Graduate Catalog

WGST 7001 - Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate-level exploration of topics, issues or review of research in any area of Women's and Gender Studies and/or experimental development of new content areas. Graduate standing required. The last digit of the course number indicates the division of the course.

7001 - General
7003 - Behavioral Sciences
7004 - Social Sciences
7005 - Humanities & Fine Arts

WGST 7020 - Studies in Feminist Thought

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. Graduate standing is required.

WGST/Sociology 7110 - Feminist Research and Criticism

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. Graduate standing is required.

WGST/Art History and Archaeology 7120 - Women, Art and Society

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/English 7180 - Major Women Writers

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. Maximum of six hours for English/WGST 7180 and 7480.

7186 - Major Women Writers, Beginning - 1603
7187 - Major Women Writers, 1603 - 1789
7188 - Major Women Writers, 1789 - 1890
7189 - Major Women Writers, 1890 - Present

WGST/English 7181 - Themes in Literature by Women

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.

WGST/Sociology 7230 - Women, Development, and Globalization

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.

WGST/History 7310 - Adoption, Child Welfare and the Family, 1850-present

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 7350 - Studies in Gender and the Environment

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/Anthropology 7370 - Anthropology of Gender

The 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 gender are discussed, as are specific case=studies from many different cultures.

WGST/Social Work 7400 - Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence

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 7420 - Studies in Gender, Culture, and Politics

Examines ethical issues, social policies and politics, and cultural practices affecting women in specific national and global contexts. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Recent offerings have included The Politics of Reproduction and Fertility Control.

WGST/English/Black Studies 7480 - Major African Diaspora Women Writers

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 7180 and 7480.

7487 - Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1603 - 1789
7488 - Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1789 - 1890
7489 - Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1890 - Present

WGST/Peace Studies/Sociology 7550 - Gender and Human Rights in Cross Cultural Perspective

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. Graduate standing required.

WGST 7600 - Studies in Women and Health

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. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

WGST 7640 - Studies in Gender and Performance

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: graduate standing.

WGST/History 7660 - European Women in the 20th Century

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/Journalism 7716 - Women and the Media

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/Religious Studies 7750 - Women, Religion and Culture

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. Traditions studied include Christianity, Islam, contemporary pagan communities, and Native American traditions. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

WGST/English 7780 - Women's Folklore and Feminist Theory

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 787x - 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 the subject matter of the course.

4873 - Behavioral Science
4874 - Social Science
4875 - Humanities

WGST 8001 - Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate-level exploration of topics, issues or review of research in any area of Women's and Gender Studies and/or experimental development of new content areas. Graduate standing required. The last digit of the course number indicates the division of the course.

8001 - General
8003 - Behavioral Sciences
8004 - Social Sciences
8005 - Humanities & Fine Arts

WGST 8020 - Graduate Feminist Theory

What is feminist theory? What does feminist writing have to teach us about relations of domination and subordination in our increasingly complex world? How do various feminist theories address categories of subjectivity, embodiment, vision, language, labor, power, and culture? How is feminist theory related to everyday experience? These are some of the questions we will respond to as we survey major topics, approaches, and debates in feminist theory with an eye toward exploring intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Although we will be reading some foundational mid-century texts, the majority of the assigned readings will be drawn from contemporary feminist writing. Paying particular attention to theoretical confluences and divergences among feminists, as well as the conditions under which theoretical works are produced, we will explore the texts and contexts of feminist theories including black feminism, feminist theories of embodiment, postmodern feminism, queer theory, psychoanalytic feminism, feminist postcolonial theory, transnational feminism, feminist visual theory, materialist/Marxist feminism, and poststructuralist feminist literary theory.

WGST 8040 - Seminar: Problems & Issues in Feminist Scholarship

This course is a broad based exploration of a range of current feminist scholarship, both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Issues of identity and difference, community and change are explored through the complicating lenses of race and sexuality. Consent of instructor required. This is the interdisciplinary core course for the graduate minor in Women's and Gender Studies. For more information, see Graduate Minor.

WGST 8060 - New Directions in Feminist Theory

Offers in-depth exploration of a recent direction in feminist theory. Students will learn a specific feminist approach to scholarship. Theory explored will change based on the semester and professor teaching the course. Graduate standing required.

WGST/English/Black Studies 8400 - Women Writers of the African Diaspora

Beginning with Phillis Wheatley black women writers have produced some of the earliest creative, political, scholarly, religious, and personal/public works. As a result, their collective and particular voices have marked the produced some of richest cultural and intellectual contexts of our time. Clearly, their engagement with the most critical issues of their generations-sexuality, oppression, exploitation, violence, slavery, freedom, social progress, racism, aesthetics, and economics, to name a few-remain an important part of our contemporary and ongoing dialogue with the racialized politics of class, and gender. This graduate course studies closely the works of these early women writers and their contribution to a developing cannon of black women's literature-especially in the mid-to-late 19th century. Readings include poetry, drama, essays, speeches, novel, political tracts, spiritual autobiography as well as videos and other secondary readings and sources. Assignments include class discussion, short informal responses, one oral presentation, a bibliographic and critical essay-article length for submission to scholarly journal.

WGST 8405 - Readings in Feminist and Gender Studies

Graduate-level exploration of concentrated readings that address gender, sexuality, and/or feminist theory within a specific disciplinary area. May be repeated for credit.

WGST/English/Black Studies 8410 - Africana Theory and Literature Criticism: Black Feminist/Womanist Thought

Modern and contemporary Africana Diaspora criticism and theory including the diverse approaches to literary and cultural studies. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

WGST/Human Development and Family Studies 8620 - Work and Family Seminar

Interaction of family life and income-producing work with attention to how these interconnections vary by social class, gender, race/ethnicity, and age.

WGST/Human Development and Family Studies 8630 - Gendered Relations in Families

From a feminist perspective, the roles of gender in shaping family life experience and of family life experience in shaping gender will be explored. Prerequisite: graduate standing; instructor's consent. Graded on A/F basis only.

WGST 8965 - Problems in Women's and Gender Studies

Directed individual study on selected topics for qualified graduate students. Plan of study subject to approval by supervising faculty. Consent of department required.

WGST 9001 - Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate-level exploration of topics, issues or review of research in any area of Women's and Gender Studies and/or experimental development of new content areas.

WGST/Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis 9440 - Race, Gender, Ethnicity in Higher Education

This course is designed to focus on historical and current issues of race, gender, and ethnicity in colleges and universities. Issues faced by students, faculty, and staff will be included. Issues of access and equity will be explored, as will the salience of diversity in a higher education setting.