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



MAJOR IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES, 36 hours 

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CR HRS

WGS



210
220
410
499

WGS Intro
Intl Ws Iss
Fem Theory
WGS Capstone

3
3
3
3

Group 1: WGS electives, 3 hours from

WGS  
    
   

310
369
479
498

Topics W G S (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 and biological sciences electives, 3 hours from

ANTH
CJC
HSC

POLS

PSYSC


SOC


SOCWK

341
311
261
472
241
474
277
324
424
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)
Diversity (3)
Women (3)
Family (3)
Hu Sexuality (3)
Behav 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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CR HRS

WGS

210
499

WGS Intro
WGS Capstone

3
3

12 hours from

AHS
ANTH
CC
CJC
ENG

FL
HIST

HSC

POLS

PSYSC


SOC


SOCWK
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

479

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)
Diversity (3)
Women (3)
Family (3)
Hu Sexuality (3)
Behav Envr 2 (3)
Intl Ws Iss (3)
Topics W G S (3)
Fem Theory (3) 
Indpen Study (1-3)
Internship (1-6)
or
Unpaid Intrn (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 Office of Women 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. 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.

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 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 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 and Gender Studies Capstone. (3)
Students will develop and reflect upon their own intellectual frame work 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.