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Courses - Fall 2019
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
Cross-listed with ENGL250.
Credit only granted for: ENGL250 or WMST255.
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.
Cross-listed with AASP298I.
WMST275
World Literature by Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with 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
WMST298L
History of Sexuality in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Cross-listed with: HIST213.
Credit only granted for: HIST213 or WMST298L.
Explores the social construction of sexualities from the first colonial settlement to the modern era in the United States. Analyzes the implications of these understandings for power relations in U.S history.
Cross-listed with HIST213. Credit only granted for: HIST213, HIST219O, o r WMST298L. Formerly: HIST219O.
WMST298N
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Racialized Gender and Rebel Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
How do different forms of media shape the stories which circulate about race, femininities, masculinities, ethnicities, sexualities, religiosity, power and difference? How have various media formats been used to disrupt dominant stories, to tell new stories, and to create differing understandings of citizenship? This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's studies and an exploration of the ways that media has been used as a platform for racial justice, feminist activism, and cultural transformation, with a principal focus on the expressions of women of color.
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.
WMST320
Women in Classical Antiquity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: CLAS320, HIST328W.
Credit only granted for: CLAS320, WMST320, or HIST328W.
A study of women's image and reality in ancient Greek and Roman societies through an examination of literary, linguistic, historical, legal, and artistic evidence; special emphasis in women's role in the family, views of female sexuality, and the place of women in creative art. Readings in primary sources in translation and modern critical writings.
WMST325
The Sociology of Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOCY courses.
Cross-listed with SOCY325.
Credit only granted for: SOCY325 or WMST325.
Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.
WMST336
Psychology of Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Cross-listed with 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)
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.
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WMST379A
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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WMST379B
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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WMST379F
Topics in Women's Studies; Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
WMST379W
Topics in Women's Studies; Global Women in World War II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST319D. Credit granted for WMST379W or HIST319D.
WMST379Y
Topics in Women's Studies; Women in Chinese History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST328Y. Credit granted for WMST379Y or HIST328Y.
WMST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department; and must have Learning Proposal approved by Women's Studies Academic Advisor; and junior standing or higher. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.
Formerly: WMST386.
Undergraduate Internship in a position related to Women's Studies and overseen by a member of the WMST faculty.
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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
Cross-listed with AASP499C AMST498E, SOCY699B and SOCY498F. Credit only granted for AASP499C, AMST498E, SOCY498F, SOCY699B or WMST428C.
WMST428L
Topics in Women's Studies; 21st Century Black Feminisms
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP498C. Credit only granted for WMST428L or AASP498C . Built loosely around Dr. Brittney Cooper's 2018 Black feminist manifesto Eloquent Rage this course looks at black women's anger as a generative force for social change. Through reading Cooper's book and the intersectional black feminists texts that inspired it, this course will explore black women's sexuality and family life, black popular culture, black women's politics, black women's bodily autonomy, and th e simmering rage which under girds many black women's experiences in the United States.
WMST448A
Literature by Women of Color; CARRIBEAN LITERATURE BY WOMEN
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: two English courses in literature or permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits, if content differs. Also offered as ENGL448A and LASC448A. Credit only offered for ENGL448A, LASC448A or WMST448A.
WMST452
Women in the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DVUP
Cross-listed with JOUR452.
Credit only granted for: JOUR452 or WMST452.
Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.
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
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
Cross-listed with ENGL439D and LGBT448Y. Credit granted for ENGL439D, LGBT448Y, or WMST498Y.
WMST499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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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)
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)
WMST699
(Perm Req)
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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