Thematic Sequences

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program offers 2 Miami Plan Thematic Sequences:

Gender in Global Context

This sequence focuses on understanding women's historical and contemporary socio-cultural and political realities from an international perspective. Students will learn to use gender as a category of analysis, to understand complex issues and processes related to an increasingly interconnected world system and the ways women and gender are implicated in these processes, and to apply this knowledge to the topical issues of either the environment and natural resources or the politics of varied forms of cultural representation and interpretation.


Take this course:

  • WGS 201 - Introduction to Women's Studies (3 hours)

Select two of the following (6 hours):

  • WGS 301 - Women and Difference: Intersections of Race, Class, and Sexuality (3 hours)
  • WGS 309 - Native American Women (3 hours)
    GEO 309 - Native American Women (3 hours)
  • WGS/POL 346 - Global Gender Politics (3 hours)
  • WGS/HST 450 - Topics in Women's History (3 hours)
  • WGS/REL 333 - Religion, Dress, and Status (3 hours)
  • WGS/GEO 436 - Women, Gender, and the Environment (3 hours)
  • WGS 313 - Marriage Across Cultures (3 hours)
  • WGS/GEO 406 - Indigenous Peoples and Their Sacred Lands (3 hours)
  • WGS/ENG/BWS 437 - Black Feminist Theory (3 hours)
  • WGS/ENG/AAA 351 - Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asian/America (3 hours)
  • WGS/POR/FST/383/ENG/BWS 383 - Brazilian Women through Literature and Film (3 hours)
  • WGS 410B or WGS 410E

Scholarly Studies of Gender & Sexuality

The thematic sequence in Scholarly Studies of Gender and Sexuality provides an opportunity for investigating and analyzing the historical, social, legal, and cultural forces that shape experiences, expressions, and representations of non-normative genders and sexualities including, but not necessarily limited to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersex and Queer individuals and communities. Students will receive a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to scholarship in GLBTQ studies in the foundation course, then focus more specifically on a disciplinary or topical perspective in tier two, ultimately engaging with the philosophical and theoretical aspects of investigating sexuality and gender as meaning-making cultural and social systems.


Take both of the following courses:

  • WGS 202 - Introduction to GLBT Studies (3 hours) *
  • WGS/ENG 435 - Queer Theory (3 hours)

Take 1 of the following courses:

  • COM/FST 281 - Mediated Sexualities: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, & Transgendered Persons and the Electronic Media (3 hours) *
  • COM/FST 282 - Sexualities and Film (3 hours)
  • ENG/WGS 237 - GLBTQ Literature (3 hours)
  • SOC/WGS 203 - Sociology of Gender (3 hours)
  • SOC/FSW/WGS 221 - Human Sexuality (3 hours)

* Only one foundation course in any thematic sequence may count toward a student's foundation requirements.