Women and Gender Studies Course Descriptions 

WMSTU 232: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (3)

*Cross Ref: ENGL 332
*Offered fall term
This course addresses the relationship between biological sex and the construction of gendered identities. As a result, this course deals directly with this relationship, as well as the historical conditions that give rise to this relationship, by examining writings about women and men and femininity and masculinity, from a range of disciplines that include the cultural, the sociological and the anthropological.

WMSTU 260: Special Topics (3)

Topics for this course will vary.

WMSTU 360: Special Topics (3)

Topics for this course will vary.

ART 207: Collage: Alternative Expressions (3)

This course is a cross-cultural study of designer/artists of the African Diaspora and the Americas, primarily women, with special attention to their influence on 20th-century modern art movements. Textiles, tribal and populist arts will be the focus of slide lectures. Hands-on collage project assignments will encourage creative response.

ART 243: Women in Art (3)

This course explores the topic of art by and about women through notions of feminism, colonialism/orientalism, representation, reception and the art historical canon. It will consider media including painting, printmaking, photography, video, film, textile arts, ceramics, architecture, installation art, performance and sculpture and comics. It looks at the way artists address issues of gender and sexuality, identify, history, violence, labor, embodiment, just to name a few. Taking historical context(s) into account, the course will emphasize contemporary iterations of women and representation.

BIOL 201: Contemporary Women Scientists (3) 

This course focuses on the integration of several fields of science, the significance of those fields in contemporary life and some women scientists who made significant contributions to those fields.

COMM 350: Gender, Identity and Communication (3)

This course will introduce students to social constructionist perspectives on sex, gender and sexual orientation. Students will be provided a historical survey of women's and gender studies scholarship and connections to contemporary communication theory.

ENGL 240: Women and Literature (3) 

*Offered annually
This course is a study of women's writings in all genres and from a wide range of historical contexts and ethnic groups. Writers studied may include Dickinson, Rich, Clifton, Jordan, Stowe, Jewett, Wharton, Hurston, Morrison, Woolf, Eliot and Drabble.

HIST 211: Women in Modern European History (3)

*Offered alternate years
This course explores the history of European women since the mid 18th-century. Ideas about women, as well as the changing social and economic conditions of women's lives will be examined. A central concern is the distinction between elite women and women of the popular classes. Major topics include women's work, sexuality, marriage and family, women's political activity and feminism. 

NURS 476: Issues in Women's Health (2)

This course explores current health care concerns of women. Focus is placed on the complex inter-relationship between women's health and their social, political, cultural and economic situations. The student will investigate methods to empower women to take more active roles in their health care, and the student will explore strategies for health care advocacy.

NURS 485: Renaissance of the Healing Arts (3)

*Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of faculty 
This course addresses the myth, the magic and the mystery of healing methods considered alternative to modern medical practice. The history and the role of women healers and the current renaissance of the healing arts are explored. Emphasis is placed on the self as healed and healer. Student's will be introduced to healing arts skills such as meditation, therapeutic touch, creative visualization, color therapy, music therapy, herbs, humor and aromatherapy.

PSYCH 328: Psychology and Gender (3)

*Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
This course explores ways in which gender impacts human development and social experience. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of gender are considered. Psychological theories and research pertaining to gender development are discussed.

RELST 273: Women in the Bible (3) 

This course is a study of the Bible (both Hebrew and Christian scriptures) with the specific aim of recovering the place and role of women in this tradition of thought. Such study draws upon a multidisciplinary approach to critically selected texts in which women are explicitly remembered in a culture and tradition dominated by patriarchal values and systems.

RELST 291: Feminist/Womanist Perspectives on Religion (3)

This course explores select psychological and theological works concerned with critiquing Western, patriarchal culture from a feminist/womanist perspective. The feminist perspective is itself critically examined through the voice of African-American (womanist) and Hispanic (mujerista) woman writers.

SOC 235: Sex, Culture and Society (3)

*Cross Ref: ANTH 235
In this course, the sexual legacies of our primate heritage are examined. Human sexuality and gender roles are explored cross-culturally in their social, political and ideological contexts.

SOC 275: Women, Change and Society (3)

This course examines how gender is socially constructed across time and across cultures. The course explores how gender impacts the lives and choices of women and men in settings such as the family, career, politics, the law and religion.

SOC 309: Gender and Globalization (3)

*Cross Ref: ANTH 309
This course examines the economic, sociopolitical and cultural aspects of globalization within the framework of contemporary debates about the phenomenon. The main focus is on how globalization affects gender roles, ideologies and the experiences of men and women in transnational contexts. Our own discussion of the meaning of globalization addresses questions about the novel character of globalization, shifts in labor and production practices and the contested relevance of the nation-state. These guiding issues help shape discussions about the formation of gender identities, the transformation of gender divisions of labor in host countries, in "home countries" and in transnational spaces and organized responses to globalizing forces.

SOC 325: Race, Class, Gender and the Law (3)

This course introduces students to the complex and subtle ways social inequality is produced and reproduced in and through U.S. law and social practices. We will examine race, class, sex and gender hierarchies as interrelated systems, none of which can be fully understood without reference to the others. We will explore how any individual's multiple status's (race, class, gender, sexuality) combine to produce sets of privileges and constraints. We will also examine the effects of social experiences on social perspectives. The course has a historical emphasis, examining 19th and 20th-century roots of contemporary social arrangements in U.S. law and society. The course includes challenging abstract material about theories of race, gender, class, culture and power.

SOC 345: Jurisprudence and Gender (3)

*Cross Ref: CJ 345
The Rule of Law is meant to establish a system of rules founded on principles rather than personalities. In this course, we examine a system that is gendered, built on the story of men's lives. Our analysis takes us through at least three major strains of legal argument that begin with different assumptions and lead to different policy outcomes, all powerful, all persuasive, but none readily reconcilable. As a result, we are confronted with questions of gender equity and social justice. Can we produce fairness? Can we preclude harming citizens with the instrument of law?

SPAN 217: Women in Mexican Culture (3)

This class will study the impact female figures such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Malitzin/Malinche and la soldadera have had in traditional Mexican culture and their unexpected transformation into 21st century Latina/o cultural and religious icons. Class discussion will be conducted in English. Students will read and write in Spanish, while class discussion will be conducted in English.