Some of our favorite Undergraduate courses. See the full list of undergraduate courses on the Penn State Bulletin, or read more about our undergraduate program.
Explores the history of different conceptions of gender and sexuality as they are understood within major religions (e.g. Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, indigenous spiritual systems).
This course introduces students to the complexity of feminisms in the context of contemporary globalization. Much of the course focuses on the variety of feminist movement transnationally, particularly as those movements respond to not only local culture and politics, but also to global politics, and as such it touches again and again on the history of power.
This course is an interdisciplinary survey of historical and contemporary feminist theories in both the United States and international contexts. While attention is given to key historical moments in feminist thought, the course stresses theoretical trends and debates in feminism today.
This course examines women's reproductive health issues from a feminist perspective. Reproduction has always been thought of as 'women's work,' yet decisions about reproduction are rarely made by women. This course will focus on how various political institutions (e.g., religious, economic, governmental, legal, medical, etc.) influence all aspects of human reproduction, and how these influences affect women's reproductive health, both ideologically and practically, as well as how women's reproduction affects women's lives.
As a capstone writing class, this course integrates students’ previous coursework in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Students in this course write a scholarly, rigorous research paper over the course of the semester that details the current state of feminist scholarship on a current feminist issue of particular interest to them. In addition to writing their own papers, students work collaboratively to provide draft feedback, suggestions, and encouragement to one another during the semester. Several students have generously agreed to share their fantastic final papers, on a wide variety of feminist topics here.