Minor in Women's & Gender Studies Course Descriptions
ART 270 - The History of Women in Art
This course looks at the vital role women have played as artists in Western society from the beginning of recorded history to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the artist as a distinct product of her specific historical time and an exploration of the wide-ranging media she used, from clay and plant matter to embroidery, ceramics, oil paint, and digital media.
BUS 315 - Gender & the Workplace
This course addresses the impact of gender on employment decisions, work teams, leadership, sexual harassment, workplace romance, career development, the glass ceiling, diversity, and work-family balance issues. Men and women are equally touched by gender bias; this course allows the student the opportunity to understand more fully how organizations, managers, and individuals can work to ensure that all people have fulfilling and productive careers, regardless of their gender.
Prerequisites: BUS 240, or BUS 305 for non-business majors, and junior or senior status.
This course partially fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.
ENG 451 - Women's Literature
Explores the roles women have played in the history of literature and explores the contributions of female artists. The course also addresses issues of empowerment, marginalization, and voice. Some sections may include a service-learning component.
Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.
PHL 279A - CORE: Ethical Issues of Sex & Marriage
An examination of ethical principles and their application to ethical issues of sex and marriage. Includes consideration of whether communities formed by sexual relationships and marriages promote the common good of larger communities.
Prerequisite: CORE 179 or equivalent.
PSY 255 - Human Sexuality
A study of theory and research on the physiological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of sexuality. Emphasis placed on examination of personal views of sexuality and on increased understanding of views of others.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
PSY 379A - CORE: Psychology of Women
A study of justice and the psychological and social dynamics that shape women’s lives. Students will critically examine past and present psychological research and theories of female personality and behavior, the research on gender comparisons and gender roles, and female socialization and developmental processes.
Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open
to students with Credit in PSY 348A. This course partially fulfills the Social and
Behavioral Science requirement and fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural
SWK 250 - Women, Politics & Economics
THL 325 - Feminist Liberation Theologies
An exploration of the central themes of Catholic Christian theology from the perspective of the global community of women. The course will delve into Latina, Womanist, Asian, and Post-Colonial, as well as North American/European understandings of the Bible, God, Christ, the Church and Christian experience.
Prerequisite: One of the following courses: THL 106, THL 107, or THL 225.
WGS 279A - CORE: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
This course explores the common good through gender, its history, representation, and relationship to culture, society, and art. What is the relationship between gender and society? How has gender been influenced by society and vice versa? We will examine the ways diverse communities have responded to these kinds of questions in the past. We will also examine the ways in which gender is represented, viewed, treated and discussed today.
Issues such as the women’s suffrage; gender policies in religion, business and education;
and gender bias will be discussed. Readings will be multicultural and multidisciplinary.
Films, the visual arts and popular media will also be included.
Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status. Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.
WGS 397 - Internship
Supervised fieldwork of 40 hours per credit hour in a gender-women’s studies related field. Students will meet regularly with the sponsoring instructor.
Prerequisites: Junior standing, 3.000 cumulative grade point average, consent of the
advisor and director.
WGS 286-486 - Independent Study
This class gives students the chance to develop individual creative, critical, and
research projects. Forty (40) hours per Credit hour. Includes Honors Program research.
Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor, academic advisor, and division chairperson.