Women's Studies

The university offers an interdisciplinary minor in women's studies. Goals of the minor include helping students reinterpret traditional views of women's nature and role, training individuals for careers with a special focus on women, and encouraging research dealing with the experience of women. The program is administered by the Women's Studies Council. The minor consists of 18 hours of women's studies electives; three of the courses should be Introduction to Women's Studies (W S 2300), Feminist Thought and Theories (W S 4310), and Women's Studies Seminar (WS 4399). Courses counted toward the major will not count toward the minor.

In addition to courses with a W S prefix, courses may be selected from the following (asterisks denote courses wherein only sections pertaining to women's studies qualify for the minor): C LT 4305, ENGL *2307, *3320, *3327, *3331, *3340, *3351, *4334, *4335, *4337, HDFS *3318, *3319, JOUR *4300.

Courses in Women's Studies. (WS)

1305. Human Sexuality (3:3:0). Examination of the structural and functional traits of sexuality and how they affect well-being; covers relationships, reproduction, and life-style alternatives. (HLTH 1305)

2300. Introduction to Women's Studies (3:3:0). Basic survey of concepts and theories related to the study of women and to the analysis of gender roles. Fulfills Core Curriculum individual and group behavior requirement.

2301. Gender Roles: Life Span Developmental Perspective (3:3:0). Introduction to gender role concepts and to the impact of gender and gender role systems on individual and family developmental processes. (HDFS 2300)

2331. The Sociology of Marriage (3:3:0). History, present status, and current problems of the marriage institution. (SOC 2331)

3306. Women in Culture and Society (3:3:0). 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 (3:3:0). Examination of the ways sport experiences differ for males and females emphasizing historical, social, behavioral, and physiological dimensions. (ESS 3307)

3312. Gender and Communication (3:3:0). A study of the similarities and differences of important communication variables for males and females, with practical communication applications. May be applied toward the social-behavioral science requirement for the B.A. degree. (Writing Intensive) (COMS 3334)

3321. Human Sexuality Through the Family Life Cycle (3:3:0). Human sexuality from a life cycle perspective, with an emphasis on developmental, familial, and societal factors that influence individual sexuality. (HDFS 3321)

3323. The History of Women in America (3:3:0). Examines the gender expectations from 1607 to the present that have produced for women and men entirely different experiences, strengths, and perceptions of American history. (HIST 3323)

3325. Women in the Modern World (3:3:0). 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 (3:3:0). 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 (3:3:0). Changing family life styles, mate roles, parent­child relationships, adoption, abortion, population­control, technical­industrial impact on American family unit. (SOC 3331)

3332. Feminism and Philosophy (3:3:0). 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. (PHIL 3332)

3337. Inequality in America (3:3:0). Inequality as expressed in occupational, class, ethnic, and sexual hierarchies is examined from varying sociological perspectives. (SOC 3337)

3341. Women in European Civilization (3:3:0). What women were supposed to do; what women did, from prehistory to the vote in 1920. (HIST 3341)

3382. Women Writers (3:3:0). Significant works by women. (ENGL 3382)

4302. Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 2306 and junior standing. Study of human sexual behavior from a psychological viewpoint with emphasis on contemporary research methods and findings. (PSY 4300)

4305. Directed Studies (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. Independent study under the guidance of the instructor.

4310. Feminist Thought and Theories (3:3:0). 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. (Writing Intensive)

4325. Major Issues in U.S. Women's History (3:3:0). Prerequisite: HIST 2300 and 2301 or HIST 3323. In-depth study of the evolution of gender roles, women in literature, the suffrage movement, and modern feminism. (HIST 4325)

4327. Gender, Race, and Class in U.S. Law (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Examines law's treatment of gender, race, and class; legal impact of struggles of women, African-Americans, and workers; meaning of liberty, citizenship, public­private spheres. (Writing Intensive) (HIST 4327)

4374. Love, Death, and Magic in Europe, 1500­1800 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Topics in social and cultural history. Underside of civilization, population, social structure, family and household, economic growth, and crisis. Attitudes toward love and death, popular religion and culture, witchcraft, violence, revolt. (Writing Intensive) (HIST 4374)

4399. Women's Studies Seminar (3:3:0). Prerequisite: W S 2300, junior standing, or consent of instructor. An exploration of women's experience and gender definitions from the perspective of several disciplines, including biology, psychology, anthropology, human development, communication studies, history, literature, art, sociology, political science, and economics.


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