Ellen K. Scott, Department Head
315 Hendricks Hall
1298 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1298
Yvonne A. Braun, associate professor (gender and development, political ecology, social inequality). BA, 1994, State University of New York, Geneseo; MA, 2000, PhD, 2005, California, Irvine. (2005)
Lynn H. Fujiwara, associate professor (women of color; labor, family, citizenship, and welfare; third-world feminist theory). BA, 1990, California, San Diego; MA, 1993, PhD, 1999, California, Santa Cruz. (2000)
Ernesto J. Martínez, associate professor (comparative ethnic literature; U.S. Latino literature; literary theory). BA, 1998, Stanford; MA, 2003, PhD, 2005, Cornell. (2006)
Judith Raiskin, associate professor (postcolonial literature, feminist theory, sexuality). BA, 1979, California, Berkeley; MA, 1981, Chicago; PhD, 1989, Stanford. (1995)
Elizabeth Reis, professor (U.S. women’s history, history of sexuality, women and religion). AB, 1980, Smith; MA, 1982, Brown; PhD, 1991, California, Berkeley. (2002)
Kristin Yarris, assistant professor. See International Studies.
Barbara Corrado Pope, professor emerita. BA, 1964, Hiram; MA, 1966, Iowa; PhD, 1981, Columbia. (1976)
Linda O. Fuller, professor emerita. BA, 1966, MA, 1977, PhD, 1985, California, Berkeley. (1989)
The date in parentheses at the end of each entry is the first year on the University of Oregon faculty.
Joan R. Acker, sociology
Barbara Bader Aldave, law
Laura J. Alpert, art
Barbara K. Altmann, Romance languages
Susan C. Anderson, German and Scandinavian
Monique Balbuena, honors college
Judith R. Baskin, Judaic studies
Diane B. Baxter, anthropology
Erin Beck, political science
Aletta Biersack, anthropology
Pamela Birrell, psychology
Louise M. Bishop, honors college
Elizabeth A. Bohls, English
Sara N. Brownmiller, library
Krista Chronister, counseling psychology and human services
Suzanne Clark, English
Frances B. Cogan, honors college
Jane K. Cramer, political science
Dianne M. Dugaw, English
Maram Epstein, East Asian languages and literatures
Caroline Forell, law
Linda M. Forrest, counseling psychology and human services
Lisa Freinkel, English
Jennifer J. Freyd, psychology
Alison Gash, political science
Lisa M. Gilman, English
Amalia Gladhart, Romance languages
Marion Sherman Goldman, sociology
Bryna Goodman, history
Sangita Gopal, English
Deborah A. Green, Judaic studies
Michael Hames-Garcia, ethnic studies
Susan W. Hardwick, geography
Leslie J. Harris, law
Ellen Herman, history
Jocelyn Hollander, sociology
Daniel HoSang, political science
Mary K. Jaeger, classics
Lamia Karim, anthropology
Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, English
Lauren J. Kessler, journalism and communication
Linda Kintz, English
Brian Klopotek, ethnic studies
Cheris Kramarae, Center for the Study of Women in Society
Wendy Larson, East Asian languages and literatures
C. Anne Laskaya, English
David Leiwei Li, English
Joseph E. Lowndes, political science
Kathryn A. Lynch, environmental studies
Bonnie Mann, philosophy
Gabriela Martinez, journalism and communication
Barbara D. May, Romance languages
Randall E. McGowen, history
Michelle McKinley, law
Karen McPherson, Romance languages
Debra L. Merskin, journalism and communication
Quinn Miller, English
Fabienne Moore, Romance languages
Geraldine Moreno Black, anthropology
Sandra L. Morgen, anthropology
Madonna L. Moss, anthropology
Lise Nelson, geography
Kari Norgaard, sociology
Dorothee Ostmeier, German and Scandinavian
Eileen M. Otis, sociology
Priscilla P. Ovalle, English
Amanda W. Powell, Romance languages
Scott L. Pratt, philosophy
Jenifer Presto, comparative literature
F. Regina Psaki, Romance languages
Forest Pyle, English
Mary K. Rothbart, psychology
Suzanne E. Rowe, law
Tze-Lan Sang, East Asian languages and literatures
Stephen J. Shoemaker, religious studies
Nancy E. Shurtz, law
Carol T. Silverman, anthropology
Beata Stawarska, philosophy
H. Leslie Steeves, journalism and communication
Lynn Stephen, anthropology
Analisa Taylor, Romance languages
Courtney Thorsson, English
Mia Tuan, education studies
Mark T. Unno, religious studies
Dominick R. Vetri, law
Merle H. Weiner, law
Anita M. Weiss, international studies
Louise Westling, English
Elizabeth A. Wheeler, English
Frances J. White, anthropology
Lisa Wolverton, history
Mary E. Wood, English
Stephanie Wood, library
Priscilla Yamin, political science
Naomi Zack, philosophy
Virpi Zuck, German and Scandinavian
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the diverse experiences of woman and the structures of power in both national and international contexts. The department also examines the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category that shapes personal identities, beliefs, opportunities, and behaviors. Courses explore the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the institutional structures that have an impact on women's and men's lives; and the broad range of feminist theory that seeks to explain and influence women's status in society.
The department is administered by a committee of faculty members appointed by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The department is interdisciplinary, and courses are taught in many areas of study: anthropology, architecture, arts and administration, education, English, ethnic studies, history, international studies, journalism, literature, philosophy, public policy and management, political science, psychology, and sociology, among others.
Any student may take women’s and gender studies courses. Some students take a few courses to complement the curriculum in another major. Others choose to fulfill the requirements for a major in women’s and gender studies or a minor in women’s and gender studies or in queer studies.
Most women’s and gender studies courses satisfy group and multicultural requirements. For courses approved to fulfill these requirements, see the current list on the registrar’s website.
Preparation. No specific high school preparation is necessary. Students who transfer to the university from other colleges may apply as many as 8 credits of women’s and gender studies courses to the major or to the minors.
Careers. An understanding of gender and of women’s experiences, abilities, and needs is an asset to careers in such fields as education, social service, government, business, law, medicine, the ministry, journalism, counseling, and child care. In addition, a background in women’s and gender studies can be used as a basis for entering a growing number of graduate programs that emphasize the study of women or gender.
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies offers an undergraduate major leading to a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degree. Students may major in women’s and gender studies alone or as one of two or more majors. Majors must construct their programs in consultation with women’s and gender studies advisors.
Women, Difference, and Power (WGS 101)
Women and Gender in American History (WGS 303)
History and Development of Feminist Theory (WGS 315)
Feminist Perspectives: Identity, Race, and Culture (WGS 321)
Introduction to Global Feminism (WGS 351)
Women’s Literature, Art, and Society (WGS 352)
Feminist Praxis (WGS 411)
Approved courses with the WGS subject code
Upper-division courses with the WGS subject code or approved upper-division courses with subject codes other than WGS
Courses used to satisfy major requirements must be taken for letter grades except for Thesis (WGS 403), Reading and Conference (WGS 405), Practicum (WGS 409), and Feminist Pedagogy (WGS 413); no more than 12 credits taken pass/no pass in these courses may be counted toward the major. At least 32 credits must be in upper-division courses.
At least 24 upper-division credits must be taken at the University of Oregon. Women’s and gender studies majors must attain a grade point average of 2.50 or higher in courses applied to the major; graded courses in the major must be completed with grades of C– or higher.
Students interested in producing a substantial piece of original research and writing may elect to write a senior thesis in women’s and gender studies. Eligible students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 in women’s and gender studies courses.
Students producing a senior thesis should expect to do this work over the course of a full year prior to their graduation.
Summer-Fall. Students should identify a primary advisor who is either a faculty member in women’s and gender studies or an affiliate faculty member (see website for list of affiliates). By the end of the fall term, they should have a complete draft of a research proposal approved by their thesis advisor. Proposals will be five to eight pages in length and will identify an important issue in the field of gender-sexuality studies and the question or questions the student wishes to pursue about the topic. If an affiliate faculty member is advising the student, the student must have their proposal approved by their primary advisor in women's and gender studies as well. Students should ideally take research or reading credits with their advisor during fall term.
Winter. Students must register for Reading and Conference (WGS 405) (1–4 variable credits) and Research: Dissertation and Research Writing (WGS 601). They spend winter term conducting research and writing the thesis, working closely with their advisors and attending the research course. By the end of winter term, students should have completed their research.
Spring. Students write, revise, and produce the thesis. A first draft is due in the third or fourth week of the term. A revised final draft is due in the sixth or seventh week of spring term. The length of a senior thesis will vary, but typically they are thirty-five to fifty pages long.
Honors in Women’s and Gender Studies
To graduate with honors in women’s and gender studies, a student must (1) have an overall grade point average for UO and transfer credits of at least 3.50 through the winter term prior to graduation; (2) gain approval for a research proposal from the department head during fall term of the academic year in which the thesis is completed; (3) successfully complete Reading and Conference (WGS 405) for thesis research during the academic year in which it is completed; and (4) register for a minimum of 4 credits in Thesis (WGS 403). The thesis must be completed and approved by the advisor and a second reader, chosen from the WGS faculty by the student, by Monday of the fifth week of the term in which the student intends to graduate with honors. The student’s performance on the thesis and on courses taken during the senior year will be reviewed before the honors distinction is granted. Obtain complete instructions and required forms from the women’s and gender studies office.
Women’s and Gender Studies Minor Requirements
The minor in women’s and gender studies requires 24 credits including at least 12 credits in WGS courses. The remaining 12 credits may be in either women’s and gender studies or approved upper-division courses. Women, Difference, and Power (WGS 101) is required, and candidates for the minor are strongly urged to take History and Development of Feminist Theory (WGS 315). No more than 6 credits in Reading and Conference (WGS 405) and Practicum (WGS 409) may be counted toward the minor. No more than 8 credits may be taken pass/no pass; no more than 8 credits may count toward both the minor and the student's major. Graded courses in the minor must be completed with grades of C– or higher. At least 16 credits applied to the women’s and gender studies minor must be taken at the University of Oregon.
Students must apply for the minor in the women’s and gender studies office well in advance of graduation for transcript evaluation. In order to be eligible for the minor, students must complete all degree requirements and a major in another academic department.
Queer Studies Minor Requirements
The queer studies minor requires 24 credits. Four of these credits must be earned in Introduction to Queer Studies (WGS 201) and another 4 credits must be earned in an upper- or lower-division WGS course that focuses on queer studies. The remaining 16 credits may be earned in courses taught in either the women’s and gender studies department or another department. A minimum of 16 of these 20 credits must be earned in upper-division courses. Students wishing to minor in queer studies should consult frequently with a women’s and gender studies advisor to determine which courses offered during any given academic year will count toward the fulfillment of these 20 credits. A minimum of 16 of the 24 total credits for the minor must be earned at the University of Oregon. The other 8 may be earned through successful completion of preapproved courses from another university or approved overseas program. A minimum of 16 of the 24 credits must be graded. Students must complete all 24 credits with a grade of P or C– or better.
Students must apply for the queer studies minor in the women’s and gender studies office well in advance of graduation for transcript evaluation. In order to be eligible for the minor, students must complete all degree requirements and a major in women’s and gender studies or another academic department.
The graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies requires 24 credits in courses approved by the Women’s and Gender Studies Committee. At least 12 of these credits must be in core courses in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. No more than 4 credits in Reading and Conference (WGS 605) and Practicum (WGS 609) can be applied to the certificate. At least 8 credits must be taken in approved graduate courses offered in other departments. No more than 8 credits may be taken pass/no pass without specific approval. Students who have not taken Women, Difference, and Power (WGS 101) or its equivalent must enroll in either Practicum (WGS 609) to facilitate a discussion group for WGS 101 or in a feminist pedagogy alternative.
A student who is unconditionally admitted to the Graduate School may earn a women’s and gender studies certificate as an unclassified graduate student, as a complement to an individually designed interdisciplinary master’s degree with a focus on women’s and gender studies, or as an enhancement to a degree in another discipline. For more information, see the Graduate School section of this catalog.
Applicants should arrange an appointment with the department head.
Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)
101 Women, Difference, and Power (4) Interdisciplinary examination of the diverse experiences, status, and contributions of women in the United States. Topics include social construction of gender, race, sexualities, work, class, violence, and health.
198 Colloquium: [Topic] (1–2R)
199 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
201 Introduction to Queer Studies (4) Introduction to the study of sexuality and society from a queer studies interdisciplinary perspective. Raiskin.
303 Women and Gender in American History (4) Focuses on women and gender in the U.S., highlighting how diverse women have experienced gender roles and sexism since the 17th century.
315 History and Development of Feminist Theory (4) Feminist theory from the Enlightenment through the Second Wave, with special emphasis on the diverse theories of the 1960s to the present. Prereq: WGS 101.
321 Feminist Perspectives: Identity, Race, Culture (4) Examines intersections of race and ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender in the history and lives of United States women of color. Explores definitions of community, culture, and identity. Prereq: one WGS course or ES 101 or 102. Fujiwara.
331 Science, Technology, and Gender (4) Topics include the role of gender in the practice of science and the impact of sexism and racism on the development of science and technology. Prereq: WGS 101 or equivalent.
341 Women, Work, and Class (4) Explores contexts and cultural attitudes shaping the women’s market and domestic labor including race, sexuality, age, and class as well as occupational segregation and control. Fujiwara.
351 Introduction to Global Feminisms (4) Exploration of feminist activism and women’s movements globally, organizing to challenge the state, civil society, international agencies, and corporations for a more just world.
352 Gender, Literature, and Culture (4) Examines literary and other cultural expressions of gendered experience through formal analysis. Genres include novels, short stories, poetry, plays, and visual cultural production.
399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
401 Research: [Topic] (1–16R)
403 Thesis (1–12R) R with department head’s and thesis advisor’s consent for maximum of 12 credits.
405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–5R)
406 Field Studies: [Topic] (1–12R) R with department head’s consent for maximum of 12 credits.
407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R) A current topic is Feminist Research Issues. R when topic changes. Fujiwara, Reis.
408/508 Workshop: [Topic] (1–16R)
409 Practicum: [Topic] (1–5R)
410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–4R)
411/511 Feminist Praxis (4) Combined internship and seminar explores the history and politics of community agencies and the relationship of feminist theory to practice. Prereq: any WGS or other approved course. Fujiwara, Raiskin.
413/513 Feminist Pedagogy (1) Surveys strategies for facilitating discussions in women’s and gender studies classes and the special problems of teaching about gender, race, and sexuality. Prereq: one WGS course or equivalent.
422/522 Sexuality Studies: [Topic] (4R) Various topics in sexuality studies, including the relationship between gender and sexuality and between queer studies and women’s and gender studies. R twice when topic changes for maximum of 12 credits. Prereq: WGS 101 or 201.
432/532 Gender, Environment, and Development (4) Surveys gender and political, economic, and cultural strategies for development and environmental change around the world. Pre- or coreq: WGS 101.
451/551 Global Issues and Perspectives: [Topic] (4R) Designed to deepen understanding of diverse global issues and perspectives related to women’s and gender studies. R twice when topic changes for a maximum of 12 credits.
601 Research: [Topic] (1–16R)
602 Supervised College Teaching (1–16R)
605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–5R)
607 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)
608 Workshop: [Topic] (1–16R)
609 Practicum: [Topic] (1–5R)
610 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–4R)
Approved Courses in Other Departments
See descriptions under named departments. Other courses may qualify; inquire at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies office.
Anthropology. Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (ANTH 314), Gender, Folklore, Inequality (ANTH 315), Anthropology of Gender (ANTH 421/521), Feminism and Ethnography (ANTH 439/539)
Classics. Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity (CLAS 314)
East Asian Languages and Literatures: Chinese. Gender and Sexuality in Traditional Chinese Literature (CHN 350)
English. Women Writers’ Cultures (ENG 315), Women Writers’ Forms (ENG 316), Film Directors and Genres: Women and Melodrama, Women Filmmakers (ENG 490/590), Feminist Film Criticism (ENG 496/596), Studies in Women and Literature (ENG 498/598)
Ethnic Studies. Women of Color: Issues and Concerns (ES 330)
History. History of Women in the United States I,II (HIST 308, 309), Early Modern Women (HIST 310)
International Studies. Gender and International Development (INTL 421/521)
Journalism and Communication. Women, Minorities, and Media (J 320)
Political Science. Women and Politics (PS 348)
Sociology. Sociology of Women (SOC 355), Issues in Sociology of Gender (SOC 455/555), Feminist Theory (SOC 456/556), Sex and Society (SOC 457/557)