Course Offerings

ANTH 150 – Human Sexuality (3) Biological, evolutionary and social aspects of
human sexuality, examined from a cross-cultural perspective.
Offered: Fall and Spring.
Gen Ed: XC credit.


ANTH 321 –  Cross-cultural Aspects of Women's Health (3) An investigation of issues affecting and concerning women's health cross-culturally through the life cycle.
Prerequisite: ANTH 202.
Offered:  Alternate Falls.
Gen Ed: SA credit.


ANTH 342 – Language and Gender (3) This course examines critically the interaction between language and gender. Beginning with an investigation of beliefs about language and about gender and the interaction between the two, the course proceeds to explore the research of male and female speech, seeking to understand the social, psychological, and linguistic processes that underlie sex differences in language use. Finally, in studying the role played by language, speech and communication in defining notions of "male" and "female," the goal will be to understand better the way in which language reflects and reinforces social and cultural patterns of behavior and identity.
Previously ANTL 342.
Cross listed as LNGS 342.
Offered:  Fall.
Gen Ed:  WI/SA credit.


ANTH 412 – Seminar in Women's Sexuality (4) The seminar in Women's Sexuality critically analyzes assumptions and biases in the literature about this subject. Using an evolutionary, biological, and socio-cultural approach, students research and present in class topcis related to women's sexuality across the life cycle and cross culturally.
Prerequisite: ANTH 150.
Offered:  Fall.
Gen Ed:  WI/SA credit.


ANTH 495 – Gender Through the Ages (3)

COMM 201 – Mass Media and Society (3) Explores the reciprocal influence between mass media and society. Focuses on understanding and applying media analysis techniques; arguing positions on controversial issues related to mass media.
Offered: Yearly.
Gen Ed: SA & SI credit.


COMM 372 – Rhetoric of the Black Church (3) This course will explore from a
rhetorical standpoint the roles and impact of Black churches in and on U.S. societies. Particular attention will be paid to the multiple and unique methods of preaching, praying, speaking and singing found in U.S. Black churches. Finally, we will focus a great deal of our efforts on understanding church-led social movements in the United States.
Offered: As demand warrants.

COMM 390 – Topics in Communication (1-4) Various topics and inquiries not
covered by regular course offerings. Topic and prerequisites determined by instructor. Students may elect to take this course again for credit each time a different topic is offered.
Offered: As demand warrants.

COMM 416 – Voices of American Women (3) The course considers how history is revealed in women's public discourse as well as how our history may have been shaped by that discourse. Major foci include: 1) Early America: Winning the Right to Speak, 2) 19th Century Reform Movements, 3) Woman Suffrage, 4) The Depression and World Wars, 5) The Contemporary Women's Movement.
Offered:  Every other year.
Gen Ed: SI credit.


DRAM 210 – Interpretation and Analysis of Plays (3) An introduction to genres and styles of dramatic literature from various historical periods and world theatrical traditions.
Offered: Spring.
Gen Ed: AC credit.


DRAM 313 – History of Theatre II (3) Development of theatre arts in world culture from Shakespeare to present day. Emphasis on conditions of production with respect to theatre architecture, cultural values, costuming, staging and performance.
Offered: Spring.
Gen Ed: WC credit
.

DRAM 414 – Contemporary Theatre Topics (3) Focused study of modern trends in theatre from the end of the 19th century to the present. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Offered: As demand warrants.
Gen Ed: AC and WI credit.


FREN 350 – North African Literatures and Cultures (3) Examination of "plurality" in Maghrebine cultures. Exploration of the historical, literary and culture perspectives.
Prerequisite: FREN 203/301.
Offered:  Every fourth semester.

Gen Ed:  AC and XC credit.

FREN 450 – The Image of Women in Francophone Cinemas (3) Examination of the position of women in films from France and French-speaking countries in Africa, Europe and North America. Study of the historical development of film narrative, from a traditional to a more contemporary form. Texts from Film Theory and Feminist Criticism.
Offered:  Every other year.
Gen Ed:  WI and AC credit.

GRED 595S - Social Justice & Human Rights
Online Course
Counts toward MSW Program.

HIST 304 – The History of American Women I (3) Women in America from colonial times to 1890: legal positions, social roles, employment, education, reform movements, suffrage, women’s organizations.
Gen Ed: AH credit.

HIST 305 – Modern American Women (3) Women in America from 1890 to present; legal positions, social roles, employment and unionization, education, reform movements, suffrage, women's organizations. Changing ideals of American womanhood, women's lib, future of American women.
Gen Ed: AH credit.

HIST 315  – Modern Japanese Women's History (3) This course examines the development of gender roles in Modern Japan, particularly in relation to the economic and political developments of the Tokugawa, Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods, and the various responses those changes evoked among women. Minimum requirement of Sophomore standing.

HIST 451 – Witchcraft in Early America (3) Explores witchcraft in early America, paying special attention to the social, religious and gendered contexts of witchcraft and to the legal and cultural dimension of witch-hunting.

HLTH 165 – Health: A Lifestyle Approach (3) A critical analysis and overview of the interrelatedness of the social, emotional and physical elements of ones lifestyle. Topics such as physical fitness, nutrition, sexuality, environmental health, stress management, and substance use prevention will be discussed relative to their role in individual and community health concerns.

HLTH 341 – Sexual Health (3) This course is designed to be an exploration of topics in sexual health. Students will examine adolescent and sexual identity development; sexual health issues such as sexually transmitted disease, reproduction and sexual violence, and community health strategies used to address sexual health such as sexuality education, disease prevention and sexual health promotion efforts, sexual/ reproductive health care. Students will also explore the impact of attitudes about sex on sexual health and on community health strategies to address sexual health.

HLTH 342 – Women's Health (3) This course examines health concerns specific to women. Behavioral, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of women's experience in health systems will be explored, as well as general influences such as age, race, ethnicity and social class on women's roles as recipients and providers of health care. Course topics include historical perspectives on women's health, gender differences in morbidity and mortality, patient and health care provider relationships, health care consumerism, the impact of employment, motherhood, divorce and aging, and other health concerns unique to women.
Offered:  Fall.
Gen Ed: SI credit.


HLTH 344 – Issues in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Health (3). This seminar-style course explores issues related to the health and well being of lesbian women, gay men and bisexual women and men. Topics covered include the development of gay, lesbian or bisexual identity; the impact of coming out on well being; the current state of research into the gay, lesbian and bisexual health; the nature of homophobia and hetrosexism; the impact of living in a homophobic, hetrosexist society; strategies to combat homophobia/heterosexism and build supportive environments (in schools, health care settings, etc.); and related topics of interest to students enrolled in the class.
Offered:  As demand warrants.
Gen Ed: SI credit.
Online Course


LANG 292 – Languages, Cultures, Differences (3) This course examines the phenomena created by the intermingling of Hispanic/Latino and American cultures, and the intersection of English and Spanish. Students will scrutinize films, videos, magazines and also canonical pieces of literature to understand layers of differences (gender, race, ethnicity, and others) operating between and within Hispanic and American cultures. Globalization has forced us to understand cultural differences as a significant quest of ethical value for contemporary society. Participation is expected and different perspectives are emphasized.
Offered: Fall and Spring.
Gen Ed: XC credit.


LITR 322 – Children’s Literature (3) History of children’s books, tracing emergence of a body of genuine literature for children.
Prerequisite: LITR 100 or Junior standing or permission of instructor.
Offered:Fall and Spring.
Gen Ed: AC credit.


LITR 323 – Young Adult Literature (3) Selection and study of literature appropriate for secondary English classrooms. Intensive and extensive reading of contemporary young adult literature and classic literary texts. Reader response criticism is the critical approach used in studying texts and secondary literature curriculum.
Prerequisite: LITR 100 or Junior standing.
Offered: Fall and Spring.


LITR 355 – Gender and Literature (3) Examination of the relationship between literary portrayals of women and men and their changing roles in society. Emphasis given to cultural and social aspects of gender and identity.
Offered:  As demand warrants.
Formerly LITR 345.
Gen Ed: AC credit.


LITR 359 – Literary Themes (3) Development and variation of important themes in literature. Course content will vary from semester to semester.
Prerequisite: LITR 100 or Junior standing.
Offered: As demand warrants. (Formerly LITR 317)


LITR 520 – Special Topics (3) An examination of a special topic in literature, focusing on a genre, literary movement, or specific author(s). Topic course will vary from semester to semester. Student may take this seminar more than once, as long as topics differ. Open to graduate students and upper-division undergraduate students.
Prerequisites: LITR 200 or 201, and LITR 300 or Graduate standing.
Offered: Yearly.


MUAH 350 -- Women in Music (3) History of women in music, including teachers, administrators, and patrons, as well as composers, performers, and conductors from ancient Greece to the present.
Prerequisites: MUCB 452/456/301/312.

POLS 323 -- Welfare Policy Research (4) This course examines U.S. welfare policy with an emphasis on factors influencing the development of the modern social welfare state and its affects on the poor. Students engage in original research in order to analyze and assess contemporary welfare policy in the light of the historical, economic, and regional contexts in which it operates. Each student group orally presents its research results at the end of the semester and each student writes a paper summarizing his or her contribution.
Prerequisite: POLS 110 or 125 or SOCI 101 or SOCI 325 or permission.
Gen Ed:  WSM credit.

POLS 332 -- Women and Politics (4) This course explores the impact of male-dominated politics on women and development of feminist politics from U.S., international, and comparative perspectives. It also examines gender, race and class relations in politics of international relations, state, workplace, community and family.
Prerequisite: POLS 125 or 200.
Gen Ed: SA credit.


POLS 338 – International Human Rights (4) Since World War II, human rights have gained the status of the universal and non-discriminatory principle of human dignity. Yet in a world assembling a wide variety of value systems, the universality of the idea has attracted widespread criticism. This course sheds light on the theoretical contestations around the understanding of human rights and on the political practices to might make rights a reality. The course analyzes several practices that refer to human rights, ranging from the rights monitoring system of the United Nations and domestic and foreign policies of selected states to transnational organizations working for human dignity, e.g., in the field of indigenous or women’s rights.
Prerequisite: POLS 140 or permission.
Gen Ed: XC credit.


POLS 353 – Feminist Political Thought (4) This course gives an overview of feminist political theorizing and aims to make students familiar with feminist political ideas as results of specific historical contexts and controversies. Students wil be encouraged to develop their own viewpoints in response to the readings and to reflect upon the conditions of the production of knowledge.
Prerequisite: POLS 125 or 200.
Offered:  Alternate years.  (Formerly Civil Lliberties I:  Race, Sex & Privacy)
Gen Ed: PI credit.


POLS 415 – Civil Liberties I: Race, Sex & Privacy (4) The focus of this course will be on the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as well as the Court’s development of the constitutional right to privacy.
Prerequisite: POLS 110.
Offered: Occasionally.
Gen Ed: SA credit.


SOCI 150/WMST 100 -- Intro to Women's and Gender Studies(3)
Offered:  Fall even years.

SOCI 305 – Sociology of the Family (3) Family as social institution. Emphasis on structure and function of family; cross-cultural comparisons; analysis of contemporary American family systems.
Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

SOCI 310 – Racial and Ethnic Relations (3) Factors involved in intergroup relations; principal minority groups in United States, research findings in prejudice and discrimination; programs aimed at amelioration of intergroup tensions.
Prerequisite: SOCI 101.
Offered: Fall. (Formerly Racial and Cultural Minorities)


SOCI 313 – Global Cultures (3) This course introduces students to cultural variation and fragmentation among the areas of the world referred to as the Third World.
Prerequisite: SOCI 101.
Offered: As demand warrants.


SOCI 320 – Work and Complex Organizations (3) An examination of change in
organization of work influenced by workers, management and global economic forces.Topics include: scientific management, human relations, employee involvement, deindustrialization, occupational hazards, gender and race relations, underground economy, influences of work in Japan, Sweden and Mondragon on U.S.
Prerequisite: SOCI 101.
Offered: As demand warrants.


SOCI 375
-- Women and Work (3) This course will examine different issues concerning "women's work": biological determination of the division of labor; the origin of women's subordinate role in the workplace; the work experience of women of different classes and races; occupational sex segregation; sexual harassment; the gender gap in wages; and women in the professions.
Prerequisite: SOCI 101.
Offered:  Spring.

SOCI 376 -- Women and Crime (3) This course focuses on the involvement of women in the Criminal Justice System as victim, offender and employee.
Prerequisite: SOCI 101.
Offered:  Spring.


SOCI 380 -- Family Violence (3) Violent phenomena in families. Theories of violence and extant research findings. Emphasis on child, spouse and elder abuse. Policies and programs which respond to family violence. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.
Offered:  Spring.


SOCI 385 -- The Sociology of Troubled Youth (3) This course explores, describes and analyzes various societal influences that shape young people toward or away from criminal and deviant involvements. Substantive topics include processes of subcultural formation, various meanings of style, influences of popular culture, media and technology, the family, school experiences, peer influences, part-time jobs, sports involvement, youth gangs, correctional facilities, and selected case studies.
Prerequisite: SOCI 101.
Offered:  Spring.


SOCI 475/WMST 462– Senior Seminar (3) Methodology of sociological research; individual and cooperative investigation of selected topics; presentation and critique of findings.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission.
Gen Ed: SI, WI credit.
Offered:  Every Semester.


SPAN 306 -- Readings in Hispanic Literature I (3) Readings and analysis of Spanish and/or Latin American literature. Focus on the four genres, including poetry and drama.
Prerequisites: SPAN 203 and SPAN 204, or equivalent.
Offered:  Fall.


WMST 100 – Women’s and Gender Studies 1 (3-4) As the foundation course for the Women’s and Gender Studies program, this course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field. It explores feminist theories, critiques, and debates surrounding gender as a unit of analysis, intersecting with race, class, sexual orientation and global inequalities. The class also examines global feminist struggles for equality and justice. Serves also as lower-division elective in Sociology as SOCI 150 and Political Science as POLS 125.
Offered: Every semester.

WMST 360 – Research Methods (4) An examination of research methods in the field of Women's and Gender Studies with specific attention to the theories, methods, epistemologies, histories, and practices that constitute feminist inquiry. By engaging in conversations with researchers across disciplines, the course will consider ways multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary feminist perspectives inform and interrogate research based inquiry.
Offered:  Spring

WMST 462/SOCI 475 – Senior Seminar (3) Methodology of sociological research; individual and cooperative investigation of selected topics; presentation and critique of findings.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission.
Gen Ed: SI, WI credit.
Offered:  Every Semester.