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Women's Studies Program

Department of Literature and Language

Any of the classes below may be taken to fulfill a requirement for the Women's Studies minor. or stop by our office (Campus Center Building 211) if you have questions.

**Indicates courses that require a substitution for the program of study before census.


Spring 2020

WMST 2010 -Intro to Women’s Studies (Section 001) Wagner (TR 9:45AM-11:05AM) 3.00 hrs
The lens of feminism, ideas, theories, and methodologies from many disciplines will be utilized to examine the lives of women, including extensive inquiries into gender, race, and sexuality.Throughout this process, we will examine our own lives as humans functioning in an ever-changing culture. 

WMST 2010–Intro to Women’s Studies (Section 002, TR 11:15AM-12:35PM; Section 901, ONLINE) Clark 3.00 hrs
This course provides a broad interdisciplinary perspective of the academic field of women’s studies. You will learn to speak  eloquently about gender and sexuality; examine your own preconceived notions about Gender; examine and deconstruct society’s underlying assumptions about Maleness and Femaleness; and laugh at the absurd notions we all carry around about Gender, Sex and Women’s roles in everyday life.

WMST 2010 –Intro to Women’s Studies (Section 003) Tolley (TR 12:45PM-2:05PM) 3.00 hrs
Learn how current events, popular culture, and students’ personal experiences are useful starting points in discussing theories, concepts, and issues in women’s studies. Themes emphasized in this section are equity, identity, and social justice. As a writing intensive course, this section focuses on refining student composition. Further, this section encourages students to develop their voices (both written and oral) as a person and in expressing their perspective in a safe space.

WMST 2010-Intro to Women’s Studies (Section FE1) (R 5:30PM-8:00PM) 3.00 hrs
Last 7 weeks: March 9-May 1
With an intersectional approach, we will examine how our understanding of gender and sexuality is informed by sociocultural dynamics and power relations embedded in everyday experiences of family, work, identity formation, and popular media representation.

WMST 2010-Intro to Women’s Studies (Section 902)  Martin (ONLINE) 3.00 hrs
This course provides a broad interdisciplinary perspective of the academic field of women’s studies. This course is, for the most part, taught thematically and covers topics that include women’s history; gender, race, and class; women and family; women and religion; women and work; women and the arts; women and politics; and women’s health.

WMST 2020-Women in Global Perspective (Section 001) Buck (TR 2:15PM-3:35PM) 3.00hrs
Emphasizes diversity of women’s experience in non-western, non-industrialized societies. Concentrates on women’s participation in, interaction with, and resistance to patriarchal structures that inhibit economic, political, and human rights for women.

WMST 3110-Men and Masculinities (Section 201) Watson (T 6:00PM-8:50PM) 3.00 hrs
Over the course of the semester, we analyze the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality with masculinity, examining how these interlocking aspects of identity affect the ways in which masculinities are assumed and performed.  We pay particular attention to the social and political consequences of associating violence, defense, protection, and financial providence with masculinity, and track these associations throughout popular media.

SOWK 1030– Cultural Diversity (Section 001) Geiger (TR 12:45PM-2:05PM) and (Section 901)Reath (ONLINE)  3.00 hrs
The dual purpose of this course is to introduce the knowledge necessary for social work practice with disadvantaged, marginalized, and oppressed groups and to advance a philosophy that people come first and must be treated with dignity and respect. Issues of power, privilege, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, civil rights, historical and legal heritage, and contemporary news events are central course components

WMST 4957-Special Topics: Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality (Section 001) Drouillard
(TR 9:45AM-11:05AM) 3.00 hrs
Birds do it, bees do it…you do it. I’m talking about sex, but not just as an erotic activity (though that is certainly part of it), but as a performance. I’m talking about how discourse and the way we act, dress, and talk is part of a script that repeats and reinforces how sex is viewed in any given society. But, what is sex? What is its relation to gender? What distinguishes it from sexuality? How do sex and gender intersect with other axes of identity, such as race, class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity? How do our views on sex inform our role as (re)productive citizens on the national stage? This course analyzes diverse philosophical texts in attempting to unpack the sex/gender/sexuality baggage that we all carry with us.

WMST 4957-Special Topics: Contemporary Sexuality (Section FE1) Novotny
(M 2:15PM-4:45PM) 3.00 hrs
Last 7 weeks: March 9-May 1
This course presents an integrated approach to understanding the fluidity of human sexuality and gender identity as well as the range of human sexual expression within a framework of intersectionality. It examines sexuality from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective and aims to explore contemporary issues in sexuality through a multicultural lens. Diverse experiences of sexuality and gender identity/expression, as well as representations in literature, art, and popular media will be examined.

HDAL 2340-Understanding Cultural Diversity FULL TERM (Section 201) Oaks (M 5:00PM-7:45PM) and (Sections 901/902 ONLINE) 3.00 hrs
Paulson (ONLINE) Last 7 weeks: March 9-May 1
The purpose of the course is to assist students in developing awareness of biases, prejudice and discrimination on an individual level as well as a community and national level and to develop personal skills that will enable the student to work and live more effectively with diverse groups of people.  

SOCI 3030—Gender & Society (Section 001) Hirsch (MWF 12:35PM-1:30PM) 3.00 hrs
Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. Study of the social construction of gender and its consequences for individuals and society. Examination of our cultural assumptions about gender identities, roles, behaviors, and the social processes that reproduce gender inequality.

**SOWK 4567/5567 - Human Sexuality (Sections 901, 902) (ONLINE) 3.00 hrs
This survey course on human sexuality introduces students to sexual attitudes, sexual physiology and response, sexual techniques and behavior, reproduction and reproductive control, sexually transmitted diseases, and how sexual behavior is learned and developed. It provides students with the opportunity for value clarification and exploration of personal and social attitudes toward varying forms of sexual behavior and orientations.

PSYC 3330-Psychology of Women (Section 001) Williams (MW 3:10PM-04:30PM)
Prerequisites: PSYC 1310. In this course, we will explore and discuss important issues in the field of psychology as it relates to women and gender, apply our discoveries to real world situations, and critically evaluate the research being done in the psychology of women.

**THEA 3525-Theatre History II (Section 901) Brewster (ONLINE) 3.00 hrs
Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020. A women-focused study of the development of theatrical art from the 18th century, its role in the history of civilization, and its relation to other arts in society.

HIST 3313-Women in the Ancient World  (Section 001) Burgess (MWF 12:35PM-1:30PM) 3.00 hrs
*Also satisfies non-US history gen-ed requirement* A study of the history and circumstances of women in antiquity, including the cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. 

ENGL 4087-Themes in Women’s Literature: Uncovering Women’s Stories; Documenting Women’s Lives (Section 001) Thompson (TR 9:45AM-11:15AM) 3.00 hrs
What do queer kids from Appalachia, women coal  miners, and Freedom Riders have in common? They represent folks whose knowledge is often undervalued and stories are often neglected. In this course, we will uncover these and other stories left out of the canon. As we reclaim these voices, we will unpack power-knowledge, reframe how we do research, and discuss how we could repurpose the archive as a site of grassroots organizing, movement building, social transformation, and radical inclusion. Texts include personal diaries, letters, and recipe books; blogs, StoryCorps, Country Queers, Inside Appalachia, digital libraries, zines; and photographs, film, and material artifacts. Local field trips are planned.

**SOCI 4252-Race, Class, & Gender in Film (Section 201) Copp (T 4:00PM-6:50PM) 3.00 hrs
Prerequisites: SOCI 1020 or ANTH 1240 or WMST 2010 or ENGL 3290 or equivalent. A sociological examination of film entertainment, the film industry, and how films represent social life, social problems, and social processes of inequality. 
















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