Fall 2022 Course Offerings

Notice of changes for Fall 2022: Gael Xpress will no longer include cross-listed courses. Please read below to see which courses approved by WaGS will be offered in the fall semester.

WOMEN'S and GENDER STUDIES: Introduction for Women's and Gender Studies (WGS 001-01)

This course is designed as a forum on gender. We will frame our discussions as a series of questions: How does our culture represent femininities and masculinities? How do issues of race, class, sexuality, and other identities shape our ideas about gender? Our aim will be to consider and discuss as many diverse points of view about gender and its intersections as possible. 

T/Th: 11:30-1:05pm, Emily Klein   

WOMEN'S and GENDER STUDIES: History of Sexuality (WGS 107-01)

Does sexuality have a history? Can it be that something that is so intimate and private actually is a social act that has changed over time? These questions guide this examination of the global history of sexuality. We will explore human sexual behaviors as far back in time as possible and into the present, paying close attention to shifting attitudes over the centuries and the reason why such transformations took place across the world. This class will discuss extremely sensitive matters that may challenge some views about sexual practices. 

M/F: 1:00-2:40pm, Myrna Santiago     

WOMEN'S and GENDER STUDIES: Gender and Community Engagement: Covid and Our Community 

This course starts by asking, "How has Covid-19 impacted the Saint Mary's College community?" Other guiding questions are: In what ways do gender and sexuality affect our social experiences with the pandemic? How have families dealt with the pandemic, balancing child care, online schooling, and work? We will collect stories from across the campus, as well as tell our own story. Contemporary publications around the topic will frame our work as we create research projects that will be presented to the campus through a poster session and panel at the end of the semester. This is a CE course.

M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am, Ynez Wilson Hirst

PERFORMING ARTS: Dance History II (PERFA 183-01)

Dance History II is an investigation of a series of questions: what is the history of dance (specifically, ballet and modern dance) in the Western World? How did modern dance emerge from ballet at the turn of the century (19th to 20th)? What role did women play in the development of these two forms of dance? How did modern dance and ballet both reflect and shape the cultures in which they were created, simultaneously shaping those cultures?

T/Th: 11:30-1:05pm, Rosana Barragan

SOCIOLOGY: Wealth and Poverty (SOC 115-01)

This course will introduce students to the study of inequality in American society. In addition to reviewing the structure of class, race, and gender stratification in the United States, we review theories designed to explain this inequality. We will also cover theories of social mobility and social reproduction, concluding with a discussion of the politics of inequality and the policy choices facing Americans. We ask what, if anything, we can do to reduce social stratification.

M/F: 1:00-2:40pm, Robert Bulman

PSYCHOLOGY: Psychology of Gender (PSYCH 147-01)

This course offers a critical review of the theory and research on gender from biological, psychological, and sociolgical perspectives. The course explores the social construction of gender and how it impacts human development and social behavior. Throughout the course, the interaction between gender and the complexities of race, culture, and sexual orientation is considered.

M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, Jose Feito

PSYCHOLOGY: Human Sexualities (PSYCH 157-01)

This course presents a review of the empirical evidence on human sexuality, with a focus on historical and cultural perspectives, as well as the physiological and sociological basis for sexual behavior and sexual identity.

M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am

COMMUNICATION: Advertising and Civic Engagement (COMM 116-01)

The goal of the course is to help you achieve a deep level of knowledge about the function of advertising and its impact on culture, identity, and society. We will examine a variety of critical texts methods in order to understand such impact on aspects including race, class, and gender.

T/Th: 9:45-11:20am, Samantha Joyce

THEOLOGY and RELIGIOIUS STUDIES: Our Lady of Guadalupe (TRS 137-01)

Pope John Paul II proclaimed Our Lady of Guadalupe as the patroness of the Americas. This course critically examines the tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe historically and theologically from its origins to today, with special attention given to Our Lady of Guadalupe's role in the identity and heart of the Mexican and Mexican-American people. Students of all faiths and cultures are welcome.

T/Th: 9:45-11:20am, Anthony Suarez-Abraham

HISTORY: The Drug Trade and U.S.-Latin America Relations (HIST 154-01)

This course will explore how the cocaine trade shaped U.S.-Latin American relations throughout the 20th century, with a special emphasis on "the war on drugs" and its results. We will include a review of the impact of such commerce and drug policies on women in Colombia and Mexico.

M/W: 4:00-5:35pm, Myrna Santiago

ENGLISH: African-American Women's Literature (ENG 153-01)

This course examines African-American women's literature in the foundational works of Harriet Jacobs, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Octavia Butler, and Claudia Rankine. We will investigate intersections of race, gender, and class, as well as the ways literature might subvert limited constructions of womanhood. Connections to film and music will provide additional ways to deepen our understanding of the literature.

T/Th: 3:00-4:35pm, Jeannine King

ENGLISH: Topics in Film: Diverse Voices in American Indie Film (ENG 126-01)

How has independent filmmaking changed the culture of American cinema? How have women writers and directors, queer, and LGBTQIA+ artists, and BIPOC-identified filmmakers of color all put pressure on Hollywood’s big studio system by harnessing the social and political power of independent filmmaking? This course will investigate the rise of American indie films and trace their roots back to mid-century European cinema and the early days of the American indie film festival circuit. We will use a variety of critical and theoretical approaches to examine the economics, production elements, and aesthetic features of contemporary American independent film. Students will attend an in-person or virtual film festival, and develop their own indie film mini-research project. 

T/Th: 1:15-2:50pm, Emily Klein

ENGLISH: Witches, Captives, and Coquettes: The Problem of Women in Early America (ENG 150-01)

In this survey, we examine the fears and anxieties that women provoked in early America and their depictions as witches, captives, and coquettes in the popular imagination. We will read legal trials, witchcraft cases, captivity narratives, poetry, and novels. Join us as we explore the critical role that women played in early America.

M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, Kathryn Koo

POLITICS: Theories of Justice (POL 115-01)

Philosophers have debated the meaning of justice since the fifth century B.C. This class will enter into that conversation by way of some of the classic texts in the history of political theory, as well as more recent writings. We will examine topics such as racial justice, gender justice, cultural justice, economic justice, and global justice. Not open to first-year students.

T/TH: 9:45-11:20am, Patrizia Longo

POLITICS: Food Politics (POL 126/127 [1.25])

Food is not just food, and this course is not just about food. Food is the medium to understand the complexity of agency, the vicissitudes of power, the significance of symbols. We will explore issues like changing agricultural practices, shifting patterns of consumption, food security, food democracy, and food justice; world hunger and the environment and how buying food can be a political act with global consequences. We will partner with a grassroots organization for field work. This is a 1.25 credit course. Both 126 and 127 must be taken concurrently.

T/Th: 11:30-1:05pm, Patrizia Longo

ETHNIC STUDIES: Critical Race Theory (Ethnic Studies 101-01)

This course discusses Critical Race Theory (CRT) as an analytical framework that accounts for the role of race and racism across contexts and social positions (gender, sexuality, religion, and others) and that works toward identifying and challenging racism with institutional contexts.

T/Th: 11:30-1:05pm, David Quijada

ETHNIC STUDIES: Chicana/o/x Experiences (Ethnic Studies 103-01)

This class discusses Chicana/o/x experiences as situated in historical, political, social, and economic maps of meaning. Central is how Chicana/o/x experiences intersect across social positions of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Students will develop skills to interrogate and map "identity" that has been constructed for and by Chicana/o/x across local and global contexts, socializing discourses and within community and familial institutional settings.

T/Th: 1:15-2:50pm, David Quijada