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Women’s Studies (WST)


150 Introduction to Women's Studies (3) Students explore how gender identity is learned. Examines how gender affects sense of self, relationships, worldviews, opportunities, and choices. Takes into account the ways sexual and gender politics intersect with the politics of race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, and other markers of difference. Considers possibilities for understanding and changing the cultural, political and social systems that define and constrain women. F06, S07, F07, S08


210 Sociology of Gender (3) Introduction to the social construction of sex and gender. Focuses on both local and international materials, with particular attention to gender inequality in contemporary societies. Cross-listed as SOCI 210. F06, S07, F07, S08


229 Literature by Women (3) Survey of British and American women's literature from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary period. Women's writing across cultures, genres, and time periods. Cross-listed as ENGL 229.


240 Gender and Sport (3) Explores one major dimension of human cultural and social diversity - sex and gender - in the context of historical and contemporary analysis of organized sport and other related social institutions.  Explores the social construction of masculinity and femininity in relation to structures of power and conflict in realms of athletic organizations, schools and universities, the economy, families, and the media. The course emphasizes gender, but also examines the social construction of different masculinities and femininities, based on other crosscutting lines of difference and inequality, including social class, race, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation.


258 Psychology of Women (3) Study and discussion of the social construction of gender, the role of status and power in women’s lives, feminism, diversity of women and their experiences, sexuality, violence against women, work, and discrimination. Course fulfills the general education diversity requirement. Cross-listed as PSYC 258. F06, F07


301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by the faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. Also, for specific degree requirements, please consult your advisor. May be repeated only if content is different.


312 Gender, Crime, and Justice (3) Exploration of the social construction of gender in crime and delinquency as well as in justice systems; analysis of how assumptions about female and male natures, appropriate roles and positions in society affect the interpretation and application of law; comparison of women/girls and men/boys as offenders, victims and practitioners. Cross-listed as CJUS 312/512; LSTU 312. F06, F07


315 Voices of Hispanic Women (3) This course, taught in English, focuses on the lives and experiences of Hispanic women writers and artists from Latin America and the United States. Examines the present status of women as they leave the traditional setting of home and emerge into the public sphere of influence and power. Studies the effects of poverty, war, and revolution on women and their families as well as the impact of immigration on identity and self.  Cross-listed as SPAN 315. Students registering under SPAN 315 will be required to write all papers and examinations in Spanish.


322 Women and Men in American Society (3) Evolution of gender roles in the United States from colonial times to present. Explores the changing roles of men and women in American society and investigates social, economic, and political factors that produce these changes. Cross-listed as HIST 322. F06


325 Writing Women, Women Writing (3) Women's non-fiction writing from a variety of time periods and cultures as models for the students' own writing projects. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed as ENGL 325/525. S08


328/528 Gender and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature (3) Study of texts by contemporary American writers (both known and lesser-known) who attend to matters of gender and multi-ethnicity in the context of American literature. Cross-listed as ENGL 328.


329 Women in Art (3) Women's expression in painting and sculpture, primarily of the 19th and 20th centuries. Research required. Cross-listed as ART 329/529/729. F06, F07


343 Politics of Sexuality (3) This course has two focal points. First, it raises the question of sexual desire to understand it as a moral concern. Second, it studies American judges' and legislators' recent efforts to recognize and accommodate the variety of its expressions. Topics include: same-sex marriage and domestic partnership arrangements; hate speech and hate crime legislation; privacy and the AIDS epidemic; statutory definitions of sex and gender; dress codes and the regulation of sexual identities. Cross-listed as PHIL/POLS 343. S08


362 Women and Politics (3) Examines the nature and scope of women's involvement in the political process from voting to running for office. Deals with public policy, what women want and how public policy affects them. Examines theories of feminism as well as the political status of women in comparative and international settings. Challenges students to go beyond discussion of stereotypes to examine strategic and tactical choices of women today that will influence socio-economic and political conditions of women tomorrow.


403 Voices of African Women (3) Seminar-style reading course with autobiography, history, anthropology and fiction on and by African women. Considers their issues and our issues together. May cover topics like racism in Africa, the impact of colonial power on gender relations, women as revolutionaries, changing roles after independence, the impact of war, rural and urban roles, African sexual identities, the impact of globalization, gender and health issues, and women as peacemakers. Many films. Male students welcome. Cross-listed as WST 403. Code 3, G. S08


404 Voices of Arab Women (3) Reading seminar that explores the diversity of voices of Arab women on gender-related issues past and present. Interdisciplinary readings from fiction, autobiography, history and anthropology. Films. May cover topics like women during colonialism, women as liberators, the impact of education, women under occupation, Islamism and gender, sexual orientations, female Arab identities, gender and politics, health and the economy. Male students welcome. Cross-listed as WST 404. S07


406 Voices of East Asian Women (3) Reading course conducted as a seminar. Uses novels, short stories, life histories, films, other primary materials and scholarly works to examine issues in the lives of Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese women in the 20th century. Topics include the traditional role of women, women and work, reproductive issues, women and revolution, and male representations of women's experience. Contrasts women's experience in various East Asian societies, and considers the relevance and usefulness of feminist ideas in the East Asian context. Cross-listed as HIST 406. F07


456 Feminist Theory (3) Seminar-style course provides a deeper look at feminist thought, building on the introduction provided in WST 150. Through readings and films, examines conversations, controversies, and connections among a range of feminist thinkers. Students explore the intersections of feminist thought and action, reading a variety of calls to action and articulating their own. Prerequisites: WST 150 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as PHIL 456. S07, S08


458 Advanced Psychology of Women (3) Advanced topics in the psychology of women including the role of status and power in women’s lives, feminism, diversity of women’s experiences, autonomy and connection in relationships, achievement in context, and physical and mental health. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 258, concurrently, or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed with PSYC 458. S07, S08


460 The Study of First Nations Women (3) Exploration of the First Nations woman's social roles and lifestyles from a variety of tribal cultures in North America. Focuses on traditional and contemporary values and roles of First Nations women. Cross-listed as FNS 460. F06, S08


467 Intercultural Communication (3) Analysis of the communication variables involved in enhancing intercultural interactions. Focus is on identity and communication and their relationship to each other in a diverse world. Cross-listed as COMM467/667. Instructor consent required. F06, F07


490 Special Topics in Women’s Studies (1-4) In-depth study of specialized current topics in Women's Studies selected by the instructor. Course may be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different. On demand. Topics: Current Gender Issues, Geography of Difference, Gender and Globalization.


499 Independent Study (1-4) Supervised independent study and/or research in Women's Studies. May be supervised by any current member of the Women's Studies faculty. Prerequisite: At least three previous credits in Women's Studies and permission of instructor. Arranged.