Fall 2017

NOTE: Letters in parenthesis indicate how the class fills a distribution requirement in the WST General Concentration and/or whether it counts for the TPS or IPG track in the major.  If a course fills a GenEd requirement, that is specified separately. Click on the hyperlinks below for a course syllabus.

Majors may count any one 2000-level class towards the WMS major.  Only WST2322, 2611, or 2612 count towards the WMS minor; only WST2611 or 2612 count towards the TPS minor.

Introduction to Health Disparities

Laura K. Guyer
WST 2322 – Section 045A
MWF 2; FLG 0280; 3 Credits

This introductory course examines the multifaceted issue of health disparities through the lens of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and special populations. It also addresses the concepts of medically underserved areas/populations, health literacy, cultural competence, readability & linguistic appropriateness and social determinants of health as they relate to health equity.(WST: SS, G&S; GenEd: S, D; HDS Minor: Core.) Syllabus

Introduction to Health Disparities

Laura K. Guyer
WST 2322 – Section 1H73
WEB; 3 Credits

This introductory course examines the multifaceted issue of health disparities through the lens of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and special populations. It also addresses the concepts of medically underserved areas/populations, health literacy, cultural competence, readability & linguistic appropriateness and social determinants of health as they relate to health equity.(WST: SS, G&S; GenEd: S, D; HDS Minor: Core.) Syllabus

Please note: The online section of WST 2322 is only for students who don’t want to enroll in the HDS minor. All current and prospective minors must take the in person section.

Humanities Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Carolyn Kelley
WST 2611 – Section 0167
MWF 5; CSE E121; 3 Credits

This course uses close readings of cultural representations (in literature, the visual arts, movies, television, the internet, etc…) to understand intersecting categories of identity such as gender, sexuality, class, and race. We will examine how such categories operate in everything from novels to YouTube to the evening news. (WST: HUM; TPS; GenEd: H, D; Gordon Rule 2000) Syllabus

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women’s Studies

Connie Shehan
WST 3015 – Section 04E6
T 6-7, R 6; MAT 0018; 3 Credits

Drawing on materials and methodologies from a variety of disciplines, this class explores the diverse experiences of women, both in past eras and in the present, in the U.S. and abroad. Required for the Women’s Studies major and minor; fulfills the General Education requirement in diversity. (WST: Core; Gen Ed:  H, SS, D and Gordon Rule 4000) Syllabus

Writing for Women’s Studies: Feminist Voice(s)

Carolyn A. Kelley
ENC3254– Section 6438
MWF, 6; LIT 207;  3 Credits

For centuries, women’s voices as artists, writers, and creators have been silenced or suppressed. Although women writers have fought to have their voices heard, the hangover of oppression lingers. What about the students who read their work? Do you ever feel your own voice as a writer has been oppressed or even silenced? What forces keep you from being a confident reader, writer, and thinker? Are any of these forces or pressures the results of your intersectionality – your biological sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, or ability?  Do women write differently than men? Also, who gets to decide what “women’s writing” actually is? Along with discussing these questions, students will work on becoming better readers, writers, and thinkers. We will concentrate on building your abilities in these three areas, so that you will leave the class a more confident reader, thinker, and writer. If you can write with skill and confidence, you have a powerful tool in achieving any future goals you’ve set for yourself. (GR6; WST: HUM) Syllabus

Gender, Bodies, and Health

Alyssa N. Zucker
WST 3323 – Section 09BH
M 6-8; FAB 0105; 3 Credits

In this class we will examine how gender is “worn” on the female body. Adopting a feminist interdisciplinary approach, we will explore three major themes: female biology in a social context, bodily practices concerning food and exercise, and disease (i.e., cancer). Throughout, we will examine how these topics are shaped by intersections of gender, race, and class. We will also focus on the role of activism and policy changes in improving health for all people. (SS, G&S; HDS Minor: Tier 1) Syllabus

Women, Leadership, and Diversity in a Global Environment

Mallory Szymanski
WST 3371 – Section 1598
WEB; 3 Credits

This course examines key leadership concepts in general, and women in particular. The course is not set up to teach you how to be a leader (or be a better leader), per se, but it will operate with the assumption that if you know how successful women and men have navigated power and authority, applied knowledge and core competencies, and balanced life and work, you will be better able to direct your own academic endeavors and professional development. We will explore leadership theory in general, examine the extent to which leadership, as it is currently researched/theorized is framed for American audiences, and consider whether or not these metrics are useful for understanding leadership in diverse populations and across national borders.(SS) Syllabus

Sexualities Studies

Tanya L. Saunders
WST 3603 – Section 0900
T, 4, R4-5; TUR L011; 3 Credits

Sexualities Studies is the interdisciplinary study of sexualities covering diverse theories of sexualities and desire, and how these theories are socially constructed and regulated. Central to the class will be the connections between sexualities and other social locators such as race, ethnicity, gender, social class, age and ability or disability.(WST: SS; TPS: Core; HDS Minor: Tier 2; GenEd: SS) Syllabus

Independent Study

Faculty
Variable Credits 1-3; Can be repeated up to 6 credits
WST 4905 – Section Department Controlled

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and program chair
For advanced undergraduate students who desire to supplement the regular courses by independent reading or research. Online Application .

Undergraduate Research in Women’s Studies

Faculty
Variable Credits 1-3
WST 4911 – Section Department Controlled

Prerequisite: Permission of Undergraduate Coordinator/Program Chair
For advanced undergraduate students who desire to supplement the regular courses by independent reading or research

Women, Romance, Science Fiction, and Mystery

Tace Hedrick
WST 4930 – Section 28C2
M 9-110, R 9; TUR 2346; 3 Credits

In this course we will be reading theory, criticism, and popular fiction in an effort to see how feminism has (or has not) been taken up and/or been adapted by popular-culture genres such as the romance and the detective/mystery novel. We will also be discussing possible differences and similarities in novels whose main characters (and authors) are white, of color, straight or queer.  (WST:HUM)

Internship

Faculty
Variable Credits 1-3; Can be repeated up to 6 credits
WST 4940 – Section Department Controlled

Prerequisite: Permission of undergraduate coordinator

Designed for students desiring practical experience in the community. Students intern with a local agency, group or business involved in women’s issues. Click here for more information and an on-line application.

Practicum in Health Disparities

Laura K. Guyer
WST 4941C – Section Departmentally Controlled
MWF 1; FLI 0109; 3 Credits

WST 4941C is a capstone experience for seniors who have taken WST2322,, Introduction to Health Disparities in Society. Students are matched with preceptors from community agencies working with under-served and disadvantaged populations. Students will learn about the agency and its organizational culture while applying concepts of cultural competence, linguistic appropriateness and health disparities. To register, contact Dr. Laura Guyer. (HDS Minor: Core) Syllabus

Women’s/Gender Honors Thesis

Faculty
3 Credits; WST 4970- Section Department Controlled

Students register for this course when pursuing an Honors Thesis in the WST major.  In accordance with the protocols established by WST and the Honors Program, students design and pursue an independent research project with guidance from an advisor. Guidelines for the Honors Thesis are available here and the Application for the Honors Thesis is here.