Women's Studies

WST-124: Women Artists in History, Credits = 5
Focuses on the unique artistic contributions of women artists through history from the middle ages to present. Includes emphasis in issues of social justice, cultural expectations and institutional obstacles. Student may not earn credit for both WST 124 and ART 124. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

WST-139: Psychology of Women, Credits = 5
Explore the historical, cultural, and biological development of growing up female. Also examined are the social and psychological perspectives of female identity, traditional and non-traditional roles, values, sexuality and orientation, dependency, emotions, physical and mental health issues, victimization and the changing perception of femininity and masculinity. Student may not earn credit for both PSYC 139 and WST 139. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly PSY 139.

WST-180: Human Sexuality, Credits = 5
Study of sexual facts, attitudes, morals, and behavior. Examination of how society impacts our sexual values and behavior, as well as exploration of diverse experiences of others. Course will cover basic biology, as well as a focus on psychosocial issues related to and impacting sexual behaviors. Course for adults--lectures and films may contain explicit language, nudity, and graphic material. Student may not earn credit for both PSYC& 180 and WST 180. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Formerly WST 113. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 097. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

WST-200: Introduction to Women's Studies, Credits = 5
Analysis of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and inequalities, studied from a multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective. Emphasis on the intersection of ethnicity, nationality, class, and gender in women's lives, and how these intersecting constructs impact women's past, present, and future contributions. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

WST-215: Women in U.S. History, Credits = 5
Survey of the significant contributions of women to the growth and development of the United States from the early Native American societies to the present. Examine pioneering individuals and organizations, relevant legal, social, moral, political, economic, and religious issues concerning women in American society. Student may not earn credit for both WST 215 and HIST& 215. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly WST 280.

WST-220: Gender and Society, Credits = 5
Gender is a central feature of social life. Enhances students' recognition of the pervasiveness and complexities of a sex and gender "system," predominately focusing on our own society. Gender is explored on three levels (individual identity, gender roles, and institutional level) to include as a system of social relationships in which gender interacts with and influences institutional structures; as what people "do" in social interactions; and as an attribute by individuals for self. Student may not earn credit for both WST 220 and SOC 220. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

WST-251: Voices of Women in Literature, Credits = 5
Survey of selected women writers across time and cultures with a focus on women as authors and characters. Considers how gender may affect perspectives on such basic ideas as home, work, community, strength, power, courage, empathy and many others. Time period covered ranges from the 18th to the 21st century. Student may not earn credit for both WST 251 and ENGL 251. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.