course surveys a broad array of scholarship in queer theory, as well as applications of queer theory in a variety of academic fields to explore practices, identities, and communities as well as the cultural construction of gender and sexuality.


Women's Leadership WMS 3300 - 61054

Credits: 2 

Description: This course will examine the various roles, models, and guiding principles of women in leadership. The discussions will be intentionally interactive as students share their own experience of women’s leadership ranging from traditional to unconventional. Students will identify the values most clearly associated with women’s leadership crossculturally and read diverse women’s experiences in their communities. Each student will interview a woman whom they deem to be in a leadership role, though not necessarily a formal position, and will present his or her findings to the class. All class members will reflect on their own leadership values in relation to the course material.

Note: Credit will be granted under one prefix only: CPD or WMS.

Cross Listed Course(s): CPD 3300


Women's Health Issues WMS 3920 - 60702

Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): WMS 1001 or SOC 1010 or HES 1050 or PSY 1001

Description: This course will give students the opportunity to focus on health issues specific to women and the challenges historically faced by women in the health care arena. This course explores feminist, biological, psychological, and sociological factors in women’s health within a global context.

Cross Listed Course(s): PSY 3920, SOC 3920


Victim Advocacy for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence WMS 3940

Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): WMS 1001 and six additional hours in Women’s Studies or HSP 1010 and six additional hours in Human Services

Description: Victim advocacy is both a professional career and area of study, yet it is so often overlooked in traditional academic programs. Individuals who wish to become victim advocates often receive training on the job and not in an academic setting. This class hopes to provide a foundation to the field to complement trainings provided by local victim advocacy agencies and police departments. The primary focus of this class is victim advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking (interpersonal violence). This course provides students with the intellectual and practical skills to understand the issue and provide effective advocacy for survivors of interpersonal violence in a multicultural context. The course explores interpersonal violence in society today, critical cultural considerations, the experience of survivors, and reflections on providing effective advocacy and activism. This is a challenging and rigorous course that asks students to critically think and write about the issues, systemic disparities, engage with difficult material and reflect on their own identities and privileges as it relates to the advocacy relationship.

Note: Credit will be granted for only one prefix: WMS or HSP.

Cross Listed Course(s): HSP 3940


For help with registering for these courses, contact us at 303-556-8441.

 Institute Partners

Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
American Association of University Women
Southwest Institute for Research on Women
National Women's Studies Association


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