*You may only take ONE additional course below the 300-level in addition to WGS 200.

Courses in the Curriculum 

WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | TuTh 2:00–3:15pm
Section 0002 | Alison Bodkin | 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.

WGS 300: Special Topics: Marriage Equality
Section 0001 | Kristen Shrewsbury | MW 1:25–2:40pm

This course is a feminist interdisciplinary examination of marriage, with special attention paid to same-sex marriage in the sociopolitical context of the United States. Drawing on perspectives from psychology, sociology, queer studies, communication studies, and women’s and gender studies, we will investigate the dynamic historical marriage narrative that brings us to modern day marriage equality and it’s aftermath. 

WGS 337: Sociology of Gender
Section 0001 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 11:00am–12:45pm

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.

WGS 348: Communication and Gender
Section 0001 | Sharon Mazzarella | TuTh 11:00am–12:15pm

Studies 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. Cross-listed with SCOM 348.

WGS 350: The Philosophy of Feminism
Section 0001 | Pia Antolic-Piper | MW 2:30-3:45pm

An intermediate-level examination of philosophical problems in feminist theory and feminist contributions to philosophy. Cross-listed with PHIL 350.

WGS 355: American Women at War
Section 0001 | Amelia Underwood | M 5:40-7:40pm

This course invites students to engage a series of issues about the role of women in the US military. This course will examine the contributions & experiences of women who served during the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, WW I & II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War(s). Also included in this course is an examination of how women in military service both past and present are an instrument for societal change in America specifically in promoting the cause of women’s rights. Cross-listed with MSCI 355.

WGS 383: Women and Politics in Comparative Perspective
Section 0001 | Kristin Wylie | 9:30-10:45am 

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. Cross-listed with POSC 383.

WGS 420: Feminist Rhetoric
Section 0001 | Lori Beth De Hertogh | MWF 10:10-11:00am

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. Cross-listed with SCOM 420 and WRTC 420.

WGS 485: Gender Issues in Science
Section 0001 | Louise Temple-Rosebrook | TuTh 12:30–1:45pm

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. Cross-listed with ISAT 485.

WGS 492: Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies - Sister Speak
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | TBD

This 1-3 credit internship is open to Women’s Studies minors who have completed at least nine credit hours in the minor (or have received permission from the instructor). This internship will operate as a workshop, for which students will meet once every two weeks as a group to examine feminist writings and films, write and share informal responses, and contribute to the construction of a feminist zine. Modeled on the principles of feminist consciousness raising, this workshop seeks to foster personal growth, social action, as well as social transformation. Interested? Please contact Dr. Thompson (thompsmx@jmu.edu).

WGS 492: Internship in Women's and Gender Studies - ShoutOut! JMU Weblog 
Section 0002 | Alison Bodkin | TBD

The mission of ShoutOut! JMU is to provide the JMU community with accurate and constructive information concerning events, legislation, cultural criticism, and resources for women’s rights and personal health on and off campus; to foster a safe space for members of JMU’s community for interactive, informed and constructive dialogue; as a collective, to advance the cause of women and other marginalized groups by means of these conversations; the goal of this blog is not to convert readers to feminism, but instead to raise consciousness of the diversity of perspectives toward understanding everyday inequities. Check back at the end of October 2016 for the link to an online application.

PSYC 310: The Psychology of Women and Gender
Section 0001 | Kala Melchiori | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

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. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and junior-level status.

SOCI 336: Race and Ethnicity
Section 0001 | Shaneda Destine | MW 2:30-3:45pm

This course examines the social construction of race and ethnicity around the world and how they influence social processes, institutions, change and ideology. The course will include discussions concerning the intersection of race and ethnicity with other aspects of social inequality such as class, gender, sexuality and nationality in contemporary society.

Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

ENG 222/222H: Genre(s)
Topic: Women’s Literature
Section TBD | Mary Thompson | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

This course introduces General Education students to the study of women’s literature through an examination of late-20th century American women’s fiction and nonfiction.

ENG 414: Advanced Studies in Genre
Topic: The Many Lives of Jane Eyre
Section 0001 | Heidi Pennington | MW 2:30-3:45pm

The Many Lives of Jane Eyre: Adaptation in Literature and Film Since Jane Eyre’s publication in 1847, there have been a number of adaptations of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel about the eponymous governess, who is “poor, obscure, plain” but distinctly independent-minded. Jane famously “resists all the way” as she struggles in and writes her way through a class-conscious, patriarchal world. In this course we’ll ask what it is about Jane Eyre that makes it so consistently compelling to audiences in different times and places. What changes with each new imagining? And how do we, as readers or viewers, identify a “Jane Eyre” story across these different media? Throughout the semester we will pay close attention to narrative and filmic form, theories of adaptation, and representations of gender, race, and class to inform our understanding of Jane Eyre’s persistence and cultural significance.

HIST 150: Critical Issues in Recent Global History
Topic: Women and Revolution
Section 0002 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 10:10-11:00am
Section 0003 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 11:15am-12:05pm

This course examines issues in recent history as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking skills and to supplement writing, oral communication, library and computing skills objectives for General Education Cluster One. A seminar format allows for careful examination of issues in both oral and written formats. The course emphasizes the development and articulation of well-reasoned arguments in organized and grammatically acceptable prose. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit.

NSG 393: Issues in Family Violence
Section 0001 | Sandra Annan | Online

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.

SOCI 354: Social Inequality
Section 0001 | Bethany Bryson | Online

Course covers the systems of stratification and inequality in the United States including race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality. Discussion will center on their role in providing rationales for oppression and discrimination in society and their relationship to the distribution of power and ideological control.

SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology
Section 0003 | Bethany Bryson | Online
Topic: Gender, Inequality, and Queer Theory

Examination of selected topics which are of current importance in sociology.


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