Undergraduate Course Catalog

Women's and Gender Studies

The interdisciplinary major and minor in women’s and gender studies are designed to offer students a comprehensive program for the investigation of women’s and men's gendered experiences and an introduction to the theories and methods of the discipline of women’s and gender studies. Attention is paid to intersections of gender with culture and belief, sexuality and sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, class, age, and ability.

For more information, visit Women’s and Gender Studies Program or call 765-285-5451. 


MAJOR IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES (BA/BS), 36 hours 

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NO    

SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

WGS


210
220
410
499

Intro Women’s & Gender Studies
International Women's Issues
Feminist Theory
Women/Gender Studies Capstone

3
3
3
3

Group 1: WGS electives, 3 hours from:

WGS  
    
   

310
369
479
498

Special Topics in WGS (3)
Paid Internship (1-6)
Unpaid Internship (1-6)
Independent Study (1-3)

3

Group 2: Humanities and fine arts electives, 3 hours from:

AHS
CC
ENG

FL
HIST

301
302
328
490
307
215
452

Special Topics History of Art (3)
Women in Antiquity (3)
Language and Gender (3)
Literature and Gender (3)
European Women Writers (3)
Women in American History (3)
Women Modern European History (3)



3

Group 3: Social and biological sciences electives, 3 hours from:

ANTH
CJC
HSC

POLS

PSYS


SOC


SOCW

341
311
261
472
241
474
277
324
424
235
424
434
330

Anthropology of Gender (3)
Race, Ethnicity and Gender (3)
Health, Sex, & Family Life (3)
Women and Health (3)
Family Law (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Psychology of Sexual Behavior (3)
Psychology of Women (3)
Psychology of Diversity (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Family (3)
Sociology of Human Sexuality (3)
Human Behav and Social Envr 2 (3)








3

15 additional hours from at least 2 of the groups (at least 12 hours must be at the 300-400 level)

15





36 hrs
Students may earn no more than 6 hours of internship credit. AHS 301 must be approved by the program director, as not all topics will be relevant to the program. WGS 499 should be taken at the completion of the program.

Students should refer to individual course descriptions for information about prerequisites.

Other relevant electives may be substituted with the approval of the program director. For advising, contact the Women’s and Gender Studies program office, BB 108, 765-285-5451. 

MINOR IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES, 18 hours

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NO 

SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

WGS

210
499

Intro Women’s & Gender Studies
Women/Gender Studies Capstone

3
3

12 hours from:

AHS
ANTH
CC
CJC
ENG

FL
HIST

HSC

POLS

PSYS


SOC


SOCW
WGS  
  
   
   
  

301
341
302
311
328
490
307   
215
452
261
472
241
474
277
324
424
235
424
434
330
220
310
410
498
369
or
479

Special Topics History of Art (3)
Anthropology of Gender (3)
Women in Antiquity (3)
Race, Ethnicity and Gender (3)
Language and Gender (3)
Literature and Gender (3)
European Women Writers (3)
Women in American History (3)
Women Modern European History (3)
Health, Sex, & Family Life (3)
Women and Health (3)
Family Law (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Psychology of Sexual Behavior (3)
Psychology of Women (3)
Psychology of Diversity (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Family (3)
Sociology of Human Sexuality (3)
Human Behav and Social Envr 2 (3)
International Women's Issues (3)
Special Topics in WGS (3)
Feminist Theory (3) 
Independent Study (1-3)
Paid Internship (1-6)

Unpaid Internship (1-6)

12





18 hrs
Students may earn no more than 6 hours of internship credit. AHS 301 must be approved by the program director, as not all topics will be relevant to the program. WGS 499 should be taken at the completion of the program.

It is strongly suggested that students balance their programs with at least one elective from the humanities and one elective from the biological and social sciences. Students should refer to individual course descriptions for information about prerequisites.

Other relevant electives may be substituted with the approval of the program director. For advising, contact the Women's and Gender Studies program office, BB 108, 765-285-5451.

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES (WGS)

210 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (3)
An introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, an interdisciplinary field focused on the ways that sex and gender manifest themselves in social, cultural, and political contexts. Discuss critical questions and concepts feminist scholars have developed as tools for thinking about gendered experience.

220 International Women’s Issues (3)
Introduction to international women’s studies issues. Woman-centered interdisciplinary investigation into women’s experiences in non-Western culture. Emphasis on contemporary issues framed by historical context.

310 Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (3)
Special courses developed by Women’s and Gender Studies affiliated faculty. Course titles will be announced before each semester. May be repeated for different topics. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

369 Paid Internship (1-6)
Supervised work in paid job settings in which students integrate job experiences with their acquired knowledge of women’s studies. Involves assigned duties in an organization, agency, corporation, or business, with appropriate monetary compensation. 
    Prerequisite: WGS 210; permission of the Women's and Gender Studies program director. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

410 Feminist Theory (3)
Historical and contemporary survey of the women’s movement and development of feminist theories within a social and political context. Liberal, existentialist, Marxist, socialist, psychoanalytic, radical, multicultural, global, ecofeminist, and postmodern schools of thought addressed in detail. 
    Prerequisite: WGS 210; junior or senior standing.

479 Unpaid Internship (1-6)
Supervised participation in a mentorship relationship in which students gain work-related experience and apply acquired knowledge of women’s studies. Involves voluntary participation in an organization, agency, corporation, or business. 
    Prerequisite: WGS 210; permission of the Women's and Gender Studies program director. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

498 Independent Study (1-3)
Topics for independent study and research to be chosen and investigated in consultation with instructors with special competence in the topic involved. The credit hours may be accumulated in more than one semester. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the Women's and Gender Studies program director. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

499 Women's and Gender Studies Capstone (3)
Students will develop and reflect upon their own intellectual framework for understanding our gendered environment, synthesize interdisciplinary knowledge, explore career possibilities, and complete an activist project that involves identifying and researching a social problem, participating in action to help alleviate that problem, and reflecting on personal development. 
    Prerequisite: WGS 210 plus 9 hours of interdisciplinary women's and gender studies course work and permission of the program director.