UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

WOMEN’S STUDIES



Helen M. Bannan, Director of Women's Studies
Department Office: Arts/Communications 312
Telephone: 920-424-0384, 920-424-0892
Fax: 920-424-0882
Email: bannan@uwosh.edu

Code 98 or WOM STDS

I. FACULTY

Bannan, Baurecht, Boehler, Brunell, Burnett, Cannon, Chiu, Corley, Espinosa-Aguilar, Gruberg, Heider, Hoefel, Lauter, McFadden, Moore, Muench, Ngaboh-Smart, Nilsen, Parsons, Prine, Roberts, Shaffer, Wells

II. DEGREES

None

Undergraduate: In combination with a major, Women’s Studies minor can lead to a baccalaureate degree.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)
Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that helps us understand the status, experiences, and achievements of women. It explores how we create and perpetuate gendered social structures and how these structures affect complicated social issues. Recommended for all students interested in investigating their responsibilities as part of a gendered society and in enriching their personal and professional interactions through commitment to both gender equity and activism for social change.

2. THE MAJOR(S)
None

3. THE MINOR(S)
The program offers one minor(s): Women’s Studies

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To graduate with a Women’s Studies minor, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought, in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses applied to their Women’s Studies minor. Refer to the following for complete requirements.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

See minor below.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS
None

VII. MINOR(S)

1. WOMEN’S STUDIES

Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Women's Studies: Women’s Studies 201, 435

Other Requirements: To graduate with a Women’s Studies minor, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought, in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses applied to their Women’s Studies minor.

Electives:
For the remaining 15 unit (cr.) hours required to complete the minor, students may choose any combination of courses with the Women’s Studies (98) prefix. Courses approved to ?count toward? the minor, but not officially cross-listed, may be included among these electives with a course modification form. Students who completed a cross-listed course under its departmental number rather than its Women’s Studies (98) number may include that course in their minor.

Comment:
Cross-listed courses used to satisfy the unit (cr.) requirements of the minor may also count toward a student’s major. Any Women’s Studies course approved as a general education course may be used for both the minor and toward fulfilling the appropriate general education requirement, where approved by General Education. Careful selection of courses can enable students to add a Women’s Studies specialization to their programs in ways that complement their majors particularly well.

VIII. COURSE OFFERINGS

Women's Studies 201 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Women's Studies (SS)
Introduction to social scientific analysis of the cultural construction of gender and how it affects women's experiences past and present. Includes interdisciplinary study of women's issues in the family, work place, media, education, politics, and other cultural institutions, as well as intersections of ethnicity, class, and gender. Provides an introduction to the origins, purpose, subject matter and methods of Women's Studies as a discipline for Women's Studies minors and others interested in the field.

Women's Studies 224 3 units (crs.)
Women in Literature (HU)
Representations of women and female experiences in literature. A variety of genres and historical periods may be covered from American, British, and/or colonial literatures. Prerequisite: English 101 or English 110. Cross-listed: English 224/Women's Studies 224. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 225 3 units (crs.)
Images of Women (SS)
Inter-disciplinary approach to the study of women past, present, and future.

Women's Studies 240 3 units (crs.)
Human Sexuality (GE)
The study of human sexual functioning which will include social, political, biological, and aesthetic components and application of these components in developing a mature understanding of one's own sexuality and the responsible use of sex in one's life. Cross-listed: Health Education 240/Women's Studies 240. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 265 3 units (crs.)
Women and Religion (NW-ES )
Explores the role of women and the feminine in the religions of the world. Using sacred textual traditions as a base, we will examine the place of women and the feminine in 1) mythology, 2) social and family relations, and 3) religious ritual and organization, including monasticism. Attention will also be given to the significance of the gendered nature of deity for women's spirituality and experience in the world's religions. Cross-listed: Religious Studies 265/Women's Studies 265. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 268 3 units (crs.)
Gender, Communication and Relationships
Focuses on the relationship between gender and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Topics covered include hetero/homoaffective relationships, friendships, and professional relationships. Prerequisite: Communication students are recommended to have taken Communication 111 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed: Communication 268/Women's Studies 268. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 302 3 units (crs.)
Civil Liberties in the United States
Philosophy of civil liberties; constitutional basis, rights of conscience and expression; rights of persons accused of crime; political rights; equal protection of the laws. Prerequisite: Political Science 105. Cross-listed: Political Science 302/ Women's Studies 302. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 303 3 units (crs.)
Women and Politics
This course is intended to be an examination of the status of women in the American political system. This examination will explore the history and current status of women's rights, women as voters, political activists, and officeholders, and current issues surrounding the role and status of women in the United States. Cross-listed: Political Science 303/ Women's Studies 303. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Political Science 105.
Women's Studies 307 3 units (crs.)
Discrimination, Gender, and the Economy (ES)
Analysis of the experiences of women and ethnic minorities in the economy, extending the traditional interpretations of economic issues to the unique experiences of these groups. Economic tools will be developed, and then applied to such topics as Comparable Worth, Wage Determination, Occupational Choice and Segregation, Poverty, and the Criminal Justice System. Prerequisite: Economics 106, 206 or 208. Cross-listed: Economics 307/Women's Studies 307. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 316 3 units (crs.)
Gender and Language
Focuses on a broad range of readings surrounding gender, language and communication issues including the creation and maintenance of gender roles through languages, language and power, and reality and language. As a writing emphasis course, the student will be expected to be able to digest a great deal of reading material and articulately summarize and discuss (through writing and class discussions) the essential elements of each reading and her/his thoughts regarding the reading. Prerequisite: Communication 214 (for Communication students) or consent of instructor. Cross-listed: Communication 316/Women's Studies 316. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 324 3 units (crs.)
Gender in Literature: Optional Content
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the director. A study of literature from various periods illustrating gender roles in their cultural and social contexts. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed: English 324/Women's Studies 324.

Women's Studies 330 3 units (crs.)
Discrimination and Legal Remedies
Examination of issues of discrimination in American society against groups and individuals and how the system responds to these problems. Issues of race, ethnicity, gender, economic class, sexual orientation, and physical disability are among those examined. Cross-listed: Political Science 330/Women's Studies 330. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 332 3 units (crs.)
Early Women Writers: Optional Content
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of women writers before 1900. The content will vary from term to term, and may include such subjects as Ancient Women Writers, Medieval Women Writers, Renaissance Women Writers, Early American Women Writers, and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. Cross-listed: English 332/Women's Studies 332. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

Women's Studies 338 3 units (crs.)
Adult Development and Aging
A study of the developmental tasks of early, middle, and late adulthood. Work, marriage, parenthood, retirement, death, and other issues will be examined with regard to cognitive, emotional, motivational, and psycho-social functioning through the adult years. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110. Cross-listed: Psychology 338/Women's Studies 338. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 344 3 units (crs.)
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender
Examination of comparative gender roles and the behavior, status, and economic position of the sexes in cultural groups other than contemporary U.S. society. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102, Anthropology 122, Anthropology 101, Sociology 101 or Sociology 151. Cross-listed with Anthropology 344. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 345 3 units (crs.)
Twentieth-Century Women Writers: Optional Content
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies in literature written by women in the 20th century, with emphasis on works by contemporary authors. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed: English 345/Women's Studies 345.

Women's Studies 347 3 units (crs.)
Race, Class and Gender in American Film (ES)
An introduction to the issues of race, class and gender, including sexual orientation, and their function within American films. It will examine film images as more than refections of stereotypes. The investigation into media representations will reveal the historical, social, and political contexts that shaped and continue to construct these images. With the prominence of the media in our lives, it is imperative that students understand the relationship between the media and American Culture. Cross-listed: Communication 347/Women's Studies 347. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 353 3 units (crs.)
Domestic Violence
The course will familiarize students with the problem of domestic violence. Special emphasis will be given to spouse abuse, the cycle of violence, alternatives available to the victim, legal options, and counseling approaches used. Aspects of prevention, community intervention will be explored, along with the historical perspective and contributory factors such as sex-role stereotypes, social violence, and cultural norms. Cross-listed: Human Services 353/ Women's Studies 353. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 357 3 units (crs.)
Sex Differences in Society
A study of behavior and social inequalitites based on sex differences. Interdisiplinary perspectives on sex roles in the family and at work. Historical and cross-cultural perspectives on the position of women in society.
Women's Studies 370 3 units (crs.)
Women and the Law
Examines the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, symbolic discrimination, women and the political system, constitutional status of women, social staus of women (family, law, pregnancy, eduational status), economic status of women, and comparative staus of women.

Women's Studies 371 3 units (crs.)
African American Women Writers: Optional Content (ES)
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair/director. An examination of work by African American women writers such as Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall and others. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed: English 371/Women's Studies 371. English 371/571

Women's Studies 380 2-3 units (crs.)
Women's Health: Issues and Nursing Practice
An overview of the health care of women from a nursing perspective. The status of women as health care professionals, as well as clients in the health care system, is explored. Aspects of health promotion and female health related problems are studied with the incorporation of psycho-socio-political aspects. Content related to child-bearing will not be addressed. Open to majors and non-majors. Cross-listed: Nursing 380/Women's Studies 380. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 386 3 units (crs.)
Women in the United States
The status, work, role, and leadership activities of white, Native American and African American women in United States history. Exceptional women, and the feminist, suffrage, and liberation movements examined within the perspective of the life and attitudes of the mass of women in the United States. Prerequisite: History 201 or History 202. Cross-listed: History 386/Women's Studies 386. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 387 3 units (crs.)
German Witch Craze of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
The origins of the witch craze, study of selected witch hunts; the factors that caused the witch craze to decline in the late 17th century. Cross-listed: History 387/Women's Studies 387. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies 390 3 units (crs.)
Feminist Theory: Optional Content
Explores the distinct but intersecting explanations for women's personal, professional, and political conditions, as well as various recommendations for improving or transforming those conditions. This course may be offered using different content. When cross-listed with different departments or offered using different subtitles, it may be repeated for credit with consent of director.

Women's Studies 391 3 units (crs.)
Gay and Lesbian Literature: Optional Content
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. An examination of lesbian and gay literature, with emphasis on work by contemporary authors. Readings will be arranged thematically, with particular attention to identity politics and to the AIDS epidemic. Prerequisite: English 281. Cross-listed: English 391/Women's Studies 391.

Women's Studies 395 3 units (crs.)
Special Topics: Optional content
A course on a topic not normally covered in the curriculum. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the timetable. May be repeated with different content.

Women's Studies 435 3 units (crs.)
Women's Studies Senior Seminar
A capstone seminar for the Women's Studies minor program, designed for exploration of topics from a feminist perspective. Multi-disciplinary approach, allowing students to combine work in their major field with Women's Studies research, if they wish, using both primary and secondary sources. Prerequisite: Background in Women's Studies courses.

Women's Studies 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course decription, general prerequisites, and proper contract form.
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