Women’s and Gender Studies

Sally A. Steindorf, Professor

Faculty from other disciplines also support this program.

Women’s and gender studies is by definition an interdisciplinary field. Gender is studied as a social construction that needs to be examined in conjunction with race and class. The field recognizes that culture and history shape and inform gender roles and experiences. Some of the basic questions considered are: What roles have women played in the sciences, the arts, politics, religion, and other fields? What issues have women and men faced because of their gender? How have these issues affected their lives, their words, their study, their status, and diverse societies in their cross-cultural relations? The goal of women’s and gender studies is to explore these questions from a variety of perspectives.

The two elective courses must be outside the discipline of sociology and anthropology and must be selected from two different disciplines.

WOM 170 Gender Paradigms 3.0 SH [GESS]

Examines underlying assumptions about male and female roles throughout history, then focuses on contemporary issues. Addresses the questions of why status differences exist between the sexes, how people are socialized into stereotyped sex roles, and how individuals can move beyond limitations imposed by prescribed sex roles. Also listed as SOAN 170.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

WOM 335 Gender & Masculinity 3.0 SH [  ]

This course examines the social construct of masculinity. What does it mean to be a male in contemporary American society? How does this compare with notions of manhood in other cultures and in other time periods? Readings include representative selections of the diverse literature on men and theories of masculinity. Also listed as SOAN 335.
Prerequisite: SOAN/WOM 170.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

WOM 360 Gender Theories 3.0 SH [  ]

Attempts to answer the questions of how and why gender oppression and discrimination occur. Covers a variety of theoretical perspectives and focuses on solutions for ending aggression and oppression. Also listed as SOAN 360.
Prerequisite: SOAN/WOM 170.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

WOM 365 Global Perspectives of Women 3.0 SH [  ]

An in-depth study of the critical areas of concern for women's empowerment around the world. The course includes theoretical critiques of women's movements and methodologies. Also listed as SOAN 365.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

WOM 410 Senior Seminar 3.0 SH [  ]

The senior seminar serves to culminate the minor in women's and gender studies. A topic and/or experiential project is selected and treated in depth with readings, discussion, and/or implementation. Students bring with them to the course depth and variety from two electives in women's and gender studies.
Prerequisite: SOAN/WOM 170, SOAN/WOM 360, and two electives in women's and gender studies.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.