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WGST Program Courses
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WGST 2100 Introduction to Women's Studies [minor requirement]
WGST 2500 Women and Leadership
WGST 3000 Women's Leadership Conference Practicum A
WGST 3001 Women's Leadership Conference Practicum B
WGST 3010 Sexuality Studies [track requirement]
WGST 3030 Topics in Sexuality (may be taken more than once)
WGST 3500 Women in the Media
WGST 3900 Women and Globalism
WGST 4200 Symposium in Women's Studies [Topics series; click on course number for topics]
WGST 4500 Feminist Theory [minor requirement]
WGST 4900 Independent Study
[See Enrollment Guide for details.]

Departmental Courses
Not all sections of a given course will earn Women's Studies credit.
See Women's Studies section of schedule book for each term's approved offerings.
ANTH 3710 Topics in Anthropology (approved topics only)
ANTH 3750 Race, Class, and Gender
ANTH 3752 Cultural Images of Gender
ART 4910 Women in Art
CFDS 4140 Violence in the Family
CDFS 4340 The Contemporary Family
CJA 3700 Women, Crime, and Justice Administration
COMM 3225 Gender Communication
COMM 4800 Special Topics in Communication (approved topics only)
EMC 4800 Seminar in Media Issues (approved topics only)
EMC 4820 Gender, Gender, and Class in Media
ENGL 2020 Themes in Literature and Culture (approved topics only)
ENGL 3720 Early Women Writers
ENGL 3725 Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
ENGL 3730 Twentieth-Century Women Writers
ENGL 3735 Black Women as Writers
ENGL 3885 Topics in Gender in Film
ENGL 4900 Selected Topics in Literature and Language (approved topics only)
ENGL 4950 Special Topics in Contemporary Literature (Approved Topics Only)
FREN 3130 Twentieth Century Women Writers in French
HIST 1020 Survey Western Civilization II: (approved topics only)
HIST 3030 Topics in African-American History (approved topics only)
HIST 3070 Topics in World History (approved topics only)
HIST 4770 Women in America to 1890
HIST 4780 Women in America Since 1890
HIST 4790 Women in Europe Since 1700
HIST 4810 History of Women in the Third World
HLTH 4390 Women's Health
HUM 2610 Foreign Literature in Translation (approved topics only)
HUM 3950 Women in the Middle Ages
JOUR 4800 Seminar in Media Issues (approved topics only)
MUHL 4810 Women in Music
PHIL 4250 Philosophy in Gender
PHIL 4800 Readings in Philosophy: Feminist Epistemology
PS 3000 The Political Status of Women in the World
PS 3010 Women and the Law**
PS 4260 The Political Status of Women in the World**
PSY 4620 Psychology of Women
SOC 3400 Gender and Society
SOC 4140 Violence in the Family
SOC 4150 Topics in Sociology (approved topics only)
SOC 4361 Contemporary Issues in Women's Health
SW 3050 Women and Poverty
**Prerequisites are waived for minors taking the course for WGST credit. Students should contact the Political Science Department for the waiver.

Description of Courses in Women's and Gender Studies [WGST]

2100 Introduction to Women's Studies Three credits. Designed to inform and enlighten students about the lives and history of diverse women and the social construction of gender. Areas of study may include work, the family, health, sexuality, violence in women's lives, images of women, and feminist activism. Required for all Women's and Gender Studies minors.

2500 Women and Leadership Three credits. An exploration of the concepts of leadership and followership through historical, contemporary, and personal perspectives as they apply to women. Provides an opportunity to examine, evaluate, and enhance personal leadership skills. WGST 2100 is recommended as a prerequisite, but not required.

3000 Women's Leadership Conference Practicum A Three credits. Theory and concepts of women's leadership through participation in major women's conference. Provides an opportunity to engage in creative planning, decision-making, collaborative and experiential learning, and to assume significant responsibility for conference related to women's issues. No more than 6 hours of practicum and/or independent study may count toward the Women's and Gender Studies minor. Prerequisites: WGST 2100 and permission of instructor. WGST 2500 recommended but not required.

3001 Women's Leadership Conference Practicum B Three credits. Theory and concepts of women's leadership through participation in major women's conference. Provides an opportunity to engage in creative planning, decision-making, and collaborative and experiential learning, and to assume significant responsibility for conference related to women's issues. No more than 6 hours of practicum and/or independent study may count toward the Women's and Gender Studies minor. Prerequisites: WGST 2100, WGST 3000, and POD. WGST 2500 recommended but not required.
 

3010 Sexuality Studies Three credits. Interdisciplinary study of sexuality within a global context, including theories of sex and sexuality and consideration of sexual identities, institutions, regulation, activism, and commerce. Prerequisites; WGST 2100 or POD. Required for all Sexuality Studies track minors. 

3030 Topics in Sexuality Three credits. A selected interdisciplinary subject or focus. Topic will vary each time course is taught. Prerequisites: WGST 2100.

3500 Women in the Media Three credits. An introduction to the subject of women in popular/mass media. Emphases include: images of women in the media; women as producers and consumers of media; the intersections of gender, race, and class in the media; comparative global images and issues; and feminist approaches to media study. Prerequisites: WGST 2100 and 1000/2000 level ENGL requirements or permission of instructor.

3900 Women and Globalism Three credits. Introduces the most relevant issues affecting women globally. Focused survey of the experiences of women around the world. Exposes students to transnational examples and critical ways of thinking about poverty, violence, and resistance. Seeks to further understanding of the global dimensions of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Prerequisite: WGST 2100 and ENGL 1020 or ANTH 2010.

4200 Symposium in Women's Studies Three credits. A variable content course series highlighting contributions of women to various fields and disciplines and exploring special problems that may be encountered by women. Prerequisites: WGST 2100 or junior standing. Additional prerequisites may apply to individual courses within the series.
Specific courses include:
4201: Women and Religion
4202: Lesbian Studies
4205: Women and Science
4206: Women and the Holocaust
4207: Women and the Social Construction of Illness
4209: Desire in History and Literature
4210: Gender and the Environment
4211: Asian-American Women's Literature and Culture
4212: Multicultural Women's Voices
4213: Gender and Horror 

4500 Feminist Theory Three credits. An introduction to major voices, texts, and ideas in the field of feminist theory from the early seventeenth century through the present within the contexts of a variety of critical discourses and emergent critical fields. Intended as a capstone for the minor. Prerequisites: WGST 2100, 1000/2000 level ENGL requirements, and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Required of all Women's and Gender Studies minors.

4900 Independent Study Three credits. A variable content course examining a topic within the study of women or gender not covered in depth in other Women's and Gender Studies courses. Student develops project, conducts research, and confers regularly with the instructor. Student must submit a formal project proposal to be approved by the Women's and Gender Studies Program's Independent Studies Committee at least one semester prior to enrolling for WGST 4900 (not including summer term). Please review the 4900 Enrollment Guide for details. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be taken for credit no more than twice.