Courses in the Curriculum 

WMST 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 11:15am-12:05pm

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: Women’s Health Issues
Section 0001 | Cannie Campbell | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

An exploration of issues related to the mental, physical, spiritual, social and political aspects of women’s health with a feminist prospective. The practical orientation of this course emphasizes information and resources to help each woman optimize her own health and well-being, while expanding understanding of the broader issues that shape the lives and health of all women and how we can influence these issues.

WMST 300: Special Topics: Africana Women in the Media
Section 0002 | Brillian Muhonja | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

The course will examine the positioning and representation of women of global Africa in the media in the USA. Images of Africana women that emerge and their accuracy in representing this demographic group will be analyzed. The course will investigate forces that have contributed to identified representations including time, the transitioning narrative of “the African American,” and politics. Through an exploration of the concept of media literacy, students will take on the roles of informed media consumers and critics. Further, the discussions will seek to discover how much the media contributes to the world view and commonly held stereotypes about women of African descent in the USA and globally. Issues relating to the women’s empowerment movement from an intersectional perspective will be an integral part of the class discourse as we navigate the world of movies, TV, magazine and other forms of advertising, electronic, digital, print and new media. Meets with/equivalent to AFST 400-0001.

WMST 337: Sociology of Gender
Section 0001 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
Section 0002 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

Examination of theories of sex role development, the roles of men and women in society and gender as a social construction. Cross-listed with SOCI 337.

WMST 341: Gender and Justice
Section 0001 | Sue Spivey | Tu 2:30-5:00pm

This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the causes, structure and consequences of gender oppression. Consistent with the social justice track of the major, notions of fairness, justice, and equality with respect to gendered social, political and economic relations will be examined. Cross-listed with JUST 341.

WMST 368: Women’s Literature
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

A study of novels and short stories by women. Cross-listed with ENG 368.

WMST 370: Queer Literature
Section 0001 | Dawn Goode | MW 2:30-3:45pm, Tu 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. Cross-listed with ENG 370.

WMST 400: Issues and Research in Women’s and Gender Studies - Third Wave Feminism
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson |TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm

The capstone seminar for the Women’s and Gender Studies minor. Focuses on readings in feminist philosophy, history and literature. Students will engage in research in critical issues affecting women’s lives.

WMST 492: Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies - Sister Speak
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | Mondays 6:30-8:00pm

The goal of Sister Speak is to be amalgam of information that educates about issues related to feminism. To this end, this publication includes works that focus on women and/or gender and that question or challenge oppressive gender roles.

ENG 327: The Gothic
Section 0001 | Katey Castellano | MW 2:30-3:45pm

A study of the origins, influence and transformations of Gothic fiction from the 18th century to the present.

HIST 321: European Women’s History
Section 0001 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 1:25-2:15pm

A survey of women’s history from the Elightenment to the Modern Era. Attention will focus on women in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain as well as the former Soviet Union. The course traces the birth of modern feminism in the European context and explores gender expectations, paying particular attention to women’s entrance into the public, political world.

HIST 448: Gender in Colonial Latin America and the Iberian World
Section 0001 | William Van Norman | MWF 11:15am-12:05pm

This course is designed to introduce students to critical issues, theories and methods of gender history through the study of the history of Latin America and the broader Iberian world. Students will study select peoples and cultures of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula exploring how they lived and understood gender and sexuality during the pre-colonial, colonial and/or modern eras. 

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.

REL 306: Women and Gender in Islam
Section 0001 | Danielle Widmann Abraham |TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm

This course investigates how particular gender roles, identities, and relationships become signified as Islamic, and the ways in which Muslim women continually re-negotiate the boundaries of gender in living an authentic religious life. Topics will include Qur’anic revelations, the formation of Islamic jurisprudence, sexual ethics, representations of Muslim women in colonial discourse, as well as the role of women in ritual practice and feminist movements.

Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

ARTH 479/579: Topics in Twentieth Century Art - Women in Early Film
Section 0001 | Maureen Shanahan | W 4:40-7:10pm

This course investigates women’s roles as makers of film and as screen stars from the silent era through the 1940s. Women filmmakers in France, the U.S., and Canada such as Alice Guy Blaché (1873-1968), Germaine Dulac (1882-1942), Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979), and Nell Shipman (1892-1970), were innovators in narrative, technique and genre. Actresses in early film, such as Musidora in the French classic Les Vampires (Feuillade, France 1915) and Alla Nazimova in Salomé (Bryant, U.S. 1920), enact the mobility and sexual liberty identified with the “new woman” of 1920s. Female characters in the silent era possess an agency and sexual knowledge that were later eclipsed by more regressive ideologies of femininity, especially in Hollywood after the enactment of the Hays Codes in 1930. Actresses Evelyn Preer (1896-1932), Anna May Wong (1905-61), Dolores del Rio (1905-83), Josephine Baker (1906-75), Irie Takako (1911-95) and others constructed successful careers in France, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. and the U.K. despite and through alienating Orientalist and exoticizing discourses, reductive racial and gender typologies, and oppressive legal codes (segregation, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882). The course will thus explore the way that female identities and subjectivities are constructed in film and through film-making.    

ENG 410: Advance Studies in Author
Section 0002 | Katey Castellano | MW 5:00-6:15pm

Study of the works of Mary Shelley and her Circle. May be repeated for credit when course content changes.

SPAN 455: Women in Hispanic Literatures
Section 0001 | Lucy Morris | TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm

Study of women in literature in the Hispanic world. Focus on women authors, female characters in literature or both. The course may include works from Spain or Latin America from any time period. Examination of feminist literary criticism, canon formation and other critical topics. Emphasis may vary according to the instructor. Instruction is in Spanish.

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