Gender Studies

At UA Little Rock we offer a minor in Gender Studies, or Gender Studies courses can be a part of a degree plan for students seeking an Interdisciplinary Studies BA. Gender Studies courses are also great choices for general electives outside of your major and/or minor.

The interdisciplinary minor in Gender Studies is designed to help students understand gender roles and how they are impacted by the challenges and opportunities brought about by social, economic, political, legal, and other changes in society.  Our courses also explore the interrelationships among gender, class, and race.  The program is particularly recommended to students who plan to pursue career choices involving working with women, children, the elderly, LGBTQ, and socially disadvantaged populations.  Gender Studies courses are good foundations for graduate studies in the social sciences, humanities, law, business, or social services.

See more specific information about the requirements for the Gender Studies minor.

Fall 2022 Gender Studies Courses

In the list below, the course designated as the Gender Studies Capstone class for Fall 2021 is highlighted and marked with an *. If you are in your final semester of gender studies coursework, you must get your capstone course pre-approved before the semester starts and preferably before you register for the course. Email Dr. Yeaw for more information or to get approved to take the capstone.

Course Description Class Meets Instructor
Intro to Gender Studies
GNST 2300 991/9U1
60311/60312
Introductory course Online TBD
Women in a Changing Society
SOCI-3333 991/9U1
60322/60323
Analysis of the socialization of women for their ascribed roles, changes in contemporary society Online Avra, Shannon
Family Sociology
SOCI 3346-991/9U1
60328/60329
Family dynamics for self, community, and society Online TBD
Family Violence
SOCI 3350-991/9U1
60330/60331
Abuse, neglect, and conflict within the family Online Briscoe, David
Psychosexual Behavior
PSYC 3365-991/9U1
62321/62322
The emotional, attitudinal, and developmental parameters of human sexual motivation and behavior; masculinity-femininity; sexual deviation; and prevalent sexual behaviors. Online Mastin, David
Gender Communication
ACOM 3315-982/9U1
60285/60286
*This is a 7-week course An examination of gender constructs as they influence verbal and nonverbal interaction. Topics include the ways communication in families, schools, media, and society creates and perpetuates gender roles. Online Thompson, Carol
Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Fiction*
ENGL 4370-02 & grad level ENGL 5370-02
60519/60533
Black speculative literature explores “what if” questions affecting Black populations across the globe, and offers a critique of the alienation experienced by Black people in the past, present, and even the future. From apocalyptic stories to Black lesbian vampires and spaceships, our readings will include science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres by Black writers, such as Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower, Jewelle Gomez’s Gilda Stories, and Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti, among others. In-Person
TR 10:50 – 12:05
Stabler Hall 107
Barrio Vilar, Laura
Groundbreaking Women*
SPAN 4390-990/9U0
60483/60485
This seminar examines representations about and by women’s experiences in Latin American literature and culture. We analyze the strategies (and identities) that Latin American women have employed to gain agency, and influence, in private and public spaces within specific historical periods. We will also examine how women have contributed to the creation of local and national identities. Online Delgado-Solorzano, Edma
Women, Theatre, and Feminism(s)
THEA 4340-01
60757
Explores the emergence and development of varying feminist perspectives in playwriting, performance, direction, and artistic leadership within a global framework. This course has two basic parts: an historical survey of prominent women playwrights, performers, and theatre managers prior to the Women’s Rights movement of the 19th century; and a close study of exemplary feminist theatrical productions and their cultural contexts during the 20th century up to the present. MW 1:40 – 2:55
Center for Performing Arts 226
Smith, Lawrence

Spring 2022 Gender Studies Courses

In the list below, the course designated as the Gender Studies Capstone class for Spring 2022 is highlighted and marked with an *.  If you are in your final semester of gender studies coursework, you must get your capstone course pre-approved before the semester starts and preferably before you register for the course. Email Dr. Yeaw for more information or to get approved to take the capstone.

Course Description Class Meets Instructor
Intro to Gender Studies
GNST 2300
Introductory course Hybrid
MW 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Martin, Londie
Women in a Changing Society
SOCI 3333
Analysis of the socialization of women for their ascribed roles, changes in contemporary society Online Avra, Shannon
Family Violence
SOCI 3350
Abuse, neglect, and conflict within the family Online Briscoe, David
Family Sociology
SOCI 3346
Family dynamics for self, community, and society In-Person
MWF 9 – 9:50 a.m.
Stabler Hall 107
Briscoe, David
Family Communication
ACOM 4323/5323
Study of communication in the family setting and building family relationships. Online & Hybrid
T 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Ross Hall 115
Oliver, Bailey
British Novel
ENGL 4351
Representative readings from the 18th and 19th centuries of the British novel Online Hunter, Angela
Women & War in the Middle East*
HIST 4390/5390
Special Topic Online Yeaw, Katrina
Mean Girls*
ENGL 4370/5370
Seminar: This course explores “mean girls” in a wide range of texts from ancient Greek myth to contemporary film, asking how these women work together and against each other to negotiate power. Flex, Sync, or Online
TR 3:05 – 4:20 p.m.
Stabler Hall 107
McAbee, Kristina
Feminist Theory*
PHIL 4333/5333
Course seeks a broad understanding of the development of various strands of feminist thought and the resulting range of interpretive possibilities. In-Person
TR 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
McAuliffe, Jana
The Queer South*
GEOG 4300/5300
HIST 4390/5390
Special Topic: Upper-level and graduate course that critical geography and oral history as a means for destabilizing the co-construction of corporeal and geographical binaries. The US South (and to a lesser extent Midwest) are the primary regional areas of focus. Online & Sync.
T 6 – 7 p.m.
Baylis, David