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Women's Studies

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(Interdepartmental Program)

Diane Price Herndl, Program Director Julie Snyder-Yuly, Assistant Director
Core Faculty: Leslie Bloom (Curriculum & Instruction), Chrisy Moutsatsos (Anthropology), Anastasia Prokos (Sociology).

Undergraduate Study

Women's Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a cross-disciplinary program in which students may elect a minor or a major. Women's Studies provides an opportunity for students to examine women's roles, contributions, and status in social and cultural context and to investigate a variety of disciplines from feminist perspectives. Women's Studies creates an understanding that interrelated factors – e.g., race, ethnicity, class, age, disability, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation - inform knowledge of women's history, culture, and social roles. Women's Studies seeks to improve critical thinking and to provide students with the intellectual means to question prevailing assumptions. It encourages students to explore the contexts and ideological origins of knowledge and to examine the relationship between knowledge and power in society. It promotes social responsibility by examining the connections between personal experience and political activity, and validates student contributions and voices. Women's Studies graduates are skilled in critical thinking, research methods, and effective communication. Because they have developed a thorough understanding of gender, race, and class, they can understand and work effectively with employers, colleagues, and clients to analyze and address complex social problems. Women's Studies graduates acquire strong backgrounds for careers in such areas as counseling, education, human resources, public policy, politics, business, or law. The program includes core courses in Women's Studies and cross-listed courses in anthropology, art history, classical studies, economics, English, history, health and human performance, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, speech communication, and world languages and cultures. An undergraduate major requires 33 credits of core, cross-listed, and independent study courses. Women's Studies majors must satisfy the following requirements:

1. 21 credits selected from women's studies core courses (W S).

A. Required core courses: W S 201, 301, 401 and 402. Students must also choose between a thesis, W S 499 (3 cr.) or an internship, W S 491 (3 cr.)

B. The remaining 6 credits should be chosen from the Women's Studies core courses: W S 203, 205, 302, 320, 350, 425, 435, 450 (may be taken more than once), and 490.

C. No more than 6 credits of W S 490 may be counted toward the W S major.

2. 12 credits selected from W S cross-listed courses or W S core courses.

Women's Studies majors must also declare either a minor or a second major in a different program or department. Communication Proficiency requirement: The Women's Studies major requires an average grade of C- or better in English 150 and 250 (or 250H) and W S 301. Undergraduate students may minor in Women's Studies by taking 15 semester hours of Women's Studies classes, including W S 201, 301 and one 400 level core Women's Studies course, plus 6 additional credits of core or cross-listed courses.

Any student interested in a minor or major in Women's Studies should contact the Assistant Director of the program.

Graduate Study

The graduate minor in Women's Studies is designed to provide students with knowledge of theories and methods within a variety of approaches in feminist scholarship. The program seeks to integrate and synthesize knowledge from many disciplines and to offer students opportunties for systematic study of gender and women's experiences and perspectives in all knowledge fields. Students will be prepared to take leadership roles in supporting gender equity and diversity in their careers in education, social service work, business, law, public policy, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and research.

The graduate minor requires 12 credits for students enrolled in a master's or a doctoral degree program. Students are required to take either W S 510 or W S 620; taking both is strongly recommended. Students will also take two or three electives selected from the list of core and cross-listed Women's Studies courses approved for graduate study. At least one member of the Women's Studies faculty will serve on the program of study for doctoral students. A list of eligible faculty members may be obtained from the Director of the Women's Studies program. Women's Studies has 70 affiliated faculty members from departments and programs throughout the University.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

W S 201. Introduction to Women's Studies. (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.

W S 203. Introduction to Lesbian Studies. (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.

W S 205. Introduction to Queer Studies. (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.

W S 222. Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society. (Cross-listed with LAS). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Sophomore classification. Develop and practice leadership skills through understanding personal leadership styles, leadership theory and communication theory, including how they relate to gender issues and cultural diversity; exploring personality types, communication styles, and leadership styles, networking and developing mentoring relationships; setting goals and participating in leadership opportunities and service.

W S 258. Human Reproduction. (Cross-listed with Biol). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Biol 101, or 155, or 211. Anatomy and physiology of human reproductive systems, including fertility, pregnancy, and delivery.

W S 301. International Perspectives on Women and Gender. (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. F.Prereq: 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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 302. Issues in Women's Health and Reproduction. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Women's Studies 201 or 3 credits in Women's Studies at 300 level or above. Current feminist scholarship in the social sciences and humanities on women's health, health care, and reproduction. Intersections among race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality are emphasized. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 304. Creative Writing - Fiction. (Cross-listed with Engl). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.Prereq: Engl 250, not open to freshmen. Progresses from practice in basic techniques of fiction writing to fully developed short stories. Emphasis on writing, analytical reading, workshop criticism, and individual conferences.

W S 307. Women in Science and Engineering. (Cross-listed with Biol). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.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 underrepresentation; feminist critiques of science; examination of successful strategies.

W S 320. Ecofeminism. (Cross-listed with Env S). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2009.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 the mastery of women and the mastery of nature; origins of ecofeminism and its relation to the science of ecology and to other branches of feminist philosophies. Critique of modern science, technology, political systems as well as solutions will be included.

W S 321. Economics of Discrimination. (Cross-listed with Econ). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 323. Gender and Communication. (Cross-listed with Sp Cm, ComSt). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Sp Cm 212. The rhetorical strategies women and men use to succeed in oral communication; the theory, principles, and practice of effective gender communication in a variety of settings. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 327. Sex and Gender in Society. (Cross-listed with Soc). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.Prereq: Soc 130 or 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.

W S 328. Sociology of Masculinities and Manhood. (Cross-listed with Soc). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Soc 130, 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.

W S 333. Women and Leadership. (Cross-listed with LAS). (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.

W S 336. Women and Religion. (Cross-listed with Relig). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Relig 105, 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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 338. Feminist Philosophy. (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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 339. Goddess Religions. (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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 340. Women's Literature. (Cross-listed with Engl). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Engl 250. Historical and thematic survey of literature by and about women. May include autobiographies, journals, letters, poetry, fiction, and drama. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 342. American Indian Women Writers. (Cross-listed with Am In). (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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 345. Women and Literature: Selected Topics. (Cross-listed with Engl). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 346. Psychology of Women. (Cross-listed with Psych). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 2 courses in psychology including 101. Survey of psychological literature relating to biological, developmental, interpersonal, and societal determinants of the behavior of women.

W S 350. African American Women. (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 African American women in the U.S. Includes literary, philosophical, and artistic expressions. Myths and realities explored. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 352. Gay and Lesbian Literature. (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.

W S 370. Studies in English Translation. (3-0) Cr. 3.Readings, discussions, and papers in English.
F. French topics on women or feminism (cross listed to Frnch 370F)
G. German topics on women or feminism (cross listed to Ger 370G)
R. Russian topics on women or feminism (cross listed to Rus 370R)
S. Hispanic topics on women or feminism (cross listed to Span 370S)

W S 374. Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World. (Cross-listed with Cl St, Hist). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. S.Prereq: Any one course in Cl St, W S, Latin, or Greek. Chronological and topical survey of the status of women in the Ancient Mediterranean world; study of constructs of the female and the feminine. Readings from ancient and modern sources. Emphasis on either the Greek world and Hellenistic Egypt, or Hellenistic Egypt and Rome.
A. Hellenic World and Hellenistic Egypt
B. Roman World including Roman Egypt

W S 380. History of Women in Science, Technology, and Medicine. (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.

W S 385. Women in Politics. (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.

W S 386. History of Women in America. (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.

W S 394. Women/Gender in Art. (Dual-listed with 594). (Cross-listed with Art H, Dsn S). (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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 401. Feminist Theories. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 402. Feminist Research in Action. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 201 and 301. Feminist research methods and scholarship. Class collaborates on a community research and action project to improve women's lives. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 422. Women, Men, and the English Language. (Cross-listed with Engl, Ling). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Engl 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. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 425. Intersections of Race, Class and Gender. (Dual-listed with 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.

W S 435. Women and Development. (Dual-listed with 535). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 201 or 3 credits in Women's Studies at the 300 level or above. 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.

W S 444. Sex and Gender in Cross-cultural Perspective. (Dual-listed with 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.

W S 450. Topics in Women's Studies. (Dual-listed with 550). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. S.Prereq: 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.

W S 460. Seminar in Gender and Ethnicity. (Cross-listed with Engl). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. F.Prereq: Completion of 9 credits of surveys; completion of or concurrent enrollment in 339; junior classification. Selected readings of various authors, movements, eras, or genres. Readings in criticism; required research paper. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 486. History of Medicine, Gender, and the Body. (Cross-listed with Hist). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Sophomore classification. History of medicine, history of science, and women's history combine for an intensive examination of topics related to health, the body, and medical care over the centuries. Topics include gender and sexuality, reproduction, historical interpretations of gender differences, and the politics of women's health. Nonmajor graduate credit.

W S 488. Interdisciplinary Research on Women and Leadership. (Cross-listed with LAS). (3-0) Cr. 3.Research on women and leadership in selected content areas (e.g., Athletics, Business, Education, Politics and Public Service, and Science and Engineering). Following overview of quantitative and qualitative methods and critical analyses of journal articles on women and leadership. Students will work with a faculty mentor in selected content areas to research, write and present paper.

W S 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.Prereq: Any two courses in Women's Studies, permission of instructor, consultation with the Women's Studies Program Director. Independent study on a topic in Women's Studies.

W S 491. Senior Internship. (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Senior classification; permission of department. 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.

W S 499. Senior Thesis. (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 undergraduate students

W S 510. Contemporary Feminist Theories. (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.

W S 525. Intersections of Race, Class and Gender. (Dual-listed with 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.

W S 535. Women and Development. (Dual-listed with 435). (3-0) Cr. 3.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.

W S 544. Sex and Gender in Cross-cultural Perspective. (Dual-listed with 444). (Cross-listed with Anthr). (3-0) Cr. 3.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.

W S 545. Women's Literature. (Cross-listed with Engl). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. Alt. F., offered 2010.Prereq: 6 credits in literature. 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.

W S 550. Topics in Women's Studies. (Dual-listed with 450). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable.Prereq: 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.

W S 586. Proseminar in Women's History and Feminist Theory. (Cross-listed with Hist). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Feminist theory from the 1960s to the present as it relates to the writing of women's history. Analysis of interpretations of U.S. women's history from patriarchal to postmodernist perspectives.

W S 587. Diversity Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy. (Cross-listed with HD FS). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2009.Review treatment implications associated with topics such as gender and power, race/ethnicity, family structure, and socioeconomic status. Discuss treatment implications of social oppression and discrimination on families.

W S 590. Special Topics. Cr. arr.Prereq: Permission of Women's Studies Program Director. Independent study on a topic in Women's Studies.

W S 594. Women/Gender in Art. (Dual-listed with 394). (Cross-listed with Art H, Dsn S). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Graduate classification, 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

W S 620. Advanced Seminar in Feminist Research Methods. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Focus on feminist interdisciplinary research methods. Analysis of contemporary issues facing feminist scholars. Students conduct original research in their disciplinary areas.