Course Descriptions

Courses for the Gender Studies Minor

LAS 206 Perspectives on Gender 2 Cr
Perspectives on Gender takes an interdisciplinary look at males and females in society. With rotating faculty from various departments, we will explore how various academic disciplines address gender issues. Topics covered may include: the history of the women's movement; the biological basis of gender distinctions; feminists ethics; gender representations in the media; feminist literary theory; gender and religion; issues of gender in the business world; issues of gender in science; gender issues in children's literature. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Offered every spring semester.

BA 393/EC 393 S Socio-economic Impact of Gender: India 3 Cr
One in six individuals is Indian. The economic status of these individuals is intricately interwoven with the underlying social life. This course examines the delicate balance between old traditions and modernization with particular focus on gender issues. The National Diversity section of this course will explore race, religion, gender and socioeconomic biases that Indians living in the U.S. face, both within Indian communities and from society at large. The Global Diversity section will focus on the impact of globalization and how these changes impact traditional gender roles, the family, and other socioeconomic issues. In addition students will develop an appreciation of Indian culture and its Influence over business transactions in India. Spring semester. Fulfills global or national diversity requirement, but not both.

CO 280 Gender Communication 3 Cr
Examination of interactive relationships between gender and communication in contemporary American society. Course will explore ways that communication creates and perpetuates gender roles and how socially created gender roles are enacted in public and private settings. Students will connect research to everyday lives. Prerequisite: Sophomore status absolutely required. Spring, odd-numbered years. Fulfills National Diversity requirement.

ENLT 215 Introduction to Literature 3 Cr
This course will introduce students to the basic reading and analytical skills needed to understand and appreciate literature. Students will become familiar with reading different literary genres (prose, poetry, and drama) and learn to use basic terms and techniques of literary analysis. They will develop multiple interpretations and responses to literary texts and support their interpretation and responses with textual evidence, both in discussions and writing. Also, they will discover how texts communicate cultural values and ideas through a variety of approaches to the reading and appreciation of literature. Offerings each semester range from an overview of literature through conventional genres to exploration of a limited historical period or topic in literature. Prerequisite: ENWR 102. This course will be taught every semester.

ENLT 410 Women’s Literature 3 Cr
A study of literature written by women, exploring what it means when women become the center of their own stories. The subtitle of the course will help define the focus: The course may focus on writings by British women, American women, women from any ethnic and/or national group, or a combination of any of the above. The course may span historical periods or focus on one century or specific period. Feminist literary and cultural theory may be an added focus. Writers may include: Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich. Prerequisite: ENWR 102. Offered spring even-numbered years.

HI 309 European Gender History 3 Cr
A thematically-organized course in modern European history that asks how gender norms, expectations, and constructions have shaped modern European history. Topics include the French Revolution, work and industrialization, marriage, consumption patterns, Victorian norms, colonialism, the push for suffrage, the two World Wars, the Cold War, decolonization, and post-war, “second wave” feminism. Fall semester.

SO/AN 208 The Family 3 Cr
Anthropological and sociological investigation of the marriage and family institutions in various cultures and their influences upon both individuals and social organizations. Analysis of family communications; one’s choices in relationships; parenting; life transitions; and roles of gender, property, power, and love in marriage and family. Prerequisite: SO 101 or consent of instructor. Odd-year, Fall semester. Fulfills National Diversity requirement.

SO 225 Sociology of Gender 3 Cr
While there are biological differences between the sexes, in this course we will explore the social aspects of gender from a sociological perspective. From this view, gender is treated as separate from sex, because gender is the study of differing social expectations for people according to their sex. We will examine how gender is defined, constructed, and reinforced within society, and how all this relates to gender identities and gender inequality. With a critical eye on gender’s social construction, we will address issues of gender acquisition and explore the interactions between gender and other socially-constructed categories such as race/ethnicity and class as well as social institutions. Prerequisites: SO 101, PSY 105, or CO 101. Fall semester, odd numbered years.

SO 335 Domestic Violence 3 Cr
Domestic Violence includes violence against spouses and partners, children, and elders in our society. It is a serious and often hidden problem. The Judicial Committee of the United States Senate estimates that close to 5 million assaults, murders, and rapes are committed against women in their homes each year. The statistics in reported incidences of reported child abuse are staggering and increasing dramatically. And while men are often too embarrassed to report it, men also are raped and battered. In this course we will use the sociological imagination to shift through competing perspectives on the causes of this violence. Prerequisite: SO 101. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

SO 351 Medical Sociology 3 Cr
Course develops an appreciation of the role of sociology and social sciences in the study of health and medical care. Treatment of patients, functioning of health care systems, and many of the problems confronting modern medical care which relate to sociology and the social sciences. Recommended for those considering a career in medicine, health care delivery, or social work. Prerequisite: SO 101 or consent of instructor. Spring semester. Fulfills Global or National Diversity requirement.

TH 212 Christian Spirituality: Women Mystics 3 Cr
This course explores the historical contexts, writings, and spiritual legacy of eight women mystics including Perpetua (3rd century); Hildegard of Bingen (12th century); Mechtild of Magdeburg (13th century); Julian of Norwich (14th century); Teresa of Avila (16th century); Therese of Lisieux (20th century). Summer term. Open to all interested students.