Courses in the Curriculum 

WMST 200: Introduction to Women’s Studies 
Section 1 | Mary Thompson | TuTh 12:30-1:45 
Section 2 | Tamara Winograd | MWF 9:05-9:55 
Section 3 | Tamara Winograd | MWF 10:10-11:00 

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: Women’s Health Issues 
Section 1 | Caroline Campbell | MWF 9:05-9:55 

An exploration of issues related to the mental, physical, spiritual, social and political aspects of women’s health with a feminist perspective. The practical orientation of this course emphasizes information and resources to help each women 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 325: Gender and Violence 
Section 1 | Dawn Goode | TuTh 2:00-3:15 

This course explores the public nature of private violence, specifically violence committed against women in U.S. culture. We will investigate the social, political and personal meaning of violence within a gendered context. Throughout the course we 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. We will consider violence not only in its physical dimension, but also in its symbolic and structural manifestations. We will also examine the ways in which ideas about race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality affect the degree and types of violence committed against women. 

WMST/ENG 370: Queer Literature 
Section 1 | Dawn Goode | TuTh 5:00-6:15 

An exploration of texts and issues in literature written by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer 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/SCOM 348: Communication and Gender 
Section 1 | Janell Bauer | MW 2:30-3:45 

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. 

WMST 492: ShoutOut! JMU Weblog Internship 
1-3 credits | Melissa Aleman | TBA 

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. 

WMST 492: Sister Speak Workshop 
1-3 credits | Mary Thompson | TBA 

This one-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. 

WMST 492 Research Internship: Best Practices for Promoting Gender Equity in Academic Organizations 
3 credits | Maureen Shanahan & Melissa Aleman | TBA 

Interns will investigate the scholarly and applied higher education literature to identify those policies and organizational practices considered "best practices" toward promoting positive gender climates and gender equity in academic organizations. Specifically, interns will synthesize the research on the promotion of organizational policies and practices that are supportive of family leave, stop-the-clock policies, child- and eldercare, partner benefits, and salary equity, as well as those practices that discourage bullying and gender-based harassment in academic organizations. Interns will also explore how JMU compares to peer institutions with regard to best practices supported in the research literature. 

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

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 1 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 9:30-10:45 

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

HIST 320: Women in US History 
Section 1 | Emily Westkaemper | MWF 10:10-11:00 

A survey of the role of women in the United States from the Colonial period to the present. Attention is given to contributions of the ordinary women, the Women's Rights movements, the impact of women on reform and political movements, and the changing status of women in society. 

HIST 321: European Women’s History 
Section 1 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 2:30-3:20 

A survey of European women's history from the Enlightenment 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.

Courses That Will Receive Substitute Credit

ENG 407/HIST 439: Marriage, Sexuality and Reform in Early America 
Section 1 | Laura Henigman | TuTh 2:00-3:15 

The nineteenth century perfectionist project – the ambition to establish an ideal society – often involved rethinking ideas about marriage and sexuality. Traditional patriarchal structures, crucial to the formation of the state and the family, came under various challenges in the early republic, and for some reforms, re-imagining public identities meant restructuring “private” relationships as well. In this course we will trace that conversation from the colonial period through the nineteenth century, through examining a variety of historical documents – letters, reformist tracts, legal documents, journalism, personal narratives, and fiction. An important focus of the course will be the student’s individual research project.

ENG 410: Virginia Woolf 
Section 1 | Sian White | MW 2:30-3:45 

Study of the works of English author Virginia Woolf. 

GENG 221: Gender and Literature 
Section 1 | Dawn Goode | TuTh 11:00 –12:15 

Will count as WMST credit only if student has six or fewer credit hours in English. 

HIST 489: History of the Body from Classical Times 
Section 1 | Chris Davis | MW 2:00-3:15 

This course examines the body as a historical artifact whose physical appearance and social and cultural meanings changed over time. Focusing on Europe from classical Greece and Rome to the present day, we will study the effects on the body of transformative developments in European history, like the rise of Christianity, the decline of the divine right of kings, the acquisition of overseas colonies in Africa and Asia, and the rise and fall of communist and fascist states. Close attention will be paid to issues of sexuality, gender, class and race. 

NSG 490: Issues in Family Violence 
Section 1 | Sandra Annan | Th 9:30-10:20 

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.

 

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