Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Gender Studies Concentration

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Degree Type Offered: Concentration

An interdisciplinary program, consisting of 12 credit hours, designed for students in any major to understand more clearly the role that social constructions of gender shape histories, cultures, institutions and identities. Courses allow students to develop critical analytic skills in examining gender through the lenses of communication studies, history, politics, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Excellent preparation for careers in law, policy, humanitarian or ethics fields.

Students must complete any four of the following courses:

COMM-335 Communicating Sex and Gender

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Students will develop theoretical and practical understandings of the role of sex and gender in verbal and nonverbal communication, friendships, families, romantic relationships and professional relationships. This course also examines the issues of technology, health, power and violence as they related to sex and gender. Alternate years: offered 2018-2019

COMM-340 Representations of Gender, Race & Class

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examines the media's role in creating and re-creating our understanding of gender, race, and class. Includes a historical perspective, and traces how these representations have changed over time, the forces that have affected representations of gender, race and class, and the current state of their representation in the media. A field trip to at least one museum in Washington, D.C. is planned, depending upon exhibits available at the time (e.g. National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian's American History Museum). Alternate years: offered 2019-2020

FCS/SOC-368W Sociology of the Family

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of the human family historically and comparatively in various cultures with major emphasis placed upon the modern American family. Included are such topics as the diversity of family structures, the social construction of emotions, gender expectations and roles, parenting, the life cycle, and family tensions. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, SOC-101 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive (Cross-listed as FCS-368W)

HIST-335 Women's History in Asia

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Explores women's histories in Asia. Stresses the construction of gender norms and their evolution over time and encourages comparison of women's lives and experiences across various cultural contexts in Asia. Topics include women's political rights and participation, women's education and literacy, women's sexuality and reproduction, and women's work. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics Alternate years: offered 2019-2020

PSCI-332 Women & Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the role of women in American and global politics in order to understand the role of identity, institutions and social movements in democracy. Topics include women's influence on the development of the modern American welfare state, feminism, public policy issues of special importance to women, and social movement strategies. Offered alternate years

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Introduces ethical issues related to gender, race, and class. Surveys the development of identity-related critiques of traditional ethical theories and examines how the concept of "the good life" is related to identity. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 and SOC-101 or PSCI/SOC-205 FILA general education: philosophy or religion, ethical reasoning and writing intensive Offered alternate years

PHIL/REL-485X Gender Studies Practicum

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

A supervised practicum experience in a public or private organization that addresses women's and gender-related issues. The practicum requires 120 hours of field participation over the semester, weekly journals, and a final substantive, scholarly paper. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, at least one course from the (proposed) gender studies concentration, sophomore standing, and permission of instructor (Cross-listed as REL-485X)

PSY-380 Human Sexuality

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Overview of the psychological, social and biological aspects of sexuality that will be of use for communicating with romantic partners, doctors and family members. Topics include: sexual anatomy and physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, methods of contraception, prenatal sexual differentiation, sex research, attraction and love, sexual orientation and sexual dysfunction, and sexual ethics. Prerequisites: PSY-101 or SOC-101 and junior or senior standing

SOC-313 Gender, Crime and Justice

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Investigation of the interaction between gender and social control in the United States and cross-culturally. The gendered nature of criminal activity is examined empirically and theoretically. The justice system, including the correctional treatment of women, is examined for its relationship to historical shifts in the status and treatment of women. Prerequisite: SOC-101 Offered alternate years

SOC-334 Gender and Sexuality Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduction to a variety of conceptual frameworks and theoretical lenses relating to human gender and sexualities, including social constructionism, political economy, and cultural studies. A critical, global, historical, and sociological approach will be emphasized to unpack gendered ad sexualized social structures like patriarchy, heterosexism, and hegemonic masculinity. Special attention will be paid to social movements and challenges to power/resource inequalities made by gender and sexuality-based minority groups. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and SOC-101 FILA general education: global dynamics Offered alternate years