March 1, 2017

Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document

Program Name: women’s, gender, and sexuality studies


  • Document No: CHESS 16-56 NEW COURSE WGSS 28000
  • Proposed Effective Date: 12/1/2017
  • Submitting Department: Communication
  • Date Reviewed by Department: February 24, 2017
  • Submission Date: March 1, 2017
  • Date Reviewed College/School Curriculum Committee: March 31, 2017
  • Contact Person: Theresa Carilli, Processor

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  • Approval by Faculty Senate: May 5, 2017
  • Date Reviewed by Senate Curriculum Committee: 4/14/17
  • Name(s) of Library Staff Consulted: NA
  • Will New Library Resources Used?: No
  • Form 40 Needed?: Yes


Task: Course Change or New Course Proposal

  • Degree Name(s): women’s, gender, and sexuality studies
  • Degree Name(s): 

Section 1: This section is for changes in programs, minors and certificates

  • List the major changes in each program of study, minor or certificate: Course offered in W. LAFAYETTE being included as part of WGSS minor on PNW campus (New to PNW)
  • Impact on Students: NA
  • Impact on University Resources: NA
  • Impact on other Academic Units: NA

Section II: This section is for changes in courses only

  • Subject: WGSS course being brought down from W. LAFAYETTE
  • Justification: Additional course offering for WGSS minors


Current Minor:

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Proposed Minor:

WGSS 28000 – Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Prereq; none An introductory survey of the concepts and research data in the new scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality. Topics covered include biology, sexuality, socialization, family and work, creativity, and politics. Recommended both as an overview for those generally interested in gender and women’s issues, and as a foundational course for those committed to more advanced women’s studies. Though the content will vary in specific sections, 28000 will always focus on the intersection of gender with factors such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nationality in U.S. and global contexts.



Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provides an introduction to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
  2. Allows students to explore women’s issues and gender issues related to our culture.
  • Impact on Students: NA
  • Impact on University Resources: NA
  • Impact on other Academic Units: NA