Women’s & Gender Studies Courses

Students from Women Studies Program
ENG 223 / WGS 223
WOMEN IN LITERATURE
3 Credits
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of English 111

ENG 223/WGS 223:

Students will analyze literature by well-known and lesser-known women writers with attention to the conventional and unconventional treatment of gender stereotypes and gender roles along with diverse representations of romantic love and sex. Studying feminist literary criticism, students will analyze the interplay of gender, race, class, and sexuality in a writer’s imaginative work. They will also explore how gender-related cultural norms influence a writer’s critical reception. By semester’s end, students will demonstrate knowledge of women writers from a range of historical periods and cultures.

Pathways Common Core Requirement: Individual and Society

PSY 140 
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
3 credits

An examination of the biological, social and cultural factors in the psychological development and functioning of women. Special focus on women’s changing roles and the influences that affect them in everyday life.

WGS 100
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
3 credits
Pre-requisite: successful completion of English 110.

An interdisciplinary course that draws on literature, history, psychology, science, economics, and feminist theory, Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies examines cultural assumptions about gender (e.g., femininity, masculinity, sexual preference), promoting new ways for students to look at the construction of knowledge from woman-cantered and feminist perspectives. Readings and written assignments emphasize women’s diverse experiences (across races, religions, cultures and economic class), masculinity studies and gay studies.

WGS 200
GENDER and WORK
3 credits
Pre-requisite: ENG 111

This interdisciplinary liberal arts course will examine issues, both historical and contemporary, concerning gender equity and gender dynamics in various workplaces. Readings and assignments consider global perspectives. Areas of study include feminist theory/gender studies, literature, sociology, communication, psychology, and visual imagery within popular culture. In addition, students will participate in feminist activist work. Through civic participation, students will apply theory to practice; they will gain “real life” exposure to feminist issues and organizations; they’ll have an opportunity to consider what it means to be an agent of feminist change. Additionally, as they observe and learn about feminists working toward change, they will have the chance to investigate new avenues for future careers.

Pathways Common Core Requirement: World Cultures and Global Issues

WGS 270
TOPICS IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
Topics vary
3 credits
Pre-requisite: ENG 111

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