An introduction to the discipline of women's studies, using multicultural materials and perspectives. The course considers scholarship on/by women. Lectures, films, discussions, and critical writing exercises help students explore women's experiences and the perspectives, theories, and critiques which derive from taking women into account.
WGS DV 3050. FEMINIST THEORIES (3)
A consideration of the variety of feminist theories - proposing explanations for gender hierarchies. The focus of course materials is on theories developed in and about Western cultures. Theories will be critiqued for their usefulness in explaining the sameness and differences distinguishing women from men and individual women from each other. (Spring only)
WGS 4050. WOMEN & GENDER STUDIES RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES (2)
An introduction to the various approaches used in women's studies research. Although students will not be conducting a research project, they will consider the assumptions which underlie research approaches. These assumptions may limit our knowledge about women as research subjects and their interactions with the researchers themselves. Prerequisite: WGS 3050 (or equivalent coursework) and permission of instructor.
WGS 4060. RESEARCH PROJECT (2)*
Directed research project including literature survey and completion of study in area of student's choosing, guided by faculty mentor(s) from Women & Gender Studies program (and, where appropriate, student's major department). Prerequisite: WGS 4050 (or equivalent coursework) and permission of instructor.
WGS 4860. INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN & GENDER STUDIES (1-2)*
Opportunity for service learning with campus/community organizations involved with women's issues, applying principles learned in women's studies coursework to bring about beneficial social change. Prerequisite: completion of WGS 4050 (or equivalent coursework) and permission of instructor. This course may be repeated once for credit toward the minor. When taken to fulfill a program requirement, students must register for 2 credit hours.
WGS 4990. SENIOR SEMINAR (2)
Capstone course including discussion and synthesis of major issues in women and gender studies. Students will discuss specific projects (completed or in progress) related to their career goals; these projects may have an academic or service orientation. Prerequisite: completion of the Women & Gender Studies core (or equivalent) and permission of the instructor.
*WGS 4060 (2) and WGS 4860 (1-2) represent alternate tracks for students with interest in academic careers or community work, respectively. Either one may be taken as an elective by students choosing the alternate course as a requirement.
ELECTIVES:WGS 4830. DIRECTED READINGS (1-3)
Directed individual readings in the general area of women and gender studies. Specific topic selected in consultation with instructor; amount of material to be read determined at discretion of instructor, based on level of topic and degree of difficulty of reading and consistent with any existing university and departmental guidelines. Prerequisite: WGS 1500 (or equivalent coursework) and permission of the instructor.
WGS 2900/4900. TOPICS IN WOMEN & GENDER STUDIES (1-3)
Varied topics as described in the semester schedule. Topics will be drawn from issues related to women's studies. This course may be taken more than once with different course content.