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Course Descriptions:

Our Interdisciplinary Courses

COMM 35912 Gender and Communication (3)
: Examines influence of gender in interpersonal
and organizational communication including communication processes in interpersonal violence,
STDs and other contemporary
social problems.
Prerequisite: none.
This course may be used to satisfy the
diversity requirement.


ENG 21002 Introduction to Women’s Literature (3): Introduction to works by women writing
in English, and to literary and gender issues
they raise.
Prerequisite: ENG 21011 or equivalent.
This course may be used to satisfy the
diversity requirement.


 
ENG 34021 Women’s Literature (3): Critical and theoretical consideration of gender issues
concerning British and U.S. women writers
studied in their historical and cultural contexts.
Prerequisite: ENG 30001 and 25001 or 25002 or permission.
This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

 
HDFS 44022 Changing Roles of Men and Women (3):
A study of roles of men and women—
past, present and future.
Prerequisite: human development and family studies majors only or permission or SOC 12050.

 
HED 32544 Human Sexuality (3): A study of the role and meaning of human sexuality
throughout the life cycle for self and society.
Prerequisite: none.

 
HIST 49195 Selected Topics in History (3): Special history course, the subject/topic of which
varies in accordance with desire and competence of faculty.
Precise title to be inserted in Schedule of Classes.
Prerequisite: junior standing.

 
JUS 37411 Women in Crime and Justice (3): Observation of women as a significant group in crime and their role in the development and operation of the criminal justice system.
Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of JUS, including 12000, or permission.
This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

 
PAS 33110 The Black Woman: Historical Perspectives (3): This course surveys the experiences of African-American women throughout various periods of history and their roles in shaping the social, economic, political and cultural development of societies.
Prerequisites: PAS 23002 or permission.
This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

 
PEP 25059 Sport in Society (3):
Analysis of how sport relates to the social relations and cultural values of United States society. The course is framed by a critical evaluative perspective, examining how social class, ethnicity, race and gender relations contour sport practices.
Prerequisite: none.
This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

 
PHIL 31040 Women and Philosophy (3):
Examines the influences and contributions of women to philosophy and the influences philosophy has had on women either historically or currently.
Prerequisite: one course in philosophy, junior standing or permission.
This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

POL 40470 Women and Politics (3): Examines origins, development, current record of century-old women’s movement unique in U.S. annals; compares it with other contemporary social movements. Examines issues of women and public policy.
Prerequisite: POL 10100, 10300 or permission.
This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

PSYC 40625 Development of Gender Role and Identity (3):
A life span, developmental model is used to analyze the changes which occur with age in gender-related role performance and identity formation. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

 
SOC 42315 Sociology of Changing Gender Roles (3): An examination of the institutions, institutional linkages and social processes that contribute to change and stability of traditional gender roles and the consequences of changes.
Prerequisites: SOC 12050 and junior standing, or permission.
This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.



 
WMST 20095 Special Topics in Women’s Studies (1-5): Repeated registration permitted when topic varies. Study of particular contemporary figures, events and social practices or phenomenon as they relate
to women’s studies. Recent topics:  the female mind, women and cinema, historical symbols of women, 20th century women leaders.
Prerequisite: none.

 
WMST 30000 Colloquium in Women’s Studies (3):
A critical investigation of the position and category of women from a cross-cultural, historical and interdisciplinary perspective, with special emphasis on controversies, dilemmas, major themes and issues in women’s studies.
Prerequisite: junior standing or permission.
This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

 
WMST 30001 Feminist Theory (3): An examination of important historical and contemporary works of feminist theory and their influence on the development of feminist thought and practice in the U.S. and worldwide. Issues including race, ethnicity and sexuality will be addressed.
Prerequisite: none.

 
WMST 30095 Special Topics in Women’s Studies II (1-5): Repeated registration permitted when topic varies. Study of selected topics in women’s studies organized around historical and theoretical issues, trends and movements. 
Prerequisite: none.

WMST 30100 History of Women in the United States
An exploration of the political, economic, social, intellectual, and cultural forces that have shaped women‟s lives, women‟s thought, perceptions of womanhood, and feminism for 1607 to the present in what is now the United States. Prerequisite: none.

WMST 30196 Women Studies Individual Investigation (1-3): The design and completion of a scholarly research project related to women’s studies, and the presentation of findings at the end of the term.  Typically a capstone course for those completing the women’s studies minor. Arrangements must be made in the semester prior to registration.
Prerequisite: permission. Click HERE for form.

 
WMST 40992 Practicum in Women’s Studies (3): An assignment at a private, public or nonprofit organization that centers on women’s issues, such as education, health and policy making. Arrangements
must be made in the semester prior to registration.
Prerequisite: permission. Click HERE for form.

If interested in interning WITH the WMST Program, click HERE for more information.

 
WMST 40095 Special Topics in Women’s Studies III (1-5): Repeated registration permitted when topic varies. Informed study of critical issues in women’s studies from a select perspective, for example,
an international or global perspective.
Prerequisite: WMST 30000 or 30001.

Among the most popular Special Topics courses in Women's Studies have been:

Women and Cinema
(and variations on this theme, most recently Women and World Cinema) –a study: women-centered films, films directed, written and/or originally conceived by women – in a context of cinematic traditions –Hollywood, Independent, Cult and International. Emphases on vantage point &perspective, theme, character, text and subtext, etc. – and, when illuminating, comparisons are drawn to films with more conventional and traditonal elements.

The Female Body in Western Culture – and, a variant, FB in Popular Culture
An inquiry into the CENTRAL and problematic PLACE and use of the female body
– whether biological, socially/culturally constructed and represented, symbolic or
artificial – as it‘s been perceived, understood, evaluated—and, for women,
lived/lived in, both historically and presently, in our Western cultural imagination.

Desire, Identity, Gender and Commerce – the terms may speak for
themselves; an incisive look at the sexed-gendered dynamics of
consumer culture and the influences which drive it—as well as its driving influence.

Hollywood’s Iconic Women; Women and Comedy; Katharine
Hepburn—A Rarity
:
all special topics courses offered in conjunction with the
Kent Museum‘s Hepburn Exhibition – the first two, incorporating Hepburn as one
example, the last focusing specifically and entirely on her life, work, legacy and its
implications for today‘s women (and men).

The Female Mind
an inventory of the latest scientific research on sex/gender and brainwork
as well as a multi-field approach, re-examining the distinctive consciousness
of the female of the species – philosophical, religious, psychological, literary, etc.
The course investigates the impact of sex/gender on memory, selfhood, perception,
experience – and on the female mind itself, the locus of control for personhood,
however construed.

Historical Symbols of Women
an analysis of humanity as the uniquely symbolic species,
the nature of symbolic reference and meaning – and how women
have factored into the equation, understood symbolically and symbols themselves
Introduction to Women’s Literature – both reading and writing intensive,
fostering/facilitating engagement with select texts and writers in their
contexts – equally fostering engagement with classmates – raising questions,
venturing ideas elicited by the literature and lives we examine.

20th & 21st Century Women Leaders – an inductive search for
issues, meanings and models in select cases of women (women in obvious and nonobvious
fields making obvious and non-obvious impact – students‘ selections as
well as my own). The course will balance real case studies with theory and analysis.

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