CWAH Online Courses
Courses How to Register FAQs CWAH eCourse Instructors

The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the
Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University

CWAH online courses are intended for undergraduate, non-traditional, visiting, and adult students seeking to enrich their lives with high-quality instruction in the visual arts.

Gender, Art and Society

imageHave you realized that when you walk through a museum, most of the artists whose work you are viewing are men?  Yet women have played a major role in shaping art past and present, as artists, patrons, and models.  This course will introduce you to women artists, their achievements, and impact. It will also introduce you to the social and cultural reasons for the neglect of women in the visual arts and how that neglect is being remedied today.  In addition, this course will introduce you to more general concepts involved in gender representation throughout history, developing a global perspective. Course work will involve online assignments and discussions as well as a final assignment. 

Course number: 01-988:255, Gender, Art and Society
Location: Online only

Homosexuality and Visual Culture

imageHow has history been changed by queer artists?  This course will introduce you to the central role of homosexuality and homoeroticism in visual culture in the distant and recent past as well as the present day.  You'll learn about the marginalization of GLBTI artists and how, even when seemingly secret or invisible, they continued to participate directly in cultural production.  You'll also learn about the ways artists, critics, and patrons remedy censorship.  Through this course you'll develop the skills to discuss critical theory about queerness. Course work will involve online assignments and discussions as well as a final assignment. 

Course number: 01-988:259, Homosexuality and Visual Culture
Location: Online only

Gender, Race and Contemporary Art

imageIn examining the broad issues of the intersection of gender and race in contemporary American art, this course will primarily use material about how black and white racial politics has intersected with gender and contemporary art in the United States. We will consider a number of issues in analyzing the relationship of art to race such as: the racial dynamics that have impact on the history of art and visual culture; when does art perpetuate the domination of one race; how does ethnic self-definition differ from racial identity and does it converge with race; how and when have images functioned to help deconstruct race. Course work will involve online assignments and discussions as well as a final assignment.

Course number: 01-988:258, Gender, Race and Contemporary Art       
Location: Online only

Gender and the Body: Representations and Pornography

imageThis course will examine how the body has been represented in art and visual culture, as well as in pornography and consider the range of ways the nude body and pornography exist in contemporary art.  We will explore the ways theories, such as feminism, critical race theory, queer theory, have shaped our cultural perspectives on what has been imaged.  Artistic intention in relation to representing the body and the ways ideas about gender have shaped the depictions and portrayals will be discussed, as well as understanding the divisions between anti-porn and sex-positive theorists. We will learn about the key players in feminist art history, women's and gender studies, sexuality studies, film theory, and cultural history who had a role in defining and expanding the categories we use to discuss these images. Course work will involve online assignments and discussions as well as a final assignment. 

Course number: 01-988:257, Gender and the Body: Representations and Pornography
Location: Online only

How to Register for CWAH eCourse(s)

Visiting Students (Non-Matriculated)
Matriculated Rutgers Students

Visiting (i.e., non Rutgers matriculated) Students

The CWAH warmly welcomes Visiting Students, who may take our classes on a non-degree basis. Visiting Students include visiting undergraduate and high school students with appropriate academic records, professionals seeking a career change or educational advancement, and interested community members.

Students interested in registering for courses without any affiliation to any degree program may submit a Registration Inquiry Form, which will be made available to visiting students two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester.

The process will consist of the following:

1. Complete the Registration Inquiry Form online with all pertinent information.

2. Once your information has been received and you've been added to the central database, an automated email will be sent to you within 48-72 business hours containing your RUID number (Rutgers University Identification Number) as well as your PAC (Personal Access Code).

3. Once you have received your RUID and PAC, students are asked to visit the Schedule of Classes online via You may view all of the Institute for Women and Art eCourses offered via this website as well as days, times and any restrictions associated with these sections.  The CWAH eCourses are offered at the undergraduate level under the subject "Women's and Gender Studies (988)".  As you peruse the website and make your selection(s), students should make a note of the courses information, including the Course Registration Index number (this number will be used later for registration).

4. Once registration begins and you’ve finalized your CWAH eCourse selection(s), you may visit to begin the registration process.

5. Click on the visiting student link and enter your RUID and PAC. Once you’ve logged in, you may enter the registration index numbers of the course(s) you have selected and click on “add.” If successful, the system will confirm your registration at the top of the page. If you encounter any difficulties, you may contact the Office of Continuing Studies at or 732.932.7922. Inquiries regarding Special Permission Numbers or Pre-requisite overrides should be addressed to the Instructor offering the course.

6. Once you’ve registered for your course(s), you can pay your term bill at  (you will need your RUID and PAC to access the online system). If you wish to pay your term bill in person or acceptable payment methods, please refer to the website for available locations and additional information.

Course cost: approximately $900 per session. For questions about the registration process for Visiting Students, please call Continuing Studies at 732-932-7922.

Matriculated Rutgers Students

Matriculated Rutgers students from any Rutgers campus may view the current CWAH course offerings at  In "Enter specific course information" choose the following options:







Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Concerning Visiting Students Taking Online Classes Through Visiting Students at Continuing Studies, Rutgers University

Q:  Are there any prerequisites for visiting students?
A:  This is a 200 level course for Sophomores and above.

Q:  Do these students have to be enrolled at another college outside of Rutgers (in a preceding semester) to be considered visiting?
A:  No, they need not be enrolled at another school.

Q:  Are High School students restricted from taking this ecourse?
A:  No, they are not restricted, but they must be qualified for the course.

Q:  Is admission to unit 80 only an option when admissions window is closed for Fall and Spring, or will it be an admissions option at any time?
A:  School 80 does not offer degrees.  Therefore, students enrolled through it are not "admitted" to any school or program, nor are any promises of admission to matriculation for a degree inferred.  Students visiting Rutgers through School 80 are enrolled in courses only. With the increasing demands for maintaining competitive skills and knowledge in a rapidly evolving world, we recognize the need for adults to return to refresh their skills on a regular basis. What they are looking for often does not require completion of an entire degree but rather a variety of individual courses for professional development.

Q:  What is the tuition for enrolling in this ecourse?
A:  Tuition charges can be found at

Q:  Are there any credit caps?
A:  There are no credit caps at this time, though this policy is under review.

Q:  Is unit 80 considered a precursor to actual matriculation or non-matriculated status at other schools?
A:  No. School 80 is simply a means for our public to enroll in a course or courses without being admitted to any particular program. Some of the School 80 students may subsequently decide to matriculate.  If they do so, they will need to apply to the School they are interested in and meet all appropriate admission requirements.

Disclaimer:  Registration for courses at Rutgers University as a Visiting Continuing Studies Student in no way guarantees admission to a degree program at the University. Subsequent transferability of courses to a degree program either at Rutgers or elsewhere is determined solely by the degree program from the home academic institution.  Visiting students matriculating at other colleges should have their course selections approved by their home institution prior to registration to insure credit transfer.

Rutgers University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation: If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus's disability services office will provide you with a Letter of Accommodations. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. To begin this process, please complete the Registration form on the ODS web site at:

CWAH eCourse Instructors

Current Instructors

image Tarak Burk, PhD, Independent Scholar
Tara Burk is a Philadelphia-based art historian. Her work appears in places suck as WSQ and Journal of Curatorial Studies, She has lectured widely at institutions and conferences including the Brooklyn Museum, the IFA-Frick Symposium on the History of Art, the College Art Association Annual Meeting, and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. She received her doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2015. Tara recently curated a Visual AIDS web gallery, "Summer Streets", which considers the urban street as both a site and a feeling of crucial significance to sexual outlaws. Her latest project examines the iconography of hands in queer art, which is supported in part by the Leather Archives and Museum Visiting Scholar Program.
Course Taught: Gender and the Body: Representations and Pornography

image Kat Griefen, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History, Criticism, and Conservation, CUNY Graduate Center; Director/Owner, Accola Griefen Gallery
Kat Griefen is the co-owner and co-director of Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City and was previously the Director of A.I.R. Gallery. Under her directorship at A.I.R., the gallery presented more than 100 solo and group exhibitions, which were reviewed by publications including The New York Times, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and ArtNews. She also works as an independent curator for NYU, Sideshow Gallery, and the University of Chicago's DOVA Gallery. Ms. Griefen has lectured widely at institutions and conferences including The College Art Association, The American Studies Association, and The Brooklyn Museum.
Courses Taught: Gender, Art, and Society; and Homosexuality and Visual Culture

image Yelena Kalinsky, PhD, Independent Scholar and Translator
Yelena Kalinsky earned and her Ph.D. from the Department of Art History at Rutgers University in 2013.  Her dissertation, "Collective Actions: Moscow Conceptualism, Performance, and the Archive, 1976-1989," investigated conceptual and performance art in the last two Soviet decades. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Moscow and prior to that, worked as a Dodge Graduate Fellow at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ. There, she curated "Performing the Archive: Collective Actions in the 1970s & 1980s," the first museum exhibition in the U.S. of the work of the seminal performance art group Collective Actions. In 2012, she edited and translated Collective Actions: Audience Recollections from the First Five Years, 1976-1981, a volume of audience recollections of Collective Actions performances.
Course Taught: Gender, Art, and Society


Past Instructors

image Rocio Aranda-Alvarado
Alvarado is Curator at El Museo del Barrio where she is currently working on the exhibition LA BIENAL 2013, El Museo's biennial of emerging artists, as well as the permanent collection exhibition for 2014. Her curatorial work and research focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Americas. She is the former curator of Jersey City Museum, where she organized  significant retrospective exhibitions of the work of Chakaia Booker (2004) and Raphael Montañez Ortiz (2006) and group shows on various themes including Tropicalisms: Subversions of Paradise (2006), The Superfly Effect (2004), and The Feminine Mystique (2007). Ms. Aranda-Alvarado is also on the adjunct faculty of the Art Department at the City College of New York. Her writing has appeared in various publications including catalogue essays for the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Nexus, Review, the journal of the Americas Society, NYFA Quarterly, Small Axe, BOMB and American Art.

image Judith K. Brodsky
Judith K. Brodsky is Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Visual Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is the Founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, renamed the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions in her honor in September 2006. She is a past national president of ArtTable, the College Art Association, and the Women's Caucus for Art. She is a former dean and former associate provost at Rutgers University as well as former chair of the art department at the Rutgers campus at Newark. A printmaker and artist in her own right, Brodsky's work is in the permanent collections of over 100 museums and corporations such as The Library of Congress; the Victoria & AlbertMuseum, London; The Stadtsmuseum, Berlin; the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, University of California at Los Angeles; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum; the New Jersey State Museum; and the Fogg Museum at Harvard. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University where she majored in art history.

Katherine Gray
Katy Gray has worked for Orchard Films, a non-fiction production company in New York doing research for historical documentaries. She later joined the staff of NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival, where she was the Festival Assistant and Outreach Coordinator. After completing her master's degree, Katy worked as a research assistant and project manager for Columbia University's Women Film Pioneers Project, a global initiative historicizing the lives of women working in silent era film industries. More broadly, Katy is interested in the articulation of identity in cinema, notions of reality, feminist pedagogy, and the history of stuntwomen.

image Ferris Olin
Dr. Ferris Olin is an art historian, women's studies scholar and librarian and the author of numerous publications, as well as a sought-after speaker on diverse topics in American cultural and visual studies. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jersey City Museum, the Feminist Theorist Papers at Brown University, and the Neighborhood Narratives Project; on the Editorial Board for Visual Resources; and past Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association. Olin joined the Rutgers faculty in 1976 as Director of the Art Library, where she served as its first professional art librarian and increased its collections and services to the wider Rutgers community. She was Founding Head of the Margery Somers Foster Center, from 2000-2006 , and increased collections focused on women and leadership in all arenas and established the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists, which houses a major research collection of primary documents about the feminist art movement through organizational records and the personal papers of women artists. At Rutgers, Olin also served as Executive Director of the Institute for Research on Women and the Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women's Studies from 1965-1994.

Lindsey Whitmore
Lindsey Whitmore is a Research Assistant at Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society where she served as an Assistant Editor of Signs@40, a project that uses digital humanities tools to explore the 40-year archive of the journal. Her essay, "Our Bodies, Their Data: Tracing Biopolitical Circuitry and the Illness Experience on," was recently published in Gnovis Journal, and her roundtable contributions to a special issue of Feminist Formations, titled "Institutional Feelings: Practicing Women's Studies in the Corporate University," are forthcoming in 2015. Lindsey's current research explores oppositional discourses and practices of care as they are developed and deployed from within experiences of debility and precarity.