All Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (GWSS) Courses

A. GWSS Core Courses (10 credits)

All students will be required to take 10 credits of core courses.

  • BISGWS 301 Critical Gender and Sexuality Studies (5 credits)
  • BISGWS 302 Histories and Movements of Gender and Sexuality (5 credits) or BISGWS 303 Approaches to Feminist Inquiry (5 credits)

GWSS faculty HIGHLY recommend students take both BISGWS 302 & 303. If a student completes both BISGWS 302 and BISGWS 303, 5 credits from these courses can be applied toward the student's GWSS coursework requirement.

B. GWSS Coursework (30 credits)

GWSS coursework must either focus on gender, women and sexuality studies histories, themes, and experience and/or use theoretical frameworks and methods grounded in gender, women, and sexualtiy studies approaches.

Prefix Number Course Title
BIS 219 The Politics of Sex Education
BIS 221 Gender and Sexuality
BIS 224 Introduction to Feminist Studies
BIS 310 Women, Culture & Development
BIS 324 Gender, Human Rights, and Global Cinema
BIS 368 Women's Lives in Context
BIS 369 Women Across Cultures
BIS 387 Women and American Literature
BIS 418 Masculity, Homoeroticism & Queer Theory in America
BIS 431 Issues in Sexual Politics and Cultures
BIS 433 Gender, Work and Family
BIS 455 Literature and Sexuality
BIS 463 U.S. Women's History
BIS 471 Women in Art
BIS 486 Studies in Women and Literature
BISAES 368 Sex, Love, Romance
BISSEB 331 The Family in U.S. Society

GWSS coursework includes the following approved topics courses:

Prefix Number Course Title Topics Course Title
BIS 316 Topics in Psychology Human Sexuality
BIS 322 Topics in Performance Studies Performing Race and Gender on Film
BIS 341 Topics in the Study of Culture Race, Gender and Sexuality in Museum Archives
BIS 351 Topics in American Culture Women in Film
BIS 387 Women and American Literature American Women Writers and the Question of Coalition
BIS 464 Topics in Advanced Cinema Studies Queer Cinema
BIS 480 International Study Abroad Gender, Media and Human Rights in India
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar The History and Politics of HIV/AIDS
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Memory Work and Cultural Production in Diaspora
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Gender and the Politics of Numbers
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Regulating Sexuality-Activism Policy and Everyday Life
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Gender, Law & Policy
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Women, Race, and Class
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Hollywood Cinema, Gender and Sexuality
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Commercial Sex Work, Sexual Health, and Global Human Rights
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Theory and Practice of Queer and Trans Media
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Culture and Resistance in the Americas


490 Advanced Seminar Sex Work, Human Trafficking, and Social Justice
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Science Fiction
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Gender Violence, Policing and the Law
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar Participatory Action Research to Address Sexual and Relationship Violence @ UWB
BISSTS 497 Advanced Topics in Science & Technology Gender, Race, Science and Medicine

GWSS courses from other UW Bothell Schools include:

Prefix Number Course Title
B EDUC 461 Educational Implications of Gender Inequality
B HLTH 223 Feminist Approaches to Women's Health
B HLTH 420 Women's Global Health and Human Rights
CSS 205 Women in STEM Seminar: College Life
CSS 405 Women in STEM Seminar: Career/Professional Life