Chair, Professor JANA SAWICKI

Advisory Committee: Professors: I. BELL, S. GRAVER***, HEATHERINGTON, SAWICKI. Associate Professor: WATERS. Assistant Professors: CASE, DIGGS, C. JOHNSON, ROSEMAN. Instructor: MATTHEWS. Affirmative Action Officer: MCINTIRE. Librarian: STEVENS. Health Educator: DENELLI-HESS.

Women's Studies can be defined as the study of how gender is constructed, how it is inflected by differences of race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, etc., and of how assumptions about gender influence the construction of knowledge and experience. The program in Women's 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 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.

To fulfill the requirements of the Women's Studies Program, students will take five courses. Women's Studies 101, Introduction to Feminist Thought, introduces students to major works in the development of modern feminist thought and to issues central to Women's Studies. Students are encouraged to take Women's Studies 101 in their first or second year. In addition, students elect three Women's 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 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 Studies 101 and two electives, one of which may be taken concurrently, students are required to take a Women's 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 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 register in the Women's 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 Studies Chair, Stetson D13, X2305.


Honors in Women's Studies may be granted 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 adviser and one other reader from the Women's 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 Studies after the following criteria are met:

1) in April of the junior year, submission and Women's 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 adviser 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 adviser 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 not offered in 1997-98 are listed in brackets.

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

Sequence Courses

Women's Studies 101 Introduction to Feminist Thought

Women's Studies 402 The Personal and the Political

Elective Courses

Students will elect three Women's Studies courses from at least two different departments. See department listings for full descriptions.

[Anthropology 266 Gender in Social Life*]

[ArtH 361 The Power of Stereotypes]

[ArtH 371 Goddesses in Asian Art*]

ArtH 443 Baroque Art: Images of Men and Women

[ArtH 451 Ideal Bodies: The Modern Nude and its Dilemmas]

ArtS/Political Science/Women's Studies 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism

[Classics/History 239 Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity]

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

[Economics 203 Gender in Economic Analysis]

[Economics 223 Gender and Economic Development]

Economics 355 Feminist Economics

English 219 Introduction to Literature by Women

English 336 Femme Fatales and New Women

English 341 American Genders, American Sexualities

[English 367 Latina Feminisms in the United States*]

English 369 Language, Gender, and Power

[English 377 Suicides and Survivors]

English 389 The Fiction of Virginia Woolf

[French 206 The Female Prison: Convents and Brothels]

[History/Classics 239 Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity]

History 278/Religion 232 Women and Islam*

[History 310 Women in the Traditional West: Ideal and Reality]

History 316 Class, Gender, and Race in Post 1945 Britain

History 320 Adolescence in America

[History 324 Women in the United States Since 1870]

History 338 Victorian Psychology

History 344 The History of Sexuality in America

History 361 Salem Witchcraft

History 365 Women in Chinese History*

[History 385T Inventing Gender: America 1600-1850]

[History of Science 216 Gender, Science, and Technology]

[Music 131 Gender, Class, and Race in Western Musical Society]

[Music 133 Men, Women, and Pianos]

[Philosophy 206/Political Science 236 Morality and Law]

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

[Political Science 208 The Politics of Family Policy]

Political Science 209 Poverty in America

[Political Science 236/Philosophy 206 Morality and Law]

[Political Science 238 Political Thinking About Women]

Political Science/ArtS/Women's Studies 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism

[Political Science 311 Gender Gaps in American Politics: Women, Men, and Political Action]

[Political Science 337 The Politics of Contemporary Theory: Power and Political Imagination]

Religion 213 The Bible, Ethics, and Sexuality

Religion 232/History 278 Women and Islam*

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

[Spanish 213 Women Writers in Contemporary Spain]

[Theatre 304 The Peacock and the Doll]

Women's Studies/ArtS/Political Science 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism

Courses of Related Interest

Students are encouraged to consider the following courses of related interest. These do not ordinarily fulfill the elective requirement. However, depending on the topic(s) of their course papers and their ability and willingness to do supplemental reading, students can transform some of these 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 201 Introduction to American Studies

[ANSO 221 An Introduction to India*]

[ANSO 330 Language in Society]

[Anthropology 245 Theory in Africa: Topics in the Anthropological Study of Africa*]

[ArtH/Classics 213 Greek Art and Myth]

[ArtH 241 Dutch Art of the 1600s: Hals to Vermeer]

ArtH 253 European Painting, 1760-1860

[ArtH 265 I Love My Time: Survey of Contemporary Art]

ArtH 531 Alfonso d'Este Camerino d'Alábastro

[Biology 132 Human Biology and Social Issues]

Biology/Environmental Studies 134 The Tropics: Biology and Social Issues*

Biology 204 Animal Behavior

Chemistry 113 Chemistry and Crime: From Sherlock Holmes to Modern Forensic Science

Chemistry 115 AIDS: The Disease and Search for a Cure

Chinese 332 Literature, Gender, and Revolution* (Deleted 1996-97)

Classics 103/LIT 222/Theatre 311 Greek and Roman Drama

[Classics/ArtH 213 Greek Art and Myth]

[Classics/History 216 Greek History]

Classics/History 218 Roman History

Economics 209 Labor Economics

Economics 224 Baby Boom and Busts and How They Shape Our Society (Deleted 1996-97)

English 204 The Feature Film

English 208 Introduction to American Literature

English 216 Introduction to the Novel

English 217 Introduction to Chicana/o Literature*

[English 218 Introduction to U.S. Latina and Latino Writing*]

English 220 Introduction to Afro-American Writing*

[English 306 Introduction to Medieval Literature]

English 333 Nineteenth-Century British Novel

[English 337 Victorian Culture]

English 345 Black Aesthetics*

[English 354 Contemporary American Poetry]

English 373 Modern Critical Theory

English 386 Literary Narratives of the Old Testament (Deleted 1997-98)

Environmental Studies/History 116 Environmental History of Africa*

Environmental Studies/Biology 134 The Tropics: Biology and Social Issues*

French 401 Order and Adventure: Twentieth-Century French Poetry

Geosciences 101 Earth History and Evolution of Life

[Greek 403T Greek Lyric Poetry]

History/Environmental Studies 116 Environmental History of Africa*

[History/Classics 216 Greek History]

History/Classics 218 Roman History

History 227 Comparative American Immigration History

[History 232 Russian History to 1855]

History 233 Russian and Soviet History, 1855-1991

[History 246 Cultural Encounters in the American West]

History 262 African-American History From Reconstruction to the Present*

History 269 A Survey of Modern African History, 1800-Present*

History 284 Modern China, 1800-Present: Continuity and Change*

[History 317 Intellectual Traditions of Chicano Nationalism]

History 325 South Africa and Apartheid*

History 331 Comparative Asian-American History, 1850-1965*

History 332 Contemporary Issues in Recent Asian-American History, 1965-Present*

History 358 The Chinese American Experience*

History 363/Religion 234/AMES 401 Religion and Revolution in Iran*

[History 386 The American Revolution]

Linguistics 101 Introduction to Linguistics

Literary Studies 111 Traveling Fictions: Encountering the Other Through Tourism, Time Travel, Exile

Literary Studies 202 The Nature of Narrative

[Literary Studies 205 Literature and Psychoanalysis]

Literary Studies 213 Poetry and Being

Literary Studies 222/Classics 103/Theatre 311 Greek and Roman Drama

Mathematics 143 Elementary Statistics and Data Analysis

[Mathematics 381 History of Mathematics]

Music 106 Opera

Philosophy 101 Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy

Philosophy 229 Existentialism

Political Science 130 Politics and Freedom: An Introduction to Political Theory

Political Science/Philosophy 231 Ancient Political Philosophy

[Political Science 332 Fugitive Identities: Slavery and the Boundaries of American Politics*]

Psychology 232 Developmental Psychology

[Psychology 312 Drugs and Behavior]

[Psychology 341 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination*]

Psychology 354T Social Interaction and Psychopathology

Religion 234/History 363/AMES 401 Religion and Revolution in Iran*

Religion 252 The Body Religious in Chinese Culture

Russian 203 Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature in Translation

Russian 208/ArtH 266 Russian Revolutionary Art

Theatre 311/Classics 103/LIT 222 Greek and Roman Drama