Courses in the Curriculum 

WMST 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Brillian Muhonja | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

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 325: Gender and Violence
Section 0001 | Dawn Goode | W 2:30-5:00pm

This course explores the public nature of private violence, specifically violence committed against women in U.S. culture. Students will investigate the social, political and personal meaning of violence within a gendered context. Throughout the course students will analyze the ways in which demographic, social, cultural, economic and political factors teach us to think about women in violent terms as well as help perpetuate violence against women. Students will consider violence not only in its physical dimension, but also in its symbolic and structural manifestations. Students will also examine the ways in which ideas about race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality affect the degree and types of violence committee against women.

WMST/SOCI 337: Sociology of Gender
Section 0001 | Bethany Bryson | Online

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

WMST/JUST 341: Gender and Justice
Section 0001 | Sue Spivey | Tu 2:00-4:30pm

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. 

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

A study of novels and short stories by women. 

WMST/ISAT 485: Gender Issues in Science
Section 0001 | Louise Temple-Rosebrook | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

An interdisciplinary course that looks at the scientific process, science practitioners, and science students through the lens of gender analysis. Students read literature, lead discussions, perform experiments, and analyze both data and processes to address the effects of educational systems on the preparation and careers of scientists, the influence of politics and culture on scientific inquiry, and the effects of critiques grounded in gender analyses on understanding the scientific process.

WMST 495/ENG 412: Special Topics in Women’s Studies
Topic: Contemporary American Women’s Poetry
Section 0001 | Hilary Holladay | W 2:30-5:00pm

This course will provide in-depth study of the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Louise Gluck, and Lucille Clifton. We will also read and analyze works by contemporary poets who live in the area, including JMU’s Laurie Kutchins, Rita Dove (U.Va.), Sarah Kennedy (Mary Baldwin College), Nikki Giovanni (Va. Tech), and Dolores Kendrick (Washington, D.C.). Class discussion will focus primarily on analysis of poems, but attention will also be paid to the lives of the poets and the sometimes autobiographical nature of their poetry. Course requirements will include several short essays, an oral report, a 12-page research paper, and a final exam. Students will also attend at least two events during JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Conference, Sept. 24-27, 2014. For more info on this national conference, see

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

This course examines how women writers use the Gothic novel to contest the aestheticization of sexual violence and question the nature of reality as it is posed in the masculine world of science. Our readings of primary texts will be supplemented by feminist and queer readings of the novels.

HIST 327: Technology in America
Section 0001 | Kevin Borg | MW 2:30-3:45pm

A 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.

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.

Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

ENG 302: Special Topics in Literature and Language: Women, Nation, Violence
Section 0003 | Debali Mookerjea-Leonard | MWF 12:20-1:10pm

Study of a particular literary or linguistics topic. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes but not more than once, except with the approval of the department head.)

MSCI 350: American Women at War
Section 0001 | Amelia Underwood | M 5:00-7:30pm

This course examines the contributions and experiences of American women who have served in times of war to include the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and the present day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

POSC 371: Topics in Comparative Politics: Women and Politics in Comparative Perspective
Section 0001 | Kristin Wylie | MW 4:15-5:30pm

A study of the causes and consequences of women’s political marginalization in the United States and abroad. The course examines socioeconomic and political dimensions of gender inequality, exploring how women have worked through social movements, electoral politics, and public policy initiatives to overcome obstacles to their political empowerment.

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