Women's Studies (W S)

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Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(2-0) Cr. 1. F.S.


Half semester course. Examines the socialization process in the United States and how our perspectives are formed. An introduction to patriarchy, sexism, and ally development are explored. Skills to enhance communication and understanding among women and men will be developed. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(3-0) Cr. 3.


Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies. Contemporary status of women in the U.S. and worldwide from social, economic, historical, political, philosophical and literary perspectives. Analysis of intersection of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Subject matter includes work, health, sexuality, and violence. Foundation for the other courses in the program.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.


Study of contemporary and historic lesbian cultures and communities from a US and international perspective. Addresses issues of race, class, gender and sexuality as they intersect with the formation of lesbian identities. Explores who identifies as lesbian and how that dis/enables political resistance and formation of community.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: ENGL 150
Interdisciplinary study of issues relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities in the U.S. Attention will be given to race and socioeconomic class.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: W S 201 or 3 credits in Women's Studies at the 300 level or above
Study of women in a range of cultures, depending on faculty specialization. Special emphasis on women in development seen in postcolonial context.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Cross-listed with BIOL). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered odd-numbered years.

Prereq: a 200 level course in science, engineering or women's studies; ENGL 250
The interrelationships of women and science and engineering examined from historical, sociological, philosophical, and biological perspectives. Factors contributing to under-representation; feminist critiques of science; examination of successful strategies. Does not satisfy biology major advanced credit requirements.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with ENGL). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: ENGL 250
Writing and reading interpretive fiction written by women. Emphasis on stories that embody a female literary life, gender-specific ways of creating characters and conflicts, analytical reading and writing, workshop criticism and shared commentaries. Includes multi-modal projects.

(Cross-listed with ENV S). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered odd-numbered years.

Prereq: W S 201 or 3 credits in Women's Studies at the 300 level or above
Women's relationships with the earth, non-human nature, and other humans. The course explores the connections between society’s treatment of women and nature; origins of ecofeminism and how it relates to the science of ecology, conventional and sustainable agriculture as well as how ecofeminism relates to other branches of feminist philosophy. Evaluation and critique of modern science, technology, political systems and SOLUTIONS will be included.

(Cross-listed with ECON). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: ECON 101
Economic theories of discrimination. Analysis of the economic problems of women and minorities in such areas as earnings, occupations, and unemployment. Public policy concerning discrimination. Poverty measurement and antipoverty programs in the U.S.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with SP CM). (3-0) Cr. 3.


Examines how understanding and enactment of gender identity is shaped by communication. Verbal and nonverbal communication across various contexts including personal relationships and the media. Explores discourse of social movements aiming to transform cultural definitions of gender.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Sophomore classification
Survey of how the media and popular culture portray gender and sexualities and the impact on individuals and society. Images of women, men, transgender as well as heterosexual, non-heterosexual and others. Studies both historical and emerging images in the media in terms of stereotypes and positive images.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with SOC). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: SOC 134
How the biological fact of sex is transformed into a system of gender stratification. The demographics and social positions of women and men in the family, education, media, politics, and the economy. Theories of the social-psychological and sociological bases for behavior and attitudes of women and men. The relationship between gender, class, and race.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with SOC). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: SOC 134 or W S 201
Examination of socially constructed and idealized images of manhood, the nature of social hierarchies and relations constructed on the basis of imagery, ideologies, and norms of masculinity. Theories on gender (sociological, psychological, and biological). Particular attention given to theory and research on gender variations among men by race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability and age.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with LD ST). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Sophomore classification
This course will examine historical and contemporary barriers to and opportunities for women's leadership in a variety of contexts, including professions and public service. It will examine theories of women's leadership, gender differences in leadership styles, and the perceptions and expectations about women's leadership. Multiple perspectives of women's leadership will be highlighted through lectures, readings, videos, guest speakers and group work.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with RELIG). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: RELIG 205, RELIG 210 or W S 201 recommended
Examines the status of women in various religions, feminist critiques of religious structures and belief systems, and contemporary women's spirituality movements.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with PHIL). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: 3 credits in philosophy or women's studies recommended
A critical, theoretical examination of the oppression of women, especially as it relates to issues of race, class, and sexual orientation. How concepts such as sex and gender, self and other, nature and nurture, complicate our understanding of what it means to be a woman. Historical and contemporary feminist philosophers addressing topics such as violence, sexuality, pornography, political power, family structure and women's paid and unpaid labor.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with ENGL). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: ENGL 250
Historical and thematic survey of literature by and about women. May include autobiographies, journals, letters, poetry, fiction, and drama.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with AM IN, ENGL). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: ENGL 250
Literature of American Indian women writers which examines their social, political, and cultural roles in the United States. Exploration of American Indian women's literary, philosophical, and artistic works aimed at recovering elements of identity, redescribing stereotypes, resisting colonization, and constructing femininity.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with BIOL). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered even-numbered years.

Prereq: BIOL 212
Biology of human reproduction, including reproductive systems, hormones, and endocrinology of pregnancy, presented from a clinically-oriented perspective. Reviews health-related conditions such as infertility, sexually-transmitted diseases, and complicated pregnancy.

(Cross-listed with ENGL). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.

Prereq: ENGL 250
Literature by women and/or dealing with the images of women, e.g., study of individual authors or related schools of authors; exploration of specific themes or genres in women's literature; analysis of recurrent images of women in literature.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with PSYCH). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: 2 courses in psychology including PSYCH 101
Survey of theory and research related to major biological, interpersonal, and cultural issues affecting girls' and women's psychological development and behavior.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with AF AM). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: 3 credits in Women's Studies or African American Studies
Economic, social, political and cultural roles of Women of Color in the U.S. Includes literary, philosophical, and artistic expressions. Myths and realities explored.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with ENGL). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: ENGL 250
Literary portrayals of gay and lesbian lives and relationships from many different genres. Attention to changing definitions and representations of sexual orientation and gender identity over time.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(3-0) Cr. 3.


Readings, discussions, and papers in English.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Cross-listed with FRNCH). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable.


Topics vary according to faculty interest. Readings, discussions, and papers in English.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Cross-listed with GER). (3-0) Cr. 3-4. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.

Prereq: Sophomore classification. For fourth credit, 6 credits in German at the 300 level
Topics vary according to faculty interest. Author, genre or period study, women writers, cinema, or contemporary theory. Three credits: English, open to all students. Four credits: Required for German concentration credit, supplementary readings and compositions in German.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Cross-listed with RUS). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable.


Topics vary according to faculty interest. Author, genre or period study, women writers, cinema, or contemporary theory. Readings, discussions, and papers in English.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Cross-listed with SPAN). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.


Topics vary according to faculty interest. Author, genre or period study, women writers, cinema, or contemporary theory. Readings, discussions, and papers in English. May not be counted as a prerequisite.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Cross-listed with CL ST, HIST). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Any one course in Cl St, W S, Latin, or Greek
Chronological and topical survey of the status of women and men, focusing on sex and gender issues in the Ancient Mediterranean world; study of constructs of the female and the feminine. Readings from ancient and modern sources. Emphasis on ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Cross-listed with HIST). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Sophomore classification
History of women's relationship to the fields of science, technology, and medicine, as students and professionals, consumers, subjects and patients, family members, workers and citizens. Concentrates especially on 19th and 20th century United States, concluding with an examination of current issues of special interest to women in science, technology, and medicine.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with POL S). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.


Examination of the entry and participation of women in politics in the United States and other countries including a focus on contemporary issues and strategies for change through the political process.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with HIST). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Sophomore classification
A survey of social, economic, and political aspects of women's role from colonial era to present; emphasis on employment, education, concepts of sexuality, and changing nature of the home.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: W S 201 or 3 credits in Women's Studies at the 300 level or above
Current theories of feminism, the feminine and sexual difference. Topics in race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity as they are addressed in diverse feminisms. May include readings in lesbian, Black, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and postmodern thought.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: W S 201 and W S 301
Feminist research methods and scholarship. Class collaborates on a community research and action project to improve women's lives.

(Cross-listed with ENGL, LING). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ENGL 219 or LING 219
The ways men and women differ in using language in varied settings and the ways in which language both creates and reflects gender divisions.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Dual-listed with W S 525). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: W S 201 and one additional W S course
Race, ethnicity, class and gender distinctions and intersections lead to inequitable distributions of power, social well-being, and resources. Explores how inequities are institutionalized and how multiple identities are experienced by women in daily life.

(Dual-listed with W S 535). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: W S 301
Cross-cultural study of development utilizing both case studies and theoretical works. Explores the nature of women's roles in developing countries and the ways women and their needs have been excluded/included in development approaches, policies, and projects. Includes discussion of actual development projects as well as women's organizing.

(Cross-listed with RELIG). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: RELIG 205 recommended
Exploration of the foundational myths of Goddess spirituality, including historical and cross-cultural female images of the divine and their modern usage by American women.

(Dual-listed with W S 544). (Cross-listed with ANTHR). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ANTHR 201; ANTHR 306 recommended
Cross-cultural examination of the social construction of genders out of the biological fact of sex. Emphasis on non-western societies. Topics, presented through examination of ethnographic data, will include the range of gender variation, status and roles, the institution of marriage, and symbols of gender valuation.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Dual-listed with W S 550). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. S.

Prereq: W S 201 or 3 credits in Women's Studies at the 300 level or above
Special and/or experimental topics in a specific discipline, e.g., women and education, women and religion, women and the law, women and science.

(Cross-listed with ENGL). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.

Prereq: Completion of 9 credits of surveys; completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 339; junior classification
Selected readings of various authors, movements, eras, or genres. Readings in criticism; required research paper.

(Cross-listed with LD ST). (3-0) Cr. 3.


Research on women and leadership in selected content areas (e.g., business, education, politics and public service, and popular culture). Following an overview of quantitative and qualitative methods and critical analyses of journal articles on women and leadership, students will work in groups in selected content areas to research, write and present paper.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.

Prereq: Any two courses in Women's Studies
Independent study on a topic in Women's Studies.

(3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Senior classification
Internship designed to provide an application of Women's Studies principles and methods in a workplace. To be arranged with an internal or external employer and conducted under the supervision of a member of the Women's Studies faculty.

(Cross-listed with ART H). (3-0) Cr. 3.


Issues of gender related to cultural environments from the Middle Ages to contemporary times in Europe and America. Feminist movement beginning in the 1970s and specifically gender issues in art that are becoming widespread in the artistic culture.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Senior classification
Senior thesis to be independently researched and written under the supervision of a member of the Women's Studies faculty.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduates:

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.


Advanced study of current theoretical developments in Women's Studies in the U.S. and around the world. Examination of the epistemological bases of feminist scholarship.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.


Focus on feminist interdisciplinary research methods. Analysis of contemporary issues facing feminist scholars. Students conduct original research.

(Dual-listed with W S 425). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: W S 201 and one additional W S course
Race, ethnicity, class and gender distinctions and intersections lead to inequitable distributions of power, social well-being, and resources. Explores how inequities are institutionalized and how multiple identities are experienced by women in daily life.

(Dual-listed with W S 435). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: W S 301
Cross-cultural study of development utilizing both case studies and theoretical works. Explores the nature of women's roles in developing countries and the ways women and their needs have been excluded/included in development approaches, policies, and projects. Includes discussion of actual development projects as well as women's organizing.

(Dual-listed with W S 444). (Cross-listed with ANTHR). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ANTHR 201; ANTHR 306 recommended
Cross-cultural examination of the social construction of genders out of the biological fact of sex. Emphasis on non-western societies. Topics, presented through examination of ethnographic data, will include the range of gender variation, status and roles, the institution of marriage, and symbols of gender valuation.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Cross-listed with ENGL). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.

Prereq: Graduate classification or 6 credits in literature at 300 level or above
Primary texts by women writers; historical, thematic, formal, or theoretical approaches; secondary readings; e.g., Nineteenth-Century Women Writers; American Women's Personal Narratives; Southern Women Writers of the U.S.

(Dual-listed with W S 450). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. S.

Prereq: W S 201 or 3 credits in Women's Studies at the 300 level or above
Special and/or experimental topics in a specific discipline, e.g., women and education, women and religion, women and the law, women and science.

(Cross-listed with HIST). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Permission of instructor
Feminism as a movement and feminst theory from the early modern period to the present as it relates to the writing of women's history. Analysis of intepretations of European and U.S. women's history from patriarchal and postmodernist perspectives.

Cr. arr.

Prereq: Permission of Women's Studies Program Director
Independent study on a topic in Women's Studies.

(Cross-listed with ART H). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Graduate classification or permission of instructor
Issues of gender related to cultural environments from the Middle Ages to contemporary times in Europe and America. Feminist movement beginning in the 1970s and specifically gender issues in art that are becoming widespread in the artistic culture.

Courses for graduate students:

(Cross-listed with EL PS). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: EL PS 620
Critical examination of the philosophical foundations of education that seek to challenge the status quo and advance radical educational change. Exploration of macro-level (and some micro-level) issues relevant to educational change, in relation to how they inform practices of dissent and every day social relations.