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    Women's Studies

    Jacqueline D. Spears, Director

    Professors Hedrick, Kremer, McElroy, Oukrop, Richter, Shoop, Takemoto, and Thurston; Associate Professors Anderson, Benson, Britton, Cooper, Cozzarelli, Culley, De Bres, Dickinson, Dinkel, Dodd, Franko, Holcomb, McGrath, Nelson, Rozemond, Spears, Verschelden, Wheatley, and Wood; Assistant Professors Deans, Hubler, Janette, Nafziger, Scott, Williams, and Zschoche; Instructors Divine, Earles-Law, and Mara.


    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.

    Course requirements
    To complete the secondary major, a student must take two required courses (WOMST 105 Introduction to Women's Studies and WOMST 405 Senior Seminar in Women's Studies), and 18 semester hours in elective courses from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, or Human Ecology, for a total of 24 semester hours. Courses in the women's studies program also may serve to meet general education and major requirements, and interdisciplinary courses may be counted as either humanities or social sciences.

    The minor in women's studies consists of 15 credits: WOMST 105 Introduction to Women's Studies; WOMST 405 Senior Seminar (or a WOMST course at or above the 500 level approved by director); and three WOMST approved electives from two different disciplines.

    Graduate certificate
    Open to students in M.A., M.S., Ph.D., and professional programs at our university, the certificate consists of 12 hours of graduate level courses in women's studies and/or gender. Interested students should contact the director, 3 Leasure Hall, for more information.

    Interdisciplinary courses
    WOMST 105. Introduction to Women's Studies. (3) I, II, S. An interdisciplinary introduction to academic and community-based thinking about women's lives: (1) how gender inequality in society restricts women's development, limits their contributions to the dominant culture, and subjects women to systematic violence and (2) strategies with which women can gain power within existing institutions and develop new models of social relations. Particular attention will be paid to issues of race, ethnicity, class, and sexualtiy.

    WOMST 205. Gender, Ethnicity, and Class. (3) I. The diversity of women's experiences within the United States and in other countries. Using a framework that examines how gender is shaped within the contexts of ethnicity and class, students will be introduced to multicultural feminisms through an active examination of history, literature, and social science.

    University General Education courseWOMST 380. Women and Global Social Change. (3) I, alternate falls. 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 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 410. Feminist Thought. (3) II. Survey of a variety of feminist analyses of society, culture, and work, as well as visions for social change. The historical development of key feminist theories, contemporary debates, and multicultural and global feminism will be analyzed.

    University General Education courseWOMST 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 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 550. Women and Popular Culture. (3) II. Images of women in a variety of popular media forms: fiction, film, television, music (including MTV), magazines, advertising, and material culture. Women are explored as objects, consumers, and producers of popular culture. Material is drawn from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, history, literary criticism, and cultural studies. Pr.: WOMST 105 or at least 3 hours of women's studies credit.

    WOMST 560. Women and Violence. (3) I. The roots of male violence against women, cultural forms of sexual coercion and violence, and strategies for envisioning and enacting social change. Topics addressed include rape/ sexual harassment. Pr.: WOMST 105 or at least 3 hours of women's studies credit.

    WOMST 580. Women and Religion. (3) I. How gender relations and women have been shaped by the development of religious ideologies and practices throughout the contemporary world, as well as in early class and pre-class societies. Construction of gender by religious institutions and feminist religious activities studied in relation to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, traditional Native American faiths, and diverse forms of paganism. Pr.: WOMST 105 or at least 3 hours of women's studies credit.

    WOMST 590. Field Experience in Women's Studies. (3) II, in even years. Includes field placement in campus or community organizations in order to explore different ways to promote women's self-sufficiency and social equality. Concurrently, students will engage in academic readings and class sessions that address feminist approaches to social change, program design, and participatory action research. Pr.: WOMST 105 or at least 3 hours of women's studies credit.

    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
    ANTH 508 Male and Female: Cross-Cultural
    ANTH 633 Gender, Power, and International

    ART 654 Women in Art

    ENGL 395 A rubric under which a variety of courses are offered, including American Women Writers
    ENGL 525 Women in Literature
    ENGL 604 Expository Writing Workshop: Women's Writing and Feminist Rhetoric
    ENGL 525 Women in Literature
    ENGL 655 Readings in American Ethnic Literature
    ENGL 660 Shakespeare, Gender, and Performance
    ENGL 670 Topic: Women in the 18th Century
    ENGL 680 Topic: Asian American Literature
    ENGL 695 A rubric under which a variety of courses are offered, including Women and Popular Culture
    ENGL 710 Studies in a Literary Genre: Gender, Gothic, and Horror in Literature and Film
    ENGL 720 Shakespeare Comedy and Gender
    ENGL 730 Restoration and 18th-Century Drama
    ENGL 740 Feminist Literary Theory

    HIST 512 Women in European History
    HIST 540 Women in America, 1600 to the Civil War
    HIST 542 Women in America, Civil War to the Present
    HIST 551 History and Politics of Family Violence
    HIST 980 Topic: Gender in European History
    HIST 984 Topic: Gender in American History

    KIN 602 Gender Issues in Sport and Exercise

    Mass communication
    MC 612 Women and the Media

    Modern languages
    FREN 503 French Literature in Translation (when
    offered as Women in African Literature)

    MUSIC 220 Women in Music
    MUSIC 390 Music by Women Composers

    PHILO 135 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
    PHILO 150 Introduction to Philosophy of Feminism
    PHILO 525 Social Political Thought (when offered
    as Women in Western Thought)

    Political science
    POLSC 606 Gender and Politics
    POLSC 799 Seminar in Political Science (when offered as Women and Law)

    PSYCH 540 Psychology of Women
    PSYCH 543 Women and Mental Health Issues
    PSYCH 563 Gender Issues in the Workplace

    Social work
    SOCWK 543 Women and Mental Health Issues
    SOCWK 580 Women's Perspectives on Peace and War
    SOCWK 610 Topics in Social Work (when offered as Violence Against Women or Women and Peace)

    SOCIO 545 The Sociology of Women
    SOCIO 633 Gender, Power, and International
    SOCIO 665 Women and Crime
    SOCIO 670 Diversity and Social Interaction in the Workplace

    Speech and theatre
    SPCH 630 Topics in Rhetoric and Communication (when offered as Feminism and Rhetoric) or Women and Political Campaign Communication
    THTRE 782 Women in Theatre

    College of Education
    Educational administration
    EDADM 786 Topics in Education (when offered as Programming for Women's Concerns)

    Foundations and adult education
    EDACE 750 Women, Education, and Work

    Curriculum, instruction, and policy studies
    EDCIP 735 Curriculum Materials for Nonsexist Teaching

    College of Human Ecology
    Foods and nutrition
    FN 520 Women's Health and Aging

    Human development and family studies
    FSHS 300 Problems in Family Studies and Human Services (when offered as The Mature Woman: Middle Age and Later Years)
    FSHS 350 Family Relationships and Gender Roles
    FSHS 600 Economic Status of Women
    FSHS 708 Topics in Family Studies and Human Services (when offered as The Legal Rights of Women)
    FSHS 865 Human Sexuality

    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.

    Topics within Secondary Majors:
    dAmerican Ethnic Studies dInternational Studies dWomen's Studies
    dGerontology dLatin American Studies   
    dIndustrial and Labor Relations dNatural Resources and Environmental Sciences   
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    Kansas State University
    June 5, 2003