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Women's Studies

Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that takes gender as its central category of analysis, and works to re-frame the place of gender as foundation to the workings of social, cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic systems.

Related courses outside the department include ENG 260 (Introduction to Women Writers); ENG 222 (Images of Women in Literature) and HST 204 (History of Women in the U.S.: Pre-colonial to 1877).


Course Name Credits Description
WS 101 Women's Studies 4

Surveys and critically analyzes the position of women in society, in terms of present realities and future possibilities. Provides a framework to connect personal experience with contemporary social and political issues. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

WS 201 Women of the World 4

Examines the position of women in developing countries, using foundational understandings of patriarchy, oppression and the concept that women’s rights are human rights. Explores the reality that it is often the complex interaction of various factors including sex, gender, race, socio-economic status and sexual preference that contribute to the power dynamic. Includes the following topics: the process of gender enculturation, male preference, sexual violence, female circumcision, infanticide, child brides and honor/dowry deaths, economic empowerment, education, ethnocentrism, advocacy, literacy, trafficking and prostitution. Recommended: WS 101. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

WS 202 Activism and Social Change 4

Examines how women have worked to empower girls and women and improve the conditions of their lives. Explores ways that feminist theories have shaped the goals and strategies of social change efforts. Offers an in‐depth look at selected topic areas, connects analysis and personal experience, and prepares students to become effective change agents. Prerequisites: WS 101 or WS 201. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

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Leigh Hancock Writing Instructor
Amanda Webster English, Writing Instructor