March 31, 2017

Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document

Program Name: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


  • Document No: CHESS 16-55 NEW COURSE WGSS 28200
  • 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 28200– Introduction to LGBT Studies Class 3, Credit 3 This course will offer students an introduction to the Interdisciplinary study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives, histories, identities and movements in the U.S. and globally. Through course reading, film screenings, fiction, autobiographical texts and class discussion, we will explore the cultural and historical contexts and meanings of sexual identities and transgender identities, the formation of sexual communities, and their intersections with race, ethnicity, class, gender and nation.

Prereq: WGSS 28000 or consent of instructor.



Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provides an introduction to sexual identity and how that identity shapes an understanding of our culture.
  2. To broaden offerings for students who are working towards a minor in WGSS.
  • Impact on Students: NA
  • Impact on University Resources: NA
  • Impact on other Academic Units: NA