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Course Descriptions

Required Courses (1 of 2):

 

WGS 101
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES
Gender as a social construction that influences women and men
and intersects with other social categories.  Introduction to
feminist theories.  How gender affects childhood experiences,
education, employment, family, bodies, and violence.  Portrayal
of gender in art, literature, and media.  Gender in the social
and natural sciences.  Current issues related to women and gender.

SOC 312
WOMEN IN SOCIETY
Multifaceted analysis of women in society;
women’s issues in relation to the social and
natural sciences; critical examination of modern
societies in light of women’s perspectives.

 

Electives:

 
Group A:  Women and Gender as Primary Focus
 

AED 365
SEMINAR IN FEMINIST ART AND CRITICISM
Prerequisites: Fulfillment of English composition/
basic communication requirement,
sophomore status. Women’s creative achievements
in visual art. Varieties of feminist visual
art and criticism, and their relationship to
contemporary culture. Portrayal of women
and the ways in which cultural definitions of
gender shape artistic expression.

ANT 332
MEN AND WOMEN IN PREHISTORY  
Prerequisites: ANT 100 or instructor permission.
Focus on gender, the cultural construction of gender roles,
the impact of gender roles on social structure, and the reflection
of gender and gender roles on the material culture of past human
societies.  Provide overview of concepts including gender, sex,
gender role, alternative genders and historical development of
gender archaeology.  Examine the variation in gender roles in a
range of prehistoric societies emphasis on ancient civilizations. 
Explore the archaeological resources relating to gender including
art & iconography, burial patterns & human remains, settlement
patterns & architecture, and craft production & division of labor. 

CRJ 430
GENDER AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Prerequisites: CRJ 101, upper-division status.
The mutual effects between gender and
aspects of criminal justice, including victimization,
criminality, law, and the criminal justice
process. Includes perspectives on the historical
subordination of women, and how law
and the criminal justice system can be used to
ameliorate that subordination.

ECO 302
WOMEN IN THE ECONOMY
Prerequisite: ECO 201 or ECO 202 recommended.
Analysis of the economic status of
women in the United States and other selected
nations as compared to men’s status and differentiated
by age, race, ethnicity, and marital
status.

ENG 231
WOMEN IN LITERATURE
The images of women in literature as they
reflect attitudes about women and their roles.
Emphasis on authors and eras varies with
instructors. May be taken for credit more than
once.

ENG 385
GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN LITERATURE
Prerequisites:  ENG 190, or permission of the instructor.
Particular aspects of gender and sexuality in British, American, or
world literature: themes, historical periods, philosophies, theories,
and movements. May be taken for credit up to three times when content
varies.

HEW 308
WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Gender differences
in health outcomes, health-care practices,
and health behavior, with primary
emphasis on women. Historical and current
perspectives on women’s health issues.

HIS 302
HISTORY OF WOMEN IN AMERICA
The impact of women on American development
from colonial times to the present.
Effects of history on the roles and status of
women. Changes in women’s role in the family,
economic contributions, legal status, struggle
for equal rights. Women and demographic
changes. Developing perceptions of women
about society. Political growth and women.
Society’s regard for women in a historical context
and the differences and/or similarities
between women from various ethnic, racial,
religious, and socioeconomic groups.

HIS 445
HISTORY OF WOMEN AND GENDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Prerequisites: Upper-division status or permission of instructor
History of women and gender in the Middle East from Muhammad to
present.  Women and gender relations in the formation of the Islamic
faith.  The impact of the medieval caliphates and Islamic empires. 
Historical role of modernization, colonization on early Middle Eastern
feminist movements. The end of empires and the historical influence
of nation-building on veiling, marriage, educational practices and
homosexuality.  Women and gender themes in the Middle East since the
Second World War.   

PSY 387
PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Empirical and theoretical
issues of the psychology of gender issues;
differences in female and male behavior in
terms of such social factors as conformity to
societal pressures, sex-role stereotyping, and
gender-specific socialization patterns; biological
influences on gender differences; development
of sex differences; gender-role development;
sex differences in cognition, personality,
achievement, and leadership.

REL 303
WOMEN IN GLOBAL RELIGIONS
A study of women in world religions, with special
attention to the effects of patriarchal religious
institutions and religious myths that
influence their lives. Feminist contributions to
global religious thought and practice, and
their effects upon the developing world.

SOC 310
SOCIOLOGY OF SEX AND GENDER
Critical examination of the roles women and
men play in society; social statuses of women
and men analyzed historically, comparatively,
demographically, theoretically, and biologically;
sociological implications of sex inequality
in the economy and political systems, marriage,
family relationships, and other social roles.

 
Group B:  Women and Gender in a Broader Context
 

ANT 350
GLOBAL MARRIAGE PRACTICES
Prerequisites:  ANT 101 or SOC 100
Students are introduced to a cross-cultural and comparative study
of marriage practices through an examination of kinship, gender, and
economy.  Course materials include interdisciplinary materials in
Anthropology, Sociology, History, and Popular Culture.

FTT 348
HISTORY OF COSTUME
Survey of dress from earliest period to the
present with emphasis on the societal influences
that evoke changes in and recurrence of
fashion trends.

PSC 375
RACE, SEX, AND POLITICS OF MYTH AND STORY
Prerequisites: Upper-division status, successful
completion of English basic skills competency
requirement. The institutional and human
force of story in race/sex/politics; legitimizing
myths of the U.S. political system; limits to the
achievement of consensus in group values and
politics; standpoints of race/sex/political privilege
and disadvantage; difficulties posed to the
regime by the refusal of consent; and the
transformation and assumption by citizens of
self-government.

PSY 383
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Psychosexual aspects of
human sexuality; historical views of human
sexuality; sex research; physiology of sex; gender
identity; puberty; early learning of sexuality;
heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality;
ways of sex; sexual minorities; social and
legal issues of sex; portrayal and handling of
sex in the media; sexual difficulties; eroticism;
social-psychological attitudes toward sex;
future trends of sexuality.

SOC 320
SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
Prerequisite: SOC 100. The family as a social
institution, its historical development, function
and structure, and interaction with other
institutions; cross-cultural comparisons are
made. The current status of the family, diversity
in contemporary American families, as
well as stability and change in the life course
of families.

SPC 333
MINORITIES AND THE MEDIA
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical
analysis of media representation of traditionally
underrepresented groups (such as women,
African Americans, Native American, Arabs
and Muslims, and/or gays and lesbians).

SWK 310
SEXUALITY IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Examination and analysis of human sexuality
as part of human development; designed for
future human services professionals.

Women and Gender Studies