Department of Women's Studies

Courses of Study

Graduate Courses in  Women's Studies

Program Description

The Department of Women's Studies offers graduate level courses which can complement the coursework taken for a student’s Master’s degree program.  For students in the Master’s of Liberal Arts and Sciences (MLAS) program, 400G and 500 level Women’s Studies courses apply to the 18 hours of elective courses for the program.   These courses are an excellent option for students who have particular interests in the areas of women and gender studies, feminist theory, or the intersections of gender with other factors such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, and socio-economics.   Taking courses from Women’s Studies as electives in a graduate program will allow students to demonstrate knowledge of diversity issues, with particular emphasis on women, for further study or for use in an occupational setting.

Women's Studies Graduate School Catalog

Course Descriptions-

Required Courses

WS 501 Seminar in Feminist Theory (3)
This course offers an exploration of central theoretical perspectives to promote understanding of key tenets of second wave feminism, classical original feminist writing, and recent postcolonial and anti-essentialist feminist texts. Prerequisites: Degree or non-degree graduate standing.

WS 502 Feminist Research Methods (3)
This course explores feminist epistemology through the formation of particular methods and modes of analysis. Students will review the ways that feminist research is conducted, will be provided with examples of how classic methods have been infused with a feminist understanding, and will examine the ways that feminist theories of research have shaped existing methods within feminist work and elsewhere.Prerequisites: Degree or non-degree graduate standing.

Elective Courses

WS 405 (G) 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/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/SOC/ANTH 420G Race, Class and Gender (3)
The course will examine issues of race, class, and gender in historical, cultural, and contemporary societal contexts.

WS/SOC430 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.

WS/SOC 435 (G) 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. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of instructor.

WS/BC/ENG 494 (G) Women and Film (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).

WS 505 Seminar in Women’s Studies (3 repeatable under different special topics)
Special topics in women’s studies to be announced. Prerequisite: WS 501.

WS 506 Graduate Readings in Women’s Studies (1-3) Readings selected in consultation with a member of the graduate faculty in women’s studies. Prerequisite: WS 501 or permission of instructor.

WS/SOC/ANTH 508 Women and Social Movements (3) This course covers women in social movements. Sociological, anthropological, and feminist theories are used to study women’s movements and social change. Topics include, but are not limited to: suffrage, birth control, environmental, peace, child protection, and international human rights movements.

WS/AAS 571: Women in Anglophone Caribbean: The Jamaican Experience (3)  
Caribbean women have been key contributors to productivity in the societies in which they live. This course examines the influence of race, class, and gender on women in the Caribbean and Caribbean women transnationally.