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Graduate Course Information

Spring 2015 WGST courses that can be used to satisfy the core requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:

  • WGST 500 Gender, Culture and Society – Jaksch - Wednesday – 5:00 – 7:20 pm 

This course serves as an introduction to Gender Studies at the graduate level.  It provides an overview of the major questions raised by the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexualty and the challenges it presents to traditional divisions of knowledge.  We will privilege dialogue and process while assessing trends in the often tense, but overlapping, areas of feminist, LGBT and queer inquiry.  Special attention is given to intersectional and international issues across a range of disciplines, including history, anthropology, psychoanalysis, sexology, critical theory, economics, law, cultural studies, literature, art and film.

  • WGST 510 Feminist Theory – Jaksch – Tuesday – 4:00 – 6:50 pm

The basic theoretical questions that e will address in this cousre range from deceptively simple ones, which attempt to define concepts such as woman/ women, the body, gender, nature, otherness, labor, oppression and change, to more abstract interrogations of the theoretical assumptions operating within the explicative frameworks of postmodernism, poststructuralism, social constructivism, postcolonialism, materialism and transnational feminisms.

Spring 2015 English Graduate Courses that can be used to satisfy the elective requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:

ENGL 505 Contemporary Literary Theory and Methods – Ortiz – Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm

An introduction to the scholarly methods necessary for graduate work in literature and to the study of theoretical frameworks important to contemporary literary criticism, including formalism, structuralism, Marxism, deconstruction, feminism, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, new historicism, and psychoanalysis. The course exposes students to the primary texts from which those theoretical frameworks are derived and requires students to critique and construct applications of those theories to specific literary texts.

ENGL 550 – Seminar in Poetry Graham – Tuesday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Intensive study in the close reading of poetry.  The course emphasizes the tools necessary for the explication of poems.  Topics include prosody and form,metaphor and figurative language, and the history of major movements, styles, and genres.

ENGL 646 20th Century British Literature  – McMann – Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm


ENGL 670 Topics: Bodily Transgression – Bennett  – Monday , 5:00pm – 7:30pm


ENGL 697 Teaching Practicum at Bucks County Community College (BCCC)

Interested students can also apply to teach a writing class at BCCC. If accepted by the Chair at BCCC, you would then enroll in this TCNJ Practicum for graduate credit. Please read the webpage about this Practicum (here on MA website) and contact Dr. Ortiz-Vilarelle if you have any further questions.

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