Women's and Gender Studies Website
Chair, Professor JANA SAWICKI
Advisory Committee: Professors: I. BELL, BUNDTZEN, HEATHERINGTON, SAWICKI. Associate Professors: CASE, WATERS. Assistant Professors: S. BOLTON, BUELL, CARTER-SANBORN, M. DEVEAUX, KENT, MUTONGI*, SPRINGER. Lecturer: MATHEWS. Affirmative Action Officer: MCINTIRE. Librarian: MENARD. Health Educator: DENELLI-HESS.
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.
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 not offered in 1999-2000 are listed in brackets.
* An asterisk indicates that the course meets the Peoples and Cultures distribution requirement.
Women's and Gender Studies 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies 402 Chickflicks: The Women's Movement and Cinefeminism
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/Women's and Gender Studies 346 Women of Color in the U.S.: Public and Private Cultures*
[ArtH 216/Classics 226 Body of Evidence: Greek Sculpture and the Human Figure]
ArtH 246 Baroque Art: Images of Men and Women
ArtH 451 Ideal Bodies: The Modern Nude and its Dilemmas
ArtH 453 Lessons from the Diva Sarah Bernhardt and Icons of Mass Culture
ArtS/Women's and Gender Studies 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism (Deleted 1999-2000)
[Chinese 243 Gender Issues in Traditional Chinese Literature*]
[Classics 226/ArtH 216 Body of Evidence: Greek Sculpture and the Human Figure]
Classics/History 239 Women in Greece and Rome
[Classics/Religion 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World]
[Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 203 Gender in Economic Analysis]
[Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 223 Gender and Economic Development*]
[Economics 355 Feminist Economics]
English/Women's and Gender Studies 219 Introduction to Literature by Women
English 328 Jane Austen and George Eliot
English 336 Femmes Fatales and New Women
[English 341 American Genders, American Sexualities]
English/American Studies/Women's and Gender Studies 346 Women of Color in the U.S.: Public and Private Cultures*
[English 371 Feminist Theory and the Representation of Women in Film]
English 377 Suicides and Survivors
English 389 The Fiction of Virginia Woolf
Environmental Studies/Economics 228 International Population Issues
[French 215 The Fashioning of Fashion: Theory and Practice]
[French 406 The Female Prison: Convents and Brothels]
German 311 Telling Lives/Inventing Selves: Biography and Autobiography in the Two Germanies and Austria, 1915-Today
History/Classics 239 Women in Greece and Rome
[History 278/Religion 232 Women and Islam*]
[History 316 Class, Gender, and Race in Post-1945 Britain]
History/American Studies 320 Adolescence in America
History 321 Gender and Community in Early America*
[History/Women's and Gender Studies 324 Women in the United States Since 1870]
History 328 Gender and History in Latin America*
History 338 Victorian Psychology
History/Women's and Gender Studies 344 The History of Sexuality in America
[History 345 Women in Chinese History*]
History 346 Masculinity: History and Theory
[History 361 Salem Witchcraft]
[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 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 237 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory]
Political Science 311 The Personal and the Political in Practice: Gender, Sexuality, and Political Power in America
[Religion 232/History 278 Women and Islam*]
[Religion/Classics 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World]
Religion/Women's and Gender Studies 282 Feminist Approaches to Religion
[Spanish 213 Women Writers in Contemporary Spain]
[Theatre 323 Theatre of Images]
[Women's and Gender Studies/Economics 203 Gender in Economic Analysis]
Women's and Gender Studies/English 219 Introduction to Literature by Women
[Women's and Gender Studies/Economics/Environmental Studies 223 Gender and Economic Development*]
[Women's and Gender Studies/Political Science 237 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory]
Women's and Gender Studies/Religion 282 Feminist Approaches to Religion
Women's and Gender Studies/ArtS 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism (Deleted 1999-2000)
Women's and Gender Studies 308 Gendering Social Movements and Organizations
Women's and Gender Studies 310 Feminism, Race, and Culture: Women of Color and the Politics of Representation*
[Women's and Gender Studies/History 324 Women in the United States Since 1870]
Women's and Gender Studies/American Studies/English 346 Women of Color in the U.S.: Public and Private Cultures*