Women's and Gender Studies Course Descriptions

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WGS 1011 - Intro to Women & Gender Studie ( I ) - 4 cr.
Provides students with a theoretical foundation for the issues explored in other Women's Studies courses. Topics include the effect of gender dynamics upon: self identity, relationships, family, work and institutions. Students will further develop their reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening skills as they study women's issues from a global perspective within the context of race, class, ethnicity and sexual preference.


WGS 1777 - Topics - 0-4 cr.
Various departments offer topics courses which are applicable to women's studies. Check with the coordinator for current offerings on the schedule.


WGS 2231 - Cultural Anthropology ( I, II ) - 4 cr.
Comparative and contextual study of the diversity and similarity in human behaviors and sociocultural adaptations as these occur throughout the world. This course studies anthropological concepts as tools of analysis in understanding culture, powerful "roles" of culture, cultural patterns and factors leading to cultural change.


WGS 2243 - Women and Religion ( X ) - 4 cr.
Examines the historical and cultural understandings of women in religions of the world. The course emphasizes the work of contemporary women thinkers who are exploring various dimensions of the question of women’s presence, exclusion and contribution to religion. Through historical and comparative study the course will provide both a critical and a constructive understanding of the contributions that women make to religions, as well as the influence of religions on the situation of women in the world. This course will acknowledge the heritage of women’s strength, resistance and celebration in responding to exclusion and oppression and look at some of the ways in which women today are seeking full and authentic participation in the life of their religious traditions and their communities.


WGS 2777 - Topics in Women's Studies - 2-4 cr.
Various departments offer topics courses which are applicable to women's studies. Check with the coordinator for current offerings on the schedule.


WGS 2999 - Women's Studies - 0-4 cr.
Independent Study.


WGS 3324 - African American History I ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
Examines significant topics in African American history from the period of forced migration to the Americas through Reconstruction. Analyzes the roles African Americans of different classes and genders have played in shaping U.S. history.


WGS 3325 - African American History II ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
Examines significant topics in African American history from Reconstruction through the current experience of diverse members of the African diaspora living in the U.S. Analyzes the roles African Americans of different classes and genders have played in shaping U.S. history.


WGS 3350 - Feminism & Globalization - 4 cr.
Explores how European imperialist accounts of experiences by non-European women have been crucial to the formation of culturally dominant ideas about feminism, globalization and the legacy of the colonial state throughout the so-called "Third World." Beginning with a critical and historical overview of feminist theory and practice, the course will trace recent studies, both historical and ethnographic, of how terms such as "women," "religion" and "the body" were radically changed by the colonial projects of the 19th century (e.g. in South Asia and Africa)-projects that are intimately related to contemporary debates on transnational women's movements and globalization.


WGS 3777 - Topics in Women's Studies - 0-8 cr.
Various departments offer topics courses which are applicable to women's studies. Check with the coordinator for current offerings on the schedule.


WGS 4555 - Women & Gender Studies Practic ( WI ) - 0-8 cr.
Provides students with an opportunity to work in an agency/organization as a women's studies intern and to explore areas of interest, such as feminist scholarship, in a seminar format. This course is the capstone course for minors. Prerequisite: WMS 1011


WGS 4777 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Various departments offer topics courses which are applicable to women's studies. Check with the coordinator for current offerings on the schedule.


WGS 4999 - Independent Study - 0-8 cr.
Independent Study.