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WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (Div. II)

Chair, Professor KAREN E. SWANN

Advisory Committee: Professors: I. BELL, KUNZEL, SAWICKI*, SWANN. Associate Professors: S. BOLTON, CASE, ROUHI. Assistant Professors: BUELL**, CARTER-SANBORN, HICKS, L. JOHNSON. Lecturer: DIGGS. Affirmative Action Officer: MCINTIRE. Librarian: MENARD. Health Educator: DENELLI-HESS. COLLINGSWORTH (MCC).

A major in Women's and Gender Studies will be available to students declaring majors in the spring of 2003. All first year students or sophomores interested in majoring in Women's and Gender Studies should contact the chair of the Program. A five course concentration in Women's and Gender Studies is still available to all students graduating in 2002 and 2003. Forms for declaring a concentration are available in the Office of the Registrar.

Women's and Gender Studies can be defined as the study of how gender is constructed, how it is inflected by differences of race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, etc., how gender affects the experiences and situations of men and women, and how assumptions about gender influence the construction of knowledge and experience. The program in Women's and Gender Studies is therefore open to students majoring in a wide variety of disciplines who wish to focus in a coherent way on gender issues. The program is designed to introduce students to scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies, which has brought neglected material into established fields and raised important methodological questions about sex and gender that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge established intellectual frameworks.

THE CONCENTRATION

To fulfill the requirements for a concentration in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, students will take five courses. Women's and Gender Studies 101, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, introduces students to major works in the development of modern feminist thought and to issues central to Women's and Gender Studies. Students are encouraged to take Women's and Gender Studies 101 in their first or second year. In addition, students elect three Women's and Gender Studies courses from at least two departments. Electives will vary according to the course offerings each year. Students may develop a student-initiated course as an elective. In order to confront the breadth of issues raised by Women's and Gender Studies as an interdisciplinary mode of inquiry, students are advised to distribute their choices as widely as possible. In their junior or senior year, after taking Women's and Gender Studies 101 and two electives, one of which may be taken concurrently, students are required to take a Women's and Gender Studies seminar, in which they will write a substantial essay or develop a project in an area of special interest. This seminar explores topics in Women's and Gender Studies. The topic varies from year-to-year. Under exceptional circumstances, the chair can allow an Independent Study to substitute for the seminar. Students may take more than one seminar, space permitting.

Students are urged to declare a concentration in the Women's and Gender Studies Program by the fall semester of their junior year. To do this, or to obtain further information about the program, contact the Women's and Gender Studies chair, Stetson D13, x2305.

CONTRACT MAJOR IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

In consultation with the chair of Women's and Gender Studies, students may develop a contract major proposal in Women's or Gender Studies. Interested students should meet with the chair in the first semester of the sophomore year. Students proposing a contract major should take Women's and Gender Studies 101 and plan to take Women's and Gender Studies 402 in their junior or senior year. Contract major proposals must be approved by the Committee on Educational Policy.

THE DEGREE WITH HONORS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

Honors in Women's and Gender Studies may be granted to concentrators or contract majors after an approved candidate completes a thesis (493-W031, W031-494) or honors project (491-W030, W030-492), delivers a public presentation of the work, and is awarded an honors grade by her/his advisor and one other reader from the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

The honors project may be one semester (plus winter study) or a year-long project. It may consist of a conventional research thesis of 40-70 pages or of other modes of presentation (e.g., art, music, poetry, theater, fiction). Proposals for non-thesis projects may include evidence of experience and competence in the chosen mode.

A student may become a candidate for honors in Women's and Gender Studies after the following criteria are met:

1) in April of the junior year, submission and Women's and Gender Studies Committee approval of a 4- to 6-page project proposal, in which the ideas, aim, general methodology, and preliminary bibliography for the project are outlined and a faculty advisor is named;

2) at the end of the junior year, cumulative grade point average of B+ from courses in two of the three academic divisions (humanities, social science, natural science);

3) on the first day of classes of the senior year, submission and approval by the faculty advisor of a 5- to 10-page prospectus for the project.

All honors work, including the public presentation will be graded by at least two faculty members-a third will be consulted if there is a significant discrepancy between the first two graders. Readers' grades will be averaged and honors will be awarded as follows: A+/A Highest Honors; A-/B+ Honors.

Courses

[ ] Courses not offered in 2001-2002 are listed in brackets.

* An asterisk indicates that the course meets the Peoples and Cultures distribution requirement.

Sequence Courses

Women's and Gender Studies 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies 402 Constructing Victorian Womanhood+

Elective Courses

Students will elect three Women's and Gender Studies courses from at least two different departments. See department listings for full descriptions. Note: Depending on the topic(s) of course papers and their ability and willingness to do supplemental reading, students can transform other courses into electives. Anyone who is interested in such an option must consult the program chair at the beginning of the semester in order to sign a course "contract."

American Studies/English 218 Introduction to U.S. Latina and Latino Writing*

[American Studies 320/History 376 Adolescence in America]

American Studies/English/Women's and Gender Studies 346 U. S. Women of Color: Public and Private Cultures*

[ArtH/Classics 216 Body of Evidence: Greek Sculpture and the Human Figure]

ArtH 246 Baroque Art: Images of Men and Women

ArtH/INTR 321 Inventing Joan of Arc: The History of a Hero(ine) in Literature, Pictures, and Film

[ArtH 449 The Meanings of Poses in Baroque Art]

ArtS 313T Art of the Public

[Chinese 243/Comparative Literature 217 Gender Issues in Traditional Chinese Literature*]

[Classics/ArtH 216 Body of Evidence: Greek Sculpture and the Human Figure]

[Classics 239/History 322 Women in Greece and Rome]

[Classics/Religion 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World]

[Comparative Literature 152 Adultery and the Fallen Woman]

Comparative Literature 213/English/Theatre 215 Femininity on Stage

[Comparative Literature/French 215 The Fashioning of Fashion: Theory and Practice]

[Comparative Literature/Chinese 243 Gender Issues in Traditional Chinese Literature*]

Comparative Literature 252 Modern Women Writers in the City

Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 211(F) Women in Development

English/Theatre 215/Comparative Literature 213 Femininity on Stage

English/American Studies 218 Introduction to U.S. Latina and Latino Writing*

English/Women's and Gender Studies 219 Introduction to Literature by Women

English 316 Art of Courtship

English 330 The Brontes: The Making of Myths

English/Women's and Gender Studies 341 American Genders, American Sexualities

English/American Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 346 U. S. Women of Color: Public and Private Cultures*

[English 371 Feminist Theory and the Representation of Women in Film]

English 393 Good Girls, Bad Girls*

[French/Comparative Literature 215 The Fashioning of Fashion: Theory and Practice]

[French 204 The Female Prison: Convents and Brothels]

[History 129 Religion, Race and Gender in the Age of the French Revolution*]

History 301F Gender and History

History/Women's and Gender Studies 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa*

[History 309/Religion 232 Women and Islam*]

History 313 Women in Chinese History*

[History 322/Classics 239 Women in Greece and Rome]

[History 335 Class, Gender, and Race in Post-1945 Britain]

[History 343 Gender and History in Latin America*]

History 354 Gender and Community in Early America*

[History 376 /American Studies 320 Adolescence in America]

History 378/Women's and Gender Studies 344 The History of Sexuality in America

[History 379 /Women's and Gender Studies 324 Women in the United States Since 1870]

History/Women's and Gender Studies 383 Introduction to Black Women's History*

History/Women's and Gender Studies 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households*

History/Women's and Gender Studies 387 Community Building and Social Movements in Latino/a History*

[History 394 Comparative Masculinities: Britain and the United States Since 1800]

History 453 Salem Witchcraft

INTR/ArtH 321 Inventing Joan of Arc: The History of a Hero(ine) in Literature, Pictures, and Film

Music/Women's and Gender Studies 132 Women in Music

[Philosophy 327 Foucault: Gender, Power, and the Body]

[Political Science 208 The Politics of Family Policy]

Political Science 209 Poverty in America

[Political Science/Women's and Gender Studies 336 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory]

[Religion 232/History 309 Women and Islam*]

[Religion/Classics 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World]

Religion 306/Women's and Gender Studies 282 Feminist Approaches to Religion

Theater/English 215/Comparative Literature 213 Femininity on Stage

Theatre 323 Theatre of Images

Women's and Gender Studies/Music 132 Women in Music

Women's and Gender Studies/Economics 211(F) Women in Development

Women's and Gender Studies/English 219 Introduction to Literature by Women

Women's and Gender Studies 282/Religion 306 Feminist Approaches to Religion]

Women's and Gender Studies/History 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa*

[Women's and Gender Studies 324/History 379 Women in the United States Since 1870]

[Women's and Gender Studies/Political Science 336 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory]

Women's and Gender Studies/English 341 American Genders, American Sexualities

Women's and Gender Studies 344/History 378 The History of Sexuality in America

Women's and Gender Studies/American Studies/English 346 U. S. Women of Color: Public and Private Cultures*

Women's and Gender Studies /History 383 Introduction to Black Women's History*

Women's and Gender Studies/History 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, Household

Women's and Gender Studies/History 387 Community Building and Social Movements in Latino/a History*