Undergraduate College

Courses

WST-0100 Introduction to Women’s Studies
This course is an introduction to critical thinking about the construction of gender and the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. Drawing on material from a wide range of fields and media, the students will examine the ways in which these construction and intersections shape women’s lives. This interdisciplinary course will highlight multicultural perspectives in U.S. society and also will examine what it means to be a woman in a global context. Offered fall semester. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Multiculturalism and Gender requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WST-S100 Service Learning in Women's Studies

This Service Learning course allows students to fulfill their experiential learning requirement by participating in a project in the community that is integrated into a Women's Studies course. Offered occasionally. 1 credit. This course fulfills the Enacting the Core/Experiential Learning requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WST-0120 Women’s Global Issues: Africa

This course has been designed to examine the critical issues raised about the status of women around the globe. The geographical focus of this course will be Africa. We will explore women’s economic, social, and political positions in Africa. We will ask how globalization has affected African women’s lives. We will seek to understand, as much as possible, African women’s issues as expressed through African women’s own writings. 1 credit. This course fulfills a Global Awareness/Culture requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WST-0130 Women’s Global Issues: Latin America
This course has been designed to examine the critical issues raised about the status of women around the globe. The geographical focus of this course will be Latin America. We will explore women’s economic, social, and political positions in Latin America. We will ask how globalization has affected Latin American women’s lives. We will seek to understand, as much as possible, Latin American women’s issues as expressed through Latin American women’s own writings. 1 credit. This course fulfills a Global Awareness/Culture requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WST-0140 Witches and Witchcraft: Burning Issues in Feminist Scholarship
This course will examine the topic of witchcraft and witchhunts. What are the notable witchhunts in history? Were witchhunts a cynical use of male power to control and terrorize women? Using Women’s Studies methodology, as well as historical texts, the students will study women’s roles in the magical — from prehistory to the preset — and will examine the intersection of these roles with gender issues. Why was witchcraft imaged as female? The students will also critically examine questions regarding the persecution of women as witches and how they were linked to religion, demonic possession, and magic. The class will look at the modern representation of women as witches in Hollywood through films and television. Students themselves will be asked to brew up topics for class discussion. 3 credits.

WST-0200 Women’s Studies: Theories and Pedagogies

An introduction to a range of feminist theories including: liberal feminism, socialist feminism, Black Feminism, radical feminism, and postmodern feminism. Special attention will be given to issues raised by multiculturalism, women of color, class concerns, and international feminist movements. The course will introduce students to a variety of theories to enable them to recognize and use those theories in their research and life situations. No prerequisite. Offered spring semester. 3 credits.

WST-0201 Studies in Fiction
The techniques and types of fiction taught by close reading and analysis of a variety of short stories, novels, and film. Studies in Fiction is a Multicultural Course that predominantly focuses on American and British texts from the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. This course is cross-listed with ENG-0201. No prerequisite. Offered fall semester. 3 credits.

WST-0210 Women and Work
Women’s access to paid work is critical to their achieving self-reliance and the well-being of their dependents. A large part of women’s work is in low-paid or underpaid occupations. Using Women’s Studies methodology, this course will examine the history and experiences of women in the labor market. We will explore a wide variety of issues that women have encountered in the workforce including paid vs. unpaid work, equal pay, maternity leave, child care, discrimination, and sexual harassment. The course will focus primarily on women and work in the United States, we will also include in our discussion, global issues concerning women and work throughout the world. No prerequisite. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

WST-0220 Women’s Health
This course will examine the history of women as healers and as patients. In the context of feminist theory, the students will critical examine basic health issues, medical ethics, and issues concerning the medical profession and its treatment of women. The students will further examine women’s differing health status, and the political, economical, and cultural values and structures that have an impact on women’s health. Special attention will be paid to critical examination of both research and health care service that affect women as a population, on a global level as well as on an individual level. No prerequisite. 3 credits.

WST-0230 Diversity of Women

This course will examine the history of women as healers and patients. In the context of feminist theory, the course will examine basic health issues, medical ethics, and issues concerning the medical profession. The course will further examine women’s differing health status, and the political, economical, and cultural values and structures that have an impact on women’s health. No prerequisite. 3 credits

WST-0231 Painted Ladies
An interdisciplinary exploration of images of women in Mediterranean painting from the Bronze Age through the Roman period. Topics covered include gender roles, women’s participation in religion, the aesthetics of female beauty, and modes of female dress and ornamentation. A studio art project will be a main component of this course. This course satisfies the Ancient requirement and the studio art requirement for the major/minor. This course is cross-listed as ARH-0231. No prerequisite. 3 credits.

WST-0240 Women and Violence
A discussion of common forms of violence against women in the United States and elsewhere, emphasizing how race, class, ethnicity, and sexual and religious identifications dramatically impact gendered violence. No prerequisite. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

WST-0245 Gender, War, and Peace: What if Women Ruled the World?
Warfare is the ultimate gendered territory. Using a Women’s Studies lens, the students will examine issues of war and peace. Among other questions we will critically examine what does war tell us about gender; what does gender tell us about war? Are women naturally more peace loving? Despite notable historical exceptions such as Joan of Arc, the overwhelming majority of combatants have been men. But women are both essential to the war effort and bear its heavy burdens in many ways: high proportions of war casualties — via direct violence, starvation, rape, homelessness, slavery — are women. In addition to these issues, the course will explore women’s contribution to the process of peacemaking and also their increasing use as combatants. We will also debate questions such as: should feminists support women’s access to combat roles and is peace as feminist issue? No prerequisite. 3 credits. This course fulfills a Global Awareness/Culture requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

 

WST-H245 Gender, War, and Peace: What if Women Ruled the World? This course examines changing roles for women and men during times of war. Through a close examination of masculinity and femininity during military conflicts, specifically World War I, Vietnam, and the current war in the Middle East, we will explore the role of gender in both warfare and pacifism. In this Honors section of the course, students will engage with supplementary readings that deepen discussion of the course themes beyond perspectives available in the textbook readings alone. In addition, students will collaborate with the instructor on a project working with local veterans or on an archival project about pacifism. This course fulfills a Global Awareness/Culture requirement in the Undergraduate College's General Education Program. Prerequisite: Students must meet the UC qualifications for the Honors Program. 3 credits.

WST-0255 Women in Politics
In 2006, women held 81, or 15.1%, of the 535 seats in the 109th US Congress and 22.8%, of the 7,382 state legislators’ seats in the United States. Why don’t more women run? Why don’t more women win? Does it matter? Topics will include the fight to get the vote, the gender gap in voting and what it means, and the leadership styles of women. Students are expected to engage in off-campus activities that connect them to women who work in the political sphere, broadly defined. This course is cross listed with PSC-0255. Prerequisites: one Social Science course or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

WST-0271 Women and Religion
An exploration of the role of women in religion considered from historical, cultural, biblical, and theological perspectives. Some of the issues to be considered include women’s roles in institutional religion, especially Christianity, in the family, legal rights, and the women’s movement in the United States and in the third world countries. This course cross lists with RST-0270. No prerequisite. 3 credits.

WST-0279 Body Art: Tattooing, Piercing, and Their Ritual Meanings
This course responds to the recent tattoo renaissance across Europe and the U.S. in which bodily inscription, piercing, scarification, cicatrization, and other bodily decorations have migrated from the margins of Western culture to the center of popular, commercial, and bourgeois culture. We will excavate the meaning — art historical, cultural, historical, and psychological — of the tattoo from its beginning in the Ice Age through its development in tribal ritual, through its facile, modern translation. Some themes for discussion are: the typology of tattoos — penal, religious, patriotic, etc; gender relationships within tattoo art; the migration of the tattoo as symbols of working-class male rebellion to middle-class, female expressions of status, self-expression, and transgression; the body as canvas. This course is cross listed as ARH-0279. No prerequisite. Offered upon rotation. 3 credits.

WST-0288 Art and the African-American Woman
African-American art forms an important and integral but overlooked piece of our cultural heritage. This interdisciplinary course traces and investigates the role of African-American women in art, as both the objects and makers of representation, from their roots in slavery to the present-day. We will examine painting, sculpture, pottery, woodcarving, architecture, photography, and filmmaking from the colonial era through the nineteenth century, the Harlem movement of the early twentieth century, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, and the contemporary art scene. Themes for discussion are the objectification of the black female body, the gendered portrayal of African-American women in art, the devaluation of the African-American woman’s artistic contribution, and the role of this art in political struggles. This course is cross-listed with ARH-0288. Prerequisite: one History of Art course or permission of instructor. Offered upon rotation. 3 credits.

WST-0281 19th Century Social Movements
This course presents a survey of major social movements in the United States during the 19th Century. This course examines several important social movements by women, and is intended to provide students with an understanding of the significance of social movements in the U.S. history, as well as introduce students to different theoretical approaches to studying social movements. This course cross lists with HIS-0280. No prerequisite. 3 credits.

WST-0300 Approaches and Methodologies of Women’s Studies
This course is organized around the ways in which Women’s Studies scholars conceptualize and do research. It involves investigation of resources, construction of bibliographies, style for formal papers, and the preparation of the proposal for the student's senior thesis. No prerequisite. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

WST-0310 Pop Art I: Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, and the Commercialization of Beauty

This interdisciplinary course examines New York’s Pop Art of the 1960’s, with its bold graphic design and language, its giant scale and carnival color, and its positive embrace of contemporary commodity culture. Pop Art’s bitter “pink pill” was the beauty myth as swallowed by women. Themes to be examined: Marilyn, the limpid blonde; Elvis, the gyrating body; the packaging and pursuit of beauty in Hollywood; commodity, cartoon, and comic painting; the impersonal handling of love. Research and presentations at area museums will be integral to this study. AHR-0175 and ARH–0176 are preparatory, but not required. Recommended for Graphic Design students. This course is cross-listed with ARH-0310. No prerequisite. Offered upon rotation with other courses in modern art. 3 credits.

WST-0311 Pop Art II: Star Power, Coca Cola, and Mass Culture
This interdisciplinary course examines New York’s Pop Art of the 1960’s. Incorporating heavy black outlines, flat primary colors, Benday dots used to add tone in printing, and the sequential images of film into painting, Pop gurus such as Warhol and Lichtenstein crafted images which drew on popular and powerful commercial culture for their style and subject matter. War and romance comic books, Madison Avenue advertising, television, and Hollywood movies and movie stars provided Pop artists with grist for their new, bold mills. Pop Art threatened the survival, many feared, of the sophisticated, modernist art and high culture it mocked. Themes to be examined: Pop Art’s embrace or parody of popular culture; shower curtains, coke bottles, lipstick — erotic or banal art; post-WWII and a new art mirroring a society of contented women and men with ample time to enjoy cheap and plentiful material goods. ARH-0175 and ARH-0176 are preparatory, but not required. Recommended for Graphic Design students. Incorporates museum work. This course is cross-listed as ARH-0311. No prerequisite. Offered upon rotation with other courses in modern art; follows Pop Art I (ARH-0310 or WST-0310) in sequence. 3 credits.

WST-0316 Stepford Wives: Women, Art, and Advertising in the Pop Art Generation

This course investigates Pop Art images in the fine arts, advertising, television, newspaper, film, and in other commercial art forms. Some topics of class discussion are: the re-domestication of the American housewife and her new space-age kitchen and home; art’s return to a retro vision of composition, design, and color; the commercialization and suppression of domesticity in mass media; images of the cult of motherhood. ARH-0176 is preparatory but not required. This course is cross-listed as ARH-0316. No prerequisite. Offered upon rotation with other modern art and women studies courses. 3 credits.

WST-0331 “Scream Queens: Women, Violence, and the Hollywood Horror Film”
Exploring art historical and contemporary feminist film theory, students in this interdisciplinary history of art and women’s studies course will discover the roles of women in the horror film genre and its role in popular visual culture. Themes to be examined: women and violence; horror versus sadism; recreational terror and its broader cultural implications. This course is cross-listed with ARH-0331. Prerequisite: one History of Art / Women’s Studies course or permission of instructor. Offered upon rotation with other film and women studies courses. 3 credits.

WST-0350 Women and Art

An investigation of the role of women in art from antiquity to the present, both as objects of gendered representation and as artists. The historical devaluation of the contributions of women to art is examined. Extra-curricular work with various local women’s agencies is integral to the course. ARH-0175 and ARH-0176 are preparatory, but not required courses. This course is cross-listed as ARH-0350. No prerequisite. Offered upon rotation with other art history and women studies courses. 3 credits.

WST-0352 Guerrilla Girls: Feminist Art since 1970

Feminist art emerged within the context of the Women’s Liberation movement of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. A generation later, this movement calls for reintegration into art’s mainstream. This course will examine the works of well-known women artists such as Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Alice Neel, Ana Mendieta, and many others, who have changed the shape of the art world. Political activist groups such as the world-renowned, international Gorilla Girls will be studied and interviewed, when possible. ARH-0176 is preparatory but not required. This course is cross-listed as ARH-0352. No prerequisite. Offered upon rotation with other courses in modern art and women’s studies. 3 credits.

WST-0355 Sleeping Beauties: The Nude in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Visual Culture
This course examines the multi-dimensional role of the nude in nineteenth and twentieth-century art — historically, critically, thematically, and aesthetically. Students critically examine questions such as gender and power, the body as battleground, the body as landscape, art versus pornography, and the objectification and politicization of the nude. Extra-curricular work with local women’s groups is integral to the course. ARH-0176 and ARH–0176 are preparatory, but not required. This course is cross-listed as ARH-0355. No prerequisite. Offered upon rotation with other history of art and women's studies courses. 3 credits.

WST-0360 The Goddess, Eve, and Mary: How Women Are Represented in Art

This course focuses on three archetypes of woman — the goddess of prehistory, Eve the temptress, and the Virgin Mary — examining artifacts from prehistory through the Renaissance. Issues such as gender, the sin of woman, the fall of “mankind”, and veneration of the Mother Mary will be examined, with attention to the consequences of these three archetypes in western visual culture. Extra-curricular work with local women’s groups is integral to the course. This course is cross-listed as ARH-0360. Prerequisite: one Women’s Studies course or permission of instructor. Offered upon rotation with other history of art and women’s studies courses. 3 credits.

WST-0365 Seminar on Marriage, Family & Intimate Relationships

Topics: universality of the family; trends in marriage; class differentials in spousal selection; conflict resolution; alternative family styles; intimacy patterns; modification of husband-wife roles; social interventions with families; the effects of separation/divorce on children and new custodial arrangements; decision making in intimate relationships. This course cross lists with SOC-0360. No prerequisite. 3 credits.

WST-0370 Sisters in Art: Representation versus Reality

This interdisciplinary history of art and women’s studies course focuses on the unique relationship between biological sisters, analyzing the history of cultural constructions of sisters in sacred texts, mythology, fairytales, painting, film, television, and advertising. From Rachel and Leah to Roseanne and Jackie, sisterly relations will be examined with regard to the complicated mixtures of love, envy, hatred, devotion, jealously, dispassion, etc. How have representations of sisterhood reflected/betrayed larger cultural constructs, concerns, and prejudices? Fieldwork at area museums and/or with local women’s organizations is integral to this course. This course is cross-listed as ARH-0370. Prerequisite: one Women’s Studies course. Offered upon rotation with other history of art and women’s studies courses. 3 credits.

WST-0400 Women’s Studies Integration Seminar
A seminar designed to help student integrate their knowledge of Women's Studies scholarship. Writing a senior thesis and sharing the contents of the student’s research are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: Senior Women's Studies major status. Offered spring semester. 3 credits.

WST-0405 Independent Study
Area of study selected by the student in consultation with the mentor. Arranged on an individual basis. 1 to 3 credits.

WST-0406 Women and Psychology
A psychological analysis of the behavior and experience of women. Cultural, interpersonal, and intrapersonal determinants of women’s actions, thoughts, and feelings will be explored. Prerequisite: PSY-0100 and Junior or Senior Women's Studies major status. This course cross lists with PSY-0405. Offered fall semester. 3 credits.

WST-0410 Internship

Supervised work experience provide practical, real-life experience with issues relevant to Women’s Studies. Offered spring semester. 1 to 3 credits.

WST-0460 Seminar: Special Topics
Advanced topics of special interest in Women’s Studies to be selected by the instructor. 3 credits.