Introduction to Health Disparities
Examination of the multifaceted issue of health disparities based upon race and ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, education, sexuality, disability, physical and mental health, geography and other factors. Related issues include social determinants of health, cultural competency, health literacy, advocacy, social justice and health equity. (S and D)
Humanities Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality
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. The course will examine how such categories operate in everything from novels to YouTube to the evening news.
(H and D) (WR)
Social Science Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality
The social construction of gender, sexuality, race, class and other identity categories. Readings focus on individuals, families and cultural groups, mainly in the U.S. but with attention to other nations. Subjects as intimate as the body and violence and as pervasive as politics and the law are included. The course emphasizes differences in daily life experiences of health care, education, sports and religion. Finally, it examines the potential of movements for social change. (S and D) (WR)
Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women's Studies
Drawing on materials and methodologies from a variety of disciplines, this class explores the diverse experiences of women in past eras and in the present, and in the U.S. and abroad. Required for the women's studies major and minor.
(H or S, and D) (WR)
A holistic framework for understanding the connections between environmental, feminist and social justice issues. This course critically analyzes positions within ecofeminist theory. (WR)
Women and feminism in a transnational perspective, focusing on various theories and movements engendered by women in contemporary national contexts. The course examines development, reproductive politics and women's health. (S and N)
Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing or instructor permission.
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.
Feminist theories of nature, science and technology, and how gender and race are critical to the origins of science, the making of scientists and the politics of contemporary practice.
Special Interdisciplinary Topics in Women's Studies
Credits: 1 to 4.
Variable topics from different fields of study in gender/ women's studies based on a feminist approach. Topics can include gender issues in education, women's autobiography and women's health issues.
How are the experiences of gender and sexuality configured by geography, location and the built environment? How do gender relations and sexual practices define and give meaning to space and place? This class explores these questions through interdisciplinary consideration of the gendered relationships that unfold in significant spaces and places in the U.S. and the world.
Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
Overview of lesbian and gay studies, including a portrait of the field, challenges, core debates and possible future directions of such research.
Independent Study in Women's Studies
Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
For advanced undergraduate students who want to supplement regular courses with independent reading or research.
Credits: 1 to 6; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits. Prereq: instructor permission.
Lectures and seminars covering selected topics of current interest in women's studies and/or gender studies.
Credits: 1-6; Prereq: WST 3015.
This capstone course, required for all majors, is the culmination of the women's studies major. It explores past and present scholarship to reaffirm the interdisciplinary nature of the field and to highlight relationships among feminist theory, intellectual practice and social change. The bulk of the semester is devoted to an independent writing project on the student's selected topic.
Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: instructor and program director permission.
Practical experience in the community with a local agency, group or business involved in women's issues. (S-U)
Credits: 3; Prereq: WST 2322 and enrollment in health disparities minor.
Capstone experience for seniors enrolled in the health disparities in society minor. Students are matched with preceptors from community agencies that work with underserved, disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations. Students will learn about the agency and its organizational culture while applying concepts of cultural competence, linguistic appropriateness and health disparities.
Women's/Gender Studies Honors Thesis
Credits: 3. Prereq/Coreq: WST 4935 and WST majors.
For students pursuing an honors thesis in WST, in accordance with the protocols established by the WST and honors programs. Students design and pursue an independent research project with guidance from an adviser.