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Department of Women's Studies
Courses of Study
Courses of Study
Bachelor of Arts-Women's Studies
All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies must complete I, II, III, IV, and V. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.
I. University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum
Requirements: 60 s.h.
II. Core Courses: 9 s.h.
WS 190, 355, 455
Note: WS 455 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
III. Women's Studies Electives: 24 s.h.
IV. Open Electives: 7-11 s.h.
- Any Minor: 16-20 s.h.
1. WS 190: 3 s.h.
2. WS 355: 3 s.h.
3. WS Electives: 12 s.h.
Women's Studies (WS)
190 (formerly WS 233) Introduction to Women's Studies. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) An exploration of women's roles and their status in society with insights gained from various disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, and literature.
220 (cross-listed with Phil 220) Feminism and Ethics. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) A multicultural and comparative investigation of feminist issues in ethics and women's contributions to moral theory. Not open to students with credit in Phil 220.
285 (cross-listed with Soc 285) Multicultural Women. (3) This course offers an in-depth examination of the life characteristics and experiences of multicultural groups of women. African American, Irish, Latina, Asian, Lesbian, and other multicultural groups will be discussed. Not open to students with credit in Soc 285. Prerequisite: WS 190 or Soc 100.
290 Introduction to Feminist Theory. (3) A study of the theoretical foundations of modern feminist theory. Writings of early feminists such as Sara Grimke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Harriet Taylor, Sojourner Truth, Anna Julia Cooper, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are explored for their impact on the development of feminist thought. Prerequisite: WS 190 or permission of instructor.
301 (cross-listed with Eng 301) Women and Literature. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) The study of literature as an art practiced by women, with an examination of portrayals of women in literature. Not open to students with credit in Eng 301. IAI: H3 911D.
303 (cross-listed with Rel 303) Women in Religion. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) A cross-cultural, comparative, interdisciplinary investigation of the presence of women in shaping the religious cultures of the world. Not open to students with credit in Rel 303. Prerequisite: one 100- or 200-level religious studies course or consent of instructor.
310 (cross-listed with AAS 310) Black Women in the United States. (3) A sociological analysis of the various social roles of Black women, including those of gender, education, occupations, and marriage and family, with some attention given to contributions and achievements. Not open to students with credit in AAS 310.
315 (cross-listed with Anth 315) Gender and Anthropology. (3) Exploration of cross-cultural ethnographies of variations in gender roles in economic, religious, and political domains. This course also addresses gender identity and gender diversity issues. Not open to students with credit in Anth 315. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or consent of instructor.
316 (cross-listed with Comm 315) Gender Differences in Communication. (3) This course examines gender and gender-role differences and similarities in verbal and non-verbal communication and surveys several contexts in which sex differences in human communication occur. Not open to students with credit in Comm 315. Prerequisite: Comm 130.
317 (cross-listed with Hist 317) Women in American History. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) A multicultural and historical survey of women in the United States, from 1500 to the present. Not open to students with credit in Hist 317. Prerequisite: Hist 105 or 106, or consent of instructor.
318 (cross-listed with Hist 318) Women in European History. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) An historical survey of women in Europe, from antiquity to the present. Not open to students with credit in Hist 318. Prerequisite: Hist 125 or 126, or consent of instructor.
321 (cross-listed with HE 321) Women's Health. (3) Provides information about how women can improve their chances of achieving and maintaining high level wellness. Among the topics included are: prevention, early detection and treatment of health problems commonly occurring among women, contraception, pregnancy and childbirth, using the medical care system, and mental health. Open to male and female students. Not open to students with credit in HE 321.
335 (cross-listed with PolS 335) Women and Politics. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) An examination of the changing role of women in American politics. Focus on women as participants in politics, public policies of concern to women, and feminist theories of political change. Not open to students with credit in PolS 335. Prerequisite: PolS 101 or 122 or permission of instructor.
336 (cross-listed with AAS 336) Womanist Theory & Perspectives. (3) Introduction to African and African American women's perspective, to enhance interest and understanding to the existing wide range of feminist scholarship in the U.S., and other feminine discourses pertaining to activism/contributions of Black women in Africa, the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe. Not open to students with credit for AAS 336. Prerequisite: AAS 100 or AAS 145 or AAS/WS 310 or WS 190 or permission of instructor.
357 (cross-listed with Psy 357) Women and Work. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) Examination of major psychological issues encountered by women entering the workforce, including career choice, combining work and family life, leadership, and inequities. Not open to students with credit in Psy 357. Prerequisite: Psy 100.
360 (cross-listed with Soc 360) Gender Roles. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) This course covers theories of gender role formation, the socio-historical progression toward current gender role patterns, contemporary gender roles in the U.S., and cross-cultural differences in orientation. Not open to students with credit in Soc 360. Prerequisite: Soc 100 or consent of instructor. IAI: Soc 914. 3
370 Women in Popular Culture. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) A sociocultural study of stereotypes of women as portrayed in American popular culture with a particular emphasis placed upon the images of minority women. Prerequisite: WS 190.
391 Special Topics in Women's Studies. (1-3, repeatable to 6) An in-depth investigation of special topics in the field of women's studies. Prerequisites: WS 190 and permission of instructor.
395 (cross-listed with Anth 395) Gender and the Environment. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) Explores research, scholarship, and fictional ecofeminist works. Students will consider the influence of women, feminists, and ecofeminist writings on local and global environmental movements. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or WS 190 or permission of instructor.
WS 405 Women’s Spirituality (3)
This course will examine some of the predominant themes in women’s experience from a multicultural perspective as a means of understanding how women develop their spirituality. Prerequisite: WS 190 or permission of instructor.
WS 410 (cross-listed with Soc 410) (G) Women and Poverty (3)
The poverty of women in the United States, including factors of race, place of residence, and age, are covered. Structural hierarchies that maintain poverty are examined from a sociological perspective. Prerequisite: WS 190 or SOC 100 or permission of instructor.
WS 420 (cross-listed with Soc 420 and AAS 420) Race, Class and Gender (3)
The course will examine issues of race, class, and gender in historical, cultural, and contemporary societal contexts.
WS 430 (cross-listed with Soc 430) Sociology of Women’s Health (3)
This course uses sociological theories and research to examine the gendered experience of illness. Medical knowledge about women’s health and assumptions about women’s illnesses are examined. Topics covered include medicalization of the female mind and body, gender and the hierarchy of medical professions, and feminist critiques of scientific research.
433 (cross-listed with Psy 433) Sex Differences in Behavior. (3) Examines the social and biological bases for societal-defined sex roles. The knowledge of these factors will be applied to behaviors in which there are known sex differences. Not open to students with credit in Psy 433. Prerequisite: 9 s.h. of psychology coursework, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor.
435 (cross-listed with Soc 435) Women and Crime. (3) Theories of female criminality, patterns of female crime and victimization, women in corrections, and women as criminal justice practitioners are examined. Not open to students with credit in Soc 435. Prerequisite: Soc 100 or consent of instructor.
455 Feminist Theory & Practice. (3) The study of feminist theory and its impact on language, socialization, religion, science, politics, and economics.
470 (cross-listed with Kin 470) Women and Sport. (2) An in-depth study of women and sport in the United States. An attempt is made to separate fact from myth by studying completed research concerning women sports participants. Not open to students with credit in Kin 470.
491 Women's Studies Honors Thesis. (1-4, repeatable to 4) An independent study project or paper to be supervised by two members of the faculty in women's studies. Prerequisite: enrollment in the Honors Program; senior status.
494 (cross-listed with BC 494 and Eng 494) Women and Film/Television. (3) An overview of women in film and television that considers the on-screen images of women as well as the positions of women working behind the scenes (with laboratory). Not open to students with credit for BC 494 or Eng 494. Prerequisite: Eng 280.
499 Internship in Women's Studies. (1-9, repeatable to 9) Supervised work in applied occupational area related to women. Prerequisites: Permission of the Director of Women's Studies and junior or senior status.