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Spring 2017

NOTE: Letters in parenthesis indicate how the class fills a distribution requirement in the WST General Concentration and/or whether it counts for the TPS or IPG track in the major.  If a course fills a GenEd requirement, that is specified separately. Click on the hyperlinks below for a course syllabus.

Majors may count any one 2000-level class towards the WMS major.  Only WST2322, 2611, or 2612 count towards the WMS minor; only WST2611 or 2612 count towards the TPS minor.

Introduction to Health Disparities

Laura K. Guyer
WST 2322 – Section 08GD
MWF 2; TUR L005; 3 Credits

This introductory course examines the multifaceted issue of health disparities through the lens of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and special populations. It also addresses the concepts of medically underserved areas/populations, health literacy, cultural competence, readability & linguistic appropriateness and social determinants of health as they relate to health equity.(WST: SS, G&S; GenEd: S, D; HDS Minor: Core.) Syllabus

Humanities Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Mallory Szymanski
WST 2611 – Section 1304
MWF 3; TUR 2319; 3 Credits

This course uses close readings of cultural representations (in literature, the visual arts, movies, television, the internet, etc…) to understand intersecting categories of identity such as gender, sexuality, class, and race. We will examine how such categories operate in everything from novels to YouTube to the evening news. (WST: HUM; TPS; GenEd: H, D; Gordon Rule 2000) Syllabus

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women’s Studies

Connie Shehan
WST 3015 – Section 086C
T 4, R 4-5; LIT 0113; 3 Credits

Drawing on materials and methodologies from a variety of disciplines, this class explores the diverse experiences of women, both in past eras and in the present, in the U.S. and abroad. Required for the Women’s Studies major and minor; fulfills the General Education requirement in diversity. (WST: Core; Gen Ed:  H, S, D and Gordon Rule 4000) Syllabus

Women In American Film

Carolyn A. Kelley
WST 3335- Section 086G
MWF, 4; TUR 2319;  3 Credits

This course examines the ways Hollywood cinema represents women by focusing on close readings of filmic texts (both discursive and formal elements) and blending these close readings with feminist theory/ feminist film theory in relation to the feminism versus post-feminism debate, “the chick flick,” the gaze, and the new Hollywood “Fempire.” We will also discuss types of women characters found in Hollywood films, such as “the working girl,” “the good wife/mother,” and” femme fatale.” Throughout the course, we will study how race, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and historical context intersect with Hollywood cinema. Films will include Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979), The Blue Gardenia (Fritz Lang, 1953), Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan 1981), Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011), The Children’s Hour (William Wyler 1961), Go Fish (Rose Troche 1994), Legally Blonde (Robert Luketic, 2001), Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso 2002), and Working Girl (Mike Nichols, 1988). Students who have not taken a prior film class will need to review an introductory film style guide/textbook before or during the semester. (WST: HUM, Gen Ed, GR 2000)

Transnational Feminism

Anita Anantharam
WST 3415 – Section 08H0
T 5-6, R 6; TUR 2319, 3 Credits

This course places women and feminism in a transnational perspective, focusing on various theories and movements engendered by women in contemporary national contexts. Development, reproductive politics, women’s health, etc. will be examined. (WST: Core; Gen Ed: S, N)

Women’s Health and Well-Being

Laura Guyer
WST 3930 – Section 03H8
MWF, 5; TUR 2319; 3 Credits

This course draws on a range of social science, pre-professional/professional and public health disciplines to examine the health and well-being of women. The Holistic Model of Health will be used to explore the physical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of women’s health. Health issues across the lifespan will be examined: health disparities, clinical trials, sexual identity, women of color, chronic disease, mental health, tobacco use, substance abuse, domestic violence and care giving. (WST: SS)

Gender, Race, Sexualities in Media

Manoucheka Celeste
WST 3930 – Section 078B
T, 7-8, R 7; MAT 0018; 3 Credits

In this course we will examine how social identities become legible through communicative practices connected by language, commercial culture, and social institutions. Students will learn and apply Cultural Studies and feminist theories and methodologies to unpack popular representations and taken-for-granted notions about gender, race, class, and sexual orientation as interrelated categories. (WST: SS/HUM; TPS)

Black Feminist and Womanist Theory

Manoucheka Celeste
WST 3930 – Section 17AG
T 5, R 5-6; TUR 2334, TUR 2336; 3 Credits

This course presents an interdisciplinary and transnational body of scholarship on the social, political, economic, cultural, and historical contexts of black women’s lives with a particular focus on black women’s roles in the development of democratic ideas globally. We will use Black Feminism(s) and Womanism as conceptual frameworks for knowledge production about black women’s lives and the broader social world. One of the central questions we will ask is who constitutes as a black woman? Considering the experiences of mixed-race African-American women, black women in Latin America and the Caribbean, and immigrant black women, and queer black women will allow us to consider the ways that race, gender, sexuality and nation operate. (WST: SS/HUM; TPS)

Discrimination and Health

Alyssa Zucker
WST 4704 – Section 1176
W 7-9; TUR 2334; 3 Credits

In this class we will study discrimination and health from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (e.g., psychology, women’s studies, public health). The course is organized into three broad sections. The first explores mechanisms by which discrimination “gets under the skin” to affect health behaviors and health outcomes. The second focuses on discrimination within healthcare settings. The third emphasizes routes to eliminating discrimination and improving health at individual, group, and legislative levels. Within each of these sections we will focus on a variety of types of discrimination, including those based on race, sex, social class, and sexual orientation/gender identity. Because these categories do not influence people in isolation, we will examine the intersection of identities whenever possible in our analysis. We will read original research reports (not a textbook) and all students will be required to participate actively in class discussions. (WST: SS, G&S)

Gender and Language

Diana Boxer
WST 4930 – Section 1G13
T 4; R 4-5; AND 0032; 3 Credits

Have you ever wondered why people who say they are not sexist (or racist) nevertheless act in ways that are sexist (& racist)? Have you ever wondered why you feel excluded even when material is said to be inclusive? Have you ever wondered what it means for a language to be sexist? Have you ever wondered what language structure has to do with sexism (& racism)? This course will give you a guidebook around the sinkholes of English that sabotage even people of good will who ideologically, and ethically, would choose to be non_sexist (& non_racist). We will look, briefly, at some of the other ways in which other human beings have organized their interrelationships through grammars that incorporate other organizational principles. (WST: SS)

Independent Study

Alyssa Zucker
Variable Credits 1-3; Can be repeated up to 6 credits
WST 4905 – Section Department Controlled

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and program chair
For advanced undergraduate students who desire to supplement the regular courses by independent reading or research. Online Application .

Undergraduate Research in Women’s Studies

Alyssa Zucker
Variable Credits 1-3
WST 4911 – Section Department Controlled

Prerequisite: Permission of Undergraduate Coordinator/Program Chair
For advanced undergraduate students who desire to supplement the regular courses by independent reading or research

African Women Writers

Rose Sau Lugano
WST 4930 – Section 079B
T 7-8, R 8; TUR 2334, TUR 2336; 3 Credits

In this class we will explore African women writers and critics, looking at their theoretical priorities and cultural positions. This course is designed to provide students with both a specific and a general view of the status, achievements and experiences of African women in fiction. Using different genres (novels and plays) we will endeavor to understand how women’s literary expression has been shaped by history, culture, and their experiences, as well as see how they are addressing issues of gender in their respective societies. Our discussions will focus on issues of identity, oppression, resistance, exile, language, translation and colonialism, using as points of entry a diverse set of texts. The framework for classroom discussion will revolve around two central issues: 1) The way in which women authors represent gender as a crucial variable for social stratification. 2) The use of writing itself as a tool for social transformation and critique. (WST: HUM)

Queer Life/Writing

Derrick King
WST 4930 – Section 1F51
M 9-11; TUR 1315; 3 Credits

This course explores autobiography, memoir, and autobiographical fiction produced by LGBTQ writers in the US, post-Stonewall. Because queer self-fashioning has, historically, most often occurred within hostile and/or uncomprehending environments, we will seek to contextualize our readings not only in relation to the larger literary tradition of life writing, but also in connection to the theoretical and historical frameworks of specifically queer self-invention and representation.(WST: HUM; TPS)

Queer Theory

Shawn Duke
WST 4930 – Section 173B
T 7, R 7-8; TUR 2333, TUR 2334; 3 Credits

This course is an overview of major concerns, methodologies and texts in queer theory, illuminating the theoretical insights, assumptions and implications of various constructions of gender, sex and sexuality. (WST: HUM; TPS: Core)

Capstone Seminar in Women’s Studies

Katie Nutter-Pridgen
WST 4935 – Section 4900
T 9, R 8-9; Ustler 108; 3 Credits

This course (required for all majors) is the culmination of the Women’s Studies major. It explores some examples of past and present scholarship to reaffirm the interdisciplinary nature of the field and to highlight the relationships among feminist theory, intellectual practice, and social change. The bulk of the semester is devoted to a full-length independent project on a topic of student’s own choosing. (WST: Core for all tracks in major)


Alyssa Zucker
Variable Credits 1-3; Can be repeated up to 6 credits
WST 4940 – Section Department Controlled

Prerequisite: Permission of undergraduate coordinator

Designed for students desiring practical experience in the community. Students intern with a local agency, group or business involved in women’s issues. Click here for more information and an on-line application.

Practicum in Health Disparities

Laura K. Guyer
WST 4941C – Section Departmentally Controlled
M 10-E1; TUR 1101; 3 Credits

WST 4941C is a capstone experience for seniors who have taken WST2322,, Introduction to Health Disparities in Society. Students are matched with preceptors from community agencies working with under-served and disadvantaged populations. Students will learn about the agency and its organizational culture while applying concepts of cultural competence, linguistic appropriateness and health disparities. To register, contact Dr. Laura Guyer. (HDS Minor: Core) Syllabus

Women’s/Gender Honors Thesis

Alyssa Zucker
3 Credits; WST 4970- Section Department Controlled

Students register for this course when pursuing an Honors Thesis in the WST major.  In accordance with the protocols established by WST and the Honors Program, students design and pursue an independent research project with guidance from an advisor. Guidelines for the Honors Thesis are available here and the Application for the Honors Thesis is here.




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