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Honors 2013 Class 2009

WS 2013 Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural Women's Studies  [pdf]
Introduction to multicultural-women's studies as an interdisciplinary field and how gender, "race," class, nationality, sexuality, disability, and other identity categories shape human experiences.  Examination of social institutions, norms, and practices for their impact on the status and roles of women; visions and strategies for social transformation. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours. Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: language, philosophy & culture or component area option.  Satisifies global perspectives graduation requirement.  

WS 2033 Womanist Spiritual Activism: Social Justice Theories for Wellness and Transformation [pdf]
Introduction to interrelated roles of spiritual practice, imagnination, and creativity in personal well-being and struggles for social justice.  Multicultural, indigenous, and womanist approaches to wellness and social change.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  Fulfills the multicultural women's studies or the wellness requirements in the core curriculum.

WS 2053  Women and Minorities in Engineering, Mathematics and Science
Same as MATH 2053.  Examines reasons why women and minorities are traditionally underrepresented in the areas of engineering, mathematics, and science and includes strategies for increasing their representation.  Introduction to problem-solving strategies, useful for any discipline, which emphasize solutions incorporating both current and emerging technologies. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours. Meets core curriculum requirement for multicultural women's studies.

WS 2383  Gendered Images in Dance and Performance
Same as DNCE 2383. Survey of the development of gendered images in various dance genres and events embedded in U.S. culture and how movement expression inscribes markers of identity such as gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality in their inscription on the body in perfomance.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.  Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: creative arts or component area option.

WS 2393 Introduction to Literature by Women
Same as ENG 2393.  Introduction to important works of literature by women.  May be organized by theme, topic, genre, ethnic group, or nationality.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: component area option.

WS 2703.  Gender and Education
Same as EDUC 2703.  An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between gender and education in the U.S. Explores how gender relationships are created, maintained, enacted, and transformed through educational structures, practices, and institutions.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: component area option. 

WS 2803  Women in Business
Same as BUS 2803.  The study of the status and roles of women working both inside and outside the domestic workforce.  Examines myths and realities of women's experiences across various socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and cultural groupings.  Surveys advances made by women in the workforce and coping techniques developed by practitioners to enable women to be valued in terms of professional competencies rather than gender stereotypes.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours. Meets core curriculum requirement for multicultural women's studies.  

WS 3023 U.S. Women of Colors [pdf]
Multidisciplinary, relational explorations of the histories, theories, cultures, and lives of U.S. women from a wide variety of ethnic/cultural backgrounds.  Themes of agency, survival, resistance, and transformation.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: component area option.  Required for the undergraduate minor in Women's Studies.  Recommended for BGS concentrators in Women's Studies.

WS 3063  Women in Politics
Same as GOV 3063.  Impact of gender on power and influence in society; political socialization, participation, and leadership of women; women's political issues and movements.  Prerequisite:  Three hours of government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.

WS 3073  Literature by Women
Same as ENG 3073.  Advanced examination of literature by women.  Organized by theme, topic, or genre.  Prerequisite:  9 hours of English.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

WS 3083  Ethics and Feminism
Same as PHIL 3083.  A comprehensive study of the literature, principles, and linguistic impact of contemporary ethics with special emphasis on the origins, authors, and audiences related to feminist philosophy. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours. 

WS 3163    The Evolving Woman
Same as BIOL 3163 and NURS 3163.  Emphasizes the physiological, socio-cultural, and developmental evolution of the female from conception to death.  Focuses on issues of each age group from a feminist perspective.  Prerequisites:  ZOOL 2011, ZOOL 2013, ZOOL 2021, and ZOOL 2023.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.  Meets core curriculum requirement for multicultural women's studies.

WS 3193  Women and Western Religions
Same as PHIL 3193.  Women's religous roles and contributions to religious traditions with emphasis on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; interconnections between religion and gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and culture; and feminist/womanist critiques and transformations of Western religious traditions.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: language, philosophy, & culture or component area option.

WS 3213   Women's Roles
Same as SOCI 3213.  Women's roles are examined in the context of social institutions such as the family, the economy, and the government.  Implications of sexual inequality, changing gender roles, and diversity by race, ethnicity, class, and age. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.  Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: component area option.

WS 3223  Women, Crime, and Justice
Same as SOCI 3223.  Introduction to gender, crime, and justice.  Focus on women as offenders, as crime victims, and as employees in criminal justice.  Feminist and critical perspectives on women, girls, and crime.  Issues of gender inequality in criminal justice policy and practice.  Prerequisite:  SOCI 1013, SOCI 3213 or WS 3213, WS 2013, or WS 3023.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.

WS 3343   Women in the Visual Arts
Same as ART 3343. A survey of women visual artists of the western world and how their roles relate to those of women visual artists around the world. An analysis, from a traditional and a feminist point of view, of the recording of the female artist's place in history. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours. Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: component area option..

WS 3393   Law for Women
Same as BUS 3393 and GOV 3393.  Impact of gender on legal status; evolution of the current legal environment, with an emphasis on parallels between racial and gender discrimination; substantive law regarding working conditions, compensation, education, the family, reproductive rights, and criminal law; feminist perspectives on legal reforms to improve the professional lives of women and men. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.  Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: component area option. 

WS 3703   Women in Music
Same as MU 3703. An examination of music from the historical, cultural, and contemporary perspectives of women. Topics will include women as composers and performers, and the cultural values that have affected women's participation in musical life. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours. Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: creative arts or component area option.   

WS 3733   Psychology of Women
Same as PSY 3733.  Issues in the development and behavior of women, including theoretical perspectives, male-female differences, achievement, motivation, stereotypes, androgyny, sexuality, career choices, mental health and disorder, psychotherapy, life-span, and special sub-groups.  Prerequisites:  PSY 1013 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours. Satisfies 3 hours core curriculum: component area option.  

WS 4013. Texts, Trends and Issues in Women’s Studies
Focuses on contemporary women’s issues, a body of research or scholarly work relevant to women, or topics of a specialized nature such as women and health, women and leadership, women and work, or women of color. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours. 

WS 4023   Sexualities and Identities: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies  [pdf] 
Same as SOCI 4023.  Sexuality as an identity formation social category, and theoretical construct. Interdisciplinary in focus and foundation. Aesthetic, cultural, historical, and institutional discourses that frame our contemporary understandings of sexuality. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.

WS 4113   The Family
Same as SOCI 4013.  A sociological and feminist analysis of the family as an institution and of the processes and dynamics of the interpersonal relations of marriage and family life.  Examines cultural diversity among families as well as historical changes in the family and the impact of social policy.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

WS 4203   Family Violence
Same as SOCI 4203. Examines the various forms of family violence and sexual assault with an emphasis on women as victims and as survivors.  Theoretical explanations, research literature, treatment, and prevention will be studied in relation to child abuse, battering, incest, and sexual assault.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.

WS 4393   American Women and Literature
Same as ENG 4393.  Emphasis on the changing images of major female characters and on the contributions of major female writers from the colonial period to the present.  Focus may be on fiction or on poetry and drama. Prerequisite:  6 hours of English.  May be repeated for credit when topic varies.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.  Meets core curriculum requirement for multicultural women's studies.

WS 4493   Feminist Theories[pdf]
Explores the diversity of feminist theories and their applications to the social, political, and intellectual contexts of women's lives.  Includes consideration of historical context for the development of the theoretical perspectives and critiques their analytical strengths and weaknesses.  Attention also given to particular theorists.  Prerequisite:  WS 2013.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours. Reguired for the minor in Women's Studies.  Does not satisfy core curriculum requirements.  Required for BGS concentration in Women's Studies.

WS 4913   Independent Study
Individual study of topics in feminist theory, scholarship or practical areas consistent with student interests and needs.  Contract between student and professor expected.  Prerequisite:  Minor in Women's Studies and instructor's approval.  Credit: Three hours.

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