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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2012-2014 Plan of Study

Women’s & Gender Studies MINOR Requirements

2012-2014 Catalog

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary and multicultural program that engages in research and exploration concerning all areas of people's experiences. Its unique perspective strengthens the abilities of students within any major to critically analyze theory and research emphasizing the importance of gender while including other essential categories such as race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. This program is offered under the jurisdiction and general supervision of the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact the Women's and Gender Studies office, Sabin 225, 319-273-7102.

Total Hours Required for Minor……………18 hours

Required Course …………………………………….3 hours

Women’s & Gender Studies: WGS 1040 Women’s and Gender Studies: Introduction – 3 hours (LAC 5A)
Interdisciplinary study of women’s and gender issues from historical and contemporary perspectives, using the methods and theories of feminist scholarship and gender analysis. Topics may include study of systems of domination and subordination, stereotyping and gender bias, intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class.

Electives: ……………………………………………15 hours

Students will pick 15 hours from the courses listed below with the following restrictions:

  • No more than 9 hours from courses with the same prefix.
  • No more than 6 hours may be double-counted with the student’s major.
  • A minimum of 9 hours from the 3000-level or above.
  • No more than one of the following may be counted for WGS credit: COMM 4446 or SOC 3040.

ANTH 3401* (Same as SOC 3411 and PSYCH 4608) Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective – 3 hours
Evolutionary, biological, psychological, cognitive, social, and cultural theories of gender and gender inequality evaluated with respect to cross-cultural data. (Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1001 or SOC 1000 or ANTH 1002); junior standing.

COMM 4346 Gender Issues in Communication – 3 hours
Examination of construction and performance of gender identities through verbal and non-verbal communication. Critical analysis of biological, sociological, and patriarchal explanations for presumed gender differences in communication. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

COMM 4446 Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric – 3 hours
Study of rhetorical and performance texts in social protest, public awareness, identity formation, and rhetorical movements. Special attention to issues of race, sex and sexuality, age, and/or class. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

CRIM 4331* Women, Crime and Society – 3 hours
Sociological analysis of women as victims, offenders, practitioners, and professionals in the criminal justice system. Examination of changing perceptions and behaviors of women in United States and other countries in relation to role expectations of women in the  criminal justice system. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000; CRIM 2022 or CRIM 2025; junior standing.

EDPSYCH 4140 Social Psychology, Education – 3 hours
Intensive study of the behavior of man as affected by, and when interacting in, groups. Areas of discussion include prejudice, propaganda, anti-intellectualism, leadership, social perception, group dynamics, game theory, and student protest. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

ENGLISH 4120* Images of Women in Literature – 3 hours
Images, symbols, and myths of women in literature; feminist criticism. Prerequisite(s): ENGLISH 2120 or consent of instructor; junior standing.

ENGLISH 4420* The American Renaissance – 3 hours
U.S. writers of the mid-1800s such as Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Stowe, Douglass, and Thoreau; attention to literary engagements with controversial reforms including the anti-slavery, labor, and women’s movements.  Prerequisite(s): ENGLISH 2120 or consent of instructor; junior standing.

ENGLISH 4425* American Realism and Naturalism in WWI – 3 hours
Literary selections 1870 to World War I; emphasis on fiction. Prerequisite(s): ENGLISH 2120 or consent of instructor; junior standing.

FAM SERV 1057 Human Relationships and Sexuality – 3 hours
Human sexuality as an integration of biological, psychological, and social factors. Topics include developing healthy relationships, sexual orientation, love, sexuality education, sexual decision making, and challenges of sexual health and functioning.

FAM SERV 3145 Violence in Intimate Relationships – 3 hours
Exploration of theoretical models of violence in intimate and family relationships and examination of the impact of violence on secondary victims. Empirical and programmatic implications for prevention and intervention models are reviewed. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

HPE 4162 Introduction to Women’s Health – 3 hours
Survey of contemporary issues in women’s health providing a thorough understanding of women’s personal health status, needs, and resources; awareness of women’s health issues worldwide and the political, cultural, economic, and psychosocial factors which affect the health of women. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

HPE 4328 Selected Topics in Women’s Health – 3 hours
In-depth development and exploration of selected themes and topics in women’s health. Focus on “hidden” health issues that disproportionately affect women and examination of health issues and prevention programs surrounding adolescent pregnancy, violence, substance abuse, and disordered eating through a feminist developmental perspective. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

HISUS 4260 United States Women’s History – 3 hours
Survey of social, cultural, and economic roles of women in the United States from founding to present, with some comparative analysis of women’s roles in other areas of the world. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

HISUS 4280 United States Labor History – 3 hours
Survey of the experiences and meanings of work in the United States from the period of early industrialization to the present, with a focus on common workers, labor leaders, unions, and the ways the American definition of “worker” has intersected with ideologies of race, glass, and gender. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

HISEUB 4690 Modern European Women’s History – 3 hours
Examination of the political, social, intellectual, and economic history of women and gender relations in Europe from the Enlightenment to the present. Attention to women’s rights movements and the social construction of gender. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

HUM 3160 Black Women in America: Challenge, Spirit, Survival – 3 hours
Investigation of major themes in lives of black women in America, utilizing scholarship from sociology, literature, cultural studies, and womanist theology. Challenges to fruitful existence and role of striving for self-representation direct the two major units of course. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

PHIL 3010 (Same as CAP 3151) Money, Sex and Power: Theories of Race, Class and Gender – 3 hours (LAC 6)
Examination of social and ethical aspects of oppression and privilege in personal and political life. Study of concepts and meaning of categories such as race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality, and evaluation of strategies of resistance and/or accommodation. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

PSYCH 2201* Psychology of Gender Differences – 3 hours
General overview of the nature and meaning of gender, gender roles, and stereotypes; research on gender similarities and differences; gender development; and the effects of stereotypes and roles. Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1001.

PSYCH 4608* (Same as ANTH 3401 and SOC 3411) Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective – 3 hours
Evolutionary, biological, psychological, cognitive, social, and cultural theories of gender and gender inequality evaluated with respect to cross-cultural data. (Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1001 or SOC 1000 or ANTH 1002); junior standing.

RELS 1020: Family Life Emphasis ONLY** Religions of the World – 3 hours (LAC 3B)
Living religions with emphasis on text, beliefs, tradition, values, and practices.

RELS 3150 Women and Christianity – 3 hours
Examination of history and function of gender in symbolization of Christian tradition; exploration of institutionalization of sex roles in Christianity; discussion of interaction between the Christian religion and cultural patterns that define the social role, status, and image of women. Interested students are encouraged to contact the instructor. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

RELS 4170 Religion and Sexuality – 3 hours
Examination of ways in which religions shape and reflect ideas about the body and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

SOC SCI 1020 Women, Men, and Society – 3 hours (LAC 5C)
Examination of key issues of gender. Attention to variety of topics including ethical issues and gender roles, gender-role stereotyping, male and female roles, sexuality, gender roles in non-western and minority cultures, and gender roles in United States institutions (e.g., in the nuclear family, religion, and the work place).

SOC 2040* Social Movements – 3 hours
Sociological and sociopsychological conceptualizations of the genesis, dynamics, and demise of modern social movements. Emphasis on reformist, utopian, nativistic, and totalitarian organizations. Prerequisite(s): SOC SCI 1020 or SOC 1000 or ANTH 1002; junior standing.

SOC 3045* Social Inequality – 3 hours
The nature, origins, and reproduction of social inequalities. Examines the distribution of resources across groups and the processes that create it. Covers class, race, gender, and sexuality, and their relationships to each other. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000; junior standing.

SOC 3050 Men and Masculinities – 3 hours
Examination of men’s lives from boys to men in such roles as friends, lovers, co-workers, family members, students, athletes, consumers, and soldiers. Consideration of diversities of male experiences through such categories as race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and appearance. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

SOC 3411* (Same as ANTH 3401 and PSYCH 4608) Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective – 3 hours
Evolutionary, biological, psychological, cognitive, social, and cultural theories of gender and gender inequality evaluated with respect to cross-cultural data. Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1001 or SOC 1000 or ANTH 1002); junior standing.

SOC 4050* Sociology of Gender – 3 hours
Explores theories about gender differentiation and inequality. Analyzes the ways that gender influences social life within major institutions such as media, family, work, education, and politics. Focuses on the U.S. but also comparative.  Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 and SOC 2010.

SOC 4071* Feminist Theories in Social Sciences – 3 hours
Survey of theoretical approaches to study of sex and gender. Classical, structural, neo-Freudian, Marxist feminist, and radical approaches. Topics include work, family, religion, and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): SOC SCI 1020 or SOC 1000 or ANTH 1002; junior standing.

TEXDSGN 4015 Dress and Human Behavior – 3 hours
Textiles and apparel in relation to culture, society, and the individual. Survey and application of selected theories. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

WGS 3195* Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies – 1-3 hours
Experiential application of theory and scholarship. Responsibilities determined by faculty advisor, on-site supervisor, and student, according to organizational needs and career goals. Prerequisite(s): Women’s and Gender Studies minor with completion of two or more core courses; junior standing or consent of instructor.

*These courses have additional prerequisites.
**Students must submit a student request form to receive WGS minor credit for this course.