Undergraduate Course Catalog

Women's Studies

The interdisciplinary major and minor in women’s studies are designed to offer students a comprehensive program for the investigation of women’s experiences and introduces the theories and methodologies of the discipline of women’s studies. Attention is paid to issues of gender, culture, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, ability, and religious differences.

For more information, contact the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at 765-285-5451.



MAJOR IN WOMEN’S STUDIES, 36 hours 

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CR HRS

WMNST



210
220
410
499

WGS Intro
Intl Ws Iss
Fem Theory
W S Capstone

3
3
3
3

Group 1: Women’s studies electives
3 hours from

WMNST  
  
   
   

310
314
369
479
498

Topics W G S (3)
WS Symp Comm (3)
Internship (1-6)
Unpaid Intrn (1-6)
Indpen 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

Spc Top AHS (3)
Wmn in Antiq (3)
Lang Gender (3)
Lit & Gender (3)
Eur Wom Lit (3)
Women Amer H (3)
Wom Mod Eur (3)







3

Group 3: Social sciences and sciences electives
3 hours from

ANTH
CJC
HSC

POLS

PSYSC

SOC


SOCWK

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

Anth Women (3)
Race Gender (3)
Health Sex (3)
Women Health (3)
Family Law (3)
Women Poltcs (3)
Sexual Behav (3)
Psych Women (3)
Women (3)
Family (3)
Hu Sexuality (3)
Behav Envr 2 (3)












3

15 additional hours distributed
among groups 1, 2, and 3, and/or
special topics courses



15


36 hrs

Students may earn no more than 6 hours from WMNST 369 or 479. The 15 elective hours must be selected from more than one group, and at least 9 hours of the electives must be at the 300 or 400 level. 
    Symposia content for WMNST 310 and 314 will be announced prior to each course offering. Additional special topic courses will be announced in advance and may be applied toward the major with the approval of the Women’s Studies program director. Students must have AHS 301 Special Topics approved
by the Women’s Studies program director since not all topics will apply toward the Women’s Studies major. 
    Students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree will need to meet the language requirement. Students should check individual departmental listings for prerequisite requirements for
interdisciplinary electives. Students should consult the Women’s and Gender Studies program, BB 108, 765-285-5451, for additional advising information. This program leads to either a BA or a BS degree.


MINOR IN WOMEN’S STUDIES, 18 hours

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CR HRS

WMNST

210
499

WGS Intro
W S Capstone

3
3

12 hours from

WMNST  

  
   
   
AHS
ANTH
CC
CJC
ENG

FL
HIST

HSC

POLS

PSYSC

SOC


SOCWK
WMNST  

220
310
314
410
498
301
341
302
311
328
490
307   
215
452
261
472
241
474
277
324
235
424
434
330
369

479

Intl Ws Iss (3)
Topics W G S (3)
WS Symp Comm (3)
Fem Theory (3) 
Indpen Study (1-3)
Spc Top AHS (3)
Anth Women (3)
Wmn in Antiq (3)
Race Gender (3)
Lang Gender (3)
Lit & Gender (3)
Eur Wom Lit (3)
Women Amer H (3)
Wom Mod Eur (3)
Health Sex (3)
Women Health (3)
Family Law (3)
Women Poltcs (3)
Sexual Behav (3)
Psych Women (3)
Women (3)
Family (3)
Hu Sexuality (3)
Behav Envr 2 (3)
Internship (1-6)
or
Unpaid Intrn (1-6)

12


18 hrs

For counseling and guidance, students should inquire at the Office of Women and Gender Studies, BB 108, 765-285-5451. 
    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 electing SOC 424 or 434 should complete SOC 100 first as a social and behavioral science University Core Curriculum requirement and to satisfy the prerequisite. Students electing PSYSC 277 or 324 should complete PSYSC 100 first as a social and behavioral science University Core Curriculum requirement and to satisfy the prerequisite. 
    Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the director of the Women and Gender Studies Program.


WOMEN’S STUDIES (WMNST)

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. We will 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.

314 Women’s Studies Symposium in Communication. (3) Survey and investigation of women’s studies-related topics or subjects in communication, information, and media, with emphasis on material not covered by existing courses. Exact content will be announced in advance of each offering.

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: WMNST 210; permission of the Women 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: WMNST 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: WMNST 210; permission of the Women 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 and Gender Studies program director. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

499 Women’s Studies Capstone. (3)
Intensive summary of Western and non-Western women’s studies issues, feminist theories, and interdisciplinary women’s studies subjects. Includes career planning and development strategies. 
    Prerequisite: WMNST 210; permission of the Women and Gender Studies program director.