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Undergraduate Courses

WMST 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies: Women and Society (3 credits) An interdisciplinary study of the status, roles, and experiences of women in society. Sources from a variety of fields such as literature, psychology, history, and anthropology, focusing on the writings of women.

WMST 210 Love, Labor, and Citizenship: Women in America to 1880 (3 credits) Also offered as HIST210. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST210 or WMST210. An examination of the economic, family, and political roles of colonial, slave, immigrant and frontier women in America from the pre-industrial colonial period through the early stages of nineteenth century industrialization and urbanization.

WMST 211 Women in America Since 1880 (3 credits) Also offered as HIST211. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST211 or WMST211. An examination of women’s changing roles in working class and middle class families, the effects of industrialization on women’s economic activities and status, and women’s involvement in political and social struggles, including those for women’s rights, birth control, and civil rights.

WMST 212 Women in Western Europe 1750-Present (3 credits) Also offered as HIST212. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST212 or WMST212. An analysis of the economic, family, and political roles of European women from 1750 to the present. The effects of industrialization on women’s work and status, the demographic parameters of women’s lives, and women’s participation in political events from market riots to suffrage struggles.

WMST 241 Women Writers of French Expression in Translation (3 credits) Also offered as FREN241. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: FREN241 or WMST241. Works and ideas of Twentieth Century women writers of French in Canada, Africa, the Caribbean, and France. Taught in English.

WMST 250 Introduction to Women’s Studies: Women, Art and Culture (3 credits) An examination of women’s creative powers as expressed in selected examples of music, film, art, drama, poetry, fiction, and other literature. Explores women’s creativity in relation to families, religion, education, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and within a cultural tradition shaped by women.

WMST 255 Reading Women Writing (3 credits) Also offered as ENGL250. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST255 or ENGL250. Images of women in literature by and about women.

WMST 263 Introduction to Black Women’s Studies (3 credits) Also offered as AASP298I. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST298A, AASP298I, or AASP298S. Formerly WMST298A. Interdisciplinary exploration of Black women, culture and society in the United States. Drawn primarily from the social sciences and history with complementary material from literature and the arts.

WMST 265 Constuctions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community (3 credits) Also offered as AASP298B. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST265, or AASP298B. Investigates the ways that African Americans are represented and constructed in public and private spheres and explores the social constructions and representations of Black manhood and womanhood from various disciplinary perspectives.

WMST 267 Introduction to Black Women’s Cultural Studies (3 credits) Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST267 or WMST298A. Formerly WMST298A. An introduction to black women’s cultural production and to an understanding of how the social norms and ideals about women within black communities and in the larger society have shaped black women’s own self-perceptions and behaviors and thus their cultural production.

WMST 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6 credits) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

WMST 275 World Literature by Women (3 credits) Also offered as CMLT275. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST275 or CMLT275. Comparative study of selected works by women writers of several countries, exploring points of intersection and divergence in women’s literary representations.

WMST 281 Women in German Literature and Society (3 credits) Also offered as GERM281. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST281 or GERM281. A study of changing literary images and social roles of women from the beginning of the 19th century to the present.

WMST 298 Special Topics in Women’s Studies (1-3 credits) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

WMST298F Special Topics in Women’s Studies: Gender and Financial Well-being (1 credit) Facilitates the development of greater economic acumen among women about systems of finance and economics in the world and encourages women’s critical engagement in finance and economics. The course teaches students, especially women students, the nuts and bolts of managing personal finances and encourages students to consider careers in finance, while learning skills needed for leadership.

WMST 300 Feminist Reconceptualizations of Knowledge (3 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. For WMST majors only. An examination of how the interdisciplinary study of women and gender has generated new questions, challenged traditional methodologies and offered insights on the ways we come to learn, know, and teach. Explores the impact of feminist thinking on various disciplines.

WMST 314 Black Women in United States History (3 credits) Sophomore standing. Also offered as AASP313 and HIST329E. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: AASP313, AASP498W, HIST329E, WMST314 or WMST498N. Formerly WMST498N. Black American women’s history from slavery to the present. Focused on gaining a fuller understanding of the effect of race, class and gender on the life cycles and multiple roles of Black women as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social-change agents.

WMST 320 Women in Classical Antiquity (3 credits) Also offered as CLAS320. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: CLAS320 or WMST320. A study of women’s image and reality in ancient Greek and Roman societies through an examination of literary, linguistic, historical, legal, and artistic evidence; special emphasis on women’s role in the family, views of female sexuality, and the place of women in creative art. Readings in primary sources in translation and modern critical writings.

WMST 325 The Sociology of Gender (3 credits) Prerequisite: Three credits of sociology. Also offered as SOCY325. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: SOCY325 or WMST325. Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.

WMST 326 Biology of Reproduction (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI105 or permission of department. Also offered as BSCI342. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: BSCI342 or WMST326. The biology of the reproductive system with emphasis on mammals and, in particular, on human reproduction. Hormone actions, sperm production, ovulation, sexual differentiation, sexual behavior, contraception, pregnancy, lactation, maternal behavior and menopause.

WMST 336 Psychology of Women (3 credits) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Also offered as PSYC336. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: PSYC336 or WMST336. A study of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.

WMST 348 Literary Works by Women (3 credits) Prerequisite: Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL348. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL348 or WMST348. The context, form, style and meaning of literary works by women.

WMST 350 Feminist Pedagogy (6 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. General application of feminist methodology to teaching and communication skills, teaching strategies, motivation, classroom dynamics and knowledge of students’ development and learning styles.

WMST 360 Caribbean Women (3 credits) An interdisciplinary analysis of the lives and experiences of women across the Caribbean region, through an examination of their roles in individual, national, social and cultural formations. Special emphasis on contemporary women’s issues and organizations.

WMST 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6 credits) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

WMST 370 Black Feminist Thought (3 credits) Prerequisite: One course in AASP or WMST. Examines the ideas, words and actions of Black women writers, speakers, artists, and activists in the United States.

WMST 380 Feminist Analysis of the Workplace (6 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. An examination of the world of work from a feminist perspective through theory and experience. Designed to provide students with experiences in work situations that have social, economic, educational and/or political impact on women’s lives. Students will develop the skill to theoretically analyze their experience and practically implement feminist models in the workplace.

WMST 386 Experiential Learning (1-6 credits) Prerequisite: Learning Proposal approved by Women’s Studies Academic Advisor. Junior standing.

WMST 400 Theories of Feminism (3 credits) Prerequisite: one course in WMST or a course cross-listed with a WMST course. A study of the multiplicity of feminist theories which have been developed to explain women’s position in the family, the workplace, and society. Major feminist writings are considered in the context of their historical moment and in the context of the intellectual traditions to which they relate.

WMST 408 Literature by Women Before 1800 (3 credits) Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature or permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL408. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL408 or WMST408. Selected writings by women in the medieval and early modern era.

WMST 410 Women of the African Diaspora (3 credits) Explores the lives, experiences, and cultures of women of Africa and the African diaspora–African-America, the Caribbean, and Afro-Latin America. A variety of resources and materials will be used providing a distinctive interdisciplinary perspective.

WMST 420 Asian American Women: The Social Construction of Gender (3 credits) Also offered as AAST420. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: AAST420 or WMST420. Examines the intersection of gender, race and class as it relates to Asian American women in the United States; how institutionalized cultural and social statuses of gender, race, ethnicity and social class, produce and reproduce inequality within the lives of Asian American women.

WMST 425 Gender Roles and Social Institutions (3 credits) Also offered as SOCY425. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: SOCY425 or WMST425. Relationship between gender roles and the structure of one or more social institutions (e.g., the economy, the family, the political system, religion, education). The incorporation of gender roles into social institutions; perpetuation or transformation of sex roles by social institutions; how changing gender roles affect social institutions.

WMST 430 Gender Issues in Families (3 credits) Prerequisite: SOCY100, SOCY105, or PSYC100. Also offered as FMSC430. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: FMSC430 or WMST430. The development of historical, cultural, developmental and psychosocial aspects of masculinity and femininity within the context of contemporary families, and the implications for interpersonal relations.

WMST 436 The Legal Status of Women (3 credits) Prerequisite: GVPT231. Also offered as GVPT436. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: GVPT436 or WMST436. An examination of judicial interpretation and application of common, statutory, and constitutional law as these affect the status of women in American society.

WMST 444 Feminist Critical Theory (3 credits) Prerequisite: ENGL250, WMST200 or WMST250. Also offered as ENGL444. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL444 or WMST444. Issues in contemporary feminist thought that have particular relevance to textual studies, such as theories of language, literature, culture, interpretation, and identity.

WMST 448 Literature by Women of Color (3 credits) Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature or permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL448. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL448 or WMST448. Literature by women of color in the United States, Britain, and in colonial and post-colonial countries.

WMST 452 Women in the Media (3 credits) Also offered as JOUR452. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: JOUR452 or WMST452. Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.

WMST 453 Victorian Women in England, France, and the United States (3 credits) Also offered as HIST493. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST493 or WMST453. Examines the lives of middle and upper-class women in England, France, and the United States during the Victorian era. Topics include gender roles, work, domesticity, marriage, sexuality, double standards and women’s rights.

WMST 454 Women in Africa (3 credits) Also offered as HIST494. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST494 or WMST454. The place of women in African societies: the role and function of families; institutions such as marriage, birthing, and child rearing; ritual markers in women’s lives; women in the workplace; women’s associates; women’s health issues; measures designed to control women’s behavior; women and development.

WMST 455 Women in Medieval Culture and Society (3 credits) Also offered as HIST495. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST495 or WMST455. Medieval women’s identity and cultural roles: the condition, rank and rights of medieval women; their access to power; a study of women’s writings and the constraints of social constructs upon the female authorial voice; and contemporary assumptions about women.

WMST 456 Women and Society in the Middle East (3 credits) Recommended: prior coursework in Middle East studies or gender studies. Also offered as HIST 492. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST 492 or WMST 456. Examines the customs, values and institutions that have shaped women’s experience in the Middle East in the past and in the contemporary Middle East.

WMST 457 Redefining Gender in the U.S., 1880-1935 (3 credits) Also offered as HIST433. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST433 or WMST457. Exploring changing perceptions of gender in the U.S., 1880-1935, and the impact of those changes on the day to day lives of men and women.

WMST 458 Literature by Women After 1800 (3 credits) Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature or permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL458. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL458 or WMST458. Selected writings by women after 1800.

WMST 468 Feminist Cultural Studies (3 credits) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Each version of this course focuses on one or several forms of popular culture — such as TV, music, film, cyber-culture, or genre fiction (for example, science fiction) — and demonstrates how feminists value, critique and explain such forms. Tools of feminist cultural studies include economic and social analyses of power, race, sexuality, gender, class, nationality, religion, technology, and globalization processes.

WMST 469 Study Abroad Special Topics IV (1-6 credits) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

WMST 471 Women’s Health (3 credits) Also offered as HLTH471. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HLTH471 or WMST471. The women’s health movement from the perspective of consumerism and feminism. The physician-patient relationship in the gynecological and other medical settings. The gynecological exam, gynecological problems, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, breast and cervical cancer and surgical procedures. Psychological aspects of gynecological concerns.

WMST 488 Senior Seminar (3 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Seminar for advanced majors in women’s studies or other students with appropriate preparation. Interdisciplinary topics will vary each semester.

WMST 491 Judaism and the Constuction of Gender (3 credits) Prerequisite: 1 course in JWST; or 1 course in LGBT; or 1 course in WMST. Also offered as JWST 491. Credit only granted for: JWST419X, JWST491, or WMST 491. The study of Jewish culture, religious practice, communal authority, and literature through the frame of such critical categories of analysis as gender, sexuality, masculinity, power, ethics, and the feminine.

WMST 493 Jewish Women in International Perspective (3 credits) Prerequisite: One course in Women’s Studies, preferably WMST200 or WMST250. Also offered as JWST493. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: JWST492, JWST493, or WMST493. Using memoirs, essays, poetry, short stories, films, music and the visual arts, course investigates what it means/has meant to define oneself as a Jewish woman across lines of difference. Focus is largely on the secular dimensions of Jewish women’s lives but will also explore the implications of Jewish law and religious practices for Jewish women. Our perspective will be international, including Ashkenazi and Sephardi women.

WMST 494 Lesbian Communities and Differences (3 credits) Prerequisite: One course in Women’s Studies, preferably WMST200 or WMST250. Also offered as LGBT494. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: LGBT494 or WMST494. The meanings of lesbian communities across many lines of difference. Using lesbian-feminists of the 1970s as a starting point, we will look both back and forward in history, tracing changes and exploring the meanings of these in their social and historical contexts.

WMST 496 African-American Women Filmmakers (3 credits) Also offered as THET496. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: THET496 or WMST496. Examines the cinematic artistry of African-American women filmmakers and the ways in which these films address the dual and inseparable roles of race and gender.

WMST 498 Advanced Special Topics in Women’s Studies (1-3 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

WMST 499 Independent Study (1-3 credits) Prerequisite: One course in women’s studies and permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Research and writing or specific readings on a topic selected by the student and supervised by a faculty member of the Women’s Studies Department.

Graduate Required Courses

WMST 601 Approaches to Women’s Studies I (3 credits) This course examines two fundamental concepts in Women’s Studies: Intersectionality and interdisciplinarity. It looks at how feminisms have shaped and been shaped by the processes of knowledge-production within and across disciplinary boundaries, cultures, and paradigms. The course works to develop an appreciation of intersectional theory as a critical research tool and as a set of responses to issues of power, domination, oppression and other loci of difference.

WMST 602 Approaches to Women’s Studies II (3 credits) A continued examination of two fundamental concepts in Women’s Studies: Intersectionality and interdisciplinarity. It looks at how feminisms have shaped and been shaped by the processes of knowledge-production within and across disciplinary boundaries, cultures, and paradigms. The course works to develop an appreciation of intersectional theory as a critical research tool and as a set of responses to issues of power, domination, oppression and other loci of difference.

WMST 618 Feminist Pedagogy (3 credits) This course is designed to train students to teach in the women’s studies classroom. Students work as apprentices within a course taught by a full-time faculty member, learn to lead discussion sections, prepare and present class sessions, develop a syllabus, and problem-solve about pedagogical issues.

WMST 619 Supervised Teaching (3 credits) This course provides Women’s Studies graduate teaching assistants with ongoing regular faculty supervision during the semesters the students are teaching WMST courses. Students meet several times during the semester for group discussion about progress and problems. Faculty provide written evaluations of students’ work in the classroom near the beginning and conclusion of their assistantships.

WMST 621 Feminist Theories and Women’s Movements: Genealogies (3 credits) This course will examine the various theories that feminists have offered to explain the matrix of domination from the nineteenth century to the present. It is structured so that students will learn the key debates that produced new insights and shifted the ground of subsequent feminist theorizing within multi-racial feminisms and to examine those debates within global perspectives. We will also examine how dominant theoretical frameworks have been developed at specific historical moments, question their purpose in the moment of that construction and their current usefulness.

WMST 628 Women’s Studies Colloquium (1 credit) The colloquium is designed to introduce students to the women’s studies community both on and off campus and to facilitate their transition into the doctoral program and the profession through providing professional development. As a result, the seminar is designed to help students deepen their understanding of women’s studies as an intellectual concern, an academic enterprise, a profession and a social movement and to begin the process of locating themselves within it. The content of the course seeks to create opportunities in which students can reflect upon and process their experiences in the classroom, interact with WMST and affiliate faculty and with one another.

WMST 799 Master’s Research Supervision (1-6 credits)

WMST 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research Supervision (1-8 credits)