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Women's Studies*

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Christie Launius, Director of Women's and Gender Studies

Department Office: Sage Hall 3457
Telephone: (920) 424-0964, (920) 424-0892 
Email: launiusc@uwosh.edu

Code 98 or WOM STDS

Faculty

Faculty

Baker Kapelusz-Poppi
Bauder Knepple
Bergstrom Kuhl
Burnett Landry
Cannon Launius
Corley Looker
Crawford Merriman 
Crotty Mouton
de Montigny  Mueller
Eichler-Levine  Murphy
Foss Murray
Frey Rensing
Fonkem Richards
Gemin Scribner
Harper Shaffer
Hauser Stokes
Heider Taengnoi
House Winterrowd

Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in Women's and Gender Studies can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science.

  • Graduate: None

Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

    • Women's and Gender 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 enriching their personal and professional interactions through commitment to both gender equity and activism for social change.

  2. The Major(s)

    • The program offers one major: Women's and Gender Studies

  3. The Minor(s)

    • The program offers one minor: Women's and Gender Studies

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Women's and Gender Studies major or 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 and Gender Studies major or minor. Refer to the following for complete requirements.

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

  • Women's Studies and Gender Studies: Women's Studies 201, 366 or 399, 390, 435

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

Women's and Gender Studies Major

  • Required Units (crs.): 36 units (crs.)

  • Required Courses: In addition to the core courses: 12 units (crs.)

    • Choose one course from each of the following four disciplinary categories:

      • Historical Perspectives: Women's Studies 334, 346, 351, 386, 396, 450, 451

      • Arts and Humanities: Women's Studies 224, 225, 243, 265, 268, 315, 316, 317, 318, 324, 332, 345, 347, 360, 391, 395

      • Social Sciences: Women's Studies 105, 205, 260, 302, 303, 307, 314, 320, 330, 331, 339, 343, 344, 350, 353, 357, 368, 370, 392, 397

      • Environment, Health, and Natural Sciences: Women's Studies 310, 329, 365, 380, 398

    • Diversity Requirement: One course must be global in nature, and at least one must cover Women and Diversity in the United States. These courses may overlap with the disciplinary category.

      • Global Diversity: One course from Women's Studies 265, 303, 334, 343, 344, 346, 351

      • Diversity in the United States: One course from Women's Studies 205, 314, 317, 318, 347, 350, 360, 371, 391, 392

  • Required Electives: 6-12 units (crs.) (May be tailored to meet the breadth requirement)

    • Women's Studies 395, 446, 474

The Minor(s)

The Minor(s)

Women's and Gender Studies

    • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum

    • Required Courses:

      • WMST 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)

      • WMST 435 Women’s Studies Senior Seminar (3)

    • Other Requirements: To graduate with a Women’s and Gender 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 and Gender 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 and Gender 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 and Gender 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 and Gender Studies specialization to their programs in ways that complement their majors particularly well.

    Course Offering(s)

    Course Offering(s)

    Women's Studies   105                                           3 (crs.)

    Social Work Ethics in a Diverse Society

    Introduces the student to the framework of ethics in a diverse society for generalist practice, focusing in particular on women's issues. To clarify ethical issues, social workers will need to use ethical concepts paired with social work knowledge, skills and values, when dealing with populations at risk. This course presents the student with basic philosophical theories and moral and ethical decision making models to prepare the student to fully understand the logic systems of the client, as well as one's own values and behaviors. Cross-listed: Social Work 105/Women's Studies 105. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Open only to Social Work majors or Women's and Gender Studies majors/minors, or by consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   201                                           3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Women's Studies (SS) (XS)

    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 majors/minors and others interested in the field.

     

     

    Women's Studies   205                                           3 (crs.)

    Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (XS) (SS)

    This course provides an introduction to the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies. This course provides an overview of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and identities, with an emphasis on history, psychology, media and social justice struggles. Course explores the social and historical construction of the lives and realities of diverse people who transgress sexual and gender norms, and examines how institutions, practices and beliefs foster heterosexism, homophobia, and gender conformity. Individual and collective efforts to eliminate oppression will also be examined.

     

     

    Women's Studies   224                                           3 (crs.)

    Women in Literature (HU) (XC)

    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. Cross-listed: English 224/Women's Studies 224. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (188), or English 101 or English 110.

     

     

    Women's Studies   225                                           3 (crs.)

    Images of Women (HU)

    Interdisciplinary approach to cultural representations of women past, present and future.

     

     

    Women's Studies   240                                           3 (crs.)

    Human Sexuality (SS)

    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   243                                           3 (crs.)

    Women in the Arts: Encounters (HU) (XC)

    Women in the Arts: Encounters is a team-taught interdisciplinary course which provides an overview of the significant contributions of women in the arts, while offering a critical look at individual achievements and at societal attitudes and limitations which have impacted the nature and direction of women's artistic output. Students will gain hands-on experience through guided studio work in music, visual art and theater and the combination of these are forms via collaborative projects. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Women's Studies   260                                           3 (crs.)

    Psychology of Gender (XS) (SS)

    Study of the psychological theories and research concerning gender in and across cultures. Topics, as they relate to gender, include language and communication, physical and mental development and health over the lifespan, work relationships, education, sexuality, power and the media. Cross-listed: Psychology 260/Women's Studies 260. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: General Psychology 101, 104 or 110; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   263                                           3 (crs.)

    Women, Sustainability, Religion: From Green Nuns to Hindu Tree Huggers (SS) (XS) (ES)

    We all live in bodies, and we all live on the planet Earth. This class explores how women from diverse religious traditions have approached the question of how to live sustainably on this planet, as well as how religious approaches to sustainability affect women's lives. We will assess this through units on four themes: 1) Wonder and Nature, 2) Food, 3) People and Bodies, and 4) Myth and Ritual. Cross-listed: Religious Studies 263/Women Studies 263, students may receive credit for only one-cross listed course.

     

     

    Women's Studies   265                                           3 (crs.)

    Women and Religion (NW) (SS) (XS)

    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 (crs.)

    Gender, Communication and Relationships (SS)

    Focuses on the relationship between gender and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Topics covered include hetero/homo affective relationships, friendships, and professional relationships. Cross-listed: Communication 268/Women's Studies 268. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   302                                           3 (crs.)

    Civil Liberties in the United States (SS)

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

     

     

    Women's Studies   303                                           3 (crs.)

    Women and Politics (SS)

    This a comparative politics course that examines how women's political power varies across countries and why differences exist. The course examines topics such as women's representation in government; women's movements and degree of success in achieving their objectives; women and violence; the welfare state and how social policy affects women's political and economic empowerment; and reproductive health policy comparatively. Cross-listed: Political Science 303/ Women's Studies 303/Social Justice 303. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Women's Studies   307                                           3 (crs.)

    Discrimination, Gender, and the Economy

    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. Cross-listed: Economics 307/Women's Studies/Social Justice 307. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Economics 106, 204, 206, 208 or 209.

     

     

    Women's Studies   310                                           3 (crs.)

    Biology of Gender

    Evolution, genetics, development, anatomy and physiology of gender in humans and other animals. Gender diversity including intersex and transgender. Roles of gender in reproductive and social behavior. Using biology in evidence-based critical thinking about related sociopolitical issues such as endocrine disruptors, defining deviancy, gender-based medicine and sexual reassignment of infants and adults. Cross-listed: Biology 310/Women's Studies 310. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Biology 105 and either Biology 211 (preferred) or Biology 230 or Biology 308, or instructor's permission. (Spring)

     

     

    Women's Studies   314                                           3 (crs.)

    Native American Women (ES)

    This class explores the diverse experiences, perspectives, histories, cultures and contemporary issues of Native North American women as well as the ethics of research and representation. Relevant topics include family and gender roles, health, alcoholism, education, language, cultural preservation and change. Examples will be drawn from ethnography, ethnohistory and autobiography. Cross-listed: Anthropology 314/Women's Studies 314. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Women's Studies   315                                           3 (crs.)

    Women and Madness

    This course examines women's experiences with madness, mental institutions and mental illness. We explore the following questions: what is madness and how has it been culturally defined, why are women institutionalized, what disorders do women suffer from, and what environmental causes lead to women's mental illnesses?

     

     

    Women's Studies   316                                           3 (crs.)

    Gender and Discourse (HU)

    Explores gender issues through the framework of public discourse and power dynamics. This course analyzes the public vocabularies through which we understand contemporary issues, examines the interests served by such discourses and invites discussion on alternative language choices. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 316 or Women's Studies 316. Prerequisites: Communication 104; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication Studies majors/minors: Communication 219; or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's Studies majors/minors: Women's Studies 201; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   317                                           3 (crs.)

    Gendering Jewish Children Literature

    Religion. Race. Class. Gender. All of these variables of identity intersect in the memorable and complex representations of Jewish life found in children's and young adult literature. In this class, we will consider Jewish children's literature-both books by Jews and books about Judaism from a gender perspective. How does Jewish children's literature contribute to the construction and representation of gender roles of families in America? We will study all of these questions (and more). Cross-listed: Religious Studies 317/Women's Studies 317. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Women's Studies   318                                           3 (crs.)

    Religion and Sexuality

    In this class, we will explore how religious practice and sexuality intersect with a particular focus on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer-identified (LGBTQ) individuals in the modern world. By placing LGBTQ issues at the center of study, we will gain a greater understanding of how religious adherents think about the very notion of sexuality itself. We will also become more sophisticated in our ability to engage with civic questions about religion, families and rights.

     

     

    Women's Studies   320                                           3 (crs.)

    Gendered Lives (SS)

    Analysis of how gender affects human experiences throughout the lifespan, from infancy through old age. Using insights from social science theories of human development and of gender, explores how males and females are expected to behave, how they actually define themselves, and how they act out or challenge gender prescriptions, at each stage of the life cycle. Cross-listed: Liberal Studies 320/ Women's Studies 320.  Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.  Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.

     

     

    Women's Studies   324                                           3 (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 department chair. A study of literature from various periods illustrating gender roles in their cultural and social contexts. Cross-listed: English 324/Women's Studies 324. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   329                                           3 (crs.)

    Body Politics: Contemporary Feminist Debates

    This course trains students to utilize feminist frameworks to analyze contemporary debates about women's and men's bodies. In the process, students will be introduced to the ways in which bodies, especially women's bodies, continue to be politicized sites of contestation. Topics for this course will depend on contemporary debates, but will center on: ethical questions concerning bodily autonomy and human rights, healthcare and social policy debates, and issues concerning environmental risks and social justice. Prerequisite: Women's Studies 201 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   330                                           3 (crs.)

    Discrimination and Legal Remedies (SS)

    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   331                                           3 (crs.)

    Women and Crime

    This course is the study of women and crime, including women as participants and victims of crime, and criminal justice professionals. The course explores the pathways by which women become involved in criminal behavior, the response of the criminal justice system and the complex worlds women experience on the street and in prison. Cross-listed: Women's Studies 331/Criminal Justice 331. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 103 (Introduction to Criminal Justice) or Criminal Justice 110 (Introduction to Criminal Justice for Majors) or consent of the instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   332                                           3 (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, Medieval, Renaissance, Early American, Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. Cross-listed: English 332/Women's Studies 332. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   334                                           3 (crs.)

    Women in Modern European History (SS)

    An examination of the role of women in modern European History from the Enlightenment to the Present. Particular attention will be paid to how women's work, political participation and family roles have influenced and have been influenced by industrialization, modernization and suffrage, as well as political movements like democracy, communism and fascism. Cross-listed: Women's Studies 334/History 334. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: History 102 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   338                                           3 (crs.)

    Adult Development and Aging (SS)

    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. Cross-listed: Psychology 338/Women's Studies 338. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

     

     

    Women's Studies   339                                           3 (crs.)

    Sociology of the Family (SS)

    The course examines the family system in the U.S. and elsewhere, including the ways family structures both reinforce and challenge gender roles. Sociological and gender-based theories of the family are explored, as well as the complex relationships among marriage, parenting, work and family. Varieties of family experience are considered, with special attention given to issues concerning competing definitions of the family. Cross-listed: Women's Studies 339/539/Sociology 339/539. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor. 339/539

     

     

    Women's Studies   343                                           3 (crs.)

    Masculinity Across Cultures

    By taking a cross-cultural approach with examples from all over the world, the course aims to interrogate notions of masculinity that have become naturalized in wider American society. Some of the topics of the course may include issues of men and violence, emotion, invulnerability, independence, kinship, the body, transsexuality, masculinity and national identity and rites of passage. The course will examine the relationships between particular masculinities and femininities and gendered hierarchies, power, and inequality in culture and society. Implicit in all these discussions will be the relationships between men and women, definitions of masculinity and femininity, gender, gender roles and expectations, and how factors of race, class, and gender shape definitions and expressions of masculinity. Cross-listed: Anthropology 343/Women's Studies 343. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Women's Studies   344                                           3 (crs.)

    Kinship, Gender and Sexuality (SS)

    Examination of comparative gender roles and the behavior, status and economic position of the sexes in cultural groups other than contemporary US society. Cross-listed: Anthropology 344/ Women's Studies 344.  Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Women's Studies   345                                           3 (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. Cross-listed: English 345/Women's Studies 345. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   346                                           3 (crs.)

    Women & Gender Relations in Latin American History (NW)

    This course will explore the role of women and the construction of gender relations in Latin America since Pre-Hispanic times to the twentieth century. It will start with the analysis of these topics among the Aztec and Maya and will next focus on the way in which gender relations contributed to the construction of the colonial world. The course will next look at the position that women played in the nineteenth century and the transformations that affected gender relations towards the end of the century, when new middle-class values began pervading Latin American society. The course will finally examine the way in which the modernization process of the first half of the twentieth century brought women into the public sphere as workers, political leaders and intellectuals. Cross-listed: History 346/Women's Studies 346. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Either History 102 or History 201.

     

     

    Women's Studies   347                                           3 (crs.)

    Race, Class, Gender in the Mass Media (ES) (HU)

    An introduction to the issues of race, class and gender, including sexual orientation, and their function within motion pictures and the electronic media. The investigation into media representations will reveal the historical, social and political contexts that shaped and continue to construct these images. Cross-listed: RTF 347/Women's Studies 347/Social Justice. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Communication 201 for RTF majors and minors: OR 2.5 Cumulative GPA and Women Studies 201 for Women's and Gender Studies majors and minors; OR Communication 118 and 236 for Speech Communication majors; OR Cumulative GPA 2.0 and Social Justice 101 for Social Justice minors OR instructor consent.

     

     

    Women's Studies   350                                           3 (crs.)

    Women, Race and Class (ES) (SS)

    Explores how women's lives are shaped by the intersections of the major socially-constructed systems of differentiation and power: race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Examines how women of color have shaped feminist thought and how all of us can participate together in feminist and anti-racism work. Fulfills Ethnic Studies general education requirement. Prerequisite: Women's Studies 201 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   351                                           3 (crs.)

    Gender in Indian History

    This course examines gender in the context of Indian Civilization from prehistory to the present. Instead of focusing on political and economic history, the concern of this course is the development of ideas about sexual identity and normative values regarding the roles of men and women in society. While the majority of the course material will revolve around the history of women, with an emphasis on relationships and family life in Hindu and Muslim Indian culture, some attention will be given to the subject of masculinity and to non-normative traditions. Cross-listed: History 351/Women's Studies 351. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: History 101 or 102.

     

     

    Women's Studies   353                                           3 (crs.)

    Domestic Violence (SS)

    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 (crs.)

    Sex Differences in Society (SS)

    A study of behavior and social inequalities based on sex differences.  Interdisciplinary 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   360                                           3 (crs.)

    Judaism Since Gender

    How have Jewish women, men and individuals of other sexes lived with Judaism "since gender"? In this course, we will examine the intersection of Judaism and gender among various Jewish communities from the ancient world to the present, with a particular focus on contemporary America. We will consider how the "afterlives" of biblical figures continue to influence modern gender roles; the different and complex ways that bodies have figured in Jewish culture; how Jews are gendered in popular culture portrayals; and some of the changes, renewals and continuities in Jewish practice and theology that have occurred since the rise of feminist movements. Cross-listed: Religious Studies 360/Women's Studies 360. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Women's Studies   365                                           3 (crs.)

    Gender and Nature (SS)

    This course offers an introduction to the connections between concepts of gender and nature in the West. It examines ecological feminist theories about the relationship between the domination of nature and the subordination of women as well as the impact of gender differences on ideas and experiences of nature. Topics include: scientific explanations of the nature of gender, the feminization of nature in Western thought, the roles of men and women in the environmental movement, and the gendered division of environmental risk, work and benefits in contemporary political economies. Cross-listed: Environmental Studies 365/Women's Studies 365. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Women's Studies   366                                           1-3 (crs.)

    Service Learning Field Study (SS)

    In this course, students will apply their Women's Studies education in service activities in the community related to women's issues, under the supervision of an individual at the site and a member of the faculty or academic staff. Students will volunteer for a certain number of hours per week depending upon the number of credits they will receive. Students will also write reflective papers that connect their service experiences with relevant readings. Additional work is required for graduate credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission and six hours of Women's Studies course credit. (Note: The general prerequisites for Independent Study/Related Readings are waived for this course.)

     

     

    Women's Studies   368                                           3 (crs.)

    Sociology of Gender (SS)

    Analysis of the social construction of gender, which shapes the lives of men and women through the organization of roles or patterns of expectations related to order in society, including sex-typed behavior and self-expression, sexualities, the division of labor, the organization of households, parenting, power and gender-based forms of discrimination. Sociology 368/Women's Studies 368/Social Justice 368. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   370                                           3 (crs.)

    Women and the Law (SS)

    Examines the Equal Rights Amendment, symbolic discrimination, women and the political system, constitutional status of women, social status of women (family, law, pregnancy, educational status), economic status of women and comparative status of women.

     

     

    Women's Studies   371                                           3 (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. An examination of work by African American women writers such as Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall and others. Cross-listed: English 371/Women's Studies 371. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 371/571

     

     

    Women's Studies   380                                           2-3 (crs.)

    Women's Health: Issues and Nursing Practice (SS)

    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 childbearing 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. (Elective)

     

     

    Women's Studies   386                                           3 (crs.)

    Women in the United States (SS)

    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. Cross-listed: History 386/Women's Studies 386. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: History 201 or 202.

     

     

    Women's Studies   390                                           3 (crs.)

    Feminist Theory: Optional Content (SS)

    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 (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. Cross-listed: English 391/Women's Studies 391. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281.

     

     

    Women's Studies   392                                           3 (crs.)

    Queer Theory

    As a school of thought and method of analysis, queer theory provides a range of theoretical approaches that challenge fixed, essentialist identities, drawing attention to the incoherencies in the allegedly stable sex/gender system. This course provides a survey of contemporary arguments and critical terms used in the field of queer studies. Emphasis will be on using queer theory as a lens to analyze cultural representations of queerness (in fiction and film), examining the ways in which selected cultural representations frustrate and delegitimize heteronormative knowledges and institutions. Prerequisites: Completion of 30 or more credits AND Women Studies 201 or Women Studies 205 OR consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   395                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics in the Arts and Humanities

    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   396                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics in Historical Perspectives

    A course in historical perspectives 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   397                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics in the Social Sciences

    A course in the social sciences not normally covered in the curriculum. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the timetable. Maybe repeated with different content.

     

     

    Women's Studies   398                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics in the Environment, Health and Natural Sciences

    A course in the environment, health, and natural sciences 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   399                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics for Off-Campus Study

    A course designed for off campus study of women's and/or gender issues that provides students an opportunity to engage with other cultures and societies. Information on specific trips, fees, transportation and trip expenses will be announced each time the course is scheduled. May be repeated with different content.

     

     

    Women's Studies   412                                           2 (crs.)

    Nursing: Childbearing Families (SS)

    The childbearing family and the nurse's role in the holistic health care and health promotion of the childbearing family are the focus of this course. Individuals and changing relationships within the family will be addressed from a family development perspective. Normal physiological changes as well as psychosocial, environmental, and cultural influences and pathophysiological processes occurring during the reproductive cycle are included. Cross-listed Nursing 412/Women's Studies 412. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite Nursing 313 or 317.

     

     

    Women's Studies   435                                           3 (crs.)

    Women's Studies Senior Seminar (SS)

    A capstone seminar for the Women's and Gender Studies 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 and Gender Studies research, if they wish, using both primary and secondary sources. Prerequisite: Completion of 12 credits of Women's Studies courses or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   446                                           1-3 (crs.)

    Independent Study (SS)

    See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form.

     

     

    Women's Studies   450                                           3 (crs.)

    Rhetoric of the US Women's Rights Movement 1848-1920 (SS)

    This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S. women's rights movement, from 1848 to 1920. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals and ideas of the movement. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites for majors/minors: Communication 104 and 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's and Gender Studies major/minors: Women's Studies 201 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   451                                           3 (crs.)

    Rhetoric of the U.S. Women's Movement 1920-Present (SS)

    This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S. women's rights movement from 1920 to present. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals and ideas of the movement. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 451/ Women's Studies 451 /Social Justice 451. Prerequisites for Communication Studies majors/minors: Communication 104 and 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication Studies majors/minors: Communication 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's and Gender Studies majors/minors:  Women's Studies 201; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Women's Studies   474                                           1-6 (crs.)

    Honors Thesis
    Honors Thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study Contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be 'Honors Thesis'. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Prerequisite: University Honors status and junior standing. Maximum of six units (crs.)

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