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).
|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 society from a cross-cultural perspective. Topics include the process of gender enculturation, women's lives in foraging, pastoral and agricultural societies and international issues such as female circumcision, infanticide, child brides and honor/dowry deaths. Recommend: WS 101. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
|WS 202||Women Working for 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: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.