Current Course Listings
Please see the WGSS Spring 2015 WGSS Course list for updated course offerings.
Fall 2014 Course Syllabi
WGSS 263 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies Syllabus TR 12:40-2:00
WGSS 291 Media Representations of Women, Men, and Sexuality Syllabus MWF 10:10-11:00
Spring 2014 course syllabi
WGSS 163L (Formerly PHIL151H/LS/WGS 119H/163) Historical and Literary Perspectives on Women TR 9:40-11:00
WGSS 363 Feminist Theory and Methods TR 12:40-2:00
WGSS 463 Women and Gender Studies Capstone R 2:10-4:00
Women's and Gender Studies (WGSS) Course Offerings
U WGSS 163L (Formerly PHIL/LS 151H / WGS 119H/163) Historical and Literary Perspectives on Women 3 cr. Offered autumn. Introduction to the discipline and scope of Western philosophy focusing on women as the subject rather than men. A chronological study following the ideological development in the West of social attitudes and scientific theses.
U SOCI 220 Race, Class and Gender 3 cr. Offered autumn. Analysis of the intersecting structure and dynamics of race, gender and class. Focus on power relationships, intergroup conflict and minority-group status.
U COUN 242 Intimate Relationships 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring.
U WGSS 263S Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3 cr. Offered autumn. Broad overview of gender and women's issues from a social science perspective. Relevant topics related to the sociological and psychological aspects of gender across culture are explored, including masculinity, femininity, violence, reproductive health, cultural diversity in the expression of gender, issues in sexual orientation, and media contributions to these issues.
U SOCI 275S Gender and Society 3 cr. Offered annually. Exploration of the social construction of gender, especially in western, post-industrial societies such as the U.S. How gender ideologies affect the social definition and position of men and women in work, family, sexual relationship, sexual divisions of labor, and social movements.
U WGSS 294 Seminar 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently.
U WGSS 291 Media Representations of Women, Men and Sexuality 3 cr. (R-6) Offered every other autumn. Exploration of media representations of women, men and sexuality.
U WGSS 295 Special Topics 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
U MCLL 320 Women in Antiquity 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Same as CLAS and LS 320. Examination of varied sources from Ancient Greece, the Hellenistic World, and republican and imperial Rome to clarify the place of women in communities. Women's contribution to community and the mechanisms by which communities attempted to socialize female populations.
U SW 323 Women and Social Action in the Americas 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., one of SW 100, SOCI 101S (SOC 110S), or ANTY 103H (ANTH 101H) or consent of instr. Focus on women's experiences of and contributions to social change in North, South and Central America in the mid- to late-20th century. Through case studies, testimonials, discussions with activists and Internet connections examine social constructions of gender, compare forms of social action in diverse cultural, political and historical contexts, link practice to theories of social participation, and reflect on lessons learned from women's experiences.
U SW 324 Gender and the Politics of Welfare 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., SW 100 or consent of instr. Exploration of the relationship between gender ideologies and the development of social welfare policies. Examination of historic and contemporary social welfare policies, practices and debates in the United States through a gender lens.
U LSH 329 Fathers & Daughters in Western Literary Traditions 3 cr. Same as LS 329. Prereq., WRIT 101 (ENEX 101). Examines how relationships between fathers and daughters have been represented, celebrated and critiqued in literature in the Western world, from antiquity to the present.
U ENLT 336 American Women Writers 3 cr. Offered spring odd-numbered years. Prereq., LIT 300 (ENLT 301) or consent of instr. Same as LIT 335. Consideration of political and aesthetic purposes in women's fiction through a progression of 19th century literary forms: a cautionary seduction novel, sentimental and domestic novels, realism, naturalism, and utopianism.
U NAS 342H Gender Studies in Native American Studies 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Focus on American Indian gender relations and their cultural continuity and historical evolution. National in scope with concentration on certain tribes. Group analysis of contemporary gender issues relevant to Native American peoples.
U AAS 343 African American History Since 1865 3 cr. Offered alternate years. Prereq., LIT 300 (ENLT 301) or consent of instr. Same as LIT 343 (ENLT 337). Selected works by African-American authors. Course may define a narrowed focus such as poetry, women writers, etc.
U PSYX 348 Psychology of Family Violence 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., PSYX 100S (PSYC 100S). Exploration of theoretical explanations for the presence of violence in American families; research and interventions in such areas as child physical and sexual abuse, battering of women, marital rape, spousal homicide, etc.
U WGSS 363 Theories and Methods of Feminist Inquiry 3 cr. Offered spring. In-depth exposure to feminist views and critique of the ethics and methods of scientific, social, and literary inquiry. Includes exposure to primary sources and current societal and global issues and movements, research finding, and literature exemplifying these methods of inquiry and the gendered dimensions of such inquiry.
U RLST 370 Medieval Women Mystics 3 cr. Offered spring. An inquiry into the literature and interpretation of mysticism in the major religious traditions. Each offering will focus on a specific tradition or period.
U HSTA 370H Women in America: to the Civil War 3 cr. Offered autumn. Interpretive overview of women's experiences in America before the Civil War. Exploration of new definitions of womanhood and "women's sphere" emerging from women's varied experiences in the American colonies and the American Revolution; how immigrant, poor, slave, and western women transgressed the boundaries of their sphere; and how women-from both inside and outside their assigned sphere-reshaped their roles in American society.
U HSTA 371H Women in America: from the Civil War 3 cr. Offered spring. Interpretive overview of women's experiences in America after the Civil War. Exploration of such topics as women's associations, the battle for suffrage, organized feminism and its opponents, the industrialization of housework, women in the workforce, reproductive rights, and welfare. Particular attention to women's experiences shaped by class and race as well as by gender.
U SOCI 371 Gender and Global Development 3 cr. Offered fall. Prereq. SOCI 101S (SOC 110S). Intermediate level perspectives on colonization, international development, and globalization, with an emphasis on gender issues and impacts.
U ENLT 378 Gay and Lesbian Studies 3 cr. Offered alternate years. Prereq., ENLT 301 or consent of instr. Review of the history of the gay and lesbian movement in the twentieth century as a basis for understanding the political, social, and sexual issues that influenced homoerotic cultural representation in plays, films, and novels.
U LSH 379L Gender and Sexuality in English Fiction 3 cr. Offered yearly. Same as LIT 379L and LS 379. Major 19th or 20th century novels and short stories written in English in different parts of the world and how these texts explore changing concepts of gender and sexuality.
U COMX 380 Gender and Communication 3 cr. Offered spring. The meaning of gender in our culture and how gender is displayed and perpetuated through our private and public verbal and nonverbal interactions.
U HSTA 385 Families and Children in America 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Historical overview of families and children in the United States from the colonial era to the present. Topics include changing patterns of family life, the evolution of attitudes toward children and youth, the relationship between the American family and the nation-state, and debates over "family values" from the nation's founding to the present.
U WGSS 396 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-12) Offered intermittently.
U WGSS 397 Research Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently.
U WGSS 395 Special Topics 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
U WGSS 398 Internship Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of director. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (198, 298, 398, 498) may count toward graduation.
UG ANTY 427 Anthropology of Gender 3 cr. Comparative study of the history and significance of gender in social life.
UG SOCI 441 Inequality and Social Justice 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq SOCI 101S (SOC 110S) and two inequality and social justice courses and consent of instr. Research and writing on Inequity and Social Justice. Students bring together readings from other inequality content courses and/or independent readings, research methods training, and data and/or internship experience to write a final research paper on a topic of their choice within the ISJ area. Meets upper-division writing expectation for sociology majors only.
UG SOCI 443 Sociology of Poverty 3 cr. Offered autumn and summer. Prereq. SOCI 101S (SOC 110S), or consent of instr. An examination of the roots, prevalence, and social characteristics of poverty. Analysis of policies intended to end poverty.
U COMX 447 The Rhetorical Construction of Women 3 cr. Offered autumn. Explores the rhetoric surrounding contemporary women's social "activism" in the U.S. Topics include women's rights, women's liberation, consciousness raising as a rhetorical form, reproductive rights, sexuality, and intersections between gender, race, and class.
U COMX 449 The Rhetoric of U.S. Women’s Public Activism, 1963-1984 3 cr. Offered autumn. Explores the rhetoric surrounding contemporary women's social "activism" in the U.S. Topics include women's rights, women's liberation, consciousness raising as a rhetorical form, reproductive rights, sexuality, and intersections between gender, race, and class.
U WGSS 463 Women's and Gender Studies Capstone 2 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., WGS 119H, WGS 263S, WS 275S. Capstone course for the Women's and Gender Studies minor.
U HSTA 471 Writing Women's Lives 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Consent of instructor required. Upper-division writing-intensive seminar in women’s history. Students will write an original research paper based on primary source materials.
U COUN 485 Counseling Theories in Context 3 cr. Offered autumn.
U WGSS 495 Special Topics 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
U WGSS 496 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently.
U WGSS 497 Research Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently.
UG SOCI 545 Seminar in Inequality and Social Justice 3 cr. Offered spring. Graduate student in Sociology or consent of instr. Advanced study of variable topics in inequality and social justice held in a small group setting that maximizes opportunities for graduate student research, discussion, and writing.
G WGSS 595 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-12) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
G WGSS 596 Independent Study 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.