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Bachelor of Arts. Women’s Studies

The Women’s Studies Program at I.A.U. provides interdisciplinary academic programs that span departments, disciplines, and ideologies. The programs provide students the opportunity to study the full range of human experience and arrangements of social organization from the perspectives of those whose participation has been traditionally distorted, omitted, neglected, or denied – women in their racial, class, sexual, and cultural diversity. Students develop critical reasoning and analytical skills, research and communication skills, a deep appreciation for complexities of power, asymmetries in gender relations across time, class, and cultures, and conceptual tools for social change. Emphasis on multidisciplinary and multiethnic approaches assures a broader exposure to the humanities and social sciences than is commonly available within disciplinary confines. A background in women’s studies offers unique contextual validation for today’s gender controversies and prepares students for a wide range of career and life choices.

The interdisciplinary major in Women’s Studies may be taken alone or in conjunction with another Letters and Science major. In the case of a double major, no more than five courses may be applied toward both majors.

Bachelor of Arts. Women’s Studies

Opportunities

A background in Women’s Studies offers unique contextual appreciation for the complexities of social problems and prepares the student for advanced study in traditional disciplines and the professions.

Preparation

Required: Women’s Studies 10. Students must also complete departmental lower division requisites, as applicable, for upper division women’s studies courses in the disciplines.

Major

Required: At least 13 upper division courses as follows:

  1. Three core courses, including (a) one feminist theory course from Women’s Studies 110A or 110B or M192, (b) course 130 or one course on the study of American ethnic minority women from the approved list of women’s studies credit courses issued each term by the program, and (c) course 197 (departmental 197 courses may not be applied)
  1. A distribution of at least four courses, each from a different department or discipline, selected from the approved list of women’s studies courses
  1. Six additional concentration courses from one or two of the disciplines in which the core and distribution courses have been taken. Students may petition for interdisciplinary or topical concentrations such as feminist theory, women of color, women’s health, or lesbian studies. If two fields are selected, the ratio of the six courses may be divided 3-3 or 4-2

Four units of Women’s Studies 199 may be applied toward the concentration requirement for the major.

 

Course Description

WST 202 Women's Health 3(3-0) F, Sp

Study of women’s health, including reproductive health issues and female health problems. Emphasis on knowledge for active participation in health care, healthy lifestyles, and preventive measures. Identical to HSC 202. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.

WST 207 Women in Religion 3(3-0) D

 The place and image of women in major religious traditions. Emphasis on current literature about religious reform, creation of alternative institutions, new concepts of spirituality. Identical to REL 207. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (Group IV-A)

WST 213 Introduction to Human Sexuality 3(3-0) F, Sp

Human sexual development throughout the human life cycle. Emphasis on understanding and acceptance of self as a sexually functioning person. Identical to SOC 213 and HEV 213. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.

WST 221 Growing Up in America 3(3-0) F, Sp

Child rearing, education, social experiences, search for identity, and finding a career from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Identical to HST 221. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (Group IV-A)

WST 230 Women in the Economy 3(3-0)

A study of the past and present role of women in the economy, as workers, both inside and outside the labor market. Identical to ECO 230. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (Group IV-A)

WST 297 Special Topics in Women's Studies 3-6(Spec)

Course covers special topics of interest to Women’s Studies not covered in existing courses. Course title will be listed on student’s transcript.

WST 303 Goddesses 3(3-0)

Interdisciplinary study of nature and role of goddesses in selected cultures, ancient and modern. Examination of issues raised when contemporary groups employ/reinvent goddess concepts. Identical to REL 303. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.

WST 317 Sociology of Sex and Gender 3(3-0)

Analysis of the role of gender in institutions such as the economy, the family and the schools; gender inequality and factors that promote its reproduction. Identical to SOC 317. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.

WST 319 Women and Sport 2(2-0)

An investigation of the motivational and social implications of women’s participation in sport. Identical to PES 319. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.

WST 325 Women and the Law 3(3-0)

Examines perceptions and behavior toward women and their struggle for change so as to achieve gender equality through use of the law. Identical to BLR 325. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (Group III-A)

WST 326 Women and Politics 3(3-0) Sp

This course will look primarily at empirical studies of women’s role in politics in the U.S. but also in other contexts. Identical to PSC 326. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (Group IV-A)

WST 327 Women Writers 3(3-0)

Readings in fiction, poetry, and autobiography by women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, approached through contemporary feminist views. Identical to ENG 327. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses

WST 328 Women in America 3(3-0) F, Sp

Study of the traditional position of women in American society as documented in historical, literary, and biographical sources. Identical to HST 326. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (Group I-A)

WST 334 Psychology of Women 3(3-0) F, Sp

Explores psychological issues pertaining specifically to women in the following areas: affective and cognitive functioning, personality theories, adult role behaviors, sexuality and physical and mental health. Identical to PSY 334. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (Group III-A)

WST 354 Women in European History 3(3-0)

Surveys and analyzes the traditional and nontraditional roles of women in European history, using new historical research. Identical to HST 354. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.

WST 362 Male-Female Communication 3(3-0)

Focuses on the role of communication in the creation and perpetuation of gender stereo types. Emphasis on personal growth and awareness in a variety of texts. Identical to IPC 362. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.

WST 380 Racial Diversity: Mass Media's Role 3(3-0)

Critical, historical examination of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and gender stereotypes in mass media. Self-portrayal by these groups using mass media. Identical to JRN 380. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (Group IV-C).

WST 382 Women and Art 3(3-0)

Women’s identities as artists, patrons, viewers, and subjects of representation, their changes historically, and their relationship to definitions of art. Identical to ART 382. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.

WST 410 Women, Crime and Deviance 3(3-0)

Theories and concepts fundamental to reconceptualizing women’s relationships to crime and “deviance”. Violence against women, women as victims and offenders, poverty, and “deviant” sexualities. Identical to SOC 410. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Prerequisites: SOC 300, 301; or signed Women’s Studies major or minor.

WST 426 Women and Philosophy 3(3-0)

Examines the way women have been described by the Western philosophical tradition from its beginnings to the present and offers alternative analyses to this tradition.  Identical to PSC 426 and PHL 426.  Credit cannot be earned in more than one of these courses.  Prerequisites:  Consent of instructor, or at least Junior standing and either one course in philosophy or one of the following courses:  PSC 275, 326, 371, 373, 378.

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