Women's Studies  

WS 401 - Introduction to Women's Studies
Credits: 4.00
Interdisciplinary survey of the major areas of women's studies: women's history, cross-cultural perspectives, women in literature, psychology of women, etc. Basic principles and concepts fundamental to more advanced women's studies research. Topics vary. Required for major and minor. Writing intensive.

WS 401H - Honors/Introduction to Women's Studies
Credits: 4.00
Interdisciplinary survey of the major areas of women's studies: women's history, cross-cultural perspectives, women in literature, psychology of women, etc. Basic principles and concepts fundamental to more advanced women's studies research. Topics vary. Required for major and minor. Writing intensive.

WS 405 - Gender, Power and Privilege
Credits: 4.00
This course explores the diversity of women's lives through the dynamics of status, power, privilege, and inequality in contemporary United States. Students will examine women's diverse experiences by using the theoretical framework of the social construction of race, gender, economic class, and sexual orientation in historical context. We will examine categories of difference and the processes, philosophical developments, institutions, and conditions that lead to and rely on power and privilege in modern American society.

WS 444 - Trans/Forming Gender
Credits: 4.00
Using a social construction approach, students explore the multiple ways in which gender is constructed within the lives of children, women, men, and transgender people. Specific attention focuses on the social institutions and systems that encourage both the construction and reproduction of gender identity and expression across the lifespan. Students actively participate in identifying historical and current day factors and institutions that shape gender. Students explore the roles of families, schools, educational settings, media, the workplace, recreation activities, the medical system, religion, laws, and the laws and the legal system in the construction of gender.

WS 444A - Race Matters
Credits: 4.00
Class examines race categories in the United States and how these historically changing categories shape our diverse realities across racial, ethnic, gendered, classed, and national identities. Students examine race as a category of difference and explore the multiple ways that individuals claim racial identities. Specific attention focuses on how diverse women have made history in their own lives and in the lives of others by resisting the interlocking systems of oppression.

WS 444B - Score!: Gender and Diversity in Sports
Credits: 4.00
Utilizing guest lectures, films, readings, projects and discussion, this writing intensive course provides first-year students wiith the opportunity to investigate the social, historic, economic and political factors that shape sports opportunities for girls and women in the United States. Students examine the extent to which sports experiences are the same for all girls and women in their diversity, as well as comparable to males across their differences. Writing intensive.

WS 444C - On the Roads to Equality
Credits: 4.00
Looking beyond what is traditionally thought of as the women's rights movement in the United States, this course remaps women's history and activism to include a diversity of women's experiences. A multicultural examination of history focuses on women's leadership and participation in immigrant rights, labor, the Black Women's Club, economic justice, reproductive rights, self determination and feminist movements during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Writing intensive.

WS 444D - Cyborgs, Avatars, and Feminists: Gender in the Virtual World
Credits: 4.00
Utilizing feminist theoretical and critical investigations of gender and techno culture, students explore women's popular and theoretical conceptions of cyberspace. Students explore numerous digital communication systems within cyberspace and examine how and why a diversity of women utilize these systems. This course provides students with the opportunity to investigate the impact that advancements in virtual technology have in the lives of women.

WS 505 - Survey in Women's Studies
Credits: 4.00
The course explores the breadth and depth of Women's Studies from an historical perspective. In order to understand Women's Studies currently, students look at the historical foundations that contribute social, political, and economic infleuences on the topics.

WS 595 - Special Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
In-depth study of topics not covered in regular course offerings. Prereq: permission; WS 401.

WS 595W - Special Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
In-depth study of topics not covered in regular course offerings. Prereq: permission; WS 401. Writing intensive.

WS 632 - Feminist Thought
Credits: 4.00
Theories of women's oppression and emancipation explored from various historical, political, cultural, and social perspectives. A major goal of the course is to increase awareness of historical and contemporary feminist approaches to understanding women's experiences, representations, and relative positions in societies. The course also considers the interrelation of theory and practice and the impact of past feminist theories on feminist movements. Prereq: WS 401. Writing intensive.

WS 795 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
For advanced students who have the preparation to carry out an individual project of supervised research on a specific women's studies topic. Preparation should include WS 401 or equivalent, and/or other women's studies courses. Barring duplication of topic, may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Prereq: permission of instructor and women's studies coordinator.

WS 796 - Advanced Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Advanced or specialized topics not normally covered in regular course offerings. May be repeated, but not in duplicate areas. Prereq: permission.

WS 796W - Advanced Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Advanced or specialized topics not normally covered in regular course offerings. May be repeated, but not in duplicate areas. Prereq: permission. Writing intensive.

WS 797 - Internship
Credits: 4.00
Students gain practical experience in a woman-focused agency or organization. Plan of study and requirements are developed together with a faculty adviser and the student's workplace adviser. Bi-monthly seminar with all internship students and instructor. Prereq: permission. WS majors or minors. May be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits.

WS 798 - Colloquium
Credits: 4.00
Intensive study of specialized topic for advanced students. Topics vary with instructor. Prereq: permission. Required for WS minors. Barring duplication of topic, may be repeated for credit. Writing intensive.

WS 799 - Honors Thesis
Credits: 4.00 to 8.00
With a faculty sponsor, students enrolled in the honors-in-major program develop an independent, investigative project in women's studies. Written thesis. Prereq: majors only; one other WS 700-level course prior to or concurrently with WS 799; permission.