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Courses - Fall 2018
WMST
Women's Studies Department Site
WMST200
Introduction to Women's Studies: Women and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
An interdisciplinary study of the status, roles, and experiences of women in society. Sources from a variety of fields such as literature, psychology, history, and anthropology, focusing on the writings of women.
WMST250
Introduction to Women's Studies: Women, Art and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
An examination of women's creative powers as expressed in selected examples of music, film, art, drama, poetry, fiction, and other literature. Explores women's creativity in relation to families, religion, education, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and within a cultural tradition shaped by women.
WMST255
Reading Women Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: ENGL250.
Credit only granted for: WMST255 or ENGL250.
Explores literary and cultural expressions by women and their receptions within a range of historical periods and genres. Topics such as what does a woman need in order to write, what role does gender play in the production, consumption, and interpretation of texts, and to what extent do women comprise a distinct literary subculture. Interpretation of texts will be guided by feminist and gender theory, ways of reading that have emerged as important to literary studies over the last four decades.
WMST263
Introduction to Black Women's Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: WMST298A or AASP298I.
Formerly: WMST298A.
Interdisciplinary exploration of Black women, culture and society in the United States. Drawn primarily from the social sciences and history with complementary material from literature and the arts.
Also offered as AASP298I.
WMST275
World Literature by Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: CMLT275.
Credit only granted for: WMST275 or CMLT275.
Comparative study of selected works by women writers of several countries, exploring points of intersection and divergence in women's literary representations.
WMST298D
Women's Bodies in Contention
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
WMST298N
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Racialized Gender and Rebel Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
WMST300
(Perm Req)
Feminist Reconceptualizations of Knowledge
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department; and must be in Women's Studies program.
An examination of how the interdisciplinary study of women and gender has generated new questions, challenged traditional methodologies and offered insights on the ways we come to learn, know, and teach. Explores the impact of feminist thinking on various disciplines.
WMST314
Black Women in United States History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
Also offered as: AASP313.
Credit only granted for: AASP313, AASP498W, HIST329E, WMST314, or WMST498N.
Formerly: WMST498N.
Black American women's history from slavery to the present. Focused on gaining a fuller understanding of the effect of race, class and gender on the life cycles and multiple roles of Black women as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social-change agents.
Also offered as AASP313 and HIST329E. Credit granted for AASP313, WMST314 and HIST329E.
WMST336
Psychology of Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Also offered as: PSYC336.
Credit only granted for: PSYC336 or WMST336.
A study of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC students or WMST students only.
WMST350
(Perm Req)
Feminist Pedagogy
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department.
General application of feminist methodology to teaching and communication skills, teaching strategies, motivation, classroom dynamics and knowledge of students' development and learning styles.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST360
Caribbean Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An interdisciplinary analysis of the lives and experiences of women across the Caribbean region, through an examination of their roles in individual, national, social and cultural formations. Special emphasis on contemporary women's issues and organizations.
Also offered as AASP498D. Credit only granted for WMST360 or AASP498D.
WMST379A
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WMST379B
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WMST379F
Topics in Women's Studies; Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
WMST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Must have Learning Proposal approved by Women's Studies Academic Advisor; and junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST400
Theories of Feminism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course in WMST; or must have completed a course cross-listed with a WMST course.
A study of the multiplicity of feminist theories which have been developed to explain women's position in the family, the workplace, and society. Major feminist writings are considered in the context of their historical moment and in the context of the intellectual traditions to which they relate.
WMST428C
Topics in Women's Studies; Race and Reproduction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP499C AMST498E, and SOCY498F. Credit only granted for AASP499C, AMST498E, SOCY498F, or WMST428C.
WMST428K
Topics in Women's Studies; Black is...Black Ain't
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as THET408B and AMST428B. Credit only granted for AMST428B, THET408B, or WMST428K.

In this course we will examine an array of performance texts in an effort to understand how Blackness represented in U.S. popular culture. The course will aim to deconstruct stereotypes of Blackness in the U.S and African diaspora while focusing specifically on it relations to and intersections with gender and sexuality. We will investigate how Black people are portrayed and represented in history, literature, and popular culture and challenge the notion of essential or authentic Blackness. Throughout the course, we will engage various theories of performance and identity and explore race, gender and sexuality as constructed categories.
WMST452
Women in the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DVUP
Also offered as: JOUR452.
Credit only granted for: JOUR452 or WMST452.
Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.
WMST488B
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Health Inequality and Social Determinants: How Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender Matter
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
WMST488E
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Girlhood: A Transnational History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
How are girls distinguished from women? This course is about why and how this question has been answered in varying ways over the past two and a half centuries. We will delve into the distinctions drawn between girls and women across the globe (including the United States). We will engage with historical material about health, medicine, law, religion, visual and popular culture. In particular, we will think about how girlhood is imagined in idealized ways, and ask which girls have access to, or are denied, idealized girlhood.
WMST498A
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Community Interventions: Domestic Violence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WMST498D
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamic World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as PERS 498M, PERS 689M, HIST 419C, HIST 619E, WMST 698D, and CMLT 679D. Credit only granted for PERS 498M, PERS 689M, CMLT 679D, HIST 419C, HIST 619E, WMST 498D, or WMST 698D.

Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamic World is an advanced introduction to the study of the changing norms of sex, gender, and sexuality in the Islamicate world, past and present. Through engagement with primary source readings, recent scholarly studies, and theoretical literature from Gender and Sexuality Studies and Queer Theory, we will cover such topics as: Islamic sexual ethics; homo- and heteroerotic poetry and art of both the spiritual and profane varieties; transvestism , androgyny, and gender nonconformity in the medieval Islamic world; premodern Islamic medical and courtly advice literature on sex; and the construction of "sexuality" (homo- and heterosexuality) in the modern Middle East. The course does not require any prior knowledge of Gender and Sexuality Studies or Islamicate cultures and languages.
WMST498J
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Contemporary Chinese and Chinese American Cinema on Women
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WMST498T
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Dead Sea Scrolls in Gendered Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST409V. Credit granted for JWST409V or WMST498T. The Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the great archaeological finds of the twentieth century, provide evidence for an ancient Jewish movement that arose in opposition to mainstream Judaism during the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. While awaiting a messiah and a violent endtimes judgment, this movement developed unusual religious practices, possibly including celibacy and certainly including strict rules about marriage and sexual behavior. How do sex, gender, and sexuality relate to religious identity? How do gender and power interrelate? Attention to the Dead Sea Scrolls in gendered perspective will allow us to answer these questions and to better understand an especially fascinating moment in ancient Jewish history.
WMST498Y
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Dickinson, Whitman, Erotics, and American Poetry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as ENGL439D and LGBT448Y. Credit granted for ENGL439D, LGBT448Y, or WMST498Y.
WMST499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST601
(Perm Req)
Approaches to Women's Studies I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: WMST400; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Examines two fundamental concepts in women's studies: intersectionality and interdisciplinarity. Looks at how feminisms have shaped and been shaped by knowledge-production within and across disciplinary boundaries, cultures, and paradigms. Develops an appreciation of intersectional theory as a critical research tool and as a set of responses to issues of power, domination, oppression and other loci of difference.
WMST618
(Perm Req)
Feminist Pedagogy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. For WMST major onlys.
WMST619
(Perm Req)
Women's Studies Teaching Practicum
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. For WMST majors only.
WMST628
(Perm Req)
WMST698D
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamic World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as PERS 498M, PERS 689M, HIST 419C, HIST 619E, WMST 498D, and CMLT 679D. Credit only granted for PERS 498M, PERS 689M, CMLT 679D, HIST 419C, HIST 619E, WMST 498D, or WMST 698D.

Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamic World is an advanced introduction to the study of the changing norms of sex, gender, and sexuality in the Islamicate world, past and present. Through engagement with primary source readings, recent scholarly studies, and theoretical literature from Gender and Sexuality Studies and Queer Theory, we will cover such topics as: Islamic sexual ethics; homo- and heteroerotic poetry and art of both the spiritual and profane varieties; transvestism , androgyny, and gender nonconformity in the medieval Islamic world; premodern Islamic medical and courtly advice literature on sex; and the construction of "sexuality" (homo- and heterosexuality) in the modern Middle East. The course does not require any prior knowledge of Gender and Sexuality Studies or Islamicate cultures and languages.
WMST698V
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Sexuality, Subversion, Identity in Autofiction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as FREN699N. Credit only granted for FREN699N or WMST698V.

Focus is placed on "autofiction" as a genre, and particularly on the intersections between public/private, aesthetics and politics, and sexuality and identity in the first-person narrative since 1980. Taught in French.
WMST699
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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WMST709
(Perm Req)
Directed Independent Reading for Major Field Exam
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: S-F
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WMST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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WMST898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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WMST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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