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WST200 - Introduction to Women's Studies

Women’s Studies 200 examines both the diverse and the collective experiences of women and men. The complex intermingling of privilege and inequality that intersect and diverge among women’s and men's identities and roles will be analyzed, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, etc. The impact of gender and social justice issues in arenas such as education, work, family, sexuality, identity, entertainment, sports, religion and social policy will be explored. (3 crs.)

WST300 - Selected Topics in Women's Studies

Discussion and research on selected topics in women's studies. Topics may be developed on an experimental basis according to the instructor's expertise and student interest. (3 crs.)

WST320 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transfender and Queer Studies

Women’s Studies 320 engages students in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) studies. The course includes some historical perspective of LGBTQ issues and examination of identity development related to sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation (including the “coming out” process). The primary focus is on contemporary issues related to education, the military, family, education, the media, entertainment, government and public policy in the United States.

WST330 - Gender Race and Media

Women’s Studies 330 engages students in critical analysis of gender, race, class and sexuality issues as related to media. Students will first be exposed to theory, offering diverse lenses from which to examine media, such as feminism, critical race theory, cultural consciousness, and social psychological stereotyping. Students will engage in critical consciousness, using the theories to examine media, and the representations/misrepresentations that reflect and create socially constructed identities and roles regarding gender, race, sexuality and class. (3 crs.)

WST340 - International Violence: Focused on Women

Women’s Studies 340 affords students an opportunity to explore issues of international violence such as honor killings, female genital mutilation/cutting, human trafficking, and genocide/rape in war. Students will analyze complex issues that arise between and within different countries and cultures. Students will explore how factors such as power, patriarchy, socialization, culture, religion, and gender, for example, intermingle to create cultures that perpetuate violence across the world and specifically most often target girls and women. Students will also learn about the effects on individuals, families and societies and will explore prevention and interventions strategies that are utilized internationally to address these issues. (3 crs.)

WST400 - Capstone: Adv Women's Studies

This course will explore feminist theory in its present and past strands, and the impact that feminist scholarship has had and can have on the pursuit of knowledge, both in content and methodology. This course will also include analysis of some of the most prominent issues in the field today, as selected by the students (with guidance from the instructor). From a general investigation of feminist theory, each student will apply elements of feminist theory to her/his own major field, culminating in a major research project. (3 crs.)

WST430 - Internship in Women's Studies

Provides practical experience in women's studies-related work. In consultation with the adviser, a student may seek placement in such situations as women's centers, shelters, health clinics, political organizations special interest organizations, or newspapers. Course work may include individual student-instructor consultations, presentations, reading discussions, guest lectures, field trips, research and experiential papers. (1-6 crs.)