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Professor Taylor (English); Associate Professors Nigro (Psychology)(on leave, winter semester and Short Term), Brinkley
(Sociology and Women's Studies), Costlow (Russian), Malcolmson (English)(on leave, 1997-1998), Eames
(Anthropology), Chair, Strong (Japanese), O'Higgins (Classics)(on leave, 1997-1998), Kane (Sociology), Rand (Art),
Read (French), Low (Psychology), Nero (Rhetoric), Hughes (Economics), and López (Spanish);
The goal of the Women's Studies Program is to enable students to recognize and use gender as an effective analytical tool. This method of analysis can help us to understand the realities and meanings of women's lives in many cultures and historical periods. Women's studies not only increases what we know about women, it enriches our understanding of men and allows us to understand gender relations - how the roles assigned to men and women structure our societies and shape our personal interactions and public policies. The courses offered provide a cross-cultural comparison and encourage students to view women's experience from the perspective of a variety of fields. Students may choose either to major or to pursue a secondary concentration in women's studies.
Major requirements: Any student considering a major in women's studies should try to take Women's Studies 100 and Women's Studies 250 before the end of the sophomore year. Students who declared their women's studies major prior to September 1995 may choose to fulfill the major requirements either as published in the 1994-1995 catalog or as published here. Students declaring a women's studies major after September 1, 1995, must complete the following set of requirements: a total of ten courses, including Women's Studies 100, 201, 250, 400, and 458 (senior thesis). In addition, one of the ten courses must be a 300-level (or 400-level) core course. The remainder must be chosen from the list of women's studies core and component courses that follows. No more than one Short Term unit may be counted toward the major.
Secondary Concentration option: Students' proposed programs of study, consisting of seven courses, are normally approved by the Program Committee in the fall of their junior year (class of 1998 excepted). Normally, a secondary concentration in women's studies consists of Women's Studies 100, 201, 250, at least two 300-level courses cross-listed with women's studies, and two other committee-approved courses.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, many courses in women's studies have prerequisites in other departments. Many majors will also develop a focus in one division or group of departments, and will need to supplement their women's studies courses with other courses in that area of focus. Majors should plan their schedules carefully and are urged to consult regularly with the Chair in order to ensure that their programs have both breadth and depth. Majors should consider taking Women's Studies 400 in the junior year because this course includes theoretical thinking, which can help prepare them for the senior thesis.
A thesis advisor is chosen by each student, in consultation with the Chair, according to the subject matter of the thesis. Planning for the senior thesis and choosing a thesis advisor begin in the junior year. Majors normally write their theses in the second semester of the senior year and, with the assistance of their advisor, submit a thesis proposal to the Committee on Women's Studies by Thanksgiving break to enroll in 458 (or, for those beginning to write their theses in the fall semester, by April 1), that is, during the semester before thesis writing begins.
200. Women's Journey: Still Waters Run Deep. Women in Biblical literature, post-Biblical literature, and in the oral literature of the Middle East are not silent bystanders. They actively define the world around them and pursue their own relationship with the divine, their environment, and the search for perfection. This course is the same as Religion 200. Open to first-year students. M. Caspi.
201. African American Women and Feminist Thought. African American history, like white American history, omits the struggles and contributions of its women. Focusing on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, the individual and collective experiences of African American women are examined. Particular attention is given to knowledge and understanding concerning 1) the experiences of enslaved African American women; 2) efforts aimed at self-definition and self-sufficiency; 3) African American women as initiators and participants in women's and civil rights movements; and 4) Afra-American/womanist feminist thought. Open to first-year students. C. Brinkley.
250. Interdisciplinary Studies: Methods and Modes of Inquiry. Interdisciplinary involves more than a meeting of disciplines. Practitioners stretch methodological norms and reach across disciplinary boundaries. Through examination of a single topic, this course introduces students to interdisciplinary methods of analysis. Students examine what practitioners actually do, and work to become practitioners themselves. Prerequisite(s): any two courses in women's studies, African American studies, or American cultural studies. Required of African American studies, American cultural studies and women's studies majors. This course is the same as African American Studies 250 and American Cultural Studies 250. Staff.
264. Voice and Gender. This course focuses on the gender-related differences in voice from the beginning of language acquisition through learning and development of a human voice. A variety of interdisciplinary perspectives are examined according to the different determinants of voice production physiological, psychological, social interactional, and cultural. Students explore how race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and age affect vocal expression. Students also analyze "famous" and "attractive" human voices and discuss what makes them so. Recommended background: Theater 263, Women's Studies 100. This course is the same as Theater 264. Open to first-year students. K. Vecsey.
310. The Demography of U.S. Women. This course examines quantitatively women's age structure and longevity in relation to life-cycle events, circumstances, outsider gender expectations, and the potential for self-definition. Numerically, who are women? Who are women in terms of education, color, income, geography, occupation, health, household structure, voting patterns, sexuality, retirement, and related issues? And, how are women treated in quantitative analysis? The importance of time (historical period) and age is stressed as well as the relation of qualitative issues and quantitative data. C. Brinkley.
360. Independent Study. Independent study of selected topics by individual students. Registration is granted only after the student has submitted a written proposal for a research project and has secured the sponsorship of a faculty member to direct the study and evaluate the results. Students must meet periodically with faculty and complete papers or projects. Students are limited to one independent study per semester. Written permission of the instructor is required. Staff.
365. Special Topics. A course or seminar offered from time to time and reserved for a special topic selected by the Committee on Women's Studies. Staff.
400. Junior-Senior Seminar. This seminar is an advanced inquiry into feminist theories and methods. Drawing on work in several disciplinary fields, students ask how using gender as a category of analysis illuminates and/or changes the questions of other disciplines. Students also investigate the development of core theories and methods within women's studies. Prerequisites: five courses in women's studies. Required of all majors.
400A. Women's Activism, Research Methodologies, and Theory. This Junior-Senior Seminar focuses on 1)
the study of feminist thought as reflected in the writings of U.S. women of color and white women; 2) learning
and reflecting upon social science and humanist methodologies in women's studies research and praxis; 3) the
identification and consideration of epistemological issues; and, 4) feminist theory, praxis, and activism.
Students are expected to visit and study service-delivery systems in such areas as women's health services,
shelters for abused women and children, women in prison, fund raising, and other student-designated areas of
women's activism. C. Brinkley.
Short Term Units
The following courses are cross-listed with other departments.
Art 287. Women and Modern Art.
Biology 130. Life, Sex, and Cells.
Classics 201. Women in Antiquity.
Economics 230. Economics of Women, Men, and Work.
Education 240. Gender Issues and Education.
English 121C. Twentieth-Century Women Writers.
First-Year Seminar 135. Women in Art.
French 365. Femmes Ecrivaines, 1789-Present.
History 282. Gender in Latin American History.
Japanese 250. Modern Japanese Women's Literature.
Music 260. Women and Music.
Philosophy 262. Philosophy and Feminism.
Political Science 155. Women, Power, and Political Systems: Introduction to Women and Politics.
Psychology 270. Psychology of Adolescent Girls.
Religion 200. Women's Journey: Still Waters Run Deep. This course is the same as Women's Studies 200.
Rhetoric 275. African American Public Address.
Russian 240. Women and Writing in Russia.
Sociology 270. Sociology of Gender.
Spanish 343. Fictional Women in Nineteenth-Century Spanish Realism.
Theater 264. Voice and Gender. This course is the same as Women's Studies 264.
Women's Studies 200. Women's Journey: Still Waters Run Deep. This course is the same as Religion 200.
Art 225. Iconography.
Biology 200. The Social Context of Science.
Classics 200. Ancient Comedy and Satire.
Economics 336. Population Economics.
English 121I. Reading "Race" and Ethnicity in American Literature.
First-Year Seminar 133. The Story of the Stone.
French 240. Introduction to French Studies. Le Portrait de l'enfance: Littérature et film.
German 242. German Literature of the Twentieth Century II.
History 141. America in the Nineteenth Century.
Japanese 240. Japanese Literature: A Survey.
Music 254. Music and Drama.
Philosophy 211. Philosophy of Science.
Political Science 165. Politics and Popular Culture.
Psychology 202. Human Sexuality.
Religion 235. Ancient Israel: History, Religion, and Literature.
Sociology 220. Family and Society.
Spanish s33. Women, Nation, and Literary Culture in Latin America.
Theater 226. Minority Images in Hollywood Film.