WGST - Women's &Gender Studies (WGST)

WGST 200 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Historical and cross-cultural perspectives on women's roles in culture, the workplace, the family and other socio-political institutions; the social construction of gender; sexuality and racism; social control mechanisms and ideologies.

WGST 207/SOCI 207 Introduction to Gender and Society

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Similarities and differences between females and males in a number of cultures throughout the world; sociological analysis of gender in relation to social structure.
Cross Listing: SOCI 207/WGST 207.

WGST 285 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Readings and/or research for specific needs of students majoring or minoring in women's and gender studies.
Prerequisites: Approval of women's and gender studies director and faculty supervisor.

WGST 289 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours. 0 to 4 Lab Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of women's/gender studies. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of director.

WGST 291 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in women's and gender studies. May be taken four times for credit.
Prerequisites: 3 credits in WGST; freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

WGST 300/PSYC 300 Psychology of Women

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Theoretical and research literature relevant to psychological assumptions about the female personality; challenges to and verification of these assumptions by recent experimental studies.
Prerequisite: PSYC 107.
Cross Listing: PSYC 300/WGST 300.

WGST 302 Women and Religion

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Investigation of women's position in religious institutions historically and/or currently, religion's influence on women's roles and status, and women's attempts to define their own religious perspectives; draws on sociological and philosophical insights and methods.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: RELS 302 and SOCI 302.

WGST 303 Psychology of Women of Color

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Interdisciplinary theories to study the unique yet intersectional experiences of women from different racial groups, ethnicities, nationalities and cultural backgrounds; scholarly research from the diversity science field; contemporary topics that have developed in a global context; examination of complex issues, which affect women of color across the lifespan.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in AFST 201 or PSYC 107 or WGST 200, or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: AFST 303 and PSYC 303.

WGST 307 Gender and Education

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Overview of gender and education; role of feminism and feminist theory; intersections of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

WGST 308 Gender and International Education

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of the intersection of formal and informal education and understandings of gender in countries beyond the United States.
Prerequisites: WGST 307; junior or senior classification.

WGST 309 Feminist Pedagogy

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of educational systems' and institutions' regard for women historically and contemporarily; practical and theoretical writings on feminist pedagogy.
Prerequisites: WGST 307; junior or senior classification.

WGST 310/SOCI 310 Motherhood in Society

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examines expectations and/or practices relating to motherhood, with consideration of their cultural impact; taught from a social science perspective.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: SOCI 310/WGST 310.

WGST 315/SOCI 315 The Marriage Institution

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Courtship, engagement, marriage, family formation, personal adjustment, conflict, financing and child rearing.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: SOCI 315/WGST 315.

WGST 316/SOCI 316 Sociology of Gender

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Sociological explanations of status differences between men and women; cross-cultural comparisons; gender role socialization, cultural stereotypes, discrimination; gender roles and status in the family, economy, religion, science, other social institutions; deviance, victimization and gender; recent social changes.
Cross Listing: SOCI 316/WGST 316.

WGST 317/POLS 317 Women in Politics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Role of women in the political system; treatment of women in political theory; effect of law on women's status; women as political leaders; current policy issues of concern to women.
Prerequisite: POLS 206.
Cross Listing: POLS 317/WGST 317.

WGST 318/ECON 318 The Economics of Gender and Race

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Theories and evidence on gender and race differences in labor market outcomes; labor supply and the role of family formation; the effect of human capital and discrimination on earnings; analysis of government policies; international comparisons.
Prerequisites: 6 hours drawn from the following: ECON 202, STAT 303, 3 hours in WGST above 200 level; junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: ECON 318/WGST 318.

WGST 330 Women in Ancient Greece and Rome

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Survey of women in classical Greece and Rome; emphases on female occupations and family relationships, legal and political status, traditional values, notorious women, how women were viewed and how they viewed themselves.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: CLAS 330 and HIST 330.

WGST 332/SOCI 332 Alternative Genders

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of theories and case studies involving alternative genders and sexualities, studied in their cultural contexts and including the role of factors such as race, class, ethnicity, age, and physical characteristics.
Prerequisites: 3 credits in SOCI or WGST; junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: SOCI 332/WGST 332.

WGST 333/ENGL 333 Gay and Lesbian Literature

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Gay and lesbian literature from classical times to present, studied in its historical and cultural context.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: ENGL 333/WGST 333.

WGST 334/HLTH 334 Women's Health

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

A broad range of health issues that are either unique to women or of special importance to women; information for the health consumer; preparation as an advocate of healthy lifestyles; awareness of the role health plays in the life of all women.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: HLTH 334/WGST 334.

WGST 343/FILM 343 Sex, Gender and Cinema

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of a significant topic at the intersection of women's/gender studies and film, such as cinema and sexuality studies, cinema and women, and cinema and masculinity; may include discussion of production, film content, and/or reception.
Prerequisites: 3 hours in FILM or WGST; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: FILM 343/WGST 343.

WGST 367/POLS 367 Women in Government in Comparative Perspective

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of women's representation in government based on comparison across multiple nation-states; focus on legislative and executive branches of democratic governments.
Prerequisites: POLS 206; junior or senior classification or approval of political science department head.
Cross Listing: POLS 367/WGST 367.

WGST 374/ENGL 374 Women Writers

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

History of literature by women in English; emphasis on continuity of ideas and on literary contributions; study of a variety of genres with particular attention to the significance of gender in the racial, social, sexual and cultural contexts of women writing in English.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: ENGL 374/WGST 374.

WGST 391 Studies in Gender and Diversity

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of a significant topic in gender studies, emphasizing the interplay of gender with one or more races, ethnicities, and/or cultures beyond the Anglo-American.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

WGST 401 Feminist Theory

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Inquiry-based examination of feminist theory from various periods and disciplinary perspectives, with application to societal debates and controversies.
Prerequisites: WGST 200 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification.

WGST 403 Language and Gender

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Language and gender from a sociolinguistic perspective; gender in the words and structures of language; gender representation and gendered language use in the media, and a variety of sociocultural contexts; language use in intimate relationships; computer-mediated discourse; language, sexuality, and sexual orientation.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: ENGL 403 and LING 403.

WGST 404/ANTH 404 Women and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examines women's lives in evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective; women's roles in subsistence, politics, religion and economics in traditional cultures; women's roles in international development; the cultural and social construction of women's biology cross-culturally including circumcision, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.
Cross Listing: ANTH 404/WGST 404.

WGST 407/COMM 407 Women, Minorities and the Mass Media

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

The contributions of women and ethnic groups to the evolution of the media; the portrayal of women and ethnic groups in the mass media; issues resulting from the recognition of women and ethnic groups as media audiences.
Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: COMM 407/WGST 407.

WGST 409/PHIL 409 Studies in Gender and Philosophy

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Analysis, from a gender-studies perspective, of a single figure or concept in the history of philosophy. May be repeated 1 time for credit with a different focus.
Prerequisites: 3 hours in philosophy and women's and gender studies; junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: PHIL 409/WGST 409.

WGST 411/COMM 411 Representations of Motherhood

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of understandings of motherhood from a humanities perspective and over a variety of cultures and time periods, as reflected in written, media and/or oral texts.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: COMM 411/WGST 411.

WGST 420/COMM 420 Gender and Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Survey of the role of gender in communication processes; focus on communication differences between men and women in contexts such as the family, school and work organizations; discussion of media influence in gender stereotypes.
Cross Listing: COMM 420/WGST 420.

WGST 422/FREN 422 Studies in Gender and French Literature

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

The role of gender in production, dissemination, reception and interpretation of literary texts in the French tradition, including continental France as well as the Francophone literatures of West Africa, Canada, and elsewhere; taught in English.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: FREN 422/WGST 422.

WGST 424/SOCI 424 Women and Work in Society

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Social context of women's work; work patterns, labor force participation, occupational destinations and occupational mobility; alternatives to the conventional division of labor by sex in society.
Cross Listing: SOCI 424/WGST 424.

WGST 428/COMM 428 Women’s Rhetoric

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of the historical imbrication of masculinity and rhetoric in relation to women’s participation in political life, reception of women’s rhetoric in the public sphere, and remembrance and representation of women as rhetorical agents throughout history; consideration of women’s rhetoric in various cultural arenas.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: COMM 428/WGST 428.

WGST 430/MGMT 430 Employment Discrimination Law

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Legal issues surrounding employment discrimination, including disparate treatment and impact; intent; affirmative action; sexual harassment; pregnancy, sex, race, religious, salary, disability, age, and ethnic discrimination; policy issues and perspectives to aid human resource specialists and managers.
Prerequisite: Senior classification.
Cross Listing: MGMT 430/WGST 430.

WGST 439/ANTH 439 Gender, Ethnicity and Class in Archaeological Research

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of theoretical and methodological issues in engendering archaeology; ideological biases in the interpretation of roles attributed to women, men, and underrepresented groups in the past; the impact of cultural transformation on underrepresented groups and gender relations; and the formulation of research questions concerning these issues.
Prerequisites: ANTH 202, ANTH 210, WGST 200 or WGST 207/SOCI 207; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: ANTH 439/WGST 439.

WGST 445 Queer Theory

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examines origins of theories of gender and sexual diversity and their intersections with feminist theories; considers foundational and contemporary texts that address queer theory.
Prerequisites: 6 hours in Women's and Gender Studies; senior classification or approval of instructor.

WGST 452/ITAL 452 Women and Gender in Italian Literature

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

The historical and cultural dynamics forging the notion of woman and gender in Italian society and literature; discussion of films and theoretical texts concerning subjectivity and language, body and culture; taught in English.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: ITAL 452/WGST 452.

WGST 461/HIST 461 History of American Women

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Cultural, political, legal and religious factors that helped shape the role and character of women in American society from colonial times to the present; historical role of women in the development of the nation.
Cross Listing: HIST 461/WGST 461.

WGST 462/POLS 462 Women and the Law

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

The legal status of American women from the adoption of the Constitution to the present: constitutional developments; the 19th Amendment and the proposed Equal Rights Amendment; employment; family law; reproductive rights; education; sexual equality in context of other claims to equality; law and social norms.
Prerequisite: POLS 206 or approval of department head.
Cross Listing: POLS 462/WGST 462.

WGST 463 Gender in Asia

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Gender dynamics in Asia; changes in gender roles; women's movements; women and the economy; women and politics; men's and women's private lives.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: ASIA 463 and SOCI 463.

WGST 473/HIST 473 History of Modern American Women

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Emergence of modern American women in the 1890s; examination of their history from the 1890s to the present; women as organizers, innovators, political reformers, workers, social activists, housewives, mothers, consumers and feminists.
Cross Listing: HIST 473/WGST 473.

WGST 474/ENGL 474 Studies in Women Writers

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

A different topic each term examining women’s writing through historical period, genre, cross-cultural study and/or feminist literary theory. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: 3 credits of literature at the 300-level; junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: ENGL 474/WGST 474.

WGST 476/HIST 476 Sex and Sexuality in History

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Changing ideas about sex and sexuality over time; includes their interaction with ideas about gender, race, class, religion, science, technology, medicine, politics and popular culture; historical and cultural processes creating modern concerns about sex and sexuality.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: HIST 476/WGST 476.

WGST 477/HIST 477 Women and Gender in Modern European History

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Women in Europe from the 18th century to the present: women's contributions to their societies; realities of their daily lives and their responses; perceptions of women; role of institutions in defining women's roles; significance for women of industrialization, revolution, warfare, scientific discoveries; interaction of class, race and gender.
Cross Listing: HIST 477/WGST 477.

WGST 481 Senior Seminar

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Inquiry-based investigation of an issue, problem, or question, using gender or feminism as the organizing principle for analysis; methods and materials of scholarship in the field; includes opportunities for student research.
Prerequisite: Senior classification or approval of instructor.

WGST 484 Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Directed internship in a public or private organization to provide students with on-the-job training and applied research experience; opportunity to observe first hand issues and problems covered in women's and gender studies courses; designed to enhance and clarify the student's career objectives.
Prerequisites: 6 hours in women's and gender studies, junior or senior classification and approval of women's and gender studies director and internship coordinator.

WGST 485 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Readings and/or research for specific needs of students majoring or minoring in women's and gender studies.
Prerequisites: Approval of women's and gender studies director and faculty supervisor.

WGST 489 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours. 0 to 4 Lab Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of women's and gender studies. May be repeated for credit.

WGST 491 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in women's and gender studies. May be taken four times for credit.
Prerequisites: 12 credits in WGST including 6 at 300-level; junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.