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Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary minor centering
on the impact of gender and the experience of women in society.
Degree awarded: none
Requirements for the minor in Women's Studies:
18 s.h. including WST 200, ENG 342, and HIS 382; plus 9 s.h. from the
following courses: JUS 382; SOC 372, 383, 392; WST 202, 485.
Requirements for the major and A.A. Concentration:
WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES
WST 200 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES (3
Introduction to the impact of gender, the role of values, institutions,
and socialization processes in the lives of women in our own and other
cultures; contributions of various disciplines to the study of women;
critical approaches and tools for doing research related to women's experience.
This course is offered as needed.
WST 202 INTERNSHIP (1-3 s.h.)
To be performed at the Women's Center or elsewhere, as approved by the
director. This course is offered as needed.
WST 485 SPECIAL TOPICS (3 s.h.)
Topics will vary, focusing on interdisciplinary work arising from feminist
scholarship. Permission of the director.
ENG 342 WOMEN'S LITERATURE (3 s.h.)
Concentrated study of literature written by women. The course emphasizes
the historical context of women's poetry, prose, and fiction; introduces
students to major figures in women's literary history; identifies recurrent
themes in writings by women; and introduces students to feminist literary
theory. Cross listed as WST 342. This course is offered in alternate years.
HIS 382 HISTORY AND GENDER (3 s.h.)
Investigates the historical meanings and practices of womanhood and manhood
in diverse cultures. Topics include family relationships, sexuality, morals,
politics and society.
JUS 382 WOMEN AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
This course provides students with a survey of the variety of ways in
which females come into contact with the criminal justice system, looking
at women as victims, as offenders, as prisoners, and as professionals
working in the criminal justice system. Historically, the study of criminal
justice has focused on male offending and deviant behavior. This course
will examine the distribution of crimes affecting women, how female offenders
differ from male offenders, survey the historical development of theories
that explain or have not explained female offenders, and how the criminal
justice system deals with female offenders. The focus throughout this
course will be on special issues and special problems associated with
adult and juvenile females and the criminal justice system and how these
contrast with the experiences of males in the criminal justice system.
Students should note this is a writing intensive class. Prerequisites:
JUS 241, SOC 151, JUS 309, SOC 309 or permission of the instructor. This
course is offered every fall semester odd years.
SOC 372 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (3 s.h.)
Love, sexuality, mate selection, marriage, divorce, and child-rearing
in a changing society. This course is offered as needed.
SOC 383 GENDER AND SOCIETY (3 s.h.)
A study of the impact of gender on society and the individual. Examines
sources of gender identity. Considers effects of gender in such areas
as social stratification, politics, work, religion, and the family. Reviews
the history and impact of the women's movement. This course is offered
SOC 392 HUMAN SEXUALITY (3 s.h.)
A study of historical, biological, cultural, legal and ethical issues
relating to human sexuality. Includes such issues as conception, pregnancy,
birth control; heterosexual and homosexual patterns of sexual expression;
gender roles; sexual dysfunctions and therapy; sexually transmitted diseases;
and laws and norms regulating sexual expression. This course is offered