Women's Studies (WS)


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1305. Human Sexuality (3). Examination of the structural and functional traits of sexuality and how they affect well-being; covers relationships, reproduction, and life-style alternatives.



2300. Introduction to Women's Studies (3). Basic survey of concepts and theories related to the study of women and to the analysis of gender roles. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.

2301. Gender Roles: Life Span Developmental Perspective (3). Introduction to gender role concepts and to the impact of gender and gender role systems on individual and family developmental processes. (HDFS 2300)

2305. Intersectionalities: Race, Class, and Gender in a Global World (3). The study of women's experiences as influenced by such social statuses and identities as race, class, and global status.

2331. [SOCI 2301] The Sociology of Marriage (3). History, present status, and current problems of the marriage institution.



3306. Women in Culture and Society (3). A comparative study of sex and gender in human society; biological and cultural factors that influence women's roles, status, and their contributions to cultural institutions. (ANTH 3306)

3307. Gender Issues in Sport (3). Examination of the ways sport experiences differ for males and females emphasizing historical, social, behavioral, and physiological dimensions. (ESS 3352)

3312. Gender and Communication (3). A study of the similarities and differences of important communication variables for males and females, with practical communication applications. (COMS 3334)

3321. Human Sexuality Through the Family Life Cycle (3). Human sexuality from a life cycle perspective, with an emphasis on developmental, familial, and societal factors that influence individual sexuality. (HDFS 3321)

3323. Women in Modern America (3). Explores the history of women and gender in the United States from the 16th century to 1877. (HIST 3323)

3325. Gendered Lives (3). Prerequisite: SOC 1301. Course treats women as a group with unique sex role socialization, work, family, and political experience. Emphasis on women in contemporary United States. (SOC 3325)

3326. Women in Politics (3). A study of female political participation in the United States, including voting, campaign activity, interest group activity, and office holding. (POLS 3326)

3331. Sociology of the Family (3). Changing family life styles, mate roles, parent-child relationships, adoption, abortion, population control, technical industrial impact on American family unit. (SOC 3331)

3332. Feminism and Philosophy (3). Discussion of issues involving women in moral, political, and legal philosophy, including the ethic of care, sexual harassment and discrimination, gender neutrality, and meaning of equality.

3337. Inequality in America (3). Inequality as expressed in occupational, class, ethnic, and sexual hierarchies is examined from varying sociological perspectives. (SOC 3337)

3340. Gender and Sexuality in the Classical World (3). Examination of social and cultural dimensions of gender and sexuality in the ancient Greco-Roman world. Readings in English. (CLAS 3340)

3341. Women in European Civilization (3). What women were supposed to do; what women did, from prehistory to the vote in 1920. (HIST 3341)

3342. Introduction to Research in Human Geography (3). Introduction to research methods in geography. (GEOG 3340)

3382. Women Writers (3). Significant works by women. (ENGL 3382)



4302. Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior (3). Prerequisite: Junior standing. Study of human sexual behavior from a psychological viewpoint with emphasis on contemporary research methods and findings. (PSY 4300)

4305. Directed Studies (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Independent study under the guidance of the instructor. May be repeated with consent of the Director of Women's Studies.

4310. Feminist Thought and Theories (3). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. An examination of important theoretical writings and perspectives in women's studies, including the contributions of feminist theory and analysis to traditional disciplines.

4355. Let's Talk Women, Let's Talk War: Women in Conflict in the 20th Century. (3). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Examines the involvement and reactions of European women to situations of war and revolution in the twentieth century. (HIST 4355)

4399. Women's Studies Seminar (3). Prerequisites: WS 2300 and senior standing. A capstone course for the minor in women's studies. Extends, integrates, synthesizes, and applies women's studies knowledge.



5000. Practicum in Women's Studies (V1-6). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and the Director of Women's Studies. Practical experience in projects, activities, or artistic expressions that are socially and/or communally relevant.

5300. Directed Studies (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and the Director of Women's Studies. Content will vary to meet the needs of students. May be repeated up to three times for credit with consent of the director.

5310. Feminist Thought and Theories (3). An in-depth examination of important theoretical writings and perspectives in women's, gender, and identity studies, including the contributions of feminist theory and analysis to traditional disciplines.

5340. Special Topics in Women's Studies (3). Focused and rigorous examination of selected topics. May be repeated with consent of the director.

5360. Foundations of Women's Studies (3). Interdisciplinary study of fundamental concepts and issues in gender and identity studies and contemporary scholarship, including the complexities introduced by cross-sectional study of race, sexual orientation, and class distinctions, tensions, and alliances.

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