Women's StudiesJacqueline D. Spears, Director
Professors Gray, Hedrick, Kremer, McElroy, Oukrop, Richter, Shoop, Takemoto, Thurston, Timberlake, and Walker; Associate Professors Anderson, Benson, Cooper, Cozzarelli, Culley, De Bres, Dickinson, Dinkel, Dodd, Franko, Holcomb, McGrath, Nelson, Rozemond, Spears, Verschelden, and Wood; Assistant Professors Britton, Deans, Hubler, Janette, Scott, Wheatley, Williams, and Zschoche; Instructors Divine and Earles-Law.
The women's studies program focuses on women, whose changing roles and expectations are the most profound and widespread social phenomenon of our time.
Courses in women's studies examine various aspects of women's lives, including not only the barriers and prejudices that still hold women back but also women's achievements. Some courses focus on the nature of sex differences and gender roles. Others focus on the interrelationships among women, gender roles, and the major institutions which shape our society. Humanities courses explore images and achievements of women in a wide range of creative media. History and anthropology discuss interrelationships of women and men in various cultural contexts across time and around the world.
Women's studies is direct preparation for many careers that serve, counsel, or communicate about women. A secondary major in women's studies combines especially well with such majors as journalism, any form of counseling, or pre-law. Women's studies is also an excellent liberal arts concentration, forming a firm basis for graduate work in any liberal professional field.
WOMST 380. Women and Global Social Change. (3) I, alternate
years. This course explores contemporary approaches that help meet the needs of women and their families in different parts of the world, including the Plains region. Students will learn how approaches to social change in the Third World influence women in North America, and how First World women relate to women's movements and organizations in the Third World. Pr.: ENGL 100 or 110.
WOMST 395. Studies in Gender and Society. (3) on sufficient demand. Interdisciplinary examination of the way that social institutions and practices construct gender, and the way that gender structures society. Focus might be on girlhood, women and social change, women in revolution, etc. Can be repeated once with change of content. Pr.: ENGL 100 or 110.
WOMST 405. Senior Seminar in Women's Studies. (3) I. An intercollegiate, interdisciplinary course organized topically with students presenting papers which draw upon previous and concurrent academic experience and which approach a given topic with a consistent focus on the role of women. Provides supervised independent study and subsequent discussion, allowing students to integrate and order their perceptions about the unique roles, problems, and contributions of women. Pr.: Introduction to Women's Studies and at least 6 hours of women's studies courses.
WOMST 450. The Stories of a Young Girl. (3) I. An interdisciplinary examination of female adolescence, focusing in particular on the way it is depicted in literature. Pr.: ENGL 100 or 110.
WOMST 500. Topics in Women's Studies. (1-3) I, II. A rubric under which a variety of courses are offered, including Women and Science; Women and Religion; Women and Law; Women and Leadership.
WOMST 505. Independent Study in Women's Studies. (1-3) I, II. Independent, interdisciplinary, supervised studies in an area of women's studies which does not fall within the boundaries of a traditional department. May be repeated once for credit with change of topic. Pr.: Junior standing, consent of instructor(s), and approval of women's studies director.
WOMST 506. Approaches to Women's Studies. (3) I. Interdisciplinary examination of the interlocking dynamics of race, class, sexuality, and gender in women's lives. Focus will be on contemporary womanist and feminist theoretical and methodological approaches to addressing how race, class, sexuality, and gender inform women's experiences. Experiential exercises and activism projects will be a key component of the course. For students with a strong interest and/or background in women's studies, especially secondary majors, minors, and graduate students.
WOMST 510. The History and Politics of Family Violence. (3) Intersession. Explores the history of family or domestic violence in America as a social, cultural, legal, and public policy issue from the colonial period to the present. Stress is placed upon the cultural roots and evolution of domestic law. The development of state-controlled social welfare agencies as well as the emergence of the ``battered women's movement" is particularly emphasized.
WOMST 605. Gender: An Interdisciplinary Overview. (3) II. Advanced interdisciplinary overview of theory and scholarship on women and gender from disciplines in social sciences, humanities, and professions focusing on human beings. For advanced women's studies students and graduate students.
WOMST 700. Advanced Topics in Women's Studies. (1-3) In-depth theoretical and empirical analysis of the scholarly works relating to an interdisciplinary topic in women's studies. For students who have a basic knowledge of women's studies and/or the topic area.
College of Arts and Sciences
Speech and theatre
College of Education
Foundations and adult education
Curriculum, instruction, and policy studies
College of Human Ecology
Human development and family studies
Also offered every year are intersession courses and special topics courses in a variety of disciplines such as women and science fiction; gender and ethnicity in Jewish American novels; women in Central America.