Course Descriptions

The full catalog description is here. The list of approved courses is below (a few brand-new ones will be coming SOON).  The checklist for the minor is here (last updated Mar., 2013;  opens as a Word document).  The checklist for the major is here (last updated Dec., 2013;  opens as a Word document).  The checklists are the most current version of the courses approved for our programs. To return to the top, just click the back arrow on your web browser.

WGS courses:  Gen Eds:  100, 210, 230;  Other awesome WGS courses:  105, 201, 215, 225, 230, 240, 250, 255, 259, 270, 300, 301, 305, 310, 315, 316320, 325, 330, 331, 337, 338, 340, 360, 370, 371, 373, 374, 375, 376 386, 390, 450, 499 
Courses in other departments: ANT 250, ARC 372, CST 334, 338, ECO 336, ENG 220, 385, 482, HED 412, 472; HIS 305, 315, 359, 360, 370, 371, 372, 376, 383, 386; PHL 240, 324, 494; POL 205, 405, 433, 337, 439; PSY 305, 318; SAH 307; SOC 105, 316, 337, 338, 370, 375

+ WGS 100 Cr. 3   Gender, Race, and Class in American Institutions

This course provides an introduction to how gender, race and class have intertwined over time to produce women’s social roles and status in American culture. The creation, transmittal, interpretation and institutionalization of gender roles will be examined using family and kinship, the educational system, the media, work, government and the health care system. The course provides a critical, interdisciplinary perspective on scholarship which omits or distorts the female experience.

WGS/SOC 105 Cr. 3   Introduction to LGBT Studies    

This course will examine the cultural, legal, and political dimensions of LGBT life in the U.S. It will begin by exploring the social invention of heterosexuality and how personal and institutional interpretations of sexuality have historically informed the lives of LGBT people. The course also addresses class, racial and gender biases that especially confront queer communities of color in the U.S. Finally, the course looks at continued instances of hate crimes and homophobia against the backdrop of rights-based activism and the role that art and politics play in this interplay.

WGS 201 Cr. 1   Social Justice and Peer Education

This course both educates students on social justice issues that they face while in college and prepares them to be able to give presentations to peers in residence halls, classrooms, athletic teams, and student organizations with the goal of effecting social change. Subject matter will respond to campus needs. Prerequisites: WGS 100, or ERS 100, or EFN 205 or WS 230 or WS 210. CST 110 Recommended. Repeatable for credit-max 3.

+ WGS 210 Cr. 3   Women’s Voices/Women’s Culture

An examination of how women have expressed female experience in a variety of forms, including fiction, autobiography, oral traditions, and song. By analyzing women’s words and forms of self-expression, students will explore what is individual and what is common in women’s lives, and will learn tools for understanding female experience and culture. Offered Sem. I.

WGS  215  Cr. 3   Transnational Women’s Issues 

An introduction to women’s issues across nations, continents, and cultures. Students will examine women’s status and power, their cross-cultural differences, reproductive rights, paid and unpaid labor, participation in religion, politics, sexuality, their country’s stand on gender-based violence, and the effects of globalization and gender equality movements on women. The course will also study how common issues create connection for women and how these common issues and gendered challenges provide the basis for transnational feminist movements. Prerequisite: none. Offered Fall

WGS  225  Cr. 3   Women and Leadership 

This course investigates women’s leadership and develops students’ leadership skills. Students will examine women’s under-representation in formal public positions of power while also evaluating the strengths women can and do bring to leadership, and the emerging possibilities for women’s’ leadership capacity in a rapidly changing world. Special attention will be paid to women’s changing roles in the workplace. Students will critically evaluate leadership models, especially as they pertain to gender, race, and class. Prerequisite: none. Offered alternate years.

+ WGS 230 Cr. 3   Women’s Diversity: Race, Class, and Culture

This course explores the diversity of women’s experience in America as it has been affected by race, ethnicity class, and other factors, and the effects of gender on women of different groups. Issues that have united and divided women in movements for social change are also addressed.

WGS 240 Cr. 3   Contemporary Women’s Issues

Contemporary women’s issues will provide the student with an overview of women’s studies scholarship from the late 1960’s to the present. Contemporary theory, social change movements, and women’s lives will be integrated in order to examine the relationship between theory and practice in women’s studies. Offered occasionally.

WGS 250 Cr. 1-3   Topics in Women’s Studies

Intermediate and interdisciplinary analysis of a social issue, idea or institution from the perspective of women and Women’s Studies. Repeatable for credit. Department approval is necessary to apply more than three credits toward the WGS minor. Offered occasionally.

WGS 255 Cr. 1   Women in the Military

This course will provide students with an understanding of the struggles and successes of women’s lives in the U.S. Military. Beginning with an historic overview of women’s changing roles in the military, it will proceed to analyze the reasons for the limitations to women’s equal participation. Finally, the course will recognize the accomplishments of women in the military. Offered Sem. II.

WGS/PSY/ESS 259 Cr. 1   Girls and Women in Sport

An introduction to the involvement of girls and women in sport. Topics include a historical perspective on women’s sport participation, cultural images of women athletes, physiological and psychological benefits of sport participation as well as negative correlates, teaching and coaching implications of current research, Title IX, and recreation/leisure approaches to physical activity. (Cross-listed with ESS and PSY, may only earn credit in ESS, PSY, or WGS.)

WGS 270 Cr. 3   Women and Friendship

An examination of women’s friendships historically, psychologically, sociologically, and politically in the context of a sexist, racist, classist, and homophobic culture. Beginning with defining friendships in women’s lives and continuing through a woman’s life span, the course will go on to examine how socio-cultural changes have interrupted women’s friendship in the past and the present. Women’s friendships with women, men, kin, and mentors will be examined. Lastly, women’s friendships will be explored as a way to reconstruct community. Offered every two years.

WGS 300 Cr. 1-3   Independent Study

Topics to be selected by the individual instructor or by the student and instructor together. The topics must relate to women’s experiences and/or issues. Prerequisite: WS 100 and consent of the department chairperson. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

WGS/HIS 301 Cr. 3   Women in the Modern United States: 1890-Present

This course introduces students to key issues in modern women’s history in the United States. It explores women’s experiences as workers, activists, consumers, citizens, and family members. It also examines the various ways in which generations of Americans have defined "woman’s place" and "women’s issues," and raises questions about the possibility for defining common women’s issues today. (Cross-listed with HIS, may only earn credit in WGS or HIS.) Offered alternate years.

WGS/HIS 305 Cr. 3   History of Motherhood in the U.S.

This course considers motherhood in nineteenth and twentieth century United States history from a variety of perspectives. It explores women’s experiences as mothers, across lines of race class, and relationship status. It also examines the politics of motherhood in U.S. history, and considers both the restrictive and the empowering dimensions of ideologies of motherhood. (Cross-listed with HIS, may only earn credit in WGS or HIS.) Offered alternate years.

WGS 310 Cr. 3  Masculinity, Femininity and Violence    

This course will examine the gendered and systemic nature of violence primarily in the United States. The course will pay special attention to the ways in which gender-based violence is perpetuated through interpersonal relationships and through social institutions such as the judicial system, the media, law enforcement, the family, organized sports and schools. Hate crimes will be also be addressed. The focus will be both on understanding and preventing gender-based violence asking what men and women must do to put an end to this social problem.

WGS/HIS 315 Cr. 3   History of Feminist Thought

An examination of the history of feminist ideas in the United States and the historical context, both western and international, from which they emerged. (Crosslisted with HIS, may only earn credit in WGS or HIS.) Offered alternate years.

WGS/SOC 316 Cr. 3   Gender, Sexuality, and Social Change in Religion

This course examines the various gender roles, norms, mobility, restrictions and empowerment that people experience within religious traditions, for example: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Global case studies and engaging narratives focused on the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion will be considered. Special attention will be paid to feminist laypersons and religious leaders who are reformulating traditional understandings and practices, and in turn, negotiating their agency within secular and spiritual spaces

WGS 320 Cr. 3   Violence Against Women

This course will examine from an interdisciplinary perspective, the connections between violence against women and the power distributions within our society. Three specific types of violence against women will be examined in-depth: sexual assault, incest and battering. Prerequisite: One of the following: WGS 100, 210, 230, EFN 205. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

WGS 325 Cr. 3 Black Feminist Thought

This course is designed to introduce students to Black Feminist theory. During this semester, we will explore how African-American women have been socially located in American society. We will read various texts (books, articles, etc.) to explore how theory works to explain power, oppression and liberation in the lives of African-American women. To accomplish this goal, we will focus our discussions on themes such as activism, identity, difference, representation, and possibilities of upward mobility as they pertain to the lived experiences of African American women.

WGS 330-530 Cr. 1-3   Topics: Women, Gender and Society

Interdisciplinary analysis of a social issue, idea, or institution from the perspective of women and women’s studies. Prerequisite: One of the following: WGS 100, 210, 230, EFN 205 for undergraduates only. Repeatable for credit - maximum 9. Department approval is necessary to apply more than three credits toward the WS minor. Offered occasionally.

WGS 331  Cr. 3  Images of African American Women

This course is designed to not only introduce students to representations of African American women but to also socially and spatially locate African American women in American society. We will discuss the origins of negative images of black femininity and how these images have evolved over time. In addition, this course will examine various types of images (i.e. television, movies, print ads, etc.) and deconstruct how they challenge, reinforce and reproduce entrenched images of African American women. This course will also discuss how African American women have challenge negative stereotypes and develop their own ways of constructing more accurate and complex.

WGS/SOC 337  Cr. 3  Globalization, Women, and Work    

This course examines the global and often exploitative experiences of women, migrating from one part of the world to another for work. As women leave their countries of origin, many find themselves working as nannies, sex workers, house cleaners and modern-day slaves in sweatshops. These work environments often create vulnerability, discrimination, and abuse of women within the private and public institutions of their host countries. The course will also use in-depth personal narratives and a focus on grassroots social movements to witness how women resist workplace policies and domestic laws to campaign for their rights, despite cultural and political constraints.

WGS 340 Cr. 3   Women, Learning and Knowledge

An analysis of how women’s learning experience has been and continues to be limited by conceptions of gender, race, and class. Through an examination of how knowledge is acquired and how society defines knowledge, students will come to a better understanding of how women can "reclaim" their educations. Prerequisite: One of the following: WGS 100, 210, 230, EFN 205. Offered occasionally.

WGS 360 Cr. 3   Hip Hop Culture, Race, and Gender

This course is designed to examine the history of Hip Hop and how it has evolved over time from a culture that gave voice to youth culture in New York City to a global phenomenon that, in many ways, has lost its way due to commercialism. In this course, we will discuss the origins of Hip Hop culture and its four basic elements (break dancing, rap, djing, and graffiti art). We examine how rap has evolved over time and how consumerism and capitalism have influenced Hip Hop culture. During the class, we will discuss various controversies that have arisen around the music, including criticism of its attitudes toward violence, femininity, masculinity, homosexuality, and educational achievement. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and deconstruct music lyrics, music videos and movie

WGS/HIS 370 Cr. 3   The History of Black Women’s Activism

An historical overview of the thoughts, actions, and creative products of Black women activists in the United States, from slavery to the present. Students will examine historical analyses, speeches, essays, economic activities, organizational styles, political issues, and various forms of artistic expression that women of African descent have produced in order to query, resist, and defy the interlocking oppressions of racism, sexism, and classism in the United States. Prerequisite: One of the following: WGS 100, 210, 230, EFN 205, ERS 100. (Cross-listed with HIS, may only earn credit in WGS or HIS.) Offered alternate years.

WGS/HIS 371 Cr. 3   Women, Agriculture and the Environment

Beginning with the ancient notion that the earth was both alive and female, a concept indigenous to western as well as other cultures, this course will examine subsequent ideas that have historically shaped attitudes and actions toward women and the earth, especially as those values and actions have affected agriculture in the U.S. The course will examine such topics as the roles of women as builders of community in the rural world; the impact of the industrializing of the production of food and fiber on concepts of femininity; the development of the modern corporate state and its impact on women and agriculture; and how women and men are working to reshape the way we see, think about, and act on, and interact with the earth. Prerequisite: One of the following: WGS 100, 210, 230, EFN 205. (Cross-listed with HIS, may only earn credit in WGS or HIS.) Offered alternate years.

WGS  373 Cr. 3  Gender and Human Rights 

This course will provide an overview of transnational women’s human rights movements in a variety of locations around the world Included in this overview will be the study of women’s political participation as a human rights issue; women’s bodily integrity as a human right; violence against women and reproductive sexual health and rights; human rights as a framework for social and economic and gender justice; and human rights as (quasi) legal accountability; UN agreements, treaties and venues of redress. Prerequisites: WGS 100, or 210, or 215, or 230, or EFN 205; or ERS 100. Offered Fall odd years.

WGS 374 Cr. 3   Women, Poverty and Public Policy

The course analyzes the historical underpinnings to the creation and evolution of welfare with special attention paid to the ways gender, race, and class oppression have shaped welfare in the past and today. Wage differentials, occupational segregation, unpaid work, and gender violence are discussed in relation to the construction of poverty. How poverty affects the lives of poor women and their children also is be explored. Current welfare policy will be analyzed and suggestions for reform based on current research is developed by the class. Prerequisite: One of the following: WGS 100, 210, 230, POL 205, PSY 318, EFN 205. Offered Sem. II, even numbered years.

WGS/SOC 375 Cr. 3   Lesbian Studies

Examines the social construction of sexual orientation and its meaning for women and women’s equality. The course draws on a range of sources, including scientific research, history, literature, psychological theory, and popular culture. Prerequisite: One of the following: WGS 100, WGS 210, WGS 230, EFN 205. (Cross-listed with SOC, may only earn credit in WS or SOC.) Offered alternate years.

WGS/HIS 376  Cr. 3   History of Childhood in the U.S. 

This course explores the vast diversity of children’s experiences in American history while also examining contemporary issues for children. The course explores differences of gender, race, and class distinctions in the socialization, experiences, economic, cultural, and social positions of children in society, and also examines change and continuity in our cultural ideals of childhood and children’s rights. Prerequisite: none. Offered Fall alternate years.

WGS 386 Cr. 3  Women of Color and Autobiography

This course is designed to introduce students to non-fiction writing, focusing specifically on the autobiographical work of women of color. We will read a variety of different forms of autobiographical text. During this course, we will examine how intersections of race, gender, space, and identity are explored in these women’s narratives. Through the readings, we will investigate the ethical and political obligations of minority writers. Also, we will investigate the interplay of identity formation and writing. Additionally, we will place these women’s narratives into historical and social contexts to understand how these factors influence these women’s texts. While reading these texts, we will write our own narratives as a method to investigate the lives of women

WGS  390  Cr. 3   Social Justice Research Methods 

Students will engage in the process of strategizing social justice research methods in a variety of settings such as a workplace, neighborhood, campus,  and beyond. Course activities organize around the processes behind social change: strategic analysis, organizing, action planning, and evaluation, developing students’ ability to create the knowledge necessary for complex problem-solving. Students learn and use the quantitative, qualitative, and critical research methods necessary to inform decisions at each step along a generalized pathway to change. Students going on to graduate school and students entering the workforce in a variety of fields like social work, community organizing, communication, and management will benefit from this course. Prerequisites: WGS 100 or 210 or 230 or EFN 205, or ERS 100; plus 9 additional credits in courses approved for WGSS.

Offered annually.

WGS 450 Cr. 1-6   Internship in Women’s Studies

The internship is an academically relevant field experience for minors in women’s studies which combines women’s studies scholarship with practical experience. The field experience will be supervised by the women’s studies staff. Prerequisite: junior standing and six credits of women’s studies and a minimum 2.50 GPA. A maximum of three credits will be counted toward the minor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

WGS 499 Cr. 3   Seminar in Women’s Studies

Intensive interdisciplinary study of particular areas in women’s studies. Topics will be chosen by the instructor and the students. Prerequisite: One of the following: WGS 100, WGS 210, WGS 230, and at least two other courses approved for the women’s studies minor, and declared Women’s Studies minor.

Women's Studies Courses in Other Departments:

ANT 250 Cr. 3   Women and Society

A comparative and evolutionary analysis of the development of sex roles in human society, concentrating on the experience of females. Considers sexual dimorphism; symbolic background of gender; relationships between techno-economy, social structure, political organization and women’s roles; personality and sex roles; and the experience of women in America. 

ARC/HIS 372 Cr. 3   History of Women in the Ancient World

A history of the nature and status of women in the ancient world as derived from textual sources, including works of literature, private letters, economic documents, and tomb inscriptions. Areas studied will be Syro-Mesopotamia, Israel, Iran, Anatolia, Egypt, and the Mediterranean world. Also discussed will be the study of women as derived from archaeological sources. (Crosslisted with HIS, may only earn credit in ARC or HIS.) Offered once every three semesters.

CST 334 Cr. 3   Gender Communication

Explores the theory and practice of communication between men and women. Focuses on understanding the similarities and differences of communicative behaviors (verbal, nonverbal, power, conflict and listening) among men and women in various contexts such as intimate relationships, friendships, educational settings, the work place and media. Prerequisite: CST 230 or WGS 100. Offered Sem. II.

CST 338  Cr. 3    Romance in the Media

This course examines the role of print and electronic media in constructing and/or reinforcing unrealistic mythic and stereotype images and ideals of sex, love and romance and the impact of these portrayals on men, women, and children. Multidisciplinary research and theory provide the basis for the focus on practical applications. Students will attempt to identify mass media myths and unrealistic portrayals. Prerequisite: CST 230 or WGS 100. Offered as needed.

+ECO 336 Cr. 3   Women in the U.S. Economy

An introduction to the status of women in the U.S. economy. Topics include alternative perspectives on women, work and the labor force, the value of paid versus unpaid labor, pay equity, the social support network, and the prospects for change.

+ENG 220 Cr. 3   Women and Popular Culture

Fundamentals of cultural studies, with a focus on analyzing representations of women in modern American popular culture and their historical reception. Primary texts from media such as film, television, advertising, and popular fiction will be studied for how they communicate cultural values regarding women and femininity. Prerequisite: ENG 110.

ENG 385 Cr. 3   Women Authors

This course examines how women's literature reflects the causes and nature of women's places in society and their creation of alternative visions and strategies, with a focus on women's negotiation of established traditions of authorship. Primary readings will span literary periods and genres. Authors may include Sappho, Marie de France, Katherine Phillips, Mary Astell, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Phyllis Wheatley, Lillian Hellman, Djuna Barnes, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Angela Carter, Joyce Carol Oats, Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith. Prerequisite: three credits of 200 level English courses.

ENG 482 Cr. 3     Advanced Study of Women's Literature

This course builds on ENG 385, Women Authors, offering a more focused study of a particular aspect of women's aesthetic expression - the novel, poetry, drama, film, autobiography, and other genres are possible primary texts. Students will engage with more advanced theoretical approaches and critical/contextual readings, while studying the gendered politics of producing and consuming women's artistic work. Approaches might include cultural studies, psychoanalytic theory, sociolinguistics, global matriarchal traditions, new historicism, feminist theory, and so on. Focus will vary with instructors. Prerequisite: ENG 301 and 385. Repeatable for credit -- maximum 6. No more than 3 credits may be applied to an English major or minor. Junior standing or higher recommended.

HED 412/512 Cr. 1-3    Women’s Health Issues

This course will provide an opportunity for participants to identify major health issues confronting women today and to examine appropriate health prevention and health promotion lifestyle choices. It will explore health issues from the traditional medical model to the holistic model and provide a comprehensive overview of critical, contemporary women’s health issues. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3. Offered Sem. II.

HED 472/572 Cr. 3   Sexual Health Promotion

A review of current information on health and human sexuality. Emphasis is given to biological, psychosocial and educational aspects of human sexuality with special emphasis on instructional activities related to interpersonal communication, decision-making ability and clarification of values. Prerequisite: ESS 205, 206 or BIO 312, 313.

HIS 359  Cr. 3   Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Modern Europe

This course examines changes in ideas about and experiences of gender and sexuality in Europe between 1700 and 2000.  Topics emphasized include changing family structures, women's emancipation and feminism, the intersection of race with gender and sexuality, the politics of reproduction, and gender transformation through war and revolution.  Offered every two years.

HIS 360   Cr. 3   Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America

This course analyzes historical transformations in Iberia and Latin America and their effects on women’s and men’s lives and gender relations. The relationship of gender and power will be explored to understand inequalities: themes will include pre-colonial societies, colonialism, religious change, urban labor, nationalism, sexuality, and homosexual cultures. Offered every three years.

HIS 383 Cr. 3   Women in South Asia

This course maps the history of women in South Asia. While the primary emphasis will be colonial and post-colonial South Asia, the course will begin with ancient India and trace women's history through the medieval period. We will survey the historical institutions, practices, and traditions that define the position of women in India. We will examine the laws and religious traditions pertinent to women in South Asia including marriage, inheritance, sati, and purdah. We will also read a variety of women's writings including the poetry of medieval women saints, as well as stories and memoirs from the colonial and post-colonial period. In addition to textual sources, we will analyze Indian popular film and the representation of women in this modern visual genre.

HIS 386 Cr. 3     Women and Gender in Africa

An examination of gender and power in Africa, and the historical roots of inequality as experienced by women in the social, economic, religious and political spheres during the 19th and 20th centuries. Course combines case studies on: Queens, goddesses, warriors, gender systems, with thematic issues such as gender impact of colonialism, resistance, African feminism, women politicians and empowerment to provide a vivid image of the state of gender relations in Africa. Offered Sem. I.

PHL 240 Cr. 3     Philosophy of Love, Sex and Friendship

An examination into the nature of a variety of kinds of love including love of knowledge, love of friends, erotic love, and parental love. Philosophical consideration of topics such as the nature of desire, the politics of desire, sexual intercourse, adultery, monogamy, polygamy, homosexuality, and the obligations of friends as well as institutions of marriage and parenthood. Prerequisite: PHL 100. Offered every fourth semester.

PHL 324 Cr. 3     Women and Diversity in Philosophy

This course explores philosophical questions regarding diverse aspects of women's experience.  This course explores the intersection of sex, race, ethnicity, class, age, and gender.  Prerequisite: PHL 100 or 200. Offered occasionally.

PHL 494 Cr. 3   Advanced Topics in Philosophy (Topic:  Sexual Ethics only)

Study of a philosophical topic of special interest. Topics will vary according to the interests of students and the instructor. For the current content, consult the instructor or the department chair. Prerequisite: nine credits in philosophy and consent of department chair. This course is open to juniors and seniors. No more than six credits in PHL 494, 495, and 497 are applicable to a philosophy major or minor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. Offered occasionally.

+POL 205 Cr. 3   Women and Politics

An examination of the positions and roles of women in the political arena. This course discusses the nature and extent of women’s political involvement, both in the United States and abroad, with particular emphasis on the cultural and racial diversity of women political participants in the United States. Additional topics will include the legal status of women, differences between male and female political behavior, factors that influence women’s political participation and current political issues related to women. Offered Sem. II.

POL 405 Cr. 3  Women and Politics in the Middle East

This course takes a look at the status and treatment of women in the political systems of Middle Eastern countries.  It examines the role that history, religion, economics but more importantly politics plays in terms of the life of women in this part of the world.  The focus of the course is the status of women in the political systems of the Middle East

POL 433 Cr. 3  Women and Politics in Asia

This course takes a look at the status and treatment of women in the political systems of Asian countries.  It examines the role that history, religion, economics but more importantly politics plays in terms of the life of women in this part of the world.  The focus of the course is the status of women in the political systems of Asia.

POL 437 Cr. 3  Women and Politics in Africa

This course takes a look at the status and treatment of women in the political systems of African countries.  It examines the role that history, religion, economics but more importantly politics plays in terms of the life of women in this part of the world.  The focus of the course is the status of women in the political systems of Africa.

POL 439  Cr. 3   Women and Politics in Latin America

This course analyzes gender and sexuality issues in the political systems of Latin American countries. It examines the role that history, religion, economics but more importantly politics plays in the lives of women in this part of the world.

PSY 305 Cr. 3   Human Sexuality

A study of psychology of sexual attitudes and behaviors, including typical and atypical variations. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

+PSY 318 Cr. 3    Psychology of Women

Theories and research concerning the biological, psychological, and social aspects of female functioning will be evaluated. The course will analyze psychological literature that addresses itself to the experience, development, and behavior of women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and sophomore standing.

+ SAH 307 Cr. 3   Changing the Culture: Women in Science

This course will focus on the relationship between science and culture, specifically with regard to women. A comprehensive approach will be taken to explore both women's roles in science and women as objects of scientific investigation. Issues that will be addressed include cultural and historical attitudes toward women in science, cultural and historical barriers fought against and overcome by women, and contributions of women to multiple scientific disciplines. Women as objects of psychological and physiological investigation will be explored, and knowledge will be applied to an assessment of how cultural and gender biases have impacted women's health and lives. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Offered Sem. II.

WGS/SOC 338 Cr. 3   Sociological Aspects of Work and Life

This course will explore the sociological impact of work and life demands in contemporary American society. Special emphasis will be given to how gender, sexual orientation, social class, race and ethnicity, and family structure affect individuals’ ability to balance the demands of work and life. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101. May only earn credit in SOC 338 or PSY 444.

SOC 370 Cr. 3    Sociology of Gender

Explores the social construction, variation and consequences of gender categories across time and space. Examines how gender identities are developed and how gender structures our experiences in education, work, families, the media and other institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.