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Courses - Fall 2017
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.
WMST265
Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Investigates the ways that African Americans are represented and constructed in public and private spheres and explores the social constructions and representations of Black manhood and womanhood from various disciplinary perspectives.
Also offered as AASP298B. Credit only granted for AASP298B or WMST265. Investigates the ways that African Americans are represented and constructed in public and private spheres and explores the social constructions and representations of Black manhood and womanhood from various disciplinary perspectives.
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.
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.
WMST319B
Workshops in Women's Studies; Feminists Think, Act, Challenge
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores genealogies of feminist thinkers and activists from diverse groups of women of color, including Native American, Asian American, Chicana, and Black feminists. Building on their achievements and histories, students will articulate ways to create new feminist movements for our time, thinking, acting, and challenging state sponsored regimes of terror and oppression.
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.
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
WMST379D
Topics in Women's Studies; Latinidad: History, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Place Across the Life Course
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as USLT318D. Credit granted for USLT318D or WMST379D. As of 2012, Hispanics and Latinos make up about 17% of the total U.S. population. Significant within group differences exist by national origin, place of birth, socioeconomic status in country of origin, racial phenotype, and educational attainment of family of origin. In this course, students will become informed on the historicity and heterogeneity within and among Latino subgroups by gender, race, nativity and class; become familiar with the contemporary theoretical discourse on understanding the social location of Latino/Hispanic subgroups including diasporic immigration patterns; and, critically analyze and understand the interplay of ethnicity, race, gender and class in formation and civic and political participation.
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.
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.
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.
WMST488L
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; From Lenin to Pussy Riot: Gendering Post Soviet Russia
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
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)
WMST698O
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Black Sexualities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as AMST628B. Credit granted for AMST628B or WMST698O.

An interdisciplinary and intersectional seminar on black sex and sexualities in the West. We will approach sex and sexuality as charged sites of social relationssites where power, pleasure, vulnerability, abjection, violence, knowledge, and freedom are produced and negotiated. The course curriculum will include visual culture, fiction, music, histories of sexualities, black feminist theory, sociology, queer of color critique, performance theory, affect studies, critical pornography
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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