Boston University is conducting all courses remotely for the duration of Summer Term 2020. No in-person meetings will be held. Courses will meet remotely according to the meeting schedule posted here and on the Link. Please note that meeting times listed are local Boston time zone, EDT.

We are committed to providing a vibrant and robust remote learning experience, and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the resources and guidelines we are providing for all students this summer.

Resources for Remote Learning


Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

  • WGS Topics in the Social Sciences

    CAS WS 302

    Topic for Summer 2020: Gender and Crime. Examines social forces shaping gender discrepancies in crime. Using a feminist lens, students explore how cultural ideologies about masculinity and femininity shape criminalization, victimization, and offending. Topics include the gendered contexts of crime and punishment, gender-based violence, and intimate labor. 4 cr. Tuition: $2880

    Summer 2 (July 6-August 5)


  • Bombs and Bombshells: Gender, Armed Conflict, and Political Violence

    CAS WS 325

    Prereq: sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Interdisciplinary course surveying women's relationship to political violence with a focus on the evolution of women's international participation in non- state, religiously-motivated groups. Women's roles in political violence throughout Western Europe, North America, and the Middle East are explored. 4 cr. Tuition: $2880

    Summer 1 (May 21-June 30)


  • Sociology of Race, Class & Gender

    CAS WS 335

    Prereq: (CAS WS 101/102), at least one prior 100- or 200-level sociology course, or consent of the instructor. Examines race, class, gender, and sexuality as intersecting axes of stratification, identity, and experience. Draws heavily from feminist theories in both sociology and history in order to analyze how these intersections can be applied to understanding social problems and structures. 4 cr. Tuition: $2880

    Summer 2 (July 6-August 5)


  • American Masculinities

    CAS WS 352

    Considers the biological and social organization of masculinities; the ways culture reproduces/articulates masculinities, particularly with regard to race and class; how masculine identities are expressed; male privilege; alternative masculinities; and what is at stake in negotiating contemporary masculinities. 4 cr. Tuition: $2880

    Summer 1 (May 20-July 1)


  • Gender & Healthcare

    CAS WS 400

    Prereq: (CAS WR 120) or equivalent. Focuses on strengthening students' knowledge, skills, and ability to construct a critical appraisal of all the determinants, distribution, causes, mechanisms, systems, and consequences of health inequities related to gender, including how gender influences and is influenced by healthcare systems. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Research and Information Literacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2880

    Summer 2 (July 7-August 13)


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