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Courses - Fall 2016
WMST
Women's Studies Department Site
WMST200
Introduction to Women's Studies: Women and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
An interdisciplinary study of the status, roles, and experiences of women in society. Sources from a variety of fields such as literature, psychology, history, and anthropology, focusing on the writings of women.
WMST250
Introduction to Women's Studies: Women, Art and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
An examination of women's creative powers as expressed in selected examples of music, film, art, drama, poetry, fiction, and other literature. Explores women's creativity in relation to families, religion, education, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and within a cultural tradition shaped by women.
WMST255
Reading Women Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: ENGL250.
Credit only granted for: WMST255 or ENGL250.
Explores literary and cultural expressions by women and their receptions within a range of historical periods and genres. Topics such as what does a woman need in order to write, what role does gender play in the production, consumption, and interpretation of texts, and to what extent do women comprise a distinct literary subculture. Interpretation of texts will be guided by feminist and gender theory, ways of reading that have emerged as important to literary studies over the last four decades.
WMST263
Introduction to Black Women's Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: WMST298A, AASP298I, or AASP298S.
Formerly: WMST298A.
Interdisciplinary exploration of Black women, culture and society in the United States. Drawn primarily from the social sciences and history with complementary material from literature and the arts.
WMST275
World Literature by Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: CMLT275.
Credit only granted for: WMST275 or CMLT275.
Comparative study of selected works by women writers of several countries, exploring points of intersection and divergence in women's literary representations.
WMST298D
Women's Bodies in Contention
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
WMST298L
Special Topics in Women's Studies; History of Sexuality in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Also offered as HIST213. Credit only granted for: HIST213, HIST219O, or WMST298L. Formerly: HIST219O. Explores the social construction of sexualities from the first colonial settlement to the modern era in the United States. Analyzes the implications of these understandings for power relations in U.S history.
WMST300
(Perm Req)
Feminist Reconceptualizations of Knowledge
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department; and must be in Women's Studies program.
An examination of how the interdisciplinary study of women and gender has generated new questions, challenged traditional methodologies and offered insights on the ways we come to learn, know, and teach. Explores the impact of feminist thinking on various disciplines.
WMST314
Black Women in United States History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
Also offered as: AASP313.
Credit only granted for: AASP313, AASP498W, HIST329E, WMST314, or WMST498N.
Formerly: WMST498N.
Black American women's history from slavery to the present. Focused on gaining a fuller understanding of the effect of race, class and gender on the life cycles and multiple roles of Black women as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social-change agents.
Also offered as AASP313 and HIST329E. Credit granted for AASP313, WMST314 and HIST329E.
WMST319A
Workshops in Women's Studies; Making is Fun in Women's Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A feminist Maker's Movement picks up threads from many women's practices across time and space. The digital amid fibers can be as old at the Ande an khipu, an ancient recording device of knots and threads, and as recen t as making your own Lilypad arduino board, sewn from electronic pieces. Practice and play are learning at its most immersive and important, reco gnized today as pivotal to adult thinking processes in making, feeling, sharing, and changing the world.
WMST325
The Sociology of Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOCY courses.
Also offered as: SOCY325.
Credit only granted for: SOCY325 or WMST325.
Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.
WMST336
Psychology of Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Also offered as: PSYC336.
Credit only granted for: PSYC336 or WMST336.
A study of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC students or WMST students only.
WMST348C
Literary Works by Women; Science Fiction by Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Also offered as ENGL348C. Credit granted for ENGL348C or WMST348C.
WMST350
(Perm Req)
Feminist Pedagogy
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department.
General application of feminist methodology to teaching and communication skills, teaching strategies, motivation, classroom dynamics and knowledge of students' development and learning styles.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST379A
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WMST379B
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WMST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Must have Learning Proposal approved by Women's Studies Academic Advisor; and junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST400
Theories of Feminism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course in WMST; or must have completed a course cross-listed with a WMST course.
A study of the multiplicity of feminist theories which have been developed to explain women's position in the family, the workplace, and society. Major feminist writings are considered in the context of their historical moment and in the context of the intellectual traditions to which they relate.
WMST448A
Literature by Women of Color; Caribbean Literature by Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: two English courses in literature or permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL448A and LASC448A. Credit will be granted for only one of the only following: ENGL448A, LASC448A or WMST448A.
WMST452
Women in the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DVUP
Also offered as: JOUR452.
Credit only granted for: JOUR452 or WMST452.
Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.
WMST456
Women and Society in the Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: Prior coursework in Middle East studies or gender studies.
Also offered as: HIST492.
Credit only granted for: HIST492 or WMST456.
Examines the customs, values and institutions that have shaped women's experience in the Middle East in the past and in the contemporary Middle East.
WMST468L
Feminist Cultural Studies; From Lenin to Pussy Riot: Gendering (Post) Soviet Russia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as HIST419I. Credit granted for WMST468L or HIST419I.

Following the Russian revolution (1917-1918), Bolshevik leaders articulated the organizing principles of the new Soviet socialist state, among them complete gender equality. Not surprisingly, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 so too did most of its founding principles - including the fiction of gender equality. In Gendering (Post) Socialism we will use film, literature, visual art, and theatre to explore the politics of gender as they developed under Russian socialism and post-socialism.
WMST471
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
CORE: D
Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-Women's Studies department; or must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Also offered as: HLTH471.
Credit only granted for: HLTH471 or WMST471.
The women's health movement from the perspective of consumerism and feminism. The physician-patient relationship in the gynecological and other medical settings. The gynecological exam, gynecological problems, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, breast and cervical cancer and surgical procedures. Psychological aspects of gynecological concerns.
Also offered as: HLTH471H.
WMST488P
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Gendering Postmodern Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WMST498A
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Community Interventions: Domestic Violence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WMST498B
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; American Poetry: Beginning to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department. Also offered as ENGL435 and LGBT459M. Credit granted for ENGL435, LGBT459M, or WMST498B.
WMST498G
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST429E and LASC448E. Credit only granted for HIST429E, LASC448E, or WMST498G. Historical study of gender in Latin America from the colonial period to the present, focusing on changes over time in how women were subordinated and on how gender relations were related to broader political, economic, and social changes.
WMST498J
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Contemporary Chinese and Chinese-American Cinema on Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ARTH488C and FILM429C. Credit granted for ARTH488C, FILM429C, or WMST498J.

Through a transnational study of major filmmakers from mainland China to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora, the course is intended to consider issues of female cinematic authorship, gender and sexuality in cinematic representation, power and knowledge, negotiations of local and global cultural politics.
WMST499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST601
(Perm Req)
Approaches to Women's Studies I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: WMST400; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Examines two fundamental concepts in women's studies: intersectionality and interdisciplinarity. Looks at how feminisms have shaped and been shaped by knowledge-production within and across disciplinary boundaries, cultures, and paradigms. Develops an appreciation of intersectional theory as a critical research tool and as a set of responses to issues of power, domination, oppression and other loci of difference.
WMST618
(Perm Req)
Feminist Pedagogy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. For WMST major onlys.
WMST619
(Perm Req)
Women's Studies Teaching Practicum
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. For WMST majors only.
WMST628
(Perm Req)
WMST699
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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WMST709
(Perm Req)
Directed Independent Reading for Major Field Exam
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: S-F
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WMST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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WMST898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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WMST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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