This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) and the skills of feminist analysis. The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues, questions, and debates in Women’s and Gender Studies scholarship, both historical and contemporary. Over the course of the semester, you will become familiarized with many of the critical questions and concepts feminist scholars have developed as tools for thinking about gendered experiences. Significant attention will be paid to the issue of representation: how women and men have been represented, and how individuals represent themselves. We will also explore the complex ways in which gender intersects with class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. Required readings include classic and contemporary WGS texts from a range of disciplines, as well as political documents, personal narratives, literary and visual texts. Through successfully completing this course, students will be better prepared to participate in and contribute effectively to the larger public conversation about the role of gender in culture and society, to apply the critical tools of WGS to their academic, personal, and professional lives, and to take more advanced classes in this field.