Courses Approved by Academic Affairs for a Minor in Women's Studies
"Art by Women"
This course offers concentration of the visual art contributions of women. Historical, cultural, and political influences on women's art are examined. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.
"Introduction to Women's Studies"
An introduction to the academic discipline of women's studies. This course defines terms appropriate to that discipline, surveys the significance of women in history and culture, examines the social roles of women, and studies women in economics, politics, education, health concerns, language, and art forms. Prerequisite: 12 hours college credit.
"Women in Film"
This course provides an introduction to the genre of women's film, exploring its unique characteristics, purposes, and motifs. Prerequisites: English 1113 and English 1213.
"Women of the Bible"
This course will provide coverage of the women of the Bible from a literary viewpoint. Emphasis will be on the literary genres, archetypes, motifs, and themes of their stories. Allusions and parallels to their stories found in other literature will be explored. Prerequisites: English 1113 and 1213.
"Women in Science/Technical Writing"
This class will cover the history of scientific and technical writing of women writers from Renaissance through the twentieth century. It will be an historical survey; we will seek thematic links between different historical periods, and move beyond the concepts of scientific "breakthroughs" or "revolutions" to try to understand how women influenced the changes and "breakthroughs" of science and technical writing. We will analyze the texts that women produced, and discuss how these texts interacted with and changed the societies that produced them. Disciplines and professions surveyed include: engineering, physics, chemistry, nursing, medicine, and education. The final goal of the class is an understanding of the general history of science and how science both shapes and is shaped by women. We will also focus on stylistic changes to scientific and technical writing that paralleled changes in scientific and technical thought. Prerequisite(s): ENG 1213 or 1223 with a minimum grade of "C". Junior or senior standing.
"Ninteenth-Century British Women Writers"
This course examines the works of major British women writers of the nineteenth century, focusing on the female literary tradition inherent in their novels and poetry. Prerequisite(s): ENG 1113 and 1213. Junior or senior standing.
"Twentieth-Century Women's Autobiography"
This course examines autobiographies written by women during the twentieth century. The course will concentrate on providing a theoretical background and strategies for analyzing women's life writing. Prerequisite(s): ENG 1113 and 1213. Junior or senior standing.
"Southern Women Writers"
This course offers a survey of twentieth-century American women writers. Writers studied include Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Kate Chopin, Carson McCullers, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston. Prerequisites: English 1113 and English 1213.
"African-American Women Writers"
This course offers a survey of African-American women writers. In addition to slave narratives, writers included are Zora Neale Hurston, Terry McMillan, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. Prerequisite(s): ENG 1113 and 1213.
"Women in Literature"
This course provides an in-depth survey of literature written by women, analysis of the importance of gender in evaluating English, American, and World literature, and literary criticism by women writers. Prerequisite(s): ENG 1113 and 1213 and sophomore standing or above.
"Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers"
This course provides an introduction to the major American female writers of the nineteenth century. This course focuses on novels, but includes short stories and poetry. Prerequisites: English 1113 and English 1213.
This course examines the role of men and women in present-day society with engagement and marriage relationships. The course is open to freshman and sophomores. It is especially recommended to fulfill university Core Curriculum requirements.
"U.S. Women's History"
This course explore some of the most significant events in U.S. women's history from the pre-colonial period to the present. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
"Women's History: European"
Women's History: European investigates the historical and cultural roles of women from early modern Europe to the mid twentieth century. As we analyze both representative individuals and general trends, topics will include theories of women's history, changing roles, rights, and responsibilities culturally ascribed to women, and the ways in which women have navigated social constraints in politics, business and industry, and the church. Prerequisite(s): HIST 1103 or 1203 or 1263 and sophomore standing or above.
"Women's History: International"
This course focuses on continuities and changes in the social organization of gender differences particularly as this framework applies to women who lived during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in five geo-political regions: Southwest Asia, Asia, South Asia, Africa, and Latin American. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
"American Indian Women"
This course examines the varied historical experiences of American Indian women. This course provides a chronological framework through which to examine more than four centuries of encounter, resistance, accommodation and change. Themes include: origins and cultural development; the impact of European contact; assimilation, acculturation, adaptation; U.S. federal Indian policies; boarding school experiences; American Indian arts and crafts; the Southwest tourism industry; Native women's resistance and activism. Prerequisite(s): HIST 1483 or 1493 and junior or senior standing.
"Women of the American West"
This course examines women in the American West from the early 1800s to the 1980s. Through the study of individual women's lives and texts as well as historians' interpretations of women's experiences, this course traces regional identity, mobility and cultural representations in an effort to understand how women shaped the American West. Prerequisite(s): HIST 1483 or 1493 and junior or senior standing.
"Women, Witches, and Religion"
This interdisciplinary seminar examines the phenomena of women whose lives lie outside of the norms of social expectations. Literary, historical, psychological, philosophical, and religious responses to such women will be evaluated to gain an understanding of female heterodoxy, from biblical times to the present. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
This course is designed to cause an awareness and understanding of women's rhetoric. The objective of the course is to explore the ways in which women have made their voices heard throughout history. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status.
"Communication and Gender"
This course is designed to investigate gender and communication issues in interpersonal, intercultural, and professional contexts. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above. Prerequisite(s): ENG 1113, 1213, (COMM 3153 or ENG 2213) and junior or senior standing.
"Women in Media"
Women in Media focuses on women as journalism professionals and as subjects of the media. With the backdrop of history, statistics and input from guest speakers, we will discuss past, current and possible future issues related to those two main areas. This course relies heavily on students' opinions in reaction to the readings and discussion.
"Women and Values"
This course focuses on philosophical and SOC-cultural perspectives on women and women's issues from the time of Plato to the present. Issues will be addressed from a standpoint that incorporates applied ethical analysis of justice, rights, and equality as these items have concerned women. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of philosophy.
"Women and Politics"
This course will focus on the political status of women from a comparative perspective. The specific aim of the course is to examine the changing roles of women in recent history, the political and cultural impetuses behind these changes, and how these changes (or absence of change) have affected the lives of women in different political and cultural settings. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
A history of the family as a social and educational institution; problems confronting the modern family. Prerequisite(s): SOC 2103 or FMCD 2223.
Theories of class and caste; wealth, status, and power; the American class system. Prerequisite(s): ENG 1113, 1213, SOC 2103, 2203, and 2303. Junior or senior standing.
"Women Writing in Spanish America"
This course provides a comprehensive overview of Spanish American literature by women writers from diverse periods and geographic regions of central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Concepts introduced include issues influencing women's roles in Spanish America, such as silencing, otherness, and mythical images of women leading to the formation of false identities. These notions and others are considered in relation to influential political and religious institutions often regarded as instruments of oppression. Prerequisite(s): Seventeen hours in Spanish and written permission of the instructor.