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Undergraduate & Graduate Program - WGS Undergraduate Courses

WGS 101: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Introduces the perspectives and interdisciplinary nature of Women’s Studies. Examines women’s positions in Western culture and explores the genesis, development, and impact of our culture’s assumptions about women’s natures and women’s roles. (Satisfies the General Education Human Values and Social Context/Social Contexts and Institutions and the Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Cr. 3.

WGS 103: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies
Introduces the major perspectives and issues in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies, including histories and institutions, identities and representations, and cultures and subcultures. Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts and Institutions, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements. Cr. 3.

WGS 201: Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
A second-level study of topics such as “Women in the Hispanic World,” “Women and Aging,” and “Lesbian Literature.” May be taken more than once for credit if the topic differs. Prerequisite: WST 101 or permission. Cr. 3.

WGS 230: Women, Health, and the Environment
Examines the roles of women in shaping current practices and policies of the Western heath care system and related environmental issues. It will draw on the work of Rachel Carson and modern women healers of the body and the ecosystem. Students are encouraged to be involved in transformational work at the local, personal or more global level. Satisfies the General Education Ethics and Population and the Environment Requirements. Prerequisite: WGS 101 or permission. Cr 3.

WGS 235/FAS 329: Franco American Women’s Experience
Examines the immigration experience and subsequent lifestyles of the present-day Franco American woman and her cultural ancestors. Studying the immigration of these women from France to New France, Canada and across the border into the U.S., class participants will learn about the historical and cultural implications of immigration for these women and the definition they imparted to the culture. (This course is identical to FAS 230.) Satisfies the General Education and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement. FAS 101, WGS 101 or permission. Cr. 3.

WGS 250: Women and Music
Explores the contributions and roles of women as composers, performers, teachers, conductors and patrons in Western Art music, non-Western art music and popular music. A wide spectrum of musical compositions by women in various styles will be studied, through recordings and live performances. Satisfies the General Education Artistic and Creative Expression, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements. WGS 101 or permission. Cr. 3.

WGS 270/NAS 270: Native American Women
This course is an exploration of the American Indian woman’s lifestyles and social roles from a variety of tribal cultures. It will focus on the traditional and contemporary values and roles of American Indian women. A constant theme of this course will be the relevance of the past to the contemporary lives of Native women. Additionally, the course will focus on the importance of the impact of Europeans on the life, customs, and function of traditional societies and women’s roles. Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts and Institutions, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives. WGS 101 or permission. Cr. 3.

WGS 298: Directed Study in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Individual study, research, field experience, and writing projects in Women’s Studies and related areas, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member associated with the women’s studies program. Arranged on request. (Contact the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies office for an information sheet.) Prerequisite: WGS 101 and permission. Cr. Ar.

WGS 301: Intermediate Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
An intermediate level study of topics such as “Women and the Legal System,” or “International Women’s Autobiography.” May be taken more than once if the topics differ. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above; WGS 101 or permission. Cr. 3.

WGS 340: Women and Globalization
Constraints of geography on social and cultural arrangements are receding, a process with implications for the world’s women. Topics investigated will include women’s work in factories such as the maquiladoras, immigration, domestic work, and sex tourism, to name a few. Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement. Prerequisite: WGS 101 or permission. Cr. 3.

WGS 360: Feminism and Cinema
Surveys the involvement of women in cinema by looking at representations of women as well as representations by women. Introduces students to major developments in feminist film theory since its emergence in the1970′s. Satisfies the General Education Artistic and Creative Expression, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements. Credits: 3

WGS 371: Immigration, Women and Society
Examines the varied and complex experiences of immigrant women in the United Sates. Students will learn about the history of U.S. immigration in general and about the experiences of immigrant women in particular. Immigrant women’s experiences will be examined through a lens that vies gender as a social system that intersects with other social structures including race, religion, and social class. A central feature of this course is a service-learning oral history project which requires students to interview a woman who has immigrated to the Unites States, incorporate the interviewee’s experiences into an analytical paper, and present the findings at the end of the semester. (This course is identical to SOC 371.) Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives, and Population and the Environment Requirements. WGS 101. Credits: 3

WGS 401: Advanced Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
An advanced, interdisciplinary study of topics such as “Women and Science” or “Global Feminism.” May be taken more than once if the topics differ. WGS 101 and junior or senior standing or permission. Credits: 3

WGS 410: Feminist, Gender and Queer Theory
An advanced, interdisciplinary, multicultural introduction to the main traditions of feminist theory. Satisfies the Education Ethics Requirement. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, including WGS 101 or permission. Cr. 3.

WGS 430: Women in Europe
A cultural immersion that combines academic study with travel to Europe and on-site discussion groups wit European scholars, students, and professionals. Using scholarly reading, personal interaction, and independent research, students engage in a critical analysis of family and women’s issues in contemporary European societies. Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement. WGS 101 or permission. Credits: 3

WGS 480: Senior Seminar in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
This course provides advanced study of a specific topic in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies such as “Ecofeminism,” “Women and Communication,” and “Women and Education.” Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts and Institutions, Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives, Writing Intensive and Capstone Experience Requirements. Prerequisite: WGS 101, WGS 410 and Senior standing or permission. Cr. 3.

WGS 498: Directed Study in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Advanced, individual study, research, field experience, and writing projects in Women’s Studies and related fields, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member associated with the Women’s Studies program. Arranged on request. (Contact the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies office for an information sheet.) Prerequisite: WGS 101 and Junior or Senior standing and permission. Cr. Ar.


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