Courses

Judges PanelThe Women’s Studies program is committed to providing a curriculum, co-curricular programming, community activities and program governance that are feminist. We understand feminist efforts to be those that critically analyze the conditions of women’s lives and that intentionally and consistently promote the flourishing of girls and women of all abilities, ages, classes, ethnicities, nationalities, races, religions and sexualities.


Courses
(N.B.: All Women’s Studies classes except WS 450 meet the Global Social and Cultural Analysis requirement)

WS-100 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S STUDIES (4)
Using feminist perspectives and scholarship, this interdisciplinary course examines the experiences of women in the United States, analyzes institutions and practices that affect women and develops connections to women in other cultures.

WS-110 INTRODUCTION TO QUEER STUDIES (4)
An examination of interdisciplinary work in the field of queer studies about the making of marginalized identities, communities, and practices variously referred to as: queer, dyke, gay, intersexed, lesbian, transgendered, faggot, transsexual, butch/femme, two-spirit, third sex, hijra, tomboi, homosexual, sissies, bisexual, and gender queer, as well the concurrent construction of normative and non-normative heterosexual identities.

WS-200 INTERSECTIONAL RESEARCH METHODS (4)
This course introduces students to research methods, critical techniques and theoretical approaches commonly utilized by Women’s Studies scholars.
Prerequisite: 100 or permission of the instructor

WS-202 PSYCHOLOGY OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR (4)
Study of psychological determinants and consequences of human sexual behavior. Attitudinal and emotional factors will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102
(Cross-listed with PSY-202)

WS-204 READING THE BIBLE WITH WOMEN (4)
What role do women play in the Bible? What does it mean to listen for their voices? How have their roles been understood through history? The Bible is full of captivating female characters who often play pivotal roles in biblical narratives and poetry. We will study the dynamic function that several of these women play in the biblical text, and we will also consider what they reveal about the lives of women in ancient Israel and early Christianity. This course will also consider their fascinating history of interpretation. These women have long captured the imagination of commentators, poets, artists, and playwrights, and their “afterlives” provide a window into the changing and contested roles of women in society. This course requires no prior knowledge of the Bible. The major assignment of this course will be the creation and production of a digital story about a woman biblical character and her interpretation.
(Cross-listed with REL-204).

WS-210 SCIENCE, RELIGION AND WOMEN (4)
A consideration of various topics of mutual interest to science and religion, such as creation, origins of life, medical ethics and environmental concerns. Special emphasis will be given to the roles of women in the sciences and to the feminist science debate.
(Cross-listed with REL-210)

WS-211 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (4)
The family as a basic social institution. The range of alternative behaviors in contemporary family life. Role relationships within the family and changes in family patterns. Family organization in different social classes, ethnic groups and utopian communities.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with SOC-211)

WS-215 MODERN ARCHITECTURE (4)
Consideration of the key developments in architecture and urban design from the mid-19th century through post-modernism
Prerequisite: ART-150 or permission of instructor
(Cross-listed with ART-215)

WS-216 TOPICS IN BLACK WRITING (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
Exploration of the varieties of American and international black writing across literary periods (for example, Black Women Writers or The Literature of the African Diaspora).
(Cross-listed with AS-216 and ENG-216)

WS-217 TOPICS IN LITERATURE AND EMPIRE (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies) 
Exploration of themes of colonization and imperialism across periods and genres (for example, The Adventure Novel, Narratives of the Empire and Orientalist Texts and Contexts).
(Cross-listed with ENG-217)

WS-218 QUEER LITERATURE (4)
Definitions of identity based on sexuality are relatively recent; in this course, we will survey the historical and social construction of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer identities in literature. Situating texts into frames of literary, social, and cultural representations of queerness, we will historicize the development of non-heteronormative sexual and gender identities in an effort to illustrate that our contemporary ideas about sexuality and LGBTQ identities are informed by various academic disciplines, cultural influences, and political ideologies.
(Cross-listed with ENG-224)

WS-219 WOMEN IN WORLD MUSIC (4)
An historical and sociological overview of the various roles women have played in music in cultures around the world as composers, performers, teachers, entertainers and patrons, etc., from antiquity to the present day, with emphasis on non-Western traditions. It is highly recommended that students take 106 prior to enrolling in this course.
(Cross-listed with MUS-219)

WS-220 EUROPEAN WOMEN SINCE THE MIDDLE AGES (4)
Experiences of and ideas about European women in the public and private spheres from the late Middle Ages through the 20th century.
(Cross-listed with HIS-220)

WS-221 TOPICS IN WOMEN AND LITERATURE (4)
Women as authors and subjects in literature. Gender as a central factor of analysis.
(Cross-listed with ENG-220)

WS-224 FEMINISMS AND RELIGION (4)
The roles of women in shaping religious history from the ancient to the modern period, accompanied by the development of feminist theories in various world religions. Primary historical writings and theological statements, as well as contemporary cultural expressions.
(Cross-listed with REL-224)

WS-225 TOPICS IN WOMEN’S HEALTH (4)
This course will examine women’s health issues from scientific and sociopolitical perspectives. This course meets the second science requirement.
(Cross-listed with PH-225)

WS-229 TOPICS IN FILM STUDY (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
Approaches to film from the viewpoints of history, genre and technique.
(Cross-listed with ENG-230)

WS-230 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN (4)
Critical review of psychological theory and research toward an understanding of the cognitive, social and emotional behavior of women.
Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102
(Cross-listed with PSY-230)

WS-231 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER (4)
Survey of the history, basic theories and recent research integrating these key concepts for modern society. Systematic examination of the effects of these variables on different groups in society.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with AS-230 and SOC-230)

WS-235 WOMEN AND THE LAW (4)
Selected aspects of American constitutional and statutory law that have a particular impact on women. Likely topics include: legal guarantees of race and gender equality, employment discrimination (including sexual harassment), affirmative action, marriage, rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, pornography and prostitution.

WS-240 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)
Explore key applied, research, and theoretical models of effective intra- and intergroup cultural contact with a global focus.
Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102
(Cross-listed with AS-240 and PSY-240)

WS-242 A MULTICULTURAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN WOMEN (4)
Experiences of and ideas about women in the United States since the colonial period, with special emphasis on how gender has historically intersected with women’s race, class, ethnic, sexual and regional identities.
(Cross-listed with HIS-242)
(Not open to students who have taken HIS/WS-330)

WS-243 GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY (4)
This course examines constructions and performance of gender in Greece and Rome in both the public and private spheres. Sources will include primary historical, medical, and literary writings, material culture, and scholarly analyses.
(Cross-listed with CLA-243)

WS-245 MARRIAGE, SEXUALITY AND POWER IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (4)
This course reviews marriage around the world, such as polygyny, monogamy, polyandry, and homosexual and heterosexual unions, and discusses the consequences for emotional bonds, power, sexuality, children, and financial arrangements.
(Cross-listed with ANT-245)

WS-252 AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN’S HISTORY (4)
An examination of African American women's experiences from slavery to the present,
considering the changing historical conditions under which black women challenged racism and sexism and fought for self-determination and autonomy.
(Cross-listed with AS-252 and HIS-252)

WS-263 TOPICS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (4)
A detailed, critical analysis of a specific topic in Women’s Studies. Previous topics have included: Theorizing the Female Body, Women in Families, Marginalized Women Redefining Feminism, and Audre Lorde: Challenging and Transforming Feminist Thought. Course may be repeated for credit when subject matter warrants.
Prerequisite: WS-100

WS-304 WOMEN AS ARTISTS AND PATRONS FROM THE 12TH TO THE 17TH CENTURIES (4)
Introduction to the role of women as both creators and sponsors of works of art. Not only were women the ambivalent object of portrayal from Eve to the Virgin, but also a force behind the pen and parchment. In monastic settings, women copied and illuminated manuscripts and when promoted to abbess, could become as powerful as Hildegard of Bingen. Queens and aristocratic women were avid patrons in the later Medieval period. By the Renaissance and Baroque periods, we encounter a host of painters and sculptors whose names have finally joined the ranks of the “old masters.”
Prerequisite: ART-150 and a 200-level course or permission of instructor
(Cross-listed with ART-304)

WS-306 AUTHORIAL STUDIES (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
Focuses on the work of one or two major figures in context (for example, Chaucer, Milton, Austen, Richardson and Fielding or Morrison).
(Cross-listed with ENG-306 when topic applies)

WS-310 FEMINISM AND SEXUALITY (4)
Feminism is understood by many to have implications for understanding not only gender, but sexuality as well. This course explores these implications by investigating such issues as the social construction of sex, gender and sexuality; heterosexuality as a site of women’s oppression; lesbianism as feminist practice; and queer theory.
Prerequisite: one course in women’s studies

WS-312 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
Study in selected areas of theatre history, dramatic literature, dramatic theory or performance theory. May be repeated if subject matter varies.
(Cross-listed with THE-313)

WS-313 GENDER POLITICS (4)
Engagement with the theoretical and empirical literature on women, gender and politics. Topics include representation, sexuality and reproductive politics and gender politics at the local and global levels. Uses feminist theory to understand politics.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 strongly recommended
(Cross-listed with POL-313)

WS-317 STUDIES IN RESTORATION AND 18TH-CENTURY LITERATURE (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
Thematic, generic or period studies (for example: The Colonial Imagination or Forms of Fiction).
(Cross-listed with ENG-317 when topic applies)

WS-322 STUDIES IN 19TH-CENTURY LITERATURE (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies) 
Thematic, generic or period studies (for example, Victorian Historicism, The Realist Novel or 19th-Century Poetry), including courses that combine British and American literature.
(Cross-listed with ENG-322)

WS-325 STUDIES IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies) 
Thematic, generic or period studies (for example, The African-American Novel or Major African-American Writers)
(Cross-listed with ENG-325 when topic applies and AS-325)

WS-327 GENDER AND THE EUROPEAN UNION (4)
This course will introduce students to major gender policies in the European Union, which may include: work and family policy, maternity and parental leaves, childcare, domestic violence, prostitution and trafficking in women, sexual harassment, immigration and asylum policy, enlargement policy, foreign, security, and development policy, gender mainstreaming, as well as women’s leadership in the EU setting.
Prerequisite: one 300-level course, POL-201 or POL-326
(Cross-listed with POL-427)

WS-334 SEX, GENDER AND EMBODIMENT IN BUDDHISM (4)
This course examines the ways that different Buddhist societies have addressed the challenges of human sexuality, gender, and physical embodiment. Attention will be given to Buddhism in India, Tibet, and America.
Prerequisite: one course in Asian Religions
(Cross-listed with REL-334)

WS-340 CONTEMPORARY FEMINIST THEORY (4)
A cross-disciplinary study of feminist theorists representing a variety of approaches.
Prerequisite: 100 or any philosophy course
(Cross-listed with PHI-340)

WS-343 FAMILY, LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN PREMODERN EUROPE (4)
The social and cultural history of families, love and marriage in Europe prior to 1800. Topics include: family and marriage structures; developing gender identities; sexuality; patriarchy; childhood, adolescence and old age; family planning; celibacy and virginity; family, sex and law.
(Cross-listed with HIS-343)

WS-344 STUDIES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
Thematic, generic or period studies (for example, The American Renaissance or American Realism and Naturalism).
Prerequisite: 200-level literature course
(Cross-listed with ENG-345 when topic applies)

WS-345 STUDIES IN GENDER AND SEXUALITY (4)
Exploration of constructions and representations of gender and sexual identities in literature (for example, Lesbian Novel, American Genders and Sexualities).
(Cross-listed with ENG-340)

WS-347 RENAISSANCE ITALY: IDEAS, CULTURE, AND LIVED EXPERIENCE (4)
This class explores the intellectual and artistic movements of the Renaissance and the society that gave rise to these movements by considering how changes in culture, politics, religion, and the economy influenced daily life while shaping art, literature, and science.
(Cross-listed with HIS-347)

WS-350 STUDIES IN MODERNISM (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
Thematic or generic studies (for example, Modern Poetry, or Virginia Woolf and Modernism).
(Cross-listed with ENG-350 when topic applies)

WS-351 TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY GERMAN LIFE AND THOUGHT (4)
This course investigates the memory of the Holocaust and its impact on postwar German politics, society, and culture through a series of memoirs and autobiographies.
Prerequisite: GER-210
(Cross-listed with GER-351)

WS-354 CHINESE WOMEN ON FILM: HISTORY AND THE CINEMATIC IMAGINATION (4)
This course examines the history of women and gender in China as depicted in film. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which modernization, imperialism, and globalization have shaped women’s roles and representations of women throughout the 20th century.
(Cross-listed with HIS-354)

WS-355 STUDIES IN 20TH-CENTURY AND CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies) 
Studies of themes in recent literature (for example, Postmodernism, Transatlantic Literature or Postwar Literature).
(Cross-listed with ENG-355)

WS-356 COMPARATIVE BLACK FEMINISMS (4)
Interdisciplinary analysis and critique of the history of ideas which make up African and African Diasporic feminist thought and practice.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with SOC-356 and AS-356)

WS-360 GLOBAL FEMINISMS (4)
This interdisciplinary course explores global/transnational feminist issues as individual and collective practices and as organized movements.
Prerequisite: WS-100, or permission of the instructor

WS-363 ADVANCED TOPICS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (4)
A detailed, critical analysis of a specific topic in Women’s Studies designed for students with significant background in Women’s Studies and/or advanced undergraduates.
Prerequisite: WS-340 or permission of instructor.

WS-365 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
Topic changes by semester, as determined in advance by the instructor and in consultation with the French faculty. This course may be repeated as specific content varies.
Prerequisite: FRE-230, any one of FRE-241, FRE-242, FRE-243
(Cross-listed with FRE-390 when topic applies)

WS-370 TOPICS IN ETHNIC AMERICAN LITERATURE (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
A critical analysis of a specific topic, genre, or period in Latino literature and other English-language media produced in the United States. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Prerequisite: ENG-110
(Cross-listed with SPA-370 and ENG-370 when topic applies)

WS-371 WOMEN, HEALTH AND SOCIETY (4)
Cross-cultural concepts of women’s bodies and health, including reproduction and child care, health practitioners and disease. Focus on gender, ethnic and class differences in health, health concepts and health practices.
Prerequisite: ANT-101 or SOC-101
(Cross-listed with ANT-371)

WS-375 HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE NEW SOUTH (4)
Political, social and economic experiences of Southern US women since the Civil War, with special attention to issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Students will conduct oral history and original research and will explore perceptions and misperceptions of Southern womanhood.
(Cross-listed with HIS-375)

WS-380 CONTEMPORARY ART AND THEORY (4)
Examination of key artists and theories in the art of the last three decades. Issues include: postmodernism, feminism and multiculturalism. Visits to museums and/or area galleries are integrated into the course.
Prerequisite: ART-150 and a 200-level art course or permission of the instructor
(Cross-listed with ART-380)

WS-390 THE WORLD AS CLASSROOM (4)
Students in this class will draw on 10 hours per week in an internship setting of their choosing to enrich their participation in a weekly seminar that utilizes feminist frameworks to connect learning outside the classroom with thoughtful reflection and grounded theory inside the classroom.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

WS-395 AFRICAN-AMERICAN IMAGES IN POPULAR CULTURE (4)
Emphasis given to the influence of race on U.S. culture and the interplay of race and culture with politics.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with AS-370, SOC-370)

WS-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

WS-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

WS-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

WS-470 GENDER AND EDUCATION (4)
This course examines how gender has affected theories of education, educational policies, school organization, curricula, pedagogy, and achievement within the US and internationally.
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, WS 100 or an education course, or permission of instructor
(Cross-listed with EDU-470)

WS-481 TOPICS IN HISPANIC THEMES (4)
(when topic falls under Women’s Studies)
A detailed critical analysis of a specific topic, genre or period in Spanish or Latin American literatures and other media. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Prerequisite: SPA-323
(Cross-listed with SPA-480 when topic applies)

WS-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.