Courses that apply to the minor in Women’s and Gender Studies:
Required Courses (6 credits)
WS 988:201. Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)
Introduction to the study of women as a diverse social group with a history, culture, and experience of their own, and to the study of gender as a category of social, cultural, and economic organization. An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach incorporating race, class, and ethnicity, as well as gender analysis. Emphasis on contemporary issues pertaining to women, including feminism and antifeminism, work, sexuality, family relations, reproduction, and politics.
WS 988:441. Senior Seminar in Women’s & Gender Studies (3)
Prerequisite: Any 15 credits in approved Women’s and Gender Studies minor program or permission of instructor(s).
Integration of the minor: readings and discussions about gender issues across disciplines.
Elective Courses (12 credits)
At least 6 elective credits must be at the 300-level or above, and no more than 6 credits from any single department will count towards the minor. Students choose from among the following courses or from approved special topics courses offered each semester:
Women’s & Gender Studies:
WS 988:298, 299. Special Topics in Women’s & Gender Studies (3)
A lower-division course on a specially selected topic.
WS 988:491, 492. Special Topics in Women’s & Gender Studies (3, 3)
An upper-division course on a specially selected topic.
WS 988:495, 496. Independent Study in Women’s & Gender Studies (3, 3)
Independent study with the permission of a Women’s & Gender Studies faculty adviser.
Courses eligible for Women’s & Gender Studies credit:
Anthropology 070:308 Childhood and Culture (3)
The study of childhood in various societies with attention to the socialization process in a variety of cultural contexts (e.g., family, peer groups, and social or religious institutions).
Anthropology 070:340. Women, Men, and Culture (3)
Sex roles compared in various societies from hunting-and-gathering to industrialized societies, including economic, political, and domestic roles; social status; personality; and sexuality.
Anthropology 070:345. Immigration and Families (3)
How does migration affect families and family life, for both those who migrate and those who do not? Exploration of this question with a particular focus on new forms of immigration to the US since 1965.
Art History 082:305. Women and Art (3)
A thematic and chronological study of women as artists, as images in works of art, and an examination of gender issues in art. Historical periods vary each semester.
Biology 120:106. Human Reproduction and Development (3)
Topics include the formation of germ cells, chromosomes and sex, anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system, hormonal control of reproduction, infertility, growth and development, genetic counseling, birth defects, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Criminal Justice 202:303. Gender, Crime, and Justice (3)
Women as victims and criminal offenders; women in the criminal justice workforce; emerging legal doctrines on gender rights.
Criminal Justice 202:330. Social Justice in Film (3)
Criminal Justice 202:340. Victimology (3)
Study of the role and treatment of victims in the criminal justice system. Emphasis on risk factors in victimization and impacts of crime on victims.
Criminal Justice 202:342. Domestic Violence (3)
Comprehensive overview of all forms of domestic violence and some of the variables such as race, gender, class, and sexual orientation that affect the criminal justice system’s response to these crimes.
English 350:319. Gothic Writing (3)
A survey of British and American Gothic writing from the late eighteenth century to the fin-de-siècle.
English 350:321. Eighteenth-Century Literature (3)
Major themes and writers in English from Dryden to Wollstonecraft, emphasizing the emergence of women as writers and readers of literature.
English 350:360. Literature of Childhood (3)
A study of the meaning and importance of literature read and enjoyed by children, focusing on folklore, fantasy, and adolescent fiction.
English 350:377. Literature and Sexuality (3)
Sexual themes, fictions, and fantasies in English and American literature: the distinction between pornographic and erotic writing, the grotesque, the violent, and the romantic.
English 350:388. Women in Literature (3)
Analyzes the treatment of women in selected world fiction, drama, poetry, and essays.
English 352:347 The American Child in Literature and Culture (3)
Literary views of childhood and youth in the context of American nationhood, with attention to innocence, protection, violence, diversity, and citizenship.
English 352:348 Literature of Adolescence (3)
Literary, cultural, and historical constructions of adolescence in a range of literature written for young readers.
History 510:370. Women in Modern Europe (3)
Exploration of the role of women in Europe from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries and the function of gender in history. Topics include women in the Enlightenment, in the French Revolution, at work, in Victorian society, in the socialist movements, in wartime, and the evolution of feminism.
History 512:336. Seeking Security: America in the 1950s (3)
Examines a wide range of evidence about the culture and meaning of the 1950s and determines how this era transformed our culture and shaped the way we live today. Topics covered are the Cold War, the role of television, rock and roll, feminism, suburban lives, and the place of technology in society.
History 512:338. Hope and Rage: America in the 1960s (3)
Explores the 1960s from the perspective of the baby boomers who came of age in the shadow of the bomb, who fought for social justice movements, who experienced hope and rage, and who changed the culture even as it changed them.
History 512:370. Women in American History (3)
Examines the cultural, social, economic, political, and intellectual roles women have played in American history. Focuses on critical events, such as the movements for abolition, temperance, suffrage, and the equal rights amendment, and on critical ideas about the intersection of gender with issues of race, ethnicity, class, religion, and region.
History 512:371. Childhood in America (3)
Looks at what it has meant to grow up in America and at how the meaning of childhood has changed over time. Explores the roles children have played as workers, students, warriors, criminals, entertainers, and consumers; examines how children have experienced major life events, such as war, illness, and migration.
Linguistics 615:225. Language, Class, and Culture (3)
A nontechnical study of how socially and geographically based language differences arise, how men and women’s speech differs, and how and why slang changes through time.
Linguistics 615:386. Language, Power, and Politics (3)
Covers a range of political issues concerning language, including language attitudes (discrimination, “authority,” “correctness” in language), dialects/standard language ideology, political speech, language policy in the U.S., advertising, gender politically correct language, ecolinguistics.
Music 700:305. Gender in Music (3)
Provides an overview of the interactions between women and their musical environment in Europe from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. Among the composers studied are Hildegard von Bingen, Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Constanze Mozart, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Ellen Taaffe Zwillich, and Joan Tower. The course may require off campus concerts and operas.
Philosophy 730:327. Philosophy of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
A critical examination of traditional and feminist views of sex differentiation and its implications for ethical, political, and psychological theories, and for such particular issues as oppression, woman’s nature, the meaning of equality, and the role of the family.
Political Science 790:356. Women in Politics (3)
Examines the modern political history of the women’s movement, particularly in the United States. Explores the ideological context of current issues and socioeconomic trends affecting women, and analyzes the sociopolitical status and problems of women primarily within the United States, with a secondary emphasis on women in socialist and third-world countries.
Psychology 830:203. The Psychology of Minority Groups (3)
An examination of the personality patterns, psychological dynamics, and social-cultural styles that emerge from the encounter of minority groups with American culture. Attempts made to define the major psychological events within minority groups as they relate to developmental processes, attitudes, perceptions, and identity patterns.
Psychology 830:203. Psychology of Childhood (3)
Examination of psychological development from birth through late childhood. Topics include motor abilities, language, intelligence, social and emotional behavior and attitudes, with emphasis on the prevention of maladjustment. Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.
Psychology 830:206. Psychology of Marriage and the Family (3)
The psychological study of interpersonal behavior within family units, both nuclear and extended; addresses conjoint personal development, communication networks, and intrafamily conflict.
Psychology 830:303. Psychology of Women (3)
The psychological impact of being female; a review of research and theory on the development of sex differences in identity and other aspects of personality.
Psychology 830:305. Psychology of Human Sexuality (3)
Covers the major methodological and theoretical approaches to the psychological study of human sexuality. Topics include sexual arousal, the psychological effects of exposure to pornography, and sexual variations and dysfunctions.
Psychology 830:306. Human Emotions (3)
Inquiry into the nature of human emotions, their causes and functions. Topics discussed include: physiological, behavioral, and cognitive approaches to emotions; expressive aspects; motivational aspects; emotional development; individual, gender, and cultural differences; emotional pathology; emotional self-regulation and control.
Psychology 830:326. Psychology of Adolescence (3)
Examination of psychological development during adolescence, treating each stage with reference to the particular problems and deviations characteristic of it. Emphasis on the continuity between stages of adolescence.
Psychology 830:328 Psychology of Aging (3)
Survey of the psychology of aged people in our society. Topics include the effects of physical change, social habitat, and impending death upon the personality and behavior of the aged person. Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.
Religion 840:330. Women and Religion (3)
An examination of the image of women and the feminine in the myths, symbols, and theology of major religious traditions. Consideration given to the status and role of women in relation to the issues of religious practice, participation in rituals, and ordination. Feminist options for women’s changing image and role in religion.
Religion 840:340. Family Ethics (3)
This course examines the complex moral and social issues faced by families today. These issues include balancing growing work hours with home life, entering marriages in a culture of divorce, the rights of gay and lesbian partners, domestic violence, gender justice, the meaning of family love, and how to raise children in our complex world.
Social Work 910:352. Groups at Risk in Contemporary Society (3)
Analysis of the relationship between institutionalized practices and the functioning level of key high-risk groups within our society: aged, veterans, handicapped, refugees, women, ethnic and racial minorities, participants in alternative life-styles. Obstacles impeding the functioning of these groups explored.
Sociology 920:306. Sociology of the Family (3)
A comparative study of the institutions of marriage and the family in various societies with special emphasis on the contemporary American family.
Sociology 920:323 Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence (3)
A study of social interaction during childhood and adolescence; emphasis on social interaction in various types of families and peer groups.
Sociology 920:329 Law and Society (3)
Current social trends and legal developments. Topics include gender, legal analysis, white collar crime, and power and conflict.
Sociology 920:337. Women and Men in Society (3)
A comparative and historical examination of gender and inequality. A look at gender roles within the family, the work force, and the legal system; socialization and gender; and sexuality and gender.
Sociology 920:357. Individual and Society (3)
The individual’s relationship to society and society’s impact on the individual. Topics include the process of socialization, social roles, reference groups, self-concept, and symbolic interaction.
Sociology 920:431. Sociology of Work and Careers (3)
Covers occupational choices and career building, and the relation between the life cycle and work cycle. Examines selected occupations and career patterns as a basis for understanding the division of labor in society.
Sociology 920:438. Sociology of Aging (3)
Focuses on the age structure in society; period v. cohort studies of population; “ageism” as a form of prejudice and discrimination; the life cycle and age grading in society; the social correlates of growing old in various societies; the relation between age and other socially relevant characteristics such as sex, ethnicity, religion, and occupation; the sociology of retirement and the impact of “disengagement” on such things as family structure.
Sociology 920:440. Sexuality and Society (3)
The relation between sexuality and society, in particular the social organization and power relations that affect sexual identity and behavior. Discussions and readings focus on sex and social institutions such as the family, the law, sexual variations, issues in reproductive sexuality, and the political economy of sex.
Please note: Special Topics Courses are approved for Women’s and Gender Studies credit if they are listed on the Women’s and Gender Studies website and/or in the Women’s and Gender Studies flyer issued each semester. Other courses may be approved for Women’s and Gender Studies credit by the Program Director. Some of the courses listed above have departmental prerequisites.