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Courses - Spring 2018
WMST
Women's Studies Department Site
Both WMST 200 and 250 serve as introductory courses for WMST and may be required before taking some advanced courses with a WMST prefix.
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.
WMST211
Women in America Since 1880
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: HIST211.
Credit only granted for: HIST211 or WMST211.
An examination of women's changing roles in working class and middle class families, the effects of industrialization on women's economic activities and status, and women's involvement in political and social struggles, including those for women's rights, birth control, and civil rights.
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.
Also offered as WMST263. Credit only granted for AASP298I or WMST263.
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.
WMST298F
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Gender and Financial Well-being
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Meets face-to-face (Jan 30, March 27, April 24) in KEY 0102 and online (Feb 13, Feb 17, and April 10).

Facilitates the development of greater economic acumen among women about systems of finance and economics in the world and encourages women's critical engagement in finance and economics. The course teaches students, especially women students, the nuts and bolts of managing personal finances and encourages students to consider careers in finance, while learning skills needed for leadership.
WMST298J
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Gender & Body in Iran
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as PERS252. Credit only granted for: PERS298A, PERS252, or WMST298J. Formerly: PERS298A. Multidisciplinary approach to key topics concerning gender and body in Iran, to include insights from religion, history, sociology, anthropology, disability studies, travel literature,arts, and fashion. Taught in English.
WMST298N
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Racialized Gender and Rebel Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
How do different forms of media shape the stories which circulate about race, femininities, masculinities, ethnicities, sexualities, religiosity power and difference? How have various media formats been used to disrupt dominant stories, to tell new stories, and to create differing understandings of citizenship? This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of womens studies and an exploration of the ways that media has been used as a platform for racial justice, feminist activism, and cultural transformation, with a principal focus on the expressions of women of color.
WMST298O
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Queer Environmentalism: The Matrix of Aliens and Avatars
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as LGBT298O. Credit only granted for WMST298O or LGBT298O.
WMST320
Women in Classical Antiquity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Also offered as: CLAS320.
Credit only granted for: CLAS320 or WMST320.
A study of women's image and reality in ancient Greek and Roman societies through an examination of literary, linguistic, historical, legal, and artistic evidence; special emphasis on women's role in the family, views of female sexuality, and the place of women in creative art. Readings in primary sources in translation and modern critical writings.
Also offered as CLAS320. Credit granted for WMST320 or CLAS320. A study of women's image and reality in ancient Greek and Roman societies through an examination of literary, linguistic, historical, legal and artistic evidence; special emphasis in women's role in the family, views of female sexuality, and the place of women in creative art. Readings in primary sources in translation and modern critical writings.
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 WMST or PSYC undergraduate students only.
WMST348J
Literary Works by Women; Women and Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Also offered as JWST319C, CMLT398K, and ENGL348J. Credit granted for JWST319C, ENGL348J, CMLT398K, or WMST348J. An exploration of Jewish women and Jewish literacy. What kind of access throughout Jewish history have women had to Jewish languages and literatures, and how has that affected their role in Jewish society? During the modern period, what is the link between Jewish women's authorship and their reading lives? In this class we will study essays, fiction, memoirs, poetry and drama.
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.
WMST379B
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
WMST379E
Topics in Women's Studies; Caribbean Sexualities in a Global World: Querying/Queering Home
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP398Y. Credit only granted for WMST379E or AASP398Y.
WMST379F
Topics in Women's Studies; Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice
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.
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.
WMST471
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, 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.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department; or must be in a major within ARHU-Women's Studies department. Also offered as HLTH471. Credit granted for HLTH471 or WMST471.
WMST488B
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Health Inequality and Social Determinants: How Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender Matter
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WMST498M
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Women and the Civil Rights Movement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP498I and HIST360. Credit granted for WMST498M, AASP498I, or HIST360.
WMST498Y
Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies; Erotics, Dickinson, & American Women Poets
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as ENGL439D and LGBT448Y. Credit granted for ENGL439D, LGBT448Y or WMST498Y.
WMST499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST602
(Perm Req)
Approaches to Women's Studies II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: WMST400; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Continued examination of intersectionality and interdisciplinarity with emphasis on the politics of knowledge production and identity.
WMST618
(Perm Req)
WMST619
(Perm Req)
Women's Studies Teaching Practicum
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
WMST621
(Perm Req)
Feminist Theories and Women's Movements: Genealogies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: WMST400; or permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department.
Examines theories to explain the matrix of domination from the nineteenth century to the present. Students learn the key debates that produceed new insights and shifted the ground of subsequent feminist theorizing within multi-racial feminisms. Examines those debates within global perspectives. Examines how dominant theoretical frameworks have been developed at specific historical moments.
WMST628
(Perm Req)
Women's Studies Colloquium
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
For WMST students only.
WMST699
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST709
(Perm Req)
Directed Independent Reading for Major Field Exam
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.