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Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Course Descriptions

WGS-W 105 : Introduction to Women's Studies (085149)

Examination of the multiple ways in which gender is understood. Consideration of the inequalities between men and women, and the intersection of gender, race, class, sexual orientation and age.

WGS-W 200 : Women in American Society (085150)

An interdisciplinary course, taught from the perspective of the social and behavioral sciences, which introduces the "core" discipline areas and methodological/bibliographical tools required to do research in Women's and Gender Studies. Emphasis is on the roles, socialization, and political background of women in contemporary American society; using both literature and social science research to illuminate the present status of women. Credit will not be given for both WOST W200 and WOST W201. (Fall)

WGS-W 201 : Women in American Culture (085151)

An interdisciplinary course that introduces students to "core" discipline areas and methodological/bibliographical tools required to do research in Women's and Gender Studies. Taught from the humanities perspective, emphasis is on the roles, images, and history of women in American culture, and on the social experiences that have influenced the lives of contemporary women. Credit cannot be earned for both WOST W200 and WOST W201. (Fall)

WGS-W 207 : Women and Literature (085152)

Critical issues and methods in the study of women writers and treatment of women in British and American literature.

WGS-W 221 : Native Uses of Herbs (085153)

A field experience course on Native American women's uses of herbs, with required readings and hands-on working with plants. (Fall, Spring)

WGS-W 300 : Topics in Womens Studies (085154)

An interdisciplinary study of selected ideas, trends, and problems in women's studies.

WGS-W 301 : International Perspectives on Women (085155)

Feminist analysis of women's legal, social, and economic status in two or more cultures other than those of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Interdisciplinary approach. May be repeated once with a different topic. (Occasionally)

WGS-W 400 : Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (topic varies) (085156)

Interdisciplinary approach to selected ideas, trends, and problems in Women's and Gender Studies from a social sciences perspective. Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Fall, Spring)

WGS-W 401 : Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (topic varies) (046670)

Interdisciplinary approach to selected ideas, trends, and problems in Women's and Gender Studies from a humanities perspective. Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Fall, Spring)

WGS-W 480 : Women's and Gender Studies Practicum (085157)

Internships in the Women's and Gender Studies Program are offered to provide opportunities for students to gain work experience while serving women's needs. This experience is combined with an academic analysis of women's status and experience in organizations. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (Fall, Spring, Summer)