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WST 1XX - Women's Studies Elective

0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

WST 208 - Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Lives
Gay, Lesbian And Bisexual Lives
Prerequisite: None

The class is an exploration into a range of topics in the lives of gay, lesbian and bisexual people and the society and culture in which they exist. Topics may include: definitions; historical context; transgender issues; social movement emergence; identity issues; identity politics; reactions of society to gay people; information about homosexuality; understanding of attitudes and policies toward gays; family issues; gay culture, community and diversity. Helps students to understand and relate to the diversity of gay, lesbian and bisexual persons in everyday life.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Soc, Anthr, Crim & Social Wk Department

WST 212 - Sociology Of Families
Sociology Of Families
Pre-req: LAC student with T1SS course or GER

Changes in the structure of family life and patterns of child-rearing, and developments affecting contemporary living.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Soc, Anthr, Crim & Social Wk Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T2IS-Individual&Societies

WST 227 - Women And Politics
Women And Politics
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1SS course or GER student

This course will examine the role of women in politics from participation to representation. Students will evaluate the role that women have played over time in the development of our political system.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

History Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T2IS-Individual&Societies

WST 228 - Poetry Of Women
Poetry Of Women
Prerequisite: None

Addresses a broad spectrum of women's poetry, beginning with Sappho, and including various European, English and American poets whose works span several centuries. May include Behn, Bradstreet, Dickinson, Rossetti, Brooks, Levertov, Rich, Giovanni and other contemporary poets.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIA-Literature

WST 231 - Women Wrtrs-French-spkng Cntry
Women Writers from French-speaking Countries
Prerequisite: None

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the works of major writers from Francophone areas, namely North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to the cultures of these regions. A careful reading of the works at home will lead to an in-class discussion and analysis of themes, characters, setting, and style that will shed light on topics and issues particular to these areas including: religions and beliefs, polygamy, women's condition, feminism, exile, colonialism, traditions, corruption, and violence.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

World Language and Cultures Department

Course Attributes:
GER IC2-Cultural Traditions 2, LAC T1LT-Literature & Thought

WST 240 - Sociology Of Gender
Sociology Of Gender
Pre-req: LAC student with T1SS or GER student

Contrasting social experiences of human males and females in this society from infancy throughout the life cycle, as these result in differentiation of social roles and self-conceptions for adult men and women.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Soc, Anthr, Crim & Social Wk Department

Course Attributes:
GER IVA-Social Sciences, LAC T2IS-Individual&Societies

WST 244 - Immigrant Women
Immigrant Women
Prerequisite: None

This course will focus on the complex history of millions of European, Asian, Spanish-speaking, and Caribbean women who immigrated to the United States from the 19th century to the present. Like all immigrants, women faced great difficulties. Yet their encounter with America, for better or for worse, was not the same as immigrant men. We will study the way their identity as women shaped their roles, opportunities, and experiences available to them in the family, the workplace, the community, and the nation.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

History Department

WST 260 - Introduction Women's Studies
Introduction To Women's Studies
Prerequisite: None

Reccomended for those wishing to take advanced women-related courses. Provides necessary contextual background for the study This course, taught from various interdisciplinary perspectives, will address the critical, theoretical and historical construction of women and gender. The course will acquaint students with the key frameworks, approaches, and issues in the field of Women's Studies. Many questions will be considered, such as: How does the concept of gender shape our social experiences and understandings of ourselves? What is "women"? How are "women" produced? What kind of power relations are deployed to construct and maintain gender roles? How do gender, race, ethnicity, class and sexuality intersect? How do gender and sexuality operate in the United States? In a global context?

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

Course Attributes:
GER IC1-Cultural Traditions 1, LAC T1LT-Literature & Thought

WST 2XX - Women's Studies Elective

0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

WST 300 - Women And Work
Women And Work
Prerequisites: LAC student with T1A, T1LT, T1H or T1SS course or GER student

The course will examine the complex relationship between gender and work in the U.S. and internationally. Particular attention will be given to historical processes, such as colonization, slavery, and the "feminization of migration," specifically in the private and service sectors as nannies, maids, nurses, wives and sex workers. We will examine differentiation and inequality by gender, class, ethnicity, race and region. We will review the debates in the literature with a close examination of the dynamics of contemporary issues: pad and unpaid work; women in the formal and informal labor markets and the global economy; and feminist labor movements.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Soc, Anthr, Crim & Social Wk Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T2CP-Cultural Perspective

WST 306 - Gender, Justice, Environment
Gender, Justice, Environment
Prerequisites: LAC student with T1A, T1LT, T1H, T1SS course or GER student

This course examines the culturally-specific ways in which gender relations interact with notions of sustainable development in different global locations. Readings will examine ideas about gender, environment, and developmental sustainability as social constructions always subject to change and, in conjunction with class, race, global, and cultural location, as potential impediments to attempts to improve women's lives.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

PoliSci, Philosophy, & Geog Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T2CP-Cultural Perspective

WST 307 - Medieval Women Mystics
Medieval Women Mystics
Prerequisite: None

This course is an introduction to the study of the mystical tradition through the examination of the lives and writings of selected women mystics. The writings of these women will provide us with a bold and vivacious answer to the classical and medieval antifeminist traditions which depict women as the bane of Adam, the root of all evil, the source of temptation, or, at the opposite pole, as idealized and virginal objects of worship.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

WST 310 - Women and Crime
Women And Crime
Prerequisite: None

Examines the involvement of women and girls in the criminal justice system from a sociological perspective. Explores a variety of issues relevant to women and girls as victims, offenders, and working professionals within the criminal justice system.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Soc, Anthr, Crim & Social Wk Department

WST 312 - Women In The Economy
Women In The Economy


3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics & Finance Department

WST 315 - Psychology Of Gender
Psychology Of Gender
Pre-req: LAC student with T1SS course or GER student

This course examines the biological and psychological aspects of sex differences. It explores the research and controversies in the areas of intelligence, ability and personality and includes historical and current feminist perspectives.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychological Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IVA-Social Sciences, LAC T2IS-Individual&Societies

WST 317 - Women/Family Western Society
Women And Family In Western Society
Prerequisite: None

This course examines the evolution of the family and women's roles in Europe from the Reformation to the twentieth-century. Important themes include education, childrearing, demographic changes, the household economy, changing gender roles, feminism, the effects of new ideologies on ideas of the family, and the development of the welfare state.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

History Department

WST 326 - Politics Of Race/Class/Gender
Politics Of Race, Class And Gender
Prerequisites: LAC student with T1A, T1LT, T1H, or T1SS course or GER student

This course provides perspectives on identity politics, the complex interaction between the categories of race, class, gender and ethnicity. Students will examine the role that race, class, gender and ethnicity play in our politics on a personal, local and national level.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

History Department

Course Attributes:
GER IVB-Eco/PoliSci/Geography, LAC T2CP-Cultural Perspective

WST 331 - Perspectives on Women's Issues
Global and French Perspectives On Women's Issues
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1A, T1LT, T1H, or T1SS course or GER student

Through films, novels, and texts, this course explores a vast range of topics in the lives of Francophone women, both Western and non-Western. After a brief examination of women's role in history, culture, and politics, the course focuses on contemporary issues, including social advancement, political violence, religion, microfinancing, traditions vs. modernity, forced marriages, polygamy, excision, incest, sexual identity, and abortion rights. The course encompasses several geographical areas - Europe, Canada, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, and the Caribbean - and will emphasize the global aspect of most of these topics, using the French-speaking world merely as a starting point for discussion. Taught in English, films with English subtitles.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

World Language and Cultures Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T2CP-Cultural Perspective

WST 347 - Black Women's Studies
Black Women's Studies
Prerequisite: SOC 100

This course examines the complex experience of being a Black Woman in American society. This highly interactive seminar will examine such issues as: identity, Black feminism, Black/White sisterhood, social mobility, and activism from a socio-historical perspective.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Soc, Anthr, Crim & Social Wk Department

WST 351 - Feminist Theories
Feminist Theory
Prerequisites: ENG 260 or WST 260

This course introduces feminist theories and practices. Feminist theories draw attention to the ways in which all our lives are shaped and interlinked by a range of social, economic, and political structures. Although gender plays a key component in these structures, we will also pay attention to different forms that colonial, gender, racial, sexual, and class hierarchies take.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

Course Attributes:
Middle Level Writing Intensive

WST 352 - Lesbian Literature
Lesbian Literature
Prerequisites: ENG 100/200 and a 100/200 level literature course or ENG/WST 260

Lesbian Literature will provide students with the materials and skills to: consider representations of lesbianism in literature; become familiar with the significant cultural contributions of lesbian writers; investigate how identity impacts our social and cultural analyses at different historical moments; and engage with debates in literary and feminist theory about literary representations and their political significance. Students will become more aware of underrepresented writers, develop their written ability to analyze texts and integrate secondary material, and improve their facility with contemporary theory.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

WST 355 - Women And the Visual Arts
Women And The Visual Arts
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1A, T1LT, T1H or T1SS course or GER student

An introduction to women artists from diverse cultures throughout history and the ideological issues critical to understanding their contributions to the visual arts. Examines the social and cultural context in which women worked as well as the ways that women have been represented in art throughout the ages.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art and Art History Department

Course Attributes:
GER IC1-Cultural Traditions 1, LAC T2CP-Cultural Perspective

WST 356 - Women Writers To 1900
Women Writers To 1900
Prerequisite: None

Concentrates on poetry, prose and drama written by women and may focus on a particular period, theme or genre at the discretion of the instructor.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIA-Literature

WST 357 - 20th Century Women Writers
20th Century Women Writers
Prerequisite: None

Addresses the works of such modern women writers as Woolf, Wharton, Cather, Lessing, Morrison, A. Walker, Atwood, Silko, Hong Kingston and others.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIA-Literature

WST 363 - Gender in History
Gender in History
Prerequisites: LAC student with T1SS or GER student

This is a special topics course that focuses on thematic issues relating to gender and sexuality in history. The focus will be on development of gender roles in past societies and the involvement of men, women, and gender non-binary individuals in economic, political, and social institutions in the US, Europe, and the world. Individual sections will focus on particular time periods and/or issues such as the history of marriage, women in Latin America, or gender and religion.

3.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

History Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T2IS-Individual&Societies

WST 365 - Special Topics

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Soc, Anthr, Crim & Social Wk Department

WST 366 - Global Field Course

1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

WST 370 - Sex/Gender in Ancient World
Sex and Gender in the Ancient World
Prerequisites: LAC student with T1SS or GER student.

What is the difference between sex and gender? How are archaeologists able to determine sex and gender from bones and artifacts? What role did "man the hunter" and "women the gatherer" play in prehistory? And how did these ideas impact our understandings of sex and gender today? This class will provide you with a unique anthropological perspective on how sex and gender is shaped by society and how it impacts our daily lives. We will consider the development of gender theory and feminist anthropology, a historical trajectory starting with critiques concerning the invisibility of women in the past, to examining how sex and gender are socially constructed. We will also examine archaeological case studies about women, and finally consider gender as a relationship between men, women, and children. We will examine personhood and the body as it relates to gendered experiences of daily life. The readings in the course and organized topically for the first 11 weeks followed by 4 weeks of regional case studies from the Ancient World.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

English Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T2IS-Individual&Societies

WST 3XX - Women's Studies Elective

0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

WST 465 - Studies In Sociology
Studies In Sociology
Prerequisite: None

Note: May be repeated for credit with a topic change. Advanced investigation and analysis of selected topics in Sociology and Applied Social Relations as they apply to women. Topics to be determined by student request and/or instructor interest.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Soc, Anthr, Crim & Social Wk Department

WST 480 - Independent Study
Independent Study


1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

English Department

WST 481 - Indep. Writing-Int. Capstone
Independent Writing-Intensive Capstone in WGS
Prerequisite: WST 351, permission of Instructor and Chair

This independent, writing-intensive course is designed as a capstone experience for Women's and Gender Studies majors. This writing experience allows you to develop original research in this interdisciplinary field.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

English Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T3-LiberalArts Experience, Writing Intensive

WST 490 - Internship In Women's Studies
Internship In Women's Studies
(Credit for any other women-related courses must be approved through the Women's Studies Director.

1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
2.000 TO 12.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Internship

English Department

WST 491 - Teaching Assistant Women's Std
Teaching Assistant in Women's Studies
Permission of instructor required

This course is designed to facilitate learning in Women's Studies Courses and to support students' independent research, discussion facilitation, and professional development.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Internship

English Department

WST 4XX - Women's Studies Elective

0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture


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