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WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (Div. II)

Chair, Professor JANA SAWICKI

Advisory Committee: Professors: SAWICKI, SWANN. Associate Professor: ROUHI. Assistant Professors: BUELL, M. DEVEAUX**, HICKS, L. JOHNSON, KENT, WHALEN. Lecturer: DIGGS§§. Affirmative Action Officer: MCINTIRE. Librarian: MENARD. Health Educator: DENELLI-HESS. COLLINGSWORTH (MCC).

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, and so on, how gender affects the experiences and situations of men and women, and how assumptions about gender influence the construction of knowledge and experience. Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies 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 program in Women's and Gender Studies thus includes courses from a wide variety of disciplines that focus in a coherent way on gender issues, as well as core courses that acquaint students with the interdisciplinarity of the field.

A major in Women's and Gender Studies will be available to students declaring majors in the spring of 2002. Students interested in declaring a major should contact the chair of the Program (x2305). A five course concentration in Women's and Gender Studies is still available to all students graduating in 2003.

THE MAJOR

The Women's and Gender Studies major encourages exposure to the interdisciplinary character of feminist scholarship. In addition, majors are required to gain some knowledge of methods within a field or discipline (3 courses in one of the categories listed below), to appreciate the importance of diversity (racial, sexual, class, ethnic, national, etc.) in scholarship on gender, to gain exposure to feminist theory, and to pursue work at an advanced level (3 courses at the 300-level).

In order to ensure that students reflect about the paths that they choose through the major, each major will be assigned to an advisor in the spring of the sophomore year. With the advisor, the student will establish a revisable course of study for the following two years.

[ ] Courses not offered in 2002-2003 are listed in brackets.

Required Courses

The major consists of at least 9 courses. The following are required:

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

Women's and Gender Studies 402 Junior/Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (The seminar explores topics in Women's and Gender Studies, and varies from year to year. Majors may take more than one seminar, space permitting.)

And one of the following feminist theory courses:

[Women's and Gender Studies 271T The Philosophical and Feminist Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir]

Women's and Gender Studies 282 Feminist Approaches to Religion

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

Women's and Gender Studies 371 Feminist Theory and the Representation of Women in Film

Distribution Requirements

1. Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Diversity

Majors must take at least one of the following:

Women's and Gender Studies 211 Women in Development (Same as Economics 211)

[Women's and Gender Studies 218 Introduction to U.S. Latina and Latino Writing (Same as American Studies and English 218) (Deleted 2002-2003)]

Women's and Gender Studies 232 Gendered Spaces and Sexual Cultures (Same as Anthropology 232)

Women's and Gender Studies 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa (Same as History 308)

Women's and Gender Studies 311 Women in the Middle East (Same as History 311)

Women's and Gender Studies 313 Women in Chinese History (Same as History 313)

[Women's and Gender Studies 341 American Genders, American Sexualities (Same as English 341)]

Women's and Gender Studies 344 The History of Sexuality in America (Same as History 378)

[Women's and Gender Studies 346 U.S. Women of Color: Public and Private Cultures (Same as American Studies 346 and History 346) (Deleted 2002-2003)]

[Women's and Gender Studies 351 Queer Theories (Same as English 351) (Deleted 2002-2003)]

Women's and Gender Studies 383 Introduction to Black Women's History (Same as History 383)

Women's and Gender Studies 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households (Same as History 386)

Women's and Gender Studies 387 Community Building and Social Movements in Latino/a History (Same as History 387)

Women's and Gender Studies 408 Race, Gender and Nature (Same as American Studies 408 and Environmental Studies 408)

[Chinese 243 Gender Issues in Traditional Chinese Literature (Deleted 2002-2003)]

[Religion 232/History 309 Women and Islam]

2. Disciplinary Concentration

At least three of the seven electives must be in one of the following categories, with one of the three at the 300 level:

a. Literary or artistic expression (English, comparative literature, film and video studies, fine or performing arts)

b. Historical perspectives (includes history, music, religion, classics, art history)

c. Forms of political and social organization (includes political and social sciences)

d. Science studies (includes natural, physical, and mathematical sciences, and philosophy of science, history of science, sociology of science, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology)

3. Three of the seven electives must be at the 300 level.

THE CONCENTRATION

Students graduating in 2003 may still declare a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies. To fulfill the requirements for a concentration, students will take five courses in the Program: Women's and Gender Studies 101, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies; three Women's and Gender Studies electives from at least two departments (these will vary according to the course offerings each year); and the Women's and Gender Studies junior/senior seminar, in which they will write a substantial essay or develop a project in an area of special interest. (The seminar explores topics in Women's and Gender Studies, and varies from year to year; prerequisites include Women's and Gender Studies 101 and two electives, one of which may be taken concurrently with the seminar.) Under exceptional circumstances, the chair can allow an Independent Study to substitute for the seminar. Students may take more than one seminar, space permitting.

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.

Sequence Courses

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

Women's and Gender Studies 402 The Personal and the Political: Confessional Narrative and Feminist Politics

Elective Courses

[American Studies/English 218 Introduction to U.S. Latina and Latino Writing (Deleted 2002-2003)]

[American Studies/English/Women's and Gender Studies 346 U. S. Women of Color: Public and Private Cultures (Deleted 2002-2003)]

ArtH/Women's and Gender Studies 206 Gender and Race in Recent Art Practice

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

[ArtH 246 Baroque Art: Images of Men and Women]

ArtH 254 Manet to Matisse

[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 (Deleted 2002-2003)]

ArtH/Women's and Gender Studies 451 Sex, Race, and Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France

ArtS 313T Art of the Public

ArtS 386T/Women's and Gender Studies 385T Sexuality and Media

[Chinese 243/Comparative Literature 217 Gender Issues in Traditional Chinese Literature (Deleted 2002-2003)]

[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 213/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 (Deleted 2002-2003)]

[Comparative Literature 252 Modern Women Writers in the City]

Comparative Literature/Women's and Gender Studies 254T Adultery and the Fallen Woman

Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 203 Gender and Economics

[Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 211 Women in Development]

[English/American Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 218 Introduction to U.S. Latina and Latino Writing (Deleted 2002-2003)]

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

English/Women's and Gender Studies 316 Art of Courtship

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/Women's and Gender Studies 371 Feminist Theory and the Representation of Women in Film

English/Women's and Gender Studies 430 The Brontės: The Making of Myths

[English 393 Good Girls, Bad Girls (Deleted 2002-2003)]

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

French 307 The Female Prison: Convents and Brothels

Greek/Women's and Gender Studies 406 Coming of Age in the Polis

[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/Women's and Gender Studies 311 Women in the Middle East

History/Women's and Gender Studies 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 (Deleted 2002-2003)]

[History 376 /American Studies 320 Adolescence in America (Deleted 2002-2003)]

[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/Women's and Gender Studies 489T History and the Body]

[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/Women's and Gender Studies 205 Morality and Law

Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies 212 Ethics and Reproductive Technologies

[Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies 271T The Philosophical and Feminist Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir]

[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 215/Comparative Literature 213 Femininity on Stage]

Theatre/Women's and Gender Studies 323 Theatre of Images

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

Women's and Gender Studies/Economics 203 Gender and Economics

Women's and Gender Studies/Philosophy 205 Morality and Law

Women's and Gender Studies/ArtH 206 Gender and Race in Recent Art Practice

[Women`'s and Gender Studies/Economics 211 Women in Development]

Women's and Gender Studies/Philosophy 212 Ethics and Reproductive Technologies

[Women's and Gender Studies/American Studies/English 218 Introduction to U.S. Latina and Latino Writing (Deleted 2002-2003)]

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

Women's and Gender Studies/Comparative Literature 254T Adultery and the Fallen Woman

[Women's and Gender Studies/Philosophy 271T The Philosophical and Feminist Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir]

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/History 311 Women in the Middle East

Women's and Gender Studies/English 316 The Art of Courtship

Women's and Gender Studies/Theatre 323 Theatre of Images

[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 (Deleted 2002-2003)]

Women's and Gender Studies/English 371 Feminist Theory and the Representation of Women in Film

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

Women's and Gender Studies 385T/ArtS 386T Sexuality and Media

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

Women's and Gender Studies/Greek 406 Coming of Age in the Polis

Women's and Gender Studies/English 430 The Brontes: the Making of Myths

Women's and Gender Studies/Art History 451 Sex, Race, and Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France

[Women's and Gender Studies/History 489T History and the Body]