Courses in the Curriculum 

WMST 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | MWF 12:20-1:10pm
Section 0002 | Tamara Winograd | TuTh 9:30-10:45am

Cross disciplinary introduction to theories and scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies. Examines the social construction of gender, how gender affects access to opportunity, and the experiences and contributions of women. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.

WMST 300: Special Topics: Girlhood, Identity, & Pop Culture
Section 0001 | Sharon Mazzarella | M  2:30-5:00pm

This course will explore how the mass media and popular culture contribute to cultural constructions of girlhood. Employing the critical lens of feminist and communication theories, students examine cultural depictions/representations of girls as well as how girls actively produce and negotiate media and popular culture themselves. Cross-listed with SCOM 313.

WMST 300: Special Topics: Confronting Delilah and Eve: Critical African Feminisms and African Folklore
Section 0002 | Brillian Muhonja | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

A simplistic reading of the realities of African women over history often leads to their portrayal as victims of circumstances and their male counterparts. Often, this erroneous interpretation, places responsibility right at the feet of social and domestic structures and practices in indigenous pre-colonial African societies. Even today, the tendency still is to apply Western world standards and paradigms of analysis in the definition and study of women and gender in other cultures. Recognizing that surviving folklore provides insight into the human cultural history of a society, this seminar course undertakes an examination of the social, economic and cultural hi(stories) of East African women by applying a critical African Feminisms reading to folktales, riddles, proverbs, songs and other forms of oral folk culture. Course participants will engage new theoretical frameworks for examining the spaces occupied by African women in different communities.

WMST/SCOM 348: Communication and Gender
Section 0001 | Melissa Alemán | TuTh 9:30-10:45am

Study of theories and research regarding the influence of gender in various human communication contexts, both public and private. Emphasis on the critical analysis of existing theory and empirical research and the potential competent uses of communication for social change. Prerequisite: Any 100-level GCOM course.

WMST/PHIL 350: The Philosophy of Feminism
Section 0001 | Erin Tarver | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm 

This course will examine the development of the key theoretical concepts that underpin feminist action and thought—including the social construction of gender, the subordination of women, the meaning of oppression, the sex/gender distinction (and criticisms of it), the relationship between gender, sexuality, race and class, feminist epistemology, and the ethics of feminist activism. Throughout, our interest will be in investigating both how feminism might make us better philosophers, and how philosophy might make us better feminists. 

WMST/ENG 370: Queer Literature
Section 0001 | Dawn Goode | TuTh 3:30-4:45pm, W 6:30-9:00pm

An exploration of texts and issues in literature written by and about gay and lesbian writers, including critical and theoretical issues as well as questions of canon. Text studied may include fiction, poetry, drama, essays and memoirs written primarily, but not exclusively, in the 20th century.

WMST 420: Feminist Rhetoric
Section 0001 | Alison Bodkin | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

Surveys key women figures in classical and contemporary rhetorical traditions and challenges the strategies used to historicize this tradition from feminist perspectives. Explores diverse feminist rhetorical discourses informed by race, sexual orientation, ethnicity and social class.

ENG 368: Women’s Literature
Section 0001 | Ann-Janine Morey | TuTh 9:30-10:45am

A study of literature by women.

ENG 369: Feminist Literary Theory
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | MWF 1:25-2:15pm

An intensive study of a variety of feminist critical approaches and their applications to literature. Formerly ENG 467.

PSYC 310: Psychology of Women and Gender
Section 0001 | Arnie Kahn | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

An examination of research and theory regarding the abilities and behaviors of women and the changing roles of women. Consideration is given to biological, developmental and societal determinants of sex and gender.

SOCI 337: Sociology of Gender
Section 0001 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 9:30-10:45am
Section 0002 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 11:00-12:15pm

Examination of theories of sex role development, the roles of men and women in society and gender as a social construction.

Courses that Will Receive Substitute Credit

HIST 327: Technology in America
Section 0001 | Kevin Borg | TuTh 3:30-4:45pm

An historical survey of the complex and changing relationship between technology and American Society from Native American canoes to the Internet. Attention is given to technology’s role in relations of power, in the home, on the farm, in the workplace, and on the battlefield.

HIST 439: History of Sexuality in America
Section 0001 | Robert Hill | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

This course examines the various meanings that masculinity, femininity, desire, the body, and intimate practices have taken on in different historical contexts and time periods. Overall, you will develop a deeper historical and theoretical understanding of the sexual categories and norms that have shaped the lives of individuals from different races, ethnicities, and social classes in the past and the near present. 

NSG 490: Issues of Family Violence
Section 0001 | Sandra Annan | F 10:10-11:00am

This course introduces students to the roots of family violence, including the political, cultural, social, and economic structures that perpetuate violence, and explores approaches to changing those structures in order to reduce or end violence. Students will think critically about the local and global impact of family violence, how it intersects with other forms of oppression, and achieve an understanding of these issues that will be useful intellectually and personally.

SCOM 330: Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication: Social Identities and Intergroup Dialog
Section 0001 | Janell Bauer | W 2:30-5:00pm

What are the differences that make a difference in our lives? This limited-enrollment special topics course explores the communication of social identity, specifically gender, and its impact on individuals and groups. Drawing on contemporary writings and media on gender, students in this course will develop a deeper understanding of self and others in relation to gender. Students will leave the class better prepared to advance equitable practices in their personal lives, workplaces, and communities. Active participation in the dialogue process and discussion of personal experiences is a large component of this course. Department consent is required.

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