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.

To complete the Gender Studies minor, or a concentration in Gender Studies as part of an Interdisciplinary degree, first complete GNST2300, Introduction to Gender Studies, then complete five (15 hours) of approved upper level electives, one of which must be designated as the Gender Studies capstone course.  Ideally, you should take the Gender Studies capstone during the final semester before your graduation.  You should touch base with the Gender Studies coordinator each semester during the advising period to make sure you are on track with the program.

Please contact the Gender Studies coordinator, Dr. Krista Lewis (kxlewis@ualr.edu), for more information.

Spring 2020 Courses

Intro to Gender Studies  GNST 2300-01, CRN: 11692 MWF 11:00-11:50 An introductory course that examines gender roles, politics, family and religion.

Gender Studies Electives:

Women in a Changing Society  SOCI 3333-990/9U0/991/9U1 ONLINE  An analysis of women’s roles and the changes in contemporary US and other societies.

Family Sociology   SOCI 3346-01  CRN: 11265  MWF 11:00-11:50 The family as a major unifying a force for the individual, the community, and the total society.

Family Violence  SOCI 3350-01  CRN: 11266  TR  9:25-10:40  An examination of abuse, neglect, and conflict within the family.  Focus on children and spouses.

Psychology of Women PSYC 3366 – 9B0  CRN: 15496 ONLINE – BENTON  The study of the psychology of women, emphasizing the different views of women in our society, the bases of these views, and their implications for men and women.

Psychology of Women PSYC 3366 – 9B1  CRN: 15497 BENTON  TBA The study of the psychology of women, emphasizing the different views of women in our society, the bases of these views, and their implications for men and women.

*ST: Gender and Culture ANTH 4398-02 (undergraduate)/5398-02 (graduate) CRNs: 13139/14604 MW 12:15-1:30  Gender in cross-cultural perspective

*ST: The Queer South GEOG/HIST 4300-991 CRN:15528  GEOG/HIST 5390 ONLINE Upper division 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.

*ST: Women in the Middle East HIST 4390-01/5390-01 CRNs: 12633/14159 TR 1:40-2:55  This course is an upper level undergraduate and graduate level survey course that provides an overview of the history of gender and women in the Middle East and North Africa from 1750 until the present.

Shakespeare ENGL 4324 MW 4:30-5:35 CRN: 15441 Undergraduate.  Also ENGL 5324, Graduate.  A survey of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry with emphasis on intersectional feminist critiques and queer readings.

Migration Literature ENGL 4370/5370 TR 10:50-12:05 in SUA 102-C. Upper-level course on migration literature with an emphasis on how gender, race, class, and culture shape definitions of citizenship. We will be reading a variety of contemporary texts that explore what motivates various peoples to leave their homelands and what the process of acculturation entails. Readings include, among others, Amina Gautier’s Now We Will Be Happy, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees, Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy, Patricia Powell’s The Pagoda, and Jean-Robert Cadet’s Restavec. NOTE: This course counts toward the Minor in Race and Ethnicity, the Minor in Gender Studies, and the 20th-century literature requirement for ENGL-Creative Writing majors

Women in Theatre THEA 4340-05 Upper level survey course exploring the emergence of various feminist perspectives in theatrical practice within a global framework. No prerequisites.

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*Courses that can count as Gender Studies Electives or as the Gender Studies Capstone If you are in your final semester of gender studies coursework, you must get your capstone course pre-approved by the Gender Studies faculty before the semester starts.  Email Dr. Lewis at kxlewis@ualr.edu for  more information or to get approved for a capstone course.