2100. Women and Society: An Introduction to Women’s Studies. 3 hours. Introduction to the multidisciplinary field of women’s studies. Examination of diverse experiences of women and the significance of gender in U.S. society and culture, with a focus on factors such as race, class, age and sexual orientation. Topics include sex-role socialization, sexuality, violence against women, reproductive health, images of women in the media, women’s religious authority, and the contemporary feminist movement. Satisfies the Cross-Cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.
2420. Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity. 3 hours. Social, cultural and economic perspectives on Native, African, Asian and Mexican Americans. Emphasizes work and family patterns for both women and men, racism and sexism and contemporary movements for equality. Satisfies the Cross-Cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum. (Same as SOCI 2010.)
2620. Biological Principles of Women’s Health. 3 hours. Fundamental principles of modern biology discussed within the context of women’s health. Provides a foundation in biological principles with specific emphasis on topics that address the understanding of women’s physiology. Topics include human genetics, metabolism, reproduction, neural organization and sexuality. This is an introductory course; however, successful completion of an introductory course in biology at the high school or college level will be helpful. Satisfies the Wellness requirement of the University Core Curriculum. (Same as BIOL 1024.)
2900. Special Problems. 1–3 hours.
3520. Psychological Dynamics of Women. 3 hours. Comparison of personality and cultural factors associated with gender. (Same as PYSC 3490.)
3720. Women’s Literature. 3 hours. Studies in literature written by or about women. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. (Same as ENGL 3924.)
4100. Varieties of Feminist Thought. 3 hours. Survey and assessment of feminist and womanist thought from the early 19th century to the present. Examination of feminist social and political philosophy, including writings by liberal, radical, Marxist/socialist, ecological and African-American thinkers. Attention given to controversial issues in feminist thought, including current debates about pornography, prostitution, abortion and new reproductive technologies. Prerequisite(s): WMST 2100 or consent of department.
4200. Contemporary Issues in Global Feminisms. 3 hours. Explores a range of contemporary women’s issues from a transnational feminist perspective. Includes readings that offer both theoretical and strategic approaches to women’s human rights issues, gendered law, cultural difference, legacies of colonialism, religious fundamentalism, economic globalization and women’s roles in military conflict.
4240. Latinas In and Out of the Mainstream. 3 hours. Gender and cultural issues related to identity construction of Latinas and Latinos during the past thirty years. Focused primarily on women, issues include those related to gender-coded identity and sexual preference (including pre-Columbian notions of sexuality), machismo and marianismo, and immigration. Demographic patterns of Mexican-American, Puerto Rican and Cuban populations as they relate to the creation of Latinas and Latinos as a cultural denomination.
4260. Topics in Women’s Studies. 3 hours. Studies in psychology, sociology, history, literature and other subjects with a focus on either women’s issues or the interaction of women and men in society. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
4460. History of Black Women in America. 3 hours. Historical exploration into the characteristics, cultures and reflective thoughts of black women in America. (Same as HIST 4455.)
4800. Professional Internship. 3 hours. Practical experience through employment under the supervision of the women’s studies director and the coordinating professional in a company, organization or agency focusing on women. Partnering entities allow students to learn and execute meaningful women-centered activities. Internships are 20 hours per week and must be arranged in advance of enrollment. Internships are unpaid. Prerequisite(s): 9 hours in women’s studies, including WMST 2100; senior status; and consent of director.
4900. Special Problems. 1–3 hours.
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