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Women's Studies (WS)

This is an interdisciplinary minor under the authority of the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. The program is administered by the coordinator of women's studies, a member of the Division of the Social Sciences.

Objectives—The purpose of this program is to explore the history, position, and roles of women as well as attitudes concerning women. The program is designed to acquaint students with the place of women in society and prepare them to deal with discrimination against women. Because the study of women is interdisciplinary, the program is coordinated by the chairperson of the Division of Social Sciences.

Requirements for a Minor include a minimum of 35 credits to include Hist 1402, Hist 3271 or 3272, 3274, Psy 3004, and one of the following: Soc 3305, 3315, 3401, 3410, or 3416. The additional 15 credits are to be selected from the courses listed below. In the future, as the minor adviser deems appropriate, more courses may be added. Any directed study course for which an instructor is available is acceptable provided the subject matter is appropriate.

Students must submit a file of materials to demonstrate familiarity with different theoretical approaches to the study of women; the ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize women's studies materials; and an awareness of how a knowledge of women's studies relates to the individual's personal life and intellectual growth.

Students develop a coherent program of study in consultation with their minor advisers. Advisers are usually faculty with backgrounds or specialties related to women's studies. It is suggested that students complete five credits of interdisciplinary internship (IS 3850, 3851, 3852). When the program and plan are approved by the advisers, they are forwarded to the chairperson of the Division of Social Sciences for information.

Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the minor requirements.

Note: Students planning to minor in women's studies must register with the chairperson of the Division of Social Sciences.

Course Descriptions

Econ 3125w. Labor Economics. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3101 or #)

Functioning and performance of the labor market. Wage and employment determination. Distribution of earnings and earnings inequality by race and sex. Labor market implications of labor unions.

Hist 1400. Topics in the History of Women. (See specific topic for general education requirement category; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Selected topics such as the history of women in Western civilization; sex role socialization in the United States; second-, third-, and fourth-world women.
Hist 1402w. Sex Role Socialization in the United States. (E8; 5 cr; offered 1998-99)

Hist 3270. Topical Themes in the History of Women. (See specific topic for general education requirement category; 5 cr; prereq 1101 or 1102 or 1103 or 1200 or 1402; repeatable with #; offered when feasible)

Possible topics include a historical study of women and religion, a historical study of thought about American women, a cross-cultural study of the history of women.
Hist 3271. Women and Religion: A History. (W; 5 cr; offered when feasible)
Hist 3272. A History of Thought About American Women. (W; 5 cr; offered when feasible)
Hist 3274. The History of Women in Western Civilization. (W, E2; 5 cr; offered when feasible)

Psy 1401w. Human Sexuality. (E1; 4 cr)

Multidisciplinary survey of aspects of human sexuality including intimacy and communication; male and female anatomy, physiology, and response; development of identity, sex role and gender orientation; varieties of sexual expression; pregnancy and child birth; contraception and disease prevention; sexual coercion and abuse; sexual dysfunctions and therapies.

Psy 3004s. The Psychology of Women. (5 cr)

Feminist approach to the psychological study of women's personality, behavior, development, language issues, motivation, work and family lives, sexuality, health and psychobiology, adjustment and therapy, and victimization experiences. Focuses on women of color, feminist research methodology, and feminist analysis of psychological theories of women.

Psy 3920f,w,s. Field Experiences in Psychology. (1-5 cr; repeatable, but no more than 5 cr may be applied toward the 180 cr for the BA or toward the major requirements in psych; prereq #, which will normally require 3425 for work in psychiatric settings, 3400 and either 3500 or 3501 for work in schools; S-N only)

Individually arranged, supervised observation of and assistance with activities of professional psychologists in schools, clinics, hospitals, and other field settings.

Soc 3305s. Stratification. (E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110 or Econ 1100)

Hierarchies of power, wealth, and prestige; analysis of various theories of stratification. Class, status, race, minorities (e.g. African Americans, American Indians), caste, and sex evaluated in terms of stratification.

Soc 3315. Social Institutions. (E3, E4; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110; offered when feasible)

In-depth examination of one or two social institutions such as the law, education, religion, the family, or the economy in America and other societies. Topics vary and are announced in advance.

Soc 3401f. Sociology of Gender. (E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110)

Relationships among sex, gender, and society. Sex as a factor in stratification systems, social interaction, and institutions such as the economy, the family, and religion.

Soc 3410w. Sociology of the Family. (E3, E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100)

Status of the family in society, effects of the life cycle on the shape of the family, and dynamics of family relationships.

Soc 3416s. Prejudice, Discrimination, and Systems of Oppression. (E3, E4, Non-W; 5 cr; prereq Soc 1100 or Anth 1110, Soc 3305)

Patterns of group dominance, exploitation, and hate in the United States and globally. Emphasis on sexism, racism, and homophobia with some attention to other systems of oppression such as ageism and ableism.

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