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Women's Studies Minor

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2014. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 21
The women's studies minor is designed to acquaint students with the past and present status, contributions, and concerns of women and to familiarize students with feminist theories.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
NOTE: Only 3 credits from WS 3891 may be counted toward the WS minor. Only 6 credits from WS 3897 may be counted toward the WS minor. Students may apply no more than 9 credits total toward the WS minor from the following courses: WS 3891, 3896, 3897, 5897, 5991.
Prerequisite Course (3 cr)
WS 1000 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CULT DIV, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
Electives (18 cr)
Students have the option to apply a maximum of 9 credits from the 'WS related courses' area towards the overall 18 elective credits.
WS electives
Students must take at least 9 credits from WS courses.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· WS 2xxx
· WS 3xxx
· WS 4xxx
· WS 5xxx
WS related courses (optional)
Take 0 - 9 credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3450 - American Indian Women [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 2815 - Women Artists in History [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 2763 - Biology of Women [LE CAT5, LECD CAT05, NAT SCI, CDIVERSITY] (2.0 cr)
· CRIM 4323 - Women and Justice (3.0 cr)
· CST 1050 - Freshman Seminar: Bodies and Culture Through Film [LE CAT8] (4.0 cr)
· CST 3080 - Cultural Constructions of the Body (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2581 - Women Writers [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2357 - Women in American History [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07] (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 3118 - Women's Health Issues (3.0 cr)
· POL 3040 - Women and Politics (3.0 cr)
· PSY 2223 - Gender in Society [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3215 - Topics in Human Sexuality (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3540 - Psychology of Food Abuse (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4925 - Sociology of Rape (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems (3.0 cr)
· SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy (2.0 cr)
 
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WS 1000 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CULT DIV, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to discipline of Women's Studies - key concept, issues, and debates. Examination of the interaction of gender with class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, and geographic location; and the way each of these is socialized. Examination of historical and current national and transnational issues as they relate to women and gender, and of the institutions that shape and impact women and gender roles and relations, including academia. Critical analysis skills.
AMIN 3450 - American Indian Women (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
American Indian women in tribal societies before and after European contact; Indian women as stewards of knowledge, tradition, and society; impact of colonization; traditional and contemporary female leadership. prereq: minimum 30 credits; credit will not be granted if already received for 3250.
ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Worldwide survey of the structure of gender systems, focusing on women's lives in selected, primarily non-Western, cultures, how gender relations are impacted by colonialism, industrialism, and economic development prereq: 1604, minimum 30 credits
ARTH 2815 - Women Artists in History (LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Survey of contributions women have made in the visual arts throughout history.
BIOL 2763 - Biology of Women (LE CAT5, LECD CAT05, NAT SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of biology unique to women. Evolution of sex and gender; sex determination, differentiation, and development; sexual brain differences; anatomy and physiology; menstruation; oogenesis; ovulation; fertilization; pregnancy and birthing; birth control; menopause; aging; cancer; and nutrition. (2 hrs lect) prereq: 1012
CRIM 4323 - Women and Justice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Women's involvement in the civil and criminal justice systems, both historic and contemporary, primarily in the United States. Attention given to women as criminal and civil defendants, issues of women's civil rights, and to women practitioners within each system. Intersection of social class, gender and race/ethnicities. prereq: 1301 or SOC 1101 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, 60 credits, or instructor consent, no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 4323
CST 1050 - Freshman Seminar: Bodies and Culture Through Film (LE CAT8)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores the ways in which our bodies are culturally constructed through gender, race, and sexual orientation. Using documentary film as a primary pedagogical tool, attention will focus on how marginalization is embodied in everyday life. prereq: Freshman, fewer than 30 credits.
CST 3080 - Cultural Constructions of the Body
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Contemporary cultural constructions of the human body. How biology and culture intersect in body building, menstruation, childbirth, and tattooing. Students gain skills in reading the body as social text and learn core theoretical approaches to cultural studies of the body. prereq: Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
ENGL 2581 - Women Writers (LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Feminist reading of selected plays, poetry, prose (including critical works) written by women writers. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent
GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Analysis of German written and visual texts and exploration of women's oppression within repressive political systems as well as Western democracies; women's exploration of their selves; and the question of whether there is a "female writing". Conducted in German. prereq: 2301 or instructor consent; no grad credit
HIST 2357 - Women in American History (LE CAT7, LECD CAT07)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Roles and contributions of women in American life from colonial period to present.
HLTH 3118 - Women's Health Issues
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of American women's health issues. Role of women as patients and as health care providers. Language, politics, and economics of women's health care. Comparison of American women's health status to that of women around the world. prereq: Minimum 30 credits
POL 3040 - Women and Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Women's political status; implications of women's role in political process; women as political actors; feminist critique and vision of politics. prereq: 45 cr or instructor consent
PSY 2223 - Gender in Society (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Sociocultural, historical, and developmental formations of men's and women's roles and experiences in society. Effects on personality, interpersonal relationships, and life choices.
PSY 3215 - Topics in Human Sexuality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01438 - Psy 3215/3216
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Biological and psychosocial factors relating to human sexuality, sexual functioning, gender, and related issues. Group discussion of societal factors, values, and attitudes and their impact on behavior. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3540 - Psychology of Food Abuse
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic understanding of eating disorders: obesity, binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, and social, psychological, and physical influences on normal and abnormal eating. Social evaluation of obesity. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
SOC 4925 - Sociology of Rape
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Social, moral, and legal definitions and implications of rape. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, 60 cr, or instructor consent
SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, min 60 cr, or grad student or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Status and experiences in society through the exploration of gender identities, systems, and social structures. Topics include politics, discrimination, family, education, workplace, popular culture, and changing definitions of gender. Emphasis on the expectations and performance of masculinity/femininity and the intersection of gender, race, and class. Some consideration given to global explorations and international comparisons. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, min 60 cr, or grad student or instructor consent
SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Policies affecting the well-being of women; strategies for better meeting women's needs. Focuses on policies that affect women's roles and statuses within the domestic unit and within larger economic and political spheres. prereq: Jr or sr or Grad or instructor consent