Graduate Studies

Women's Studies 2014-2015

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Chairperson: Aimee Shouse
Office: Currens Hall 510
Department Telephone: (309) 298-2214
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Location of Program Offering: Macomb

Program Description

The post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s Studies is an option for students who have interests in the areas of women or feminist theory. The program provides courses that educate students to the status of women in the United States and cross-culturally, and in feminist theories and methodologies. The post-baccalaureate certificate may be used to demonstrate knowledge of diversity issues, with particular emphasis on women, for further study or for use in an occupational setting. The certificate requires 12 credit hours drawn from the courses listed below.  Non-degree graduate students may pursue a graduate certificate in women’s studies, as well as those enrolled in degree programs.

Requirements for Enrollment

Students who seek the certificate must meet admission requirements.  Non-degree students must meet the admission requirements for the Graduate School; degree students must meet the admission requirements for their degree program.

Certificate Requirements

I. Core Course: 3 s.h.

WS 501 Seminar in Feminist Theories (3)

II. Directed Electives 3 s.h.

Select one from WS 505, 506, 508, 536, and 571(3)

III. Electives: 6 s.h.

WS 405G Women’s Spirituality (3)
WS/SOC 410G Women and Poverty (3)
WS/AAS/SOC 420G Race, Class and Gender (3)
WS/SOC 430G Sociology of Women’s Health (3)
WS/SOC 435G Women and Crime (3)
WS/BC/ENG 494G Women and Film (3)
WS 505 Seminar in Women’s Studies (3)
WS 506 Graduate Readings in Women’s Studies (1–3)
WS/ANTH/SOC 508 Women and Social Movements (3)
WS/AAS 536 Graduate Colloquium in Womanist Theory (3)
WS/AAS 571 Women in Anglophone Caribbean: The Jamaican Experience (3)

TOTAL: 12 s.h.

Course Descriptions

Women's Studies (WS)

405G 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.

410G (cross-listed with SOC 410G) 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.

420G (cross-listed with AAS 420G and SOC 420G) Race, Class and Gender. (3) The course will examine issues of race, class, and gender in historical, cultural, and contemporary societal contexts. Prerequisites: WS 190 or AAS 100 or SOC 100; or permission of the instructor.

430G (cross-listed with SOC 430G) Sociology of Women’s Health. (3) Uses sociological theories and research to examine the gendered experience of illness. Includes sociological analysis of medical knowledge about women’s health. Topics include medicalization of women’s health, the gendered hierarchy of professions, and feminist critiques of scientific research.

435G (cross-listed with SOC 435G) 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. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 510, or permission of the instructor.

494G (cross-listed with BC 494G and ENG 494G) 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).

501 Seminar in Feminist Theories. (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.

505 Seminar in Women’s Studies. (3, repeatable) Special topics in women’s studies to be announced. Prerequisite: WS 501; WS 502 recommended.

506 Graduate Readings in Women’s Studies. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Readings selected in consultation with a member of the graduate faculty in women’s studies. Prerequisites: WS 501; WS 502 recommended.

508 (cross-listed with ANTH 508 and SOC 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. Prerequisites: One previous undergraduate course in women’s studies, anthropology, or sociology and graduate standing, or permission of the instructor.

536 (cross-listed with AAS 536) Graduate Colloquium in Womanist Theory. (3) This course provides advanced explorations into the African and African American women’s perspectives and examines other feminine discourses pertaining to activism/contributions of black women in Africa, the U.S., and Europe.