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Women’s Studies has been taught at the Colleges since 1969 and was among the first programs to offer a major in the country. As a field, Women’s Studies is recognized as interdisciplinary in its own right, and as it relates to and exists within historically defined and newly emerging disciplines. Its emergent goals were to question critically foundational tenets of knowledge. It asks what counts as knowledge and whose knowledge counts. As such, the field concerns itself with rethinking and redefining core assumptions about women, gender, race, class and sexuality in ways that identify and redress social, historical, economic, political and cultural inequities. The field directs itself to developing critical knowledge and implementing world-building practices of justice and equality in national and transnational contexts. Majors and minors in Women’s Studies thus engage in innovative and scholarly history, theory, research and activism across a broad band of academic study toward what is proposed as feminism’s broader project of creating new kinds of questions, forms of expression, representation, knowledge and epistemology.

To be credited to the major or minor, a course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

interdisciplinary, 10 courses
WMST 100, WMST 300, WMST 401, a feminist research and methodology course (WMST 323, WMST 305, WMST 301 or other as approved by the program), and six additional women’s studies elective courses that create an area of concentration and include courses from at least two divisions and at least four departments or programs.

interdisciplinary, 6 courses
WMST 100, a 300-level feminist theory course (WMST 300, ENG 304, POL 375, or SOC 340), and four additional women’s studies elective courses from at least two divisions and at least two departments or programs.

AFS 240 African, Asian and Caribbean Women’s Texts
AMST 201 American Attitudes Toward Nature/Methodologies of American Studies
AMST 254 American Masculinities
AMST 310 Sexual Minorities in America
ARTH 210 Woman as Image-Maker
ARTH 211 Women in 19th Century Art and Culture
ARTH 303/403 Gender and Painting in China
ARTH 305/405 Renaissance Women and Men
ARTH 306/406 Telling Tales: Narrative in Asian Art
ARTH 315 Art and the Senses
ARTH 335 Femme Fatale in Film
ASN 212 Women in Contemporary Chinese Culture
ASN 304 Courtesan Culture
ASN 342 Chinese Cinema: Gender, Politics and Social Change in Contemporary China
BIDS 286 Gender, Nationality, and Literature in Latin America
BIDS 365 Dramatic Worlds of South Asia
CLAS 230 Gender in Antiquity
DAN 212 Dance History II: Global Cultures
DAN 214 Dance History III: 1960s to Present
EDUC 208 Teaching, Learning, and Popular Culture
EDUC 370 Social Foundations of Multiculturalism
ENG 238 Flexing Sex
ENG 239 Popular Fiction: The Fifties
ENG 264 Post-World War II American Poetry
ENG 281 Literature of Sexual Minorities
ENG 304 Feminist Literary Theory
ENG 318 Body, Memory, and Representation
ENG 342 Readings in Multi-Ethnic Women’s Literature
ENG 346 Iconoclastic Women in the Middle Ages
ENG 354 Forms of Memoir
ENG 381 Sexuality and American Literature
FRE 251 Introduction to Literature I: Mystics, Friends, and Lovers
FRE 380 Advanced Francophone Topics: Images de Femmes
FRE 389 Women in the French Renaissance
FRNE 311 Feudal Women in France, Vietnam and Japan
HIST 203 Gender in Africa
HIST 208 Women in American History
HIST 234 Medieval Europe
HIST 241 The Politics of Gender and the Family in Europe, 1700-1850
HIST 253 Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 317 Women’s Rights Movements in the U.S.
HIST 367 Women and the State: Russia
HIST 371 Life Cycles: The Family in History
HIST 392 Seminar: Women in Japan
HIST 476 Western Civilization and Its Discontents
MDSC 203 History of Television
MUS 206 Opera As Drama
PHIL 152 Issues: Philosophy and Feminism
PHIL 250 Feminism: Ethics and Knowledge
PHIL 345 Power, Privilege and Knowledge
REL 236 Gender and Islam
REL 237 Christianity and Culture
REL 254 Conceptions of God, Goddess, Absolute
REL 281 Women, Religion, and Culture
REL 283 Que(e)rying Religious Studies
REL 321 Muslim Women and Literature
REL 345 Tradition Transformers
REL 347 Gender and Globalization in the Muslim World
REL 354 God, Gender and the Unconscious
RUSE 351 Other Voices in 20th-Century Russian Literature: Women Writers
SPAN 304 Body Border
SPAN 316 Voces de Mujeres
SPAN 392 Latin American Women’s Narratives
SPNE 330 Latina Writing in the U.S.
THAI 201 Thailand
WMST 150 Chicana Feminism and Visual Culture
WMST 213 Transnational Feminisms and Performance
WMST 218 Queer Representation in Theater and Film
WMST 219 Black Feminisms
WMST 243 Gender, Sex and Science
WMST 308 Chicana and Latina Art
WRRH 221 He Says, She Says: Language and Gender
WRRH 250 Talk and Text: Introduction to Discourse Analysis
WRRH 252 An Anatomy of American Class: Realities, Myths, Rhetorics
WRRH 301 Discourse of Rape
WRRH 304 Hidden Writing: Journals, Diaries, and Notebooks as Creative Discourse
Note: DAN 900-level courses require prior dance department approval to count as WMST credits.

Social Sciences
ANTH 209 Gender in Prehistory
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH 230 Beyond Monogamy
ANTH 296 African Cultures
ANTH 341 Making Babies: Anthropology of Reproductive Technologies
BIDS 211 Labor: Domestic and Global
BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity
BIDS 280 Women’s Narratives of Wealth and Power
BIDS 307 Contexts for Children
ECON 122 Economics of Caring
ECON 227 Women and International Development
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
ECON 316 Labor Market Issues
POL 175 Introduction to Feminist Theory
POL 212 The Sixties
POL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
POL 238 Sex and Power
POL 333 Civil Rights
POL 375 Feminist Legal Theory
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 225 Sociology of the Family
SOC 226 Sociology of Sex and Gender
SOC 233 Women in the Third World
SOC 240 Gender and Development
SOC 340 Feminist Sociological Theory
SOC 375 Social Policy
WMST 204 Politics of Health
WMST 212 Gender and Geography
WMST 243 Gender, Sex and Science
WMST 305 Food, Feminism, and Health

Natural Sciences
WMST 223 Social Psychology
WMST 247 Psychology of Women
WMST 309 Stormy Weather: Ecofeminism
WMST 323 Research in Social Psychology
WMST 357 Self in American Culture
WMST 372 Topics in Social Psychology

WMST 100 Introduction to Women's Studies This course introduces the vast, complex, changing field of women's studies. Students will be asked to become conversant with the history of feminism and women's movements (nationally and transnationally), to understand and theorize women and gender as categories of analysis, to think through differences that divide and unite, to reflect and move beyond individual experience and to connect feminism to everyday life. Students will be encouraged to raise their own questions about women, gender, feminism(s), modes of women's organizing, and the production of knowledge. While it is impossible to cover all pertinent topics in one semester, this course introduces various specific issues and histories that, taken together, highlight the complexity of Women's Studies as both scholarly endeavor and activist field. (Offered each semester)

WMST 150 Chicana Feminism and Visual Culture This course lays the foundations for the study of Chicana feminism, women of color feminism, feminist visual cultural studies, and arts-based activism.  This course traces the emergence of Chicana as an identity category and its challenges to Chicano and feminist activism; the radical ways Chicanas have employed visual, performance, and graphic arts as a means of educating and catalyzing social change; and the rich body of indigenous folklore that has both defined gender and sexual roles and provided the platform for defying them. Throughout the semester, we will draw from primary texts from the beginning of the Chicano movement, a rich selection of visual, performance, and graphic arts, and contemporary scholarship in women's studies, Chicana/o studies, and visual cultural studies. (Martin-Baron, offered alternate fall semesters)

WMST 204 The Politics of Health This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the critical study of health politics, including the politics of gender, race and sexuality.  Through the themes of social and environmental justice, students will explore the uneven distribution of health care and wellness both within the United States and beyond.  Topics include the history of the women's health movement, breast cancer awareness campaigns, reproductive health and technologies, HIV/AIDS, feminist psychology, eating disorders, environmental health and toxicity, and more.  In exploring these topics, feminist theory will serve as a lens through which we examine different experiences of illness and disease.  At the same time, feminist pedagogy will serve as the model upon which we build our policy recommendations. (Hayes-Conroy)

WMST 212 Gender and Geography As a point of entry to discussions of gender, place and culture, this course will explore the diverse ways in which geographers have conceived of, analyzed and redefined gender as a contested spatial practice.  In particular, using contemporary geographic texts, we will explore the gendered dynamics of geographic research methods, nature discourse, resource management, embodiment and health, agriculture and food, and globalization, among other topics.  Emphasis will be placed on recognizing and researching cultural difference across these various topical areas.  Readings and class discussion will build through individual and group assignments toward a final research paper/presentation.

WMST 213 Transnational Feminisms Is woman a global category? How is gender performed differently across the globe? How do representations of first, second, and third-world women circulate transnationally? In this course, we will investigate how gendered bodies travel, perform, and are understood in wide variety of national, diasporic, and global media contexts, from theater and film, to politics and popular culture. Prerequisite: WMST 100 or permission of instructor. (Martin-Baron, offered alternate spring semesters)

WMST 219 Black Feminisms In this course, we place black women's writings about their lives and factors that govern the health and well-being of black communities at the heart of our inquiry. Utilizing a wide range of texts, we will not only explore foundational texts and theories of black feminism in the US, but also the ways black artists have communicated these theories artistically: as a mirror to a broken society and as a discursive intervention. Students will emerge from this course with an in depth knowledge of the foundations of black feminism and black feminist theory as well as the debates surrounding diversity in the contemporary American landscape. (Martin-Baron, offered alternate fall semesters)

WMST 220 The Body Politic To inquire into "The body politic" is to inquire into the riddle of the relationship between the corporeal body and the social, political, economic, and environmental body. It is to ask oneself where one's own body begins and ends - does skin mark the boundary of the bodies? If so, what differentiates bodies such that some bodies are at the heart of political battles over rights and freedoms (including waging war in the name of women's bodies and access to reproductive rights or queer rights to love freely)? How is the idea of gender equality invoked to index non-violence and peace, economic well-being, or freedom? How do gendered bodies become the site of social and personal struggle? How do different traditions of thought and belief depict bodies? Do these different views carry consequences for how we inhabit our bodies and/or distinguish ourselves from animals? This course seeks to address some of these questions through theory, history, literature, film, guest speakers and movement - walking, dancing, and yoga - of the body. (Bayer)

WMST 247 Psychology of Women To Freud's question of "What do women want?" psychology has brought description, analysis, categorization and diagnosis in its effort to plumb the depths of woman's purported enigmatic nature. Parallel to psychology's mainstream versions are feminist writings exploring alternative views of psychological issues and life events. This course examines these parallel paths from early case studies of hysteria through to mid-century depictions of the "problem with no name" (Friedan) and to late 20th-century renderings of PMS, bodily dissatisfactions and eating disorders, and affect theories, such as happiness. The course uses history, theory and research in psychology to appreciate psychology's changing views, treatment and study of diverse lives. This course also counts toward the major in psychology.  (Bayer)

WMST 300 Feminist Theory
This seminar surveys several strands of feminist theorizing and their histories. By critically engaging the underlying assumptions and stakes of a range of theories, students become more aware of their own assumptions and stakes, and sharpen their abilities to productively apply feminist analyses in their own work and lives. Prerequisite: WMST 100 or permission of instructor. (Staff, offered annually)

WMST 301 Feminist Oral History Feminist oral history considers how women communicate and conceptualize their life stories, putting into practice a feminist commitment to recording women’s life stories. This seminar operates as a workshop, investigating the theory underlying feminist oral history while putting the methodology to work through a class interviewing project. Through critical reading and practical experience, students research oral history questions and conduct interviews that are recorded using audio and video equipment. Furthermore, they develop the critical tools and analytical judgment needed to analyze the role of gender in oral history interviewing and prepare interviews to be deposited in an archive.

WMST 305 Food, Feminism and Health This class uses a feminist lens to explore a variety of topics arising at the intersection of food, health, and the body. The class addresses key material, epistemological, and methodological issues associated with food activism and intervention, and builds towards the enactment of student-led research projects. Class work includes both seminar discussion and participation in a lab section that is dedicated specifically to learning and practicing social science research methods aimed at food-based research and intervention. The seminar portion of the class will serve as a launching point for developing and carrying out individual, student-led research projects. Topics for the class include debates from both the production and consumption sides of the food chain, and take the health of both bodies and landscapes as a focal point. Among the list are: agricultural sustainability, genetically modified foods, local food activism, food security and hunger, nutrition and health policy, disordered eating, cooking as care work, and gender-based food marketing. Within these topics, issues of race and racism, class-based and cultural difference, and gendered food practices will be foregrounded.

WMST 306 Seminar: Reading Feminisms This course invites students to engage a signature feminist theory/history thinker's major work and to delve into it in some depth; signature works are those regarded as prompting a sea-change in ideas, thinking or ways of living. Students will be asked to situate the work in time, place and intellectual debate. They will be asked: What does a thinker's work look like across the span of their life's work and in the context of its field(s) of influence? With whom is this thinker's work in dialogue? How does one follow the journeys of a thinker's ideas? How does this author speak to us?  Students will be asked to use one or more digital tools to engage questions and prompt wider discussion of the course topic.

WMST 308 Chicana and Latina Art What unique contributions to the multiple fields of artistic expression have Chicanas and Latinas made? What is the relationship between art and social justice? What is the relationship between social justice, spirituality, and identity?  This course explores how Chicana and Latina artists have used a variety of artistic media as an expression of intersectional identity, a challenge to racist and/or masculinist culture, an enactment feminist politics, a catalyst for social change, a redefinition of community, and an articulation of decolonial consciousness. (Martin-Baron, Fall, offered alternate years)

WMST 309 Seminar: Stormy Weather Ecofeminism What is our relation with the earth? With animals, plants, water, technology, and air? With each other? With the wider universe? This course delves into the field of ecofeminism, a word first coined in 1974 by Francoi d'Eaubonne to signal the joining of two movements-environmentalism and feminism. Early feminists asked: Is the oppression of women linked to the oppression of earth Mother Nature? How do concepts of nature, gender and sexuality fashion our ways of living jointly, as "companion species?" Beginning with signature 1960s texts such as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, this seminar tracks the stormy debates on environmentalism and feminism, including questions of oppression, environmental degradation, weather, and technologies of war as it seeks to chart new ways out of our current environmental conundrum. The seminar thus follows the affairs and entanglements of nature, science, and feminism in theory, research, film, literature, and everyday life. (Bayer)

WMST 362 Topics in Feminist Health This class focuses on a topic of current interest related to feminist health. Topics will be announced in advance. Possible topics include place and health, contaminated landscapes, the material/affective body, feminist nutrition, violence and displacement, and political ecologies of health. Readings will draw from a variety of fields, including feminist science studies, geography, public health, social theory, cultural studies, and more.  The course may also count towards a minor in health professions.

WMST 372 Topics: Revelation or Revolution This course focuses on a topic of current interest. Topics are announced in advance and are addressed through history and theory in feminist social psychology. One topic is peace: students examine practices for peace and social justice through movements, writing, art, and film in the larger social and psychological context of humanity and quests for life lived in harmony and equality. Other topics include cyberpsychology; Cold War America and Cold War psychology; the psychology of the Women's movement; and history of psychology. This course also may count toward the major in psychology. (Bayer)

WMST 401 Senior Seminar Women's studies seniors produce a culminating project as they apply feminist theories and research methods, integrating their experiences as women's studies majors. Prerequisites: WMST 100 and WMST 300. (Spring, offered annually)

WMST 450 Independent Study This course provides the opportunity for students to engage in practical involvements in topics/issues in women’s studies as well as pursuing independent research under faculty supervision.

WMST 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study

WMST 495 Honors


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