Women's Studies (WS)

WS100  Dialogue & Diversity: Race & Privilege  (1.0 Credits)  

This learning seminar requires active listening and participation in dialogue about race and privilege. Students gain greater cultural self-awareness and demonstrate perspective-taking. Students will pose more complex questions about ethnic, racial, and other communities outside their own experience. This course is cross-listed with AN100.

WS201  Women & Religion  (3.0 Credits)  

This course will examine the status of women as defined by traditional religion and as reconstructed by feminist theological work. Students will explore the roles of women within the following major religions of the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as within new religious movements, including Wicca. This course is cross-listed with RS201.

WS213  Women & the Bible  (3.0 Credits)  

In this course, the student will investigate selected passages from the Bible that affect or pertain to women. The student will study these texts and traditions from the viewpoint of feminist biblical scholarship. The study will include an introduction to the methodology of feminist hermeneutics, theological traditions about women, as well as a careful study of chosen narratives, speeches, dialogues, and prayers about or by women in the Bible. Applicable to Women’s Studies minor. This course is cross-listed with RS213.

WS217  Women's Literature  (3.0 Credits)  

A study of literary works by women. Explores women’s writing with an emphasis on the relationship of women to society and the developing tradition of feminist and gender criticism. May emphasize a particular tradition, period, genre, or theme at the discretion of the instructor. Applicable to Women’s Studies minor. This course is cross-listed with EN217.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221

WS280  Selected Topics in Women's Studies  (3.0 Credits)  

This course gives the students the opportunity to explore the discipline of women's studies in depth. Special areas of study will be based on student interest. One topic will be explored intensively for the total course content. The course may be repeated for the majoring or minoring student when differing topics are offered.

WS311  Shaping Lives: Women & Gender  (3.0 Credits)  

This interdisciplinary course considers gender as both a critical field of inquiry and as a social construct that influences experiences, relationships, and outcomes of women in society. The course is organized around three main themes: (1) foundations for understanding women and gender; (2) the six institutions that impact and are impacted by women (e.g., work, education, politics); and (3) leadership and activism. Emphasis on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior status.

WS315  Integrative Women's Health  (3.0 Credits)  

This course examines current women’s health issues throughout the life span in the integrative/holistic view. Discuss the impact of women’s health on family, community, and society. The life-span will be divided into three stages: reproductive, pre-reproductive, and post-reproductive with emphasis on various human relations that co-occur with women’s integration of mind, body, and spirit. Encourage learners to closely examine their current health behaviors and attitudes. This course is cross-listed with IH310.

WS318  Women's Leadership Styles  (3.0 Credits)  

Study great women leaders. Focus on identifying the differences by which women process leadership and consider leadership models in a variety of situations through role-play exercises and case studies. This course is cross-listed with BU318.

WS320  Gender in Sports  (3.0 Credits)  

Examination of gender-specific issues surrounding participation in sports that includes epidemiology of injuries, psychosocial aspect of athletes, physiological conditions, and biomechanics of the body. This course is cross-listed with ES320. Offered alternating spring semesters.

WS325  Gender & Crime  (3.0 Credits)  

The role of gender in the criminal justice system is explored. The course will focus on women as victims, offenders, and in career roles in the system itself. An analysis of the changing roles of men and women in society, new legal and cultural perspectives, and contemporary gender issues in the context of crime and justice will also be examined. This course is cross-listed with CJ325.

Prerequisite(s): CJ111.

WS350  Hispanic Women in Life & Literature  (3.0 Credits)  

Studies the image of Hispanic women as presented in literature and society by male and female writers. Comparison and contrast of roles of women in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. Readings in Spanish. Applicable to Women's Studies minor. This courses is cross-tallied with SP350.

Prerequisite(s): For Spanish majors: SP221 and SP222 or equivalent or permission of the chair.

WS370  Women & Work  (3.0 Credits)  

This course will examine the meaning of paid work in women’s lives. Specific topics examined will include: sexual segregation and stratification in the workplace; power and leadership; sexuality at work; gender discrimination; sexual harassment; work-family issues; and stress and health. This course is-cross-listed with AN370.