Department of Women's and Gender Studies University of Missouri Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Undergraduate Catalog

WGST 1001 - Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Organized study of selected topics in Women's and Gender Studies. Subjects and earnable credit may vary from semester to semester. Offerings in past years included: Black Women in American Politics; Latin American Women's Culture; Contemporary Chinese Women Writers. The last digit of the course number indicates which General Education category it fulfills.

1001 - General
1003 - Behavioral Sciences
1004 - Social Sciences
1005 - Humanities & Fine Arts

WGST 1120 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course surveys a century of feminist politics and theory by asking students to think critically about the diverse ways in which human identity is gendered, and the historical development of gendered inequalities. Paying particular attention to the importance of race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality in the cultural construction of sexual difference, we will explore both our different experiences of gender and our common struggles. In so doing, we will critically examine a wide range of feminist and gender theories that analyze and contest oppressive social conditions in the United States and throughout the world. Interdisciplinary in focus, this course introduces key concepts and problems in Women's and Gender Studies through films, literary texts, manifestoes, theoretical and historical essays, popular culture, and writings from the girl zine movement. Class will include lecture and discussion sections. Previous title: Bodies, Cultures, and Nations.

WGST 1360/Sociology 1360 - The Female Experience: Body, Identity, and Culture

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

This course examines the ways individuals come to understand what it means to be a woman in U.S. culture. We explore the diversity among women's experiences with special attention to the meanings of body image, sexuality, and race/ethnicity. The course also examines institutions in U.S. society that exert social control over women's bodies, especially the media, the legal system, and the medical professions.

WGST 2001 - Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Organized study of selected topics in Women's and Gender Studies. Subjects and earnable credit may vary from semester to semester. Offerings have included: Women in the Ancient World and European Women's History in the 20th Century. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. The last digit of the course number indicates which General Education category it fulfills.

2001 - General
2003 - Behavioral Sciences
2004 - Social Sciences
2005 - Humanities & Fine Arts

WGST 2010 - Gender and Identity: Understanding Intersectionality

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

Explores historical and contemporary dimensions of social inequality in gender, race, class and sexuality. Uses an interdisciplinary lens and feminist analysis to analyze social, cultural, political and economic experiences of individuals and communities: Prerequisite: Women's and Gender Studies [WGST] 1120; sophomore standing.

WGST 2020 - Feminist Theory

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

Introduces central themes and problems within feminist thought, including consciousness-raising, motherhood, class, race, sexuality, nationalism and transnational feminism. This course also focuses on building the skills necessary to reading and writing about theory. By surveying a series of debates critical to second-wave feminism, we will examine the difficulty of articulating what Simone de Beauvoir called the feminine "we" and move to the more recent articulation of the feminist (if not quite feminine) "we" by feminist theorists of transnational politics. Prerequisite: WGST 1120, 1332, or consent of instructor.

WGST 2030 - Gender Perspectives: Colonial Histories, Post-Colonial Challenges

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Identifies and interrogates key gender issues in post-colonial countries with an acute awareness of their constructions through western and local knowledges, patriarchy, the nation-state, and globalization. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Recent themes have included Gender in India.

WGST 2040 - Perspectives on Empowerment

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Women's Empowerment is a popular catch phrase in culture, politics and research. This course explores the meaning of empowerment, the ways empowerment is practiced in organizations and in the everyday lives of girls and women, and the challenges in empowering girls and women in contemporary society. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes.

WGST 2050 - Gender Perspectives: Issues in Public Health

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Addresses issues of gender and public health in the US and abroad. Considers how race, class, gender, sexuality, and geopolitical context may impact health. May focus on specific health issues. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Recent themes have included 16 & Pregnant: Adolescent Pregnancy in a Global Context.

WGST 2080 - Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Diversity

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

What is gender and how do we define its boundaries? How are "male" and "female" bodies and identities produced by culture? How do "outlaw genders" challenge our understanding of (and experience of) sex, gender, and sexuality? What does gender freedom look like?? These are a few of the questions we will explore in this cross-cultural course on gender and sexual diversity. Investigating the roles of race/ethnicity, class, region and sexuality in modern constructions of sexed bodies, we will study the diverse lives of gender variant people and how they have been represented in literature and film. Throughout the course, we will pay particular attention to those systems of gender-based oppression that suppress multiple gender identities and expressions. Readings and other course materials are interdisciplinary, including anthropological and historical perspectives, gender theory, literary texts, and documentary films.

WGST 2180/English 2180 - Introduction to Women's Literature

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

A study of traditional and non-traditional literature written by women from the perspective of feminist themes: love, power, work, family and other relations. Previous offerings have included: 1) Asian American Women Writers, 2) Girl Sleuths, 3) Women, Dieting and Fat, and 4) Women, Literature and Medicine. No more than six hours may be taken in the Introduction to Women's Literature series.

2186 - Introduction to Women's Literature, Beginning - 1603
2187 - Introduction to Women's Literature, 1603 - 1789
2188 - Introduction to Women's Literature, 1789 - 1890
2189 - Introduction to Women's Literature, 1890 - Present

WGST 2200H - British Women Writers - Honors

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Study of works by important British women writers. We also consider the development of women's writing and the contribution of women writers to literature and to larger societal debates. Prerequisites: English [ENGLSH] 1000; sophomore standing. Honors eligibility required. May be repeated for credit.

WGST 2250 - Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality in the Americas

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Introduction to the formation of identities in the Americas. Some areas covered are immigration, transnational identity, pop culture, literary expression, body image, spirituality, racism/sexism, assimilation, acculturation, and activism. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Recent topics have included Latinas in the U.S..

WGST 2260 - Perspectives on Mass Media: Constructions of Gender, Race and Sexuality

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course examines constructions of gender, race, class and sexuality in the U.S. media in the twentieth and twentieth first centuries. Emphasis will be placed on mass media's coverage, practices and uses of various socially constructed identities. In the course we will examine the historical relationship between media (television, major newspapers, radio, internet and social networks) and representations of underrepresented and marginalized groups. We will also explore the global economic forces which influence these representations.

WGST 2340 - Perspectives on Gender and Popular Culture

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Explores issues in popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries with respect to feminism, gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability. Areas of study may include television, movies, music, advertisements, magazines, fiction, newspapers, the internet, and social media. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

WGST 2370/French 2370 - French and Francophone Women Writers

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

This course will address issues of race, gender and class in selected works originally written by women of different historical periods and geographical areas. (Metropolitan France, French colonies, and territories such as the Caribbean).

WGST 2400/History 2400 - Social History of U.S. Women

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course will trace the social history of women in what is now the United States, beginning with the era of the first contact between Native Americans and Europeans. We will focus on the changing limitations and possibilities facing American women, examining the shifting strategies of consent and resistance with which women confronted these circumstances. In the process, we will study women in the context of family, work, education and politics. While we will generalize about American women, we will also consider the diversity of their lives according to age, race, ethnicity, region and social class. Finally we will study changing definitions of what it means to be a woman and a man, considering the ways in which a gender-conscious perspective can enhance our historical understanding.

WGST 2410/History 2410 - African American Women in History

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

African American Women in History covers major social, economic, and political issues affecting black women since their introduction into English-speaking North America to the present.

WGST 2500/Philosophy 2500 - Philosophy and Gender

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

A critical examination of central ideas and themes in feminist philosophical thought. Topics may include: sex, marriage, parenthood, reproduction, body image, pornography, prostitution.

WGST 2960 - Sexual Health Advocacy and Service Learning

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

The course will offer the student an opportunity to critically investigate sexuality as it exists within a cultural context including religion, politics, gender analysis, social justice, familial, and societal influences. Through assigned readings, reflection, experiential activities, and small group presentations, students will increase their awareness of sexual health issues, enhance self awareness and learn how to effectively educate their peers surrounding issues of sexual health.

WGST 3001 - Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Problems, topics, issues or review of research in any area of Women's and Gender Studies and/or experimental development of new content areas. Repeatable up to six credit hours. Offerings in previous years have included: History of Sexuality; Gender and Race in American Culture; and Women's Writing. The last digit of the course number indicates which General Education category it fulfills. Previously WGST 301.)

3001 - General
3003 - Behavioral Sciences
3004 - Social Sciences
3005 - Humanities & Fine Arts

WGST 3080/English 3080 - Sexuality and Gender Theory

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

“Sexuality Studies: Theory, Culture, and Politics.” Debates about the politics of sexuality have been at the forefront of contemporary efforts to rethink concepts of identity, desire, and the body. This course seeks to provide a theoretical and cultural context for such debates by investigating the complex and often contradictory relationship between sexuality and society. After tracing the historical emergence of the modern sexual self, we will survey contemporary theories of sexuality and sexual representations, particularly as they intersect with systems of race, class, and gender. Topics will include sexuality and desire under capitalism; feminist theories of sexuality and the feminist "sex wars;" cultural representations of HIV/AIDS; racialized sexualities; sexual and gender diversity; gender performance; the politics of embodiment. Readings and other course materials range from theoretical and historical essays to literary texts, films, and popular culture.

WGST 3180/English 3180 - Historical Survey of Women Writers

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

This course will provide a rough overview of women's writings over time, beginning with examples of the earliest writings we have by women up to contemporary times. Students will read several short stories by women and several novels--European, Ethnic, and American. A variety of themes have been included in recent years.

WGST 3220/History 3220 - U.S. Women's Political History, 1880-Present

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course explores American women's engagement with the American political process over the course of the twentieth century, beginning in the years before women's suffrage. Through readings, discussions, and written assignments, we will address questions of women's political history including the following: In what ways did America's founding political ideas and institutions allow for the participation of women? How has this changed over time? On what grounds have women organized as a group? What political goals have women activists sought? How have class and race affected women's political identities? How is women's political activism best understood in relationship to the conventional political spectrum (left vs. right)? In what ways have women political activists affected political outcomes? What is the relationship of women's politics to feminism? Is "women politics" a useful concept?

WGST 3230 - Themes in Sexual Politics

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

Course explores transnational politics of sex/sexuality & examines the theoretical, historical, & socio-cultural context that race, gender, & sexuality are used as analytical concepts. Students learn a transdisciplinary approach and apply this newly acquired information to analyze shifts in the field of sexuality studies.

WGST 3240 - Nonprofit Work and the Pursuit of Social Justice

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course provides a history and overview of the work of nonprofit organizations. It will be framed in a social justice paradigm and will explore women's role in nonprofit organizations, why many women gravitate to nonprofits, and the implications of their work to achieve social justice through these organizations. Students will also learn practical skills needed in nonprofit organizations including program planning, grant writing, and program evaluation.

WGST 3269 - Themes in Gender, Law and Justice

Satisfies Behavioral Scienc General Education Requirement

Course addresses issues related to gender, law and the justice system in the U.S. and /or globally. Topics may include history of women's rights in the U.S.; contemporary issues in law and justice such as incarceration, human trafficking, and gay marriage; and the ways race, class, sexuality and citizenship shape experiences of justice. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Junior standing required.

WGST 3270 - Themes in Masculinities

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

This course is designed for students to become more aware of how male experience is shaped by gender expectations and social context. Emphasis will be placed on psychosocial challenges and privileges associated with negotiating masculine gender role expectations. Students will develop critical skills to evaluate the psychological impact of gender, especially in American popular culture, on diverse men and their families. Emphasis will be placed on how gender interacts with other aspects of identity, such as race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and non-conforming gender identity and on how masculine gender expectations affect women, relationships and families. Music, film, news reports, advertising, literature and interviews will all be used as material for critical evaluation.

WGST 3300/Sociology 3300 - Queer Theories/Identities

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Analysis of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (glbt) and queer identities in culture and society with an emphasis on the contributions of queer theory and other glbt standpoint theories to sociology and the study of society. Prerequisite: Sociology [SOCIOL] 2200 or instructor's consent.

WGST 3320/Sociology 3320 - Sociology of Gender

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Study of the ways in which femininities and masculinities are constructed in American society with particular attention to gender ideologies and the gendered nature of the social structure. Prerequisites: Sociology 1000, 1360, or equivalent. WGST 1120 is considered an equivalent.

WGST 3370 - Themes in Gender and Religion

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Students acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of gender in religious communities including the construction of women's/men's religious identities, their gender relations, societal roles and status. Themes may explore how the organizational structures of religion can be a vehicle of oppression and a place for justice and autonomy; may explore the representation and practices of specific religions; or may address the intersections of gender, class, race, geopolitics, and religion. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing.

WGST 3430/History 3430 - Sex Radicals in U.S. History

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course will survey the history of sexual practices and norms from the colonial era to the present. We will be particularly concerned to locate the history of sexuality in changing social, economic and familial structures. The course will be divided into four sections: the initial period of European colonization and settlement, the emergence of a more market and urban oriented social order in the early nineteenth century, the massive expansion of the industrial capitalist system and state intervention at the turn of the century, and the post-industrial, "sexual revolution" of the mid-twentieth century. In each case we will discuss the experience of individuals or social groups who deviated from the sexual norms of the day, "sex radicals," for the ways in which they reveal the workings of the sexual order more generally at the time.

WGST 3450 - Feminist Methodologies

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

This course is an opportunity to explore the difference that feminism makes in doing research. The aim is threefold. First, to consider challenges raised by feminist thinkers to standard views about knowledge. Second, to demonstrate a range of approaches within feminist scholarship. While we cannot possibly cover all the feminist approaches in the disciplines and interdisciplinary research, the hope is that students can begin to identify the research tools and strategies suited to questions they want to pursue. Third, we examine ways that feminist research can be used in collaboration with local groups and for advocacy.

WGST 3480 - Themes in Sexuality and Literature

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Examines sexuality and representations of sexuality in literature. The specific topic will be announced at the time of registration. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Prerequisite: English [ENGLSH] 1000; sophomore standing.

WGST 3560 - Themes in Gender and Immigration

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Explores current controversies in immigration in various locations. The course will cover a number of topics including nationalism and citizenship, national identity, identity and fluidity, social inequality and others. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Recent themes have included Documenting Current Controversies in US/Mexican Immigration: Exploring Race, Gender & Sexuality.

WGST 3570/History 3570 - European Women in the 19th Century

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course will trace the history of European women from 1789 to 1900 exploring the ways women experienced the political, social, and economic transformations of the 19th century. We will look at how the French revolution, industrialization, class-formation, and colonialism redefined the lives of European women. Themes emphasized in this course include changes in family structure, work and gender-politics through the last century.

WGST 3650 - Themes in Feminism

Satisfies Socia Science General Education Requirement

Course may cover historical and contemporary understandings of feminism, feminist movements in the U.S. and globally, and key debates in feminism. The specific topics will be announced at the time of registration. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Junior standing required.

WGST 3670 - Themes in Gender and Globalization

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Introduces transnational feminist theories, considers the practices and material circumstances related to globalization, and explores how class, gender, place/nation, (dis) ability, sexuality and colonial practices complicate our understanding of globalization. Prerequisite: Women's and Gender Studies [WGST] 1120; sophomore standing. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Recent themes have included Themes in Gender and Globalization: Through Literature and Film .

WGST 3750/Religious Studies 3750 - Women and Religions

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

This course explores a distinctive mode of human creativity - religion. In particular, we will focus on the diversity and breadth of women's religious practice and thought in Goddess religions, Voodoo, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and Native American religions. We will examine approaches to the study of religion, including psychological, anthropological, sociological, and phenomenological theories. In other words, we will talk about how to talk (and think) about religion. In addition, we will read diverse genres of religious expressions, including autobiography, theology, critical essays and ethnography. We will find out what religious women value about their religion and why they talk about it they way they do. We will discover how "outsiders" critique and/or value religion and why. We will analyze what these values tell us about human nature, society, and power. Prerequisite: sophomore standing; one prior course in Women's and Gender Studies or Religious Studies.

WGST 3850 - Themes in Gender and the Politics of Representation

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

Examines the gendered politics of representation by analyzing film, literature, popular media, and/or other popular cultural texts. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Recent themes have included Gender, Hip Hop and the Politics of Representation

WGST/Russian/Film Studies 3870 - Russian Women and Film

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Traces image(s) of the Russian woman in 20th-century Russia as constructed in Russian, Soviet and late-Soviet film. Discusses heroines of pre-revolutionary melodrama and "new Soviet man and woman" of the 20s. Considers war-time re-alignment of gender roles in defense of motherland and their subtle revamping in post-war and post-Stalinist period, and the shifting relations between women and men, women and women, and women and the State. Emphasizes cultural-historical and ideological status of women as reflected in onscreen image(s) in Russian film. Designed to serve as an introduction to film studies and to 20th-century Russian culture more generally. Conducted in English (all films have English subtitles). Prererequisite: Sophomore status.

WGST 3960 - Strategies for Effective Peer Education

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course adopts the "students helping students" model of learning. Through education, experiential practice, skill building and reflection, students will improve their understanding of their own learning preferences as well as how to develop and conduct effective presentations. Emphasis will be placed on adapting the content to various topics target audiences, building a safe space for learning, and managing disruptive behavior in a classroom setting. This course is the second part of a two-part series that trains qualified students to assist their peers in effectively managing and negotiating health decisions as they matriculate through their academic career.

WGST 4001 - Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Problems, topics, issues or review of research in any area of Women's and Gender Studies and/or experimental development of new content areas. Repeatable up to six credit hours. Offerings in previous years have included: Fairytales and Feminism; and Domestic Violence. The last digit of the course number indicates which General Education category it fulfills.

4001 - General
4003 - Behavioral Sciences
4004 - Social Sciences
4005 - Humanities & Fine Arts

WGST 4020 - Studies in Feminist Thought

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

Examines recent problems and critical debates within feminist theory. Topics vary from year to year, and have included Feminist Perspectives on Sexuality and Sexual Difference; and Feminism, Nationalism, and Post-Colonial Thought. Prerequisites: WGST 2020, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes.

WGST 4110/Sociology 4110 - Feminist Research and Criticism

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

This course is centrally concerned with how feminists in the social sciences produce knowledge, what we do with that knowledge, and if the process is any different because we are feminists. We will examine feminist critiques of social science research methodogies, questions of feminist epistemology, and how feminists struggle with those questions in our work. We will be reading exemplars from anthropology, history, political science, psychology and sociology. Prerequisite: Sociology 2950 or equivalent.

WGST 4120/Art History and Archaeology 4120 - Women, Art and Society

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Analysis of the areers and works of women artists, and images of women (by female and male artists), in selected eras. Prerequisites: instructors consent.

WGST 4180/English 4180 - Major Women Writers

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Readings and discussion of major women writers, typically two to four, from the perspective of feminist critical theory. Possibilities have included Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Dorothy Richardson, Gertrude Stein, Janet Lewis, and Joyce Carol Oates. Repeatable up to six hours.

4186 - Major Women Writers, Beginning - 1603
4187 - Major Women Writers, 1603 - 1789
4188 - Major Women Writers, 1789 - 1890
4189 - Major Women Writers, 1890 - Present

WGST 4181/English 4181 - Themes in Literature by Women

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Examines works by a number of women writers with particular attention to their sociolpolitical context. Previous topics included Motherhood in Black Women's Literature. May repeat to six hours with department's consent. Prerequisite: junior standing.

WGST/Sociology/Black Studies/Peace Studies 4230 - Women, Development, and Globalization

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Interest in "development" as a strategy to bring about proposed changes in nonWestern societies began in the 1940s and has continued to the present. This course will review critically the history and structure of the discourse and practices surrounding the development process, particularly as they have affected the lives of women. A major emphasis in the course will be the need to understand global connections between women and the ways both Western and nonWestern societies are implicated in development activities. Increasingly, globalization and its impact on development need to be addressed. This course will cover various issues associated with the impact of globalization on women in western and nonwestern nations. In reviewing the specifics of the development process, we will note how women are made invisible and visible, and how they are represented. Attention will be paid to women's own perspectives on "development" and local attempts to define and institute programs that can improve the quality of life. Prerequisites: BL_STU 1332, BL_STU 2200, SOCIOL 220, WGST 1332, or WGST 2010.

WGST/History 4310 - Adoption, Child Welfare and the Family, 1850-present

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course will examine the relatively new field of the history of adoption in America. It will address topics such as: the changing legal and social meanings of adoption since the mid-19th century; the historical connections between adoption and issues of poverty, family, gender, race, sexuality, class, and fertility; changing understandings of identity within the "adoption triad;" and more recent issues such as transnational adoption. The course will be conducted as a readings seminar, with students expected to read actively and engage in discussion of weekly topics.

WGST 4350 - Studies in Gender and the Environment

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

What do we mean when we talk about "Mother Nature" or "Mother Earth"? Gender structures the most ordinary details of our understanding and dealings with nonhuman nature. In other words, gender as a discourse (a symbolic system which is embedded in social institutions) helps us make sense of the natural world. For most of modern western history, the human relationship with nature has been governed by a dualism of culture and nature that enables both an ideology of technical control and the objectification of the environment and people. With a focus on gender as a discourse and a social formation, this course examines how social relations affect the relationship between human beings and non-human nature. The course will explore this question from several perspectives including ecological feminism, the environmental justice movement, feminist science studies, materialist feminism, and feminist dystopian fiction.

WGST 4370/Anthropology 4370 - Anthropology of Gender

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Anthropology of Gender introduces the student to the variation in the relationships between male and females; and between men, women, and other genders from around the world. The different approaches to understanding the modeling of gender are discussed, as are specific case-studies from many different cultures.

WGST 4400/Social Work 4400 - Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence

Elective Course: no General Education Credit

This course covers the history of the battered women's movement, violence theories, policy issues, prevention and intervention practice models for working with battered women, their children, and abusers. Contemporary issues such as teen dating violence, universal screening, healthcare issues, workplace violence and coordinated community approaches will be examined.

WGST 4420 - Studies in Gender, Culture, and Politics

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Examines ethical issues, social policies and politics, and cultural practices affecting women in specific national and global contexts. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor's consent. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Recent offerings have included The Politics of Reproduction and Fertility Control.

WGST/English/Black Studies 4480 - Major African Diaspora Women Writers

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Readings and discussion of two or three major African Diaspora women writers, focusing on texts originally in English. Previous offerings have included: The Black Womanist Writer: Paule Marshall and Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston and Her Literary Sisters, and Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor. May repeat to six hours with department's consent. Maximum of six hours for 4180 and 4480.

4487 - Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1603 - 1789
4488 - Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1789 - 1890
4489 - Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1890 - Present

WGST/Peace Studies/Sociology 4550 - Gender and Human Rights in Cross Cultural Perspective

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

This course focuses on the global discourse on human rights and gender, emphasizing cross-cultural theories. Course includes the meaning of rights, Western and nonwestern perspectives, feminist contributions, important substantive debates, violations, policymaking and activism. Prerequisites: WGST 1120 or SOC 2200; senior standing required.

WGST 4600 - Studies in Women and Health

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

A survey of international and domestic women's health issues; considers historical antecedents and specific effects of socio-cultural variables and economic development on women's health in developing and developed nations. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes.

WGST 4640 - Studies in Gender and Performance

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Examines the relationship among gender, race, class, and/or sexuality, and performance. Course materials may include theatre performance, visual art, literacy context, theoretical essays, films, and popular culture. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes. Prerequisite: junior standing.

WGST 4660/History 4660 - European Women in the 20th Century

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

The course explores the way European women experienced war, revolution, the rise of the welfare state, and migration in the course of the 20th century. We will examine how the events of the past century changed notions of work, motherhood, civic identity and political action. The course is designed to provide students with a historical perspective on issues of gender and identity currently facing the new European community.

WGST 4716/Journalism 4716 - Women and the Media

Elective Course: no General Education Credit

This class analyzes images of women in the media and studies women journalists in the workplace. We will focus on historical perspectives on women as journalists, and on issues usually not covered by mass media. Attention will be paid to minority as well as majority women. The class will read critically and discuss scholarly and journalistic work on 1) research on women and journalism, 2) images of women as depicted in the media, 3) media coverage of certain issues, and 4) international perspectives of women and the media. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

WGST 4730/Political Science 4730 - Women and Politics

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

This course examines women's political participation and public policies towards women in countries around the world. Prerequisites: Political Science 1100; junior standing.

WGST 4750/Religious Studies 4750 - Women, Religion and Culture

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

An advanced study of the role of women in religion, focusing on the methods of determining the significance of gender in religious life, sacred texts, symbols, rituals, and/or beliefs. The topic of women and religion will be examined through the lens of religious studies and folklore. We will study the roles of women and their expressive religious practices in Christianity and Native American traditions. Some of the topics will include women's altars, sermons, testimonies, rituals, storytelling, and theologies. Prerequisite: Religious Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 3750, Women and Religion, or permission of instructor.

WGST 4780/English 4780 - Women's Folklore and Feminist Theory

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

This course examines a wide range of women's oral/verbal and material "arts," from a feminist perspective. Students will read scholarly articles and books devoted to the study of women's folklore and culture; students will also do class presentations on the theories that help us address women's culture. The course focuses on how women develop "arts" and practices that counter their subordinate positions in many cultures and fight oppressive traditions by developing women's spaces, language, and traditions that are more positive for women.

WGST 487x - Women's and Gender Studies Abroad

This interdisciplinary study abroad course provides students the opportunity to study women's issues in the globe, to study in a foreign culture and augment their global competencies across the WGST curriculum, and extend a global perspective to their study and/or career development. The last digit of the course number indicates which General Education category it fulfills.

4873 - Behavioral Science
4874 - Social Science
4875 - Humanities

WGST 4940 - Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

Elective Course: no General Education Credit

Directed professional experience in appropriate feminist related agency or organization. Prerequisite: junior standing; departmental consent. Graded on S/U basis only.

WGST 4965 - Special Readings in Women's and Gender Studies

Elective Course: no General Education Credit

Independent readings for 1-3 credit hours in Women's and Gender Studies for highly qualified and motivated students. Topic selected in consultation with supervisory faculty member. Repeatable up to 6 hours. Consent of department required.

WGST 4990 - Capstone: Senior Research Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies

Elective Course: no General Education Credit

Seminar for senior students engaged in a research project that brings together individual concerns and the knowledge and critical skills acquired in Women's and Gender Studies courses by emphasizing the interaction of social conditions such as gender, class, ethnicity, race and sexuality. There will be a selection of readings that will lead students to develop a research topic, conduct research and write final monograph for submission at the end of the semester. Consent of department required.


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