WGS (Women’s and Gender Studies)

WGS 200 Independent Study in Women’s and Gender Studies (1-4 hours)

This course will be conducted as supervised research on a selected topic. Prerequisites: Submission of an application which contains a proposed, detailed outline of study approved by the instructor, the division chair, the student’s advisor and the provost or associate provost. The completed application must be submitted to the office of enrollment services no later than the final day of the drop/add period of the semester of study. For additional criteria, see Independent Study Policy (Sec. 6.15.).

WGS 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication (4 hours)

This course investigates the relationships among gender, culture, and communication. Students will explore theoretical approaches to gender; the cultural histories of women’s, men’s and LGTBQIA movements; cultural views of gendered interaction, including discourse and relational styles as well as other performances; and the practices of gendered communication and identity in a variety of cultural and institutional contexts. Offered every spring. Cross-listed as CRS 280.

WGS 290 Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (4 hours)

Courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum. Prerequisite: See individual course listing in the current semester course schedule.

WGS 303 The Literature and History of Immigrant and Minority Women in America (4 hours)

The purpose of this course is to explore the experiences of immigrant and minority women in North America from the interdisciplinary perspectives of history, literature and women’s studies. Through extensive reading, discussion and research this seminar will attempt to recapture women’s sense of their own identities in relation to the dominant ideologies of race, class and gender. Prerequisites: COR 101 and COR 102.

WGS 304 Women Poets (4 hours)

This course is a survey of poetry by women, from ancient Chinese, Persian and others in translation, to medieval Irish and Renaissance English, to 19th and 20th century Americans, as well as Eastern Europeans and Latin Americans in translation. Included will be several recent poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich and Mary Oliver in order to discover what themes, images and attitudes seem to emerge from the works. Prerequisites: COR 101 and COR 102.

WGS 400 Advanced Independent Study in Women’s and Gender Studies (1-4 hours)

Supervised research on a selected topic. Prerequisite: Submission of a proposed outline of study that includes a schedule of meetings and assignments approved by the instructor, the division chair and the provost or associate provost. The completed application must be submitted to the office of enrollment services no later than the final day of the drop/add period of the semester of study. For additional criteria, see Independent Study Policy (Sec. 6.15.).

WGS 407 Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies (1-4 hours)

An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to: obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study; submit an application which addresses both the on-site and the academic components of the internship; and satisfy all internship requirements developed by the academic program which oversees the internship. The career development office maintains an extensive list of internships, all of which are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: These are determined by the academic program overseeing the internship course, but typically include: permission of the faculty supervisor; meeting the qualifications for the internship program; obtaining permission of an internship site supervisor; and development of an internship plan which is acceptable to relevant parties including the faculty supervisor and others, as required by the relevant academic program.

WGS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (4 hours)

This course is intended to develop the students’ understanding of the study of women and gender. Special emphasis is placed on the intersection of gender with the epistemological foundations of other disciplines and on the theory and practice of the study of gender. Courses are not limited to, for example, Southern Women’s Literature and History, but will often be under the same rubric of other disciplines such as are listed under the requirements of the minor. Prerequisite: See individual course listing in the current semester class schedule.