Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


WMST 4421 Queer Theory

Prerequisites: PHIL 2010 or WMST 2010. Queer theory is concerned with the power of the strange, the non-normative, and the upsetting to open up new possibilities for thought and practice. The central claim of Queer Theory is that selves and identities are products of social practices and power relations. This powerful claim allows us to ask questions that are impossible when identities are taken as simple or natural. This class will focus both on sexual identity and on race, class, gender, and ability. We will pay special attention to the history of the LGBT rights movement.


WMST 4434 Feminist Philosophies

Prerequisites: PHIL 2010 or WMST 2010. Feminist philosophy comprises a wide range of approaches which aim to critically engage with concepts such as sex, gender, personhood, and difference; to rethink the history of philosophy through the lens of gender; and to bring philosophical tools and insights to bear on contemporary issues of gendered justice. This course will provide a broad overview of methods, topics, concepts, and debates in several areas of feminist philosophy. Students will cover core texts in feminist metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and political theory. The course will consider the diversity of methods and perspectives represented in feminist philosophy, with a particular focus on the intersections of gender, race, class, ability, and sexuality.


WMST 4445 Literary Women

Prerequisite: completion of the core or permission of the instructor. A study of the contributions of women writers and critics to the development of literature. (Cross-listed as ENGL 4445.)


WMST 4452 African Women Writers

Prerequisite: ENGL 2110 or IDST 2305. A course that will be concerned with the African woman writer's preoccupation with the condition of African womanhood. It will look at these writers' treatment of issues like motherhood, polygamy, marriage, changing roles, the exploitation of women, the education of women, women in politics and women and tradition. (Cross-listed as BLST 4452 and ENGL 4452)


WMST 4664 Flannery O'Connor

Prerequisites: ENGL 2110, IDST 2305, or permission of the instructor. A study of short stories, novels, and critical essays of Flannery O'Connor, with access to the O'Connor collection. (Cross-listed as ENGL 4664.)


WMST 4668 African American Women Writers

Prerequisite: completion of the core or permission of the instructor. A selection of texts by African American women writers of the nineteenth and/or twentieth centuries, addressing topics from among the following: the effects of slavery on Black female sexuality, the Harlem Renaissance and the construction of race and gender, Pan-African identity, bi-culturalism, historical memory, and personal power.


WMST 4671 Native American Women Writers

Prerequisite: ENGL 2110 or IDST 2305 and WMST 2010. In-depth study of selected works of fiction, poetry, autobiography, etc., written by Native American women, with attention to socio-cultural context and the role of gender and identity. (Cross-listed as ENGL 4671).


WMST 4720 Domestic Violence

Prerequisite: WMST 2010 AND permission of the instructor. Students in this small, intensive reading seminar will examine key documents related to the development of the battered women's movement in Britain and the U.S., study the evolving theoretical frameworks for scholarship in this field and become familiar with examples of successful practices in intervention and prevention of domestic violence. Students will also take part in a theory-practice learning project related to this field.


WMST 4730 Intern Domestic Violence Serv

Prerequisite: WMST 4720. Students in this small, intensive seminar will read current scholarship on domestic violence and models for community response. They will also spend a significant amount of time working for service organizations dealing with domestic violence and providing services to victims. They will become familiar with examples of successful practices in intervention and prevention of domestic violence, and with administrative, financial and legal aspects of running such programs.


WMST 4740 Women & Popular Culture

Pre-requisite ENGL 1102. A study of selected works by and about women from literature and popular culture focused on genres, issues, and images connected to gender.


WMST 4800 Women in Art

This course introduces women artists traditionally neglected by art historical surveys, the primary emphasis of the course will be on the socio-historical issues and the critical concepts that have informed these exclusions. Beginning with goddess cultures, we will map the impact Feminisms have had on art production and reception. and feminist art historians' efforts to reconstruct the art historical canon. Theories of race and class will be explored as well as contributions from film theory and lesbian studies. (Cross-listed as ARTS 4800). No prerequisite.


WMST 4950 Special Topics

Prerequisite: completion of the core or permission of the instructor. Consideration of topics in which courses are not offered, but for which there is a current interest. Subject matters varies. (Cross-listed in discipline of professor offering the course.)

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