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Gender and Women's Studies (WMST)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink1030. Social Justice in the 21st Century. 3. [I,D<>{none}] Appropriate for students interested in diversity and social justice. Topics covered through an interdisciplinary study of people and society range from identity, critical thinking, empowerment, role models, stereotyping, institutional discrimination, and tolerance. The key lynchpin is active participation in the development and maintenance of just communities.  Cross listed with AAST/ AMST/ LTST/ NAIS 1030.  Enrollment preference will be given to We The People FIG students.

1080. Introduction to Women's Studies. 3. [CH,D<>H] An introduction to key issues in women's studies. A topical examination of women's participation in, and relationship to, institutions of society, such as family and school, as well as processes and activities, such as work, art, literature and politics in historical and cross-cultural analysis. Cross listed with ENGL 1080. (Offered both semesters)

1101. First-Year Seminar. 3. [{none}<>FYS]

1900 [4510]. Women and Leadership. 3. [O,L<>{none}] Focuses on women's leadership locally, nationally, and internationally. Course readings explore grassroots women's leadership, values in leadership, theoretical, historical and cultural aspects of leadership, and women's international political leadership. Cross listed with SOWK 1900.

JumpLink2000. Introduction to LGBTQ/NS Studies. 2. [C,D<>H] Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and New Sexuality Studies (LGBTQ/NS) explores the interdisciplinary study of sexuality and its importance to the organization of social relations and social institutions. Primary among its concerns is the study of the lives, the politics, and the creative work of sexual minorities.

2060. Topics in Women's Studies. 1-4 (Max. 6). Popular and current topics in women's studies.

2070. Gender and Religion. 3. Aims to help students understand how religion constructs and reinforces gender roles in religion and society. Looks at traditional gender roles in Christianity and the transformation they have undergone in the past century or so. Cross listed with RELI 2070.

2389. History of Women in the American West. 3. [D<>{none}] Surveys the roots of society's marginal historical depiction of women in the American West from the colonial period through the twentieth century. From the perspective of race, class, ethnicity, and gender, the course focuses on the development of a multi-dimensional understanding of women's roles using an interdisciplinary approach. Cross listed with HIST 2389.

2500 [3500]. Gender and Society. 3. [WB<>COM2] Examines the social construction of gender using interdisciplinary methods of analysis. The readings and assignments emphasize the importance of denaturalizing the gender stereotypes and norms that impact women’s and men’s lives. Intersections between gender, race, class, age, and sexual orientation are examined within their cultural contexts. This course will prepare students for advanced work in Gender and Women’s Studies. Prerequisite: WMST 1080 or cross listed equivalent.

2700. Gender and Disability. 3. [D<>H] Disability studies draws upon critical theory to investigate disability as a discursive construction. Investigates how intersecting conceptions of disability and gender have shaped cultural meanings and the social positioning of specific groups, especially women with disabilities. Topics include non-normative embodiment, issues of representation and subjectivity, and the politics of health, sexuality, and care. Cross listed with WIND 2700.

JumpLink3050. Cultures of Nature in the United States 3. Uses artistic, philosophical, historical and literary material to investigate how ideas about and representations of nature have changed over time in the U.S. Culminates in an examination of a wide range of contemporary environmental ideas within this broad historical and cultural context. Cross listed with ENR/AMST 3050. Prerequisite: 2000-level course in one of the following departments: AMST, American history, American literature, or a 2000-level course approved for the ENR program.

3200. Perspectives in Chicana Studies 3. [D<>{none}] An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of the history, culture, gender relations, and contemporary political, economic status of Chicanas/Mexican American women. Examines the origins, development of Chicana studies as a major emphasis in Chicano/Chicana studies. Cross listed with CHST 3200. Prerequisite: CHST 1100.

3300. Psychology of Gender. 3. In this course, we will examine a variety of psychological theories and research on the experiences and behaviors of men and women. We will study attitudes about gender, theories of gender development, and research about similarities and differences between men and women. Cross listed with PSYC 3300. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in PSYC 1000.

3400. Popular Music and Sexualities. 3. [CH,D<>{none}] Looks at ways in which popular music has intersected with sexual and gendered identities as a means and expression of both oppression and liberation. Cross listed with AMST 3400. Prerequisite: WA.

3610. Non-Western Women Writers. 3. Examines literature written by women in non-western cultures. The geographical region, time period, and genres of literature may vary by semester. Analyzes representations of such topics as family, marriage, sexuality, community, and colonialism as expressed in fiction, drama, literary non-fiction, and/or poetry. Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or WMST 1080; junior standing.

3710. Gender: Humanities Focus. 3. [CH<>COM2] Explores how men and women are imaged differently, studying the influence of representation on gender (including representations in literature, film, art, popular culture, and/or performance). Sharpens students' ability to analyze texts and images and investigate those texts' messages about gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class. Cross listed with ENGL/ART/ 3710. Prerequisite: WMST 1080 or ENGL 1010. (Offered once a year)

3800. Chicanas/os in Contemporary Society. 3. [CS,D<>{none}] Focuses on three major movements within the Chicana/o community; labor, nationalism, and feminism. Students will assess these three movements to determine what role they have played in transforming the social conditions and political identity of the Chicana/o and Latina/o population in the US. Cross listed with AMST/CHST 3800. Prerequisite: CHST 1100 or WMST 1080 or AMST 2010.

JumpLink4050. Minority Sexual/Gender Identity Issues in Education. 3. How youth of minority sexual and gender identities have been educated: the challenges they experience in U.S. K-16 schools, the risk factors related to academic success (health, safety, and emotional well being), and strategies to create safe, caring, and inclusive learning environments for all youth. Dual listed with EDCI 5050; cross listed with EDCI 4050. Prerequisites: completion of WA and WMST 2000 with C or better or instructor approval.

4100. U.S. Latina/o Theater. 3. [CA,D<>{none}] Designed to provide an overview of United States Latina/o Theater.  Through a variety of delivery methods, students are instructed on the various categories that directly impact U.S. Latina/o Theater such as political theatre, gay/lesbian theatre, border issues, race, class, gender, and sexuality. Cross listed with CHST 4100. Dual listed with WMST 5100. Prerequisite: 6 hours of CHST or WMST.

4175 [4940]. Gender, Women, and Health. 3. [CS,G<>{none}] Focuses on issues of gender, women and health, including the effects of gender bias in medical research and health care practices and policies. Health care issues of specific concern to women, both nationally and internationally will be examined. Dual listed with WMST 5175; cross listed with INST 4175. Prerequisite: upper-division standing, lower division social or psychological science course. (Offered every other year)

4200. Gender and Race in the Economy. 3. [D<>{none}] Focuses on the role gender and race play in the economy; specifically the way that gender and race affect economic outcomes for individuals in the United States. Cross listed with AGEC 4200. Dual listed with WMST 5200. Prerequisites: AGEC 1020 or equivalent, or SOC 1000, or WMST 1080, and WB.

4210. Feminist Research Methods. 3. Introduces students to feminist methods of research problem formulation,  data acquisition, analysis, and presentation of research findings regarding topics related to sex, gender and sexuality.  Requires students to participate in research projects. Dual listed with WMST 5210. Prerequisite: Nine hours of WMST or permission of the instructor.

4233. Race, Gender, Ethnicity in the Media. 3. [WC,D<>COM3] Examines the role mass media plays in the Black community and other racial, ethnic, gendered, and socioeconomic communities. Students will develop a critical understanding of the way the mass media uses stereostypes and prejudice to influence society's views about ethnic minorities and women in contemporary United States society. Dual listed with WMST 5233; cross listed with AAST 4233 and COJO 4233. Prerequisites: 3 credit hours in AAST, COJO, or WMST, WB/COM2, and junior standing.

4240. Global Sex Work and Trafficking. 3. [G<>{none}] Drawing upon case studies from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, this course explores the gendered intersections of power and privilege through the lens of sex work, broadly defined as the exchange of intimacy for something of value, and trafficking, defined as coerced forms of sex work. Dual listed with WMST/INST 4240. Prerequisite: 3-6 hours of WMST or INST courses.

4300. The Politics of Sexuality. 3. Addresses issue of how sexuality has become gendered with different meanings for both males and females as to reproductive behavior, especially how women's bodies are defined in sexual terms. Prerequisite: WMST 1080, 3500 or 3710. (Offered every other year)

4330. European Gender and Women's History. 3. The experiences of women and the history of gender from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. Focuses on the changing notions of the masculine and the feminine through such historical episodes as the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. Cross listed with HIST 4330. Prerequisite: HIST 1110 or 2110.

4335. Women and Islam. 3. Examines women's lives in Islamic societies from the seventh century to the present in the Middle East and throughout the world. Themes include women's position in Islamic law, society and culture, Western images of Muslim women, veiling and Islamist movements, theoretical readings on power, gender and agency. Cross listed with HIST 4335 and RELI 4335, dual listed with WMST 5335. Prerequisite: 9 hours of HIST, WMST, INST, or RELI.

4360. American Indian Women. 3. Explores the lives of American Indian women in a variety of contexts through time. The complexity and diversity of Indian women's experiences throughout history are emphasized. Much of the class concerns Indian women's lives within the reality of European American colonization and its consequences for Indian peoples. Cross listed with NAIS/ SOC 4360. Prerequisite: 6 hours of 2000-level NAIS classes.

4430. Queer Theory. 3. [{none}<>H] Introduces students to the intellectual lens used to evaluate the messages regarding gender and sexuality of many institutions and the way in which some actual experiences fall out of line with those norms. Dual listed with WMST 5430; cross listed with AMST 4430. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

4450. Ecofeminism. 3. Focus is on issues of gender, women and ecology. Ecofeminist thinkers argue that there is no liberation for women and no solution to the ecological crisis without a fundamental shift in relationships of domination. Uniting the two movements results in a radical reshaping of modern socioeconomic relations. Dual listed with WMST 5450. Prerequisite: six credits from WMST, PHIL, and/or ENR.

4500 [650]. Special Topics in Women's Studies. 1-4 (Max. 12). Presents current research issues by visiting and regular faculty. Prerequisite: WMST 1080, 3500, 3710 or consent of instructor.

4540. Women, Crime and the Law. 3. Addresses status of women as offenders and as victims in society and in the criminal justice system. Considers special role of women as professionals in the criminal justice system. Cross listed with CRMJ 4540. Prerequisite: ENGL/WMST 1080, WMST/SOC 3500, or CRMJ/SOC 2400. (Offered every other year)

4580. Gender, Global Change, and Development. 3. [CS,G<>{none}] Examines the global intersections of gender and public policy through its analysis of five central themes: [1] international development discourse in practice; [2] feminized labor and migration; [3] women's unequal access to resources (including land ownership and education); [4] agricultural production and sustainability; [5] health, reproduction and mothering. Dual listed with WMST 5580; cross listed with INST 4580. Prerequisite: 3-6 hours of WMST or INST courses. (Offered once a year)

4590. Women of India. 3. [G<>{none}] Introduces students to concepts that influence the daily lives of contemporary women from India.  Organized around two themes: how women have made history in India, and how today's women are performing, confronting and modifying cultural traditions. Prerequisites: WA and a CS or CH course.

4650. Women, Gender & Migration. 3. From an international context and perspective, this course examines the gendered transformations immigrant women experience.  Gender, theories of international migration, assimilation, race, ethnicity, and identity transformation serve as categories of analysis.  From a cross-discipline comparative approach, we focus on women’s lives to examine differences and similarities to complicate notions of immigration. Cross listed with AMST/CHST/INST 4650. Dual listed with WMST 5650. Prerequisites: Junior standing and 6 hours of AMST, CHST, INST, and/or WMST coursework or instructor approval.

4675. U.S. Women of Color. 3. [D<>{none}] Examines in comparative perspective the social conditions that shape the experiences of Chicanas/Latinas in the U.S. Students gain an understanding of how the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality shape the lived experiences of U.S. women of color through ideological, economic, and political forces. Cross listed with AAST/CHST 4675. Prerequisites: junior standing and/or a combination of 3-6 hours of any level of CHST, WMST, or AAST coursework.

4700. Feminist Theories. 3. [WC<>COM3] Surveys contemporary feminist theories and places those theories within the framework of social, literary, and artistic criticism. Uses feminist theories to address questions such as nature of meaning in literature and artistic forms; construction of science; and identity of the individual as these phenomena are affected by gender construction. Prerequisite: 12 hours of women's studies. (Offered once a year)

4780. History of Women Artists. 3. Studies documented influence of women as subjects, makers and receivers of art. Emphasizes careers and works of women over a wide range of times and places and under a variety of social circumstances. Greatly emphasizes developments in the twentieth century. Dual listed with WMST 5780. Prerequisites: ART 2010 or ART 2020 or 3 hours of Women's Studies courses; and WB.

4830. Victorian Women's Lives: Their Art, Literature and Culture. 3. [CA<>{none}] An interdisciplinary approach to the study of women's issues in art, using literary, cultural and sociological texts to enlarge the art historical basis. Topics include "domestic goddess," class issues, racial questions, working women, prostitution, education, marriage and divorce. Cross listed with ART 4830 and ENGL 4830, dual listed with WMST 5830. Prerequisite: Either ART 2020 or WMST/ ENGL 1080. (Offered every other year)

4960. Women's Bodies, Women's Minds. 3. [CS<>{none}] Explores women's physiologic and psychologic development and influences of patriarchal society upon interpretation of what constitutes normalcy across the female life cycle. Historical, cultural and contemporary attitudes of the health care system and women's perspectives on menstruation, childbearing, breastfeeding and menopause will be evaluated. Prerequisite: upper division status. (Offered every other year)

4965 [4980]. Senior Honors Project. 3. The student consults with the director/faculty supervisor to identify a topic and (a) produces a 30-40 page research paper or (b) a shorter  15-20 page paper plus a creative or service learning component, showing originality, firm knowledge of the discipline(s), and solid research skills, with a thesis defense as culmination. Prerequisites: WMST 4700, or concurrent enrollment with instructor consent, and a 3.500 gpa.

4970 [4000]. Internship. 3 (Max. 12). Students will gain practical experience in the application of principles learned in women's studies courses. Students will work with the director of women's studies internships and select a site; will intern approximately ten hours per week in the host organization; and will complete written assignments which reflect the student's work. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of WMST coursework, 3.300 gpa and consent of instructor. (Offered both semesters)

4975 [4970]. Independent Studies. 1-4 (Max. 9). Offers the advanced student the opportunity to pursue a topic of interest with the assistance and direction of an instructor in women's studies. Prerequisite: 6 hours in women's studies or consent of instructor.

JumpLink5000. Special Topics. 1-4 (Max. 8). Presents findings from current research and new areas of inquiry into women's studies at the graduate level, by present and visiting faculty. Prerequisite: 18 hours of undergraduate women's studies.

5050. Minority Sexual/Gender Identity Issues in Education. 3. How youth of minority sexual and gender identities have been educated: the challenges they experience in U.S. K-16 schools, the risk factors related to academic success (health, safety, and emotional well being), and strategies to create safe, caring, and inclusive learning environments for all youth. Dual listed with WMST 4050; cross listed with EDCI 5050. Prerequisites: completion of WA and WMST 2000 with C or better; graduate standing; completion/concurrent enrollment in ADED 5260 or instructor approval.

5100. U.S. Latina/o Theater. 3. [CA,D<>{none}] Designed to provide an overview of United States Latina/o Theater.  Through a variety of delivery methods, students are instructed on the various categories that directly impact U.S. Latina/o Theater such as political theatre, gay/lesbian theatre, border issues, race, class, gender, and sexuality. Cross listed with CHST 5100. Dual listed with WMST 4100. Prerequisite: 6 hours of CHST or WMST.

5175. Gender, Women & Health. 3. Focuses on issues of gender, women and health, including the effects of gender bias in medical research and health care practices and policies. Health care issues of specific concern to women, both nationally and internationally are examined. Dual listed with WMST 4175. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, lower division social or psychological science course.

5200. Gender and Race in the Economy. 3. Focuses on the role gender and race play in the economy; specifically the way that gender and race affect economic outcomes for individuals in the United States. Cross listed with AGEC 5200. Dual listed with WMST 4200. Prerequisite: AGEC 1020 or equivalent, or SOC 1000, or WMST 1080, and WB. 

5210. Feminist Research Methods. 3. Introduces students to feminist methods of research problem formulation,  data acquisition, analysis, and presentation of research findings regarding topics related to sex, gender and sexuality.  Requires students to participate in research projects. Dual listed with WMST 4210. Prerequisite: Nine hours of WMST or permission of the instructor.

5233. Race, Gender, Ethnicity in the Media. 3. Examines the role mass media plays in the Black community and other racial, ethnic, gendered, and socioeconomic communities. Students will develop a critical understanding of the way the mass media uses stereostypes and prejudice to influence society's views about ethnic minorities and women in contemporary United States society. Dual listed with WMST 4233; cross listed with AAST 5233 and COJO 5233. Prerequisites: 3 credit hours in AAST, COJO, or WMST, WB/COM2, and junior standing.

5330. European Gender History. 3. The experiences of women and the history of gender from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. Focuses on the changing notions of the masculine and the feminine through such historical episodes as the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. Dual listed with WMST 4330. Prerequisite: HIST 1110 or 2110.

5335. Woman and Islam. 3. Examines women's lives in Islamic societies from the seventh century to the present in the Middle East and throughout the world. Themes include women's position in Islamic law, society and culture, Western images of Muslim Women, veiling and Islamist movements, theoretical readings on power, gender and agency. Dual listed with WMST 4335. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5240. Global Sex Work and Trafficking. 3. Drawing upon case studies from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, this course explores the gendered intersections of power and privilege through the lens of sex work, broadly defined as the exchange of intimacy for something of value, and trafficking, defined as coerced forms of sex work. Dual listed with WMST/INST 4240. Prerequisite: 3-6 hours of WMST or INST courses.

5360. American Indian Women. 3. Explores the lives of American Indian women in a variety of contexts through time. The complexity and diversity of Indian women's experiences throughout history are emphasized. Much of the class concerns Indian women's lives within the reality of European American colonization and its consequences for Indian peoples. Dual listed with WMST 4360; cross listed with SOC 5360. Prerequisite: 6 hours of NAIS 2000-level classes.

5430. Queer Theory. 3. Introduces students to the intellectual lens used to evaluate the messages regarding gender and sexuality of many institutions and the way in which some actual experiences fall out of line with those norms. Dual listed with WMST 4430; cross listed with AMST 5430. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

5450. Ecofeminism. 3. Focus is on issues of gender, women and ecology. Ecofeminist thinkers argue that there is no liberation for women and no solution to the ecological crisis without a fundamental shift in relationships of domination. Uniting the two movements results in a radical reshaping of modern socioeconomic relations. Dual listed with WMST 4450. Prerequisite: six credits from women's studies, philosophy, and/or ENR.

5500. Readings in Women's Studies. 3. An interdisciplinary course at graduate level focusing on feminist criticism and theory, which draws on current debates in feminist analysis from the general areas of history, literature and social science, to inform students of reformulations of research and unresolved issues. Identical to HIST 5500. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5580. Gender, Global Change, and Development. 3. Examines the global intersections of gender and public policy through its analysis of five central themes: [1] international development discourse in practice; [2] feminized labor and migration; [3] women's unequal access to resources (including land ownership and education); [4] agricultural production and sustainability; [5] health, reproduction and mothering. Dual listed with WMST 4580; cross listed with INST 5580. Prerequisite: 3-6 hours of WMST or INST courses. (Offered once a year) 

5590. Women of India. 3. Introduces students to concepts that influence the daily lives of contemporary women from India. Organized around two themes: how women have made history in India, and how today's women are performing, confronting and modifying cultural traditions. Prerequisites: USP WA class and a CS or CH class.

5650. Women, Gender & Migration. 3. From an international context and perspective, this course examines the gendered transformations immigrant women experience. Gender, theories of international migration, assimilation, race, ethnicity, and identity transformation serve as categories of analysis.  From a cross-discipline comparative approach, we focus on women’s lives to examine differences and similarities to complicate notions of immigration. Cross listed with AMST/CHST/INST 5650. Dual listed with WMST 4650. Prerequisites: Junior standing and 6 hours of AMST, CHST, INST, and/or WMST coursework or instructor approval.

5710. Feminist Theoretical Perspectives. 3. Intensive introduction to the epistemology and application of a wide range of trans-historical, trans-cultural, and trans-national feminist theories. Students will be asked to apply self-selected feminist theories to their own thesis work and graduate fields, as well as to current examples of sex, gender, gender performance, and gendered coding in American media. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5780. History of Women Artists. 3. Studies documented influence of women as subjects, makers and receivers of art. Emphasizes careers and works of women over a wide range of times and places and under a variety of social circumstances. Greatly emphasizes developments in the twentieth century. Dual listed with WMST 4780. Prerequisites: ART 2010 or ART 2020 or 3 hours of Women's Studies courses; and WB.

5830. Victorian Women's Lives: Their Art, Literature, and Culture. 3. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of women's issues in art, using literary, cultural and sociological texts to enlarge the art historical basis. Topics include "domestic goddess," class issues, racial questions, working women, prostitution, education, marriage and divorce. Dual listed with WMST 4830; cross listed with ENGL 5830. Prerequisite: ART 2020 or ENGL/WMST 1080.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Students are expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5970. Independent Studies. 1-4 (Max. 8). Allows the graduate student to pursue studies in gender issues with the supervision of an instructor from the Women's Studies faculty. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5990. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 12). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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