Course Descriptions

Women's Studies Core Courses
Current Course Listings

WMST 2010 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 credits)
      This is an introduction to the interdisciplinary academic field which has the triple focus of integrating information about women’s contributions to culture and history into the curriculum, uncovering and understanding structures of oppression (gender, race, and class), and exploring possibilities for change. Topics for reading and discussion will be drawn from material on social structures, law, language, history, religion, philosophy, the healing professions, and the arts. Articulating questions and points of view regarding issues related to gender is stressed.

WMST 2020 Women in Global Perspective (3 credits) 
     
Emphasizes diversity of women’s experience in non-western, non-industrialized societies.  Concentrates on women's participation in, interaction with, and resistance to patriarchal structures that inhibit economic, political and human rights for women. 

WMST 3330 Feminist Thought and Practice (3 credits) 
     
Prerequisites: WMST 2010 or WMST 2020.  Explores a variety of theoretical frameworks for studying women and gender and links feminist theory to social action and civic responsibility.

WMST 4500 Senior Capstone (3 credits) 
     
A synthesis course through which students draw from their individual courses of study to develop and pursue social justice, professional, and/or advanced educational objectives. 

Women's Studies Elective Courses
Current Course Listings

Currently or previously offered that were approved Women's Studies courses.
  Course content will vary by semester. Special topics courses may or may not be a women’s studies approved courses each semester, please gain prior approval from Women's Studies Program.

ARTA 4117/5117: Women Artists (3 credits)

CJCR 4670: Women and Crime (3 credits)
      Examination of experiences of women and people of color with agencies of social control. Comparisons of crime rates, types of criminal offending, and victimization including discussion on sexual and racial harassment in the workplace.

ELPA/MGMT: 4460 Leadership Studies (3 credits)
      The study of leadership from historical and contemporary perspectives. Students will identify, apply, and reflect on aspects of leadership development, including concepts of personal change toward effective leadership in a changing environment. Topics cover personal assessment and development, values and ethics, power and influence, followership, group dynamics, controversy with civility, and citizenship.

ENGL 3500: Women Authors (3 credits)
      Study of significant women writers, including essayists, and how their works address gender issues.

ENGL 4087/5087: Themes in Women’s Literature (3 credits)
      Studies of themes and issues affecting women as portrayed in selected fiction, poetry, and drama. Themes vary by semester.

ENGL 4290: Film Genres- Women in Film (3 credits)
      A genre approach, including but not limited to, comedy, Western, film noir, and documentary. Themes may vary by semester.

FCNU 4507/5507: Social Concerns and Women’s Health (3 credits)
      This course addresses the historical perspectives and current status of women’s health, special concerns related to women’s health and the economic, political, and cultural factors which impact women’s health.

HDAL 2340: Understanding Cultural Diversity (3 credits)
      This course is designed for the student to develop competencies that allow her/him to be more effective when relating and/or working with individuals of diverse groups in society. Students will have opportunities to develop awareness of their own cultural values and biases, to study prevalent beliefs and attitudes of different cultures, and to develop skills useful for appropriate interactions with particular groups.

HIST 4837/5837:  American Women Since World War II (3 credits)
      An examination of the social, political, economic, commercial, legal, sexual, and racial issues faced by American women since the end of World War II. Topics will include the domestic containment of the 1950s, Betty Friedan’s 1963 groundbreaking study, The Feminine Mystique, birth control, Roe V Wade, the origins of protest movements, women’s liberation, defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, and the rise of radical and conservative feminism.

PHIL 3110: Philosophies of Feminism ( 3 credits)
      Prerequisite(s): Two (2) PHIL courses at the 1000 - 2000 level  or permission of the instructor. Examination of the major forms of feminist theory and also the role, functions and limitations of theory in addressing gender-related issues.

PSYC 3300: Psychology of Women (3 credits)
      Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1310. In this course, we will explore and discuss important issues in the field of psychology as it relates to women and gender, apply our discoveries to real world situations, and critically evaluate the research being done in the psychology of women.

SOAA 3030: Gender and Society (3 credits)
      Prerequisite(s): SOAA 1020 or permission of instructor.  Study of the social construction of gender and its consequences for individuals and society. Examination of our cultural assumptions about gender identities, roles, behaviors, and the social processes that reproduce gender inequality.

SOWK 1030: Cultural Diversity (3 credits)
    The dual purpose of this course is to introduce the knowledge necessary for social work practice with disadvantaged, marginalized, and oppressed groups and to advance a philosophy that people come first and must be treated with dignity and respect. Issues of power, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, civil rights, historical and legal heritage, and contemporary news events are central course components. Opportunities are provided for examining personal values and beliefs and their impact on interactions with minority groups. Although several aspects of diversity will be examined, the emphasis is on race, class, gender, ethnicity, and affectional orientation. Implications for sensitive, effective, and affirming practice with minority groups are examined.

SPCH 3346 Speaking for Social Change   (3 credits)

    This course provides advanced-level training in public address, and channels that training into civic engagement efforts that challenge issues of privilege, power, and difference.  Students will write, present, and analyze speeches in class, on campus, and in the community.

SPCH 4200/5200: Gender and Communication (3 credits)
    This course investigates how communication practices shape, reinforce, or resist definitions and experiences of gender.

THEA 4957/5957: Women in Theater History (3 credits)
    The purpose of this course is to explore, and attempt to reconstruct where appropriate, theatrical history as it pertains to the contributions of Women in all aspects of the American Theatre.  After completing this course the student will be able to (1) recognize names and attributes of significant female theatre artisans, (2) understand the significance of gender and point of view while reading plays, theatre history tests, and other supplemental materials, (3) adopt the skills necessary to continue a life-long and objective exploration of the contributions of significant women in the theatre, past and present.

WMST 4080:  Internship (3 credits) 
     
Supervised professional and/or social justice work experience that synthesizes the student’s program of study.

WMST 4950:  Issues in Women’s Movement (3 credits )
      Studies of varying themes and issues related to women’s social movement(s).  This course may be repeated under different subtitles.    

Women’s Studies Emphasis Courses

Special sections of standard courses are sometimes taught with a Women's Studies Emphasis. Check the link at Current Course Listings.

ENGL 2220: British Literature II- WS Emphasis (3 credits)
      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020; or equivalent. Survey of major British writers from the Romantic Period to the present. Emphasis on women writers and topics related to women.

ENGL 2330: World Literature- WS Emphasis (3 credits)
      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020; or equivalent . Various genres from such non-European cultures as early Middle East, Asian, African, and Latin American.

HDAL 2340: Understanding Cultural Diversity- WS Emphasis (3 credits)
      This course is designed for the student to develop competencies that allow her/him to be more effective when relating and/or working with individuals of diverse groups in society. Students will have opportunities to develop awareness of their own cultural values and biases, to study prevalent beliefs and attitudes of different cultures, and to develop skills useful for appropriate interactions with particular groups.

PHIL 1030: Self and World- WS Emphasis (3 credits)
      An introduction to some central philosophical problems concerning free will, the self, science, and reality.

PHIL 2040: Philosophy as Conversation- WS Emphasis (3 credits)
      An introduction to philosophy as self-examination. Focus on discussion of the beliefs and values of the students in the class.

SOAA 2020: Social Problems- WS Emphasis (3 credits)
      Sociological study of major current problems confronted in American society and the beliefs that compound them.

SPCH 1300: General Speech- WS Emphasis (3 credits)
      A study of effective intra-personal, interpersonal, group, and public communication, as well as an introduction to communication theory and nonverbal communication. Emphasis on communication as it relates to gender and women's lives.