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WST 2010 Introduction to Women’s Studies:   Multidisciplinary study of the heritage of women and the nature of gender-related problems in contemporary societies, stressing cultural images of women, socialization by gender, women’s history, feminist methods of analysis. May be considered either an Arts and Humanities or Social Science course.

WST 2608 Introduction to Sexuality and Gender Studies: Discussions include the meanings of masculinity, femininity, lesbian, gay, heterosexual, and transgenderism as these are understood culturally and politically.

WST 3315 Feminist Perspectives on Gender:  Course is an introduction to the study of women, feminism, and the representation of gender in Western culture. Students gain insight into the ways in which paradigms of gender are defined and work to shape cultural mores, ideologies, and discourses on theoretical and practical levels.

WST 3640 Sex and Gender in American Culture:  Understanding gender definitions and diseases, theoretically and as these are layered into culture, is an essential component of Women’s Studies.




Each semester, prior to registration, the Center will post a list of the courses that meet the requirements for a core course.  Because Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies is interdisciplinary, the courses will vary each semester.  Below is a sampling of the classes that have been part of the certificate program.  


AML 3265 Florida Women Writers Course: Explores 19th- and 20th-century women writers in Florida, including Douglas, Rawlings, Hurston, Smith, and others.


AMH 3560 History of US WomenThis course examines the changing roles of women in the U.S. from colonial days to the present. Subjects for discussion and analysis include patterns of work, education, family life, reform movements ranging from abolitionist and suffrage struggles to the ERA, black women, Native American women, feminism, and relevant contemporary issues.


ANT 4302 Gender & Culture:   This course is an examination of the variations of gender roles in non-Western societies across different levels of social organization. Concepts of femininity, masculinity, and additional genders, and their cultural construction are examined in the context of anthropological theories.


CCJ 4670 Women & Criminal Justice: This course will provide and overview of women’s involvement in the criminal justice system as offenders, victims, and professionals, this course includes literature from Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, and Law. Although focusing on women who commit crime, the course also considers women as victims of crime, the social system and the criminal justice process.


COM 3014 Communication, Gender & Language: This course investigates the role of language in communications by and about women from linguistic, rhetorical, and literary perspectives as they relate to differences in female/male communication styles and their implications for female/male gender roles and relationships.


CPO 4710  Comparative Gender Politics:  Examines issues of gender with respect to political participation, policy making and women’s rights in comparative and international perspective.


EUH 3619 Women in European History: Examines the social, political, and economic roles played by women in Europe from the beginning of known civilization to the present. Topics include the development of patriarchal societies, the role of ideology in shaping popular notions about women, women’s work and roles in the family and community, women’s collective action, varieties of feminism, and the impact of war and the welfare state on women’s lives.


FIL 4056 Women in Film Examination and history of filmic representations of and by women as they relate to issues of feminism, psychoanalysis, ideology, and film style. The course includes narrative documentary and avant-garde forms in historical contexts and Feminist film theory.


LIT 4383 Women in Literature A critical and thematic study of women in American literature.  A critical and thematic study of women in literature.  The course may include fiction, poetry, or drama, British, American, or world literature.


NSP 4425 Issues in Women’s Health CareTraditional and nontraditional strategies in the prevention and management of common health alterations of women will be explored. Physiological and psychosocial responses to such alterations will be examined. Students will examine varying viewpoints related to contemporary issues and concerns in gynecological and reproductive health care.


NUR 4175 Caring for Self :   Experiential course through which students and faculty work together to address the nature of personal mind/body/spirit connectedness as integral to healing and health. Students are assisted in making this experiential knowledge relevant to others.


NUR 4176 Women, Witches, & Healing:   The nature of wholeness, health, and healing from philosophical, historical, cultural, ecological and feminist perspectives. The role of healer is visited, especially in relation to contemporary and future professional nursing.  Past and current misconceptions and issues are identified and explored.


  PHM 3123 Feminist PhilosophyThis course critically examines philosophy itself, its history, methods and categories of through from a liberationist perspective. The course will introduce students to selected critical works by feminist philosophers and will study core conceptual constellations, such as reason-objectivity-impartiality and sexism-oppression-exclusion.


POS 3693 Women and the Law The changing legal status of women and men in American society. Subjects include political rights, family law, employment and education policy, and the 5th, 14th and Equal Rights Amendments to the Constitution.


PUP 3323 Women and Politics:   This course focuses on the role of women in politics and the effects of women’s political involvement. Also considered are historical and contemporary barriers to women’s political participation.


SOP 3742 Psychology of Women:   Prerequisite: PSY 1012  Lectures and discussions dealing with the empirical and theoretical literature related to the psychological aspects of sexual differentiation in general, and women in particular.


SOW 4357 Issues in Counseling Women:   An in-depth analysis of treatment strategies that have particular relevance to the population of women most likely to become social work clients. Designed as an integrative learning experience, students may examine their own feelings and beliefs about women, as well as become familiar with empirical evidence and clinical interventions.


SPC 4712 Gender, Race, and CommunicationAn investigation of the relationships between discursive practices and cultural concepts of gender and race. Theories of gender and race differences as well as cultural myths, hegemony, and personal, political and religious power are examined.


SYD 4800 Gender and Society: This course examines the social construction of masculinity and femininity, the relationships between men and women, and the structure of gender stratification.


SYO 3100 Family and Society: Study of the institutional character of the family, its historical development and relationship to other institutions, and the internal dynamics of family life.


SYO 4370 Men, Women, and Work:   How work in our society is organized, what work means to people, and how it affects their lives.  How people get into various occupations, and their varying roles, careers, and interactions.  Special emphasis on differences in occupational experiences for women and men.


SYO 4534 Poverty and SocietyAnalyzes the historical, social, political, and economic contexts of poverty and focuses on the relationship between poverty and gender, race, ethnicity, and class. Course also considers theoretical and empirical explanations for poverty and evaluates policy and program options to combat poverty.


WST 2101 Women of the Third World:   Introduction to women’s issues in a global context. Course analyzes constructions of third world women as “other” and discuss how these concepts perpetuate global power dynamics.


WST 2102 Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Era of Globalization :   Explores the nature of women, gender and sexuality from a global perspective, drawing from the foundational principles of various disciplines to analyze the historical, economic, political and cultural trends that have shaped the construction of women, gender and sexuality around the world.


WST 3305 Sex, Myth, Power, and Popular Culture: Examines varying images of women of power in popular culture – film, television, song, ads – as mothers, monsters, femme fatales, amazons, witches, and goddesses.  These stories and images are interpreted based on ancient myths and beliefs.


WST 3325 Women, Violence, Resistance: An examination of violence against women, including rape, prostitution, pornography, harassment, incest, battering, and sexual murder.  Class texts and materials include political theory and analysis, first-person accounts, novels, poetry, and popular culture items.


WST 3930 Special Topics :   Study of a particular issue, theme, or aspect of interdisciplinary Women’s Studies. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.


WST 4337 Sex, Violence, and Hollywood: The class examines why sex and violence are the two main ingredients of Hollywood cinema and how the two interact to create meanings.


WST 4349 Green Consciousness: Writing Across Curriculum (Gordon Rule)  This class explores emerging green or environmental consciousness in various cultural venues (theory/activism, spirituality, philosophy, literature, art, and popular culture).


WST 4404 Women of Color in U.S. Society: Examines how issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class shape experiences of women of color in the U.S., including Native-American, African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American women.


WST 4417 Gender, Culture, and Social Change in Africa: A Case Study of Ghana
This study abroad course provides students the opportunity to explore, from a cross-cultural perspective, trends and dynamics of Africa’s social, political, economic, andcultural systems as they impact gender and women’s lives.


WST 4930 Special Topics: These courses can change from semester to semester.   Intensive study at an advanced level of a particular issue, theme, or aspect of interdisciplinary Women’s Studies.  May be repeated for credit.  E.g. Women and Madness, Law Gender & Society, Transgender Studies, Women, Business & Power and Women & Religion. Please see the course schedule that is posted each semester on our website.


WST 4905 Directed Independent Study:   Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and Women’s Studies director.   Independent reading and research in interdisciplinary Women’s Studies. Each program of study is arranged in consultation with a Women’s Studies faculty member during the term prior to taking this course.


 Last Modified 11/8/16