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Women's Studies : Course of Study

WMST COURSES Frequently Offered

The Course of Study for the Women's Studies Minor
The interdisciplinary Women's Studies Minor examines scholarship and research relating to women as well as women's contributions to societies around the world.

The objectives of the minor are to provide a theoretical and practical structure within which to study issues of concern for women; to promote an understanding of the historical and biosocial contexts that shape our awareness of womanhood; and to encourage independent reading about and study of women's issues.

The course of study for the Women's Studies Minor supports and complements study in a variety of majors offered at Alfred University. Students are invited to complete a Minor in Women's Studies or to select courses of particular interest to them. All program courses can be used as electives and many count toward a major in traditional disciplines. Participating faculty are drawn from across the University.

Required Core for the Minor:
WMST 101 Women in Society (4 credits)
WMST 450 Independent Study (1-4 credits)

Elective Courses (Choose 12 or more credits from at least two groups (I, II, III, IV)

I: Humanities

Communication Studies
WMST 306 Gender and Communication (4 credits)

WMST 204 The Art of the Personal Essay (2 credits)
WMST 206 Poetry Workshop (2 credits)
WMST 218 Autobiography (2-4 credits)
WMST 254 Women Writers (2-4 credits)
WMST 256 Multicultural Literature (2-4 credits)
WMST 293 A Place in the Universe (4 credits)
WMST 371 Feminist Poetics (4 credits)
WMST 381 International Women Writers (4 credits)

WMST 374 American Women: History and Herstory (4 credits)
WMST 300 Witchcraft in Europe (4 credits)

Modern Languages
WMST 313 Spanish American Culture and Literature II, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries ( 4 credits)

WMST 303 Women, Knowledge, and Reality (2-4 credits)

II: Social Sciences

WMST 220 Women and Science (4 credits)
WMST 253 Social Welfare Institutions (2 or 4 credits)
WMST 346 Sociology of Sex and Gender (4 credits)
WMST 348 Sociology of Families (4 credits)

Political Science
WMST 246 Women in Political Thought (4 credits)

WMST 372 Psychology of Women
WMST 222 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (1 credit)

III: Fine and Performing Arts

Fine Arts
WMST 382 Women in Art (4 credits)

Performing Arts
WMST 211 Women in Theatre (3 credits)

IV: Women's Studies

WMST 255 Issues in Women's Health Across the Lifespan (2 credits)
WMST 450 Independent Study (1-4 credits)
WMST 470 Alphadelphian Women's Studies Service (2 credits)
WMST 485 Internship (1-4 credits)

WMST 101 (formerly WST 105) - Women in Society 4 credits.
This interdisciplinary course is the foundation of Women's Studies. It examines the relationship of women worldwide to institutions and developments in the social, political, and economic spheres. Topics include biological issues, women and work, women as family members, media portrayal of women, and the origins and development of modern feminism.

WMST 204 - The Art of the Personal Essay 2 credits.
An examination of the best contemporary essayists. Students develop their own essays after reading and discussing works by Margaret Atwood, Kathleen Norris, Tobias Wolfe, Edward Hoagland, Annie Dillard, Diane Ackerman, Mary Oliver, etc. (Cross-listed as ENGL 204)

WMST 206 - Poetry Workshop 2 credits.
A beginning writing course in poetry with an emphasis on originality and freshness of language and a basic understanding of poetic form. Required work includes extensive reading of contemporary poets, weekly writing, peer review, and a final portfolio of revised poems. (Cross-listed as ENGL 206)

WMST 211 (formerly WST 205) - Women in Theatre 3 credits.
A survey course tracing the role(s) of women in theatre - audience, acting, directing, writing, designing, managing - from the ancient Greeks to contemporary times in a range of cultures. Representative plays, essays, and production artifacts are studied to discover the changing roles of women. (Cross-listed as THEA 211) (Alternate years)

WMST 218 - Autobiography 2-4 credits. "One never finds truth; one creates it"
(Lillian Smith). What does it mean when an individual writes his/her life? This course combines the study of literary autobiography with traditional critical approaches to the genre. Readings include stories, letters, diaries, poems, memoirs, and criticism. (Cross-listed as ENGL 218) (A)

WMST 220 - Women and Science 4 credits
Explores issues in science that are of importance to women including: historical and contemporary roles of women scientists, feminist critique of science and the influence of feminism on science, contemporary challenges, and social and political issues surrounding women's health.

WMST 222 (formerly WST 120) - Nonviolent Crisis Intervention 1 credit.
Nonviolent crisis intervention is a behavior management system. We demonstrate techniques useful for prevention of acting out behavior, personal safety techniques which avoid staff or client injury during confrontation, and nonviolent physical control and restraint techniques for crisis management. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and permission of instructor. (Cross-listed as PSYC 222)

WMST 246 - Women in Political Thought 4 credits
This course addresses the question of what part women should play in the political community. Students will examine writings in the western political tradition (and critics of that tradition) that raise questions about assumptions concerning the role of women in the family, society, and public life.

WMST 253 - Social Welfare Institutions 2 credits.
Examines social welfare institutions in the context of change brought about by industrialization and urbanization. Focus on types of welfare, welfare policy and the structure of services. (Cross-listed as SOCI 253) (Sufficient demand)

WMST 254 - Women Writers 2-4 credits.
A course that examines issues of language, gender, and culture portrayed through the lens of the woman writer. Texts may include novels, stories, autobiographies, essays, letters, and poetry. (Cross-listed as ENGL 254)

WMST 255 - Issues in Women's Health Across the Lifespan 2 credits.
Explores diverse health concerns of women of all ages from a multicultural and historical perspective. An attempt is made to provide students with strategies enabling them to become more responsible consumers in the health care market.

WMST 256 - Multicultural Literature 2 to 4 credits.
The literature of diverse cultures. African, Asian, Jewish, and Native American literatures as well as other cultural traditions may be represented. (Cross-listed as ENGL 256) (A)

WMST 293 - A Place in the Universe 4 credits
A course based on the writings of naturalist-authors from Thoreau to Annie Dillard who have sought or are seeking a satisfactory relationship between humankind and the embattled environment.

WMST 300 Topics - Witchcraft in Europe 4 credits.
Explore how witchcraft was treated in Europe and the effects it had on women in society.

WMST 303 (formerly WST 380) - Women, Knowledge and Reality 2-4 credits.
Conceptual foundations of the movements for the liberation of women are central. Readings are drawn from contemporary writings in feminist theory with particular attention to discussions of knowledge, values, and reality. Prerequisite: A previous philosophy course, WMST 101, or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed as CRIT 303, PHIL 303) (Sufficient demand)

WMST 306 - Gender and Communication 4 credits.
An exploration of the ways in which Western communication is characterized, and influenced, by stereotypes of masculinity and femininity. (Cross-listed as COMM 306) (Alternate years)

WMST 313 - Spanish American Culture and Literature II, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 4 credits
This course will examine a survey of literary and historical texts as well as film, music and art from the Nineteenth Century to the present in Spanish America. The readings of these texts will enable our discussion on how the authors and artists engaged with the historical, cultural, aesthetic and political concerns of their respective periods. Issues of gender construction and socio-economic class as well as the use of language are crucial to the literary and cultural analysis that is encouraged in this course.

WMST 324 - Gay American History 4 credits.
What is gay and lesbian history? Why write it? Who should be included? The course addresses these and other questions as it outlines theoretical problems and possible content in the study of homosexual behavior and identity in America, and reactions to it since the seventeenth century. (Cross-listed as CRIT 324, HIST 324) (Alternate years)

WMST 346 - Sociology of Sex and Gender 4 credits.
Examines the concepts of sex and gender as they are defined in sociological literature, focusing on how social contexts (i.e., education, employment, family, sexuality and reproduction, etc.) construct gender which, in turn, shapes future opportunities for individuals in society. Prerequisite: SOCI 110 or ANTH 110. (Cross-listed as SOCI 346)

WMST 348 - Sociology of Families 4 credits.
An investigation of the relationship between the family and other social institutions, particularly in regard to the family functions of population maintenance, socialization and social placement. Prerequisite: SOCI 110 or ANTH 110. (Cross-listed as SOCI 348)

WMST 371 (formerly WST 372) - Feminist Poetics 4 credits.
"What difference does difference make?" (Miller). A course that explores the gendered nature of poetics. Readings include theory and literature; student writing explores distinctions between women's writing and a common language. Prerequisite: WMST 101, Creative Writing, or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed as ENGL 371)

WMST 372 (formerly WST 305) - Psychology of Women 3 credits.
A survey of the psychological, biological, social and life-span development differences and similarities of the genders. Specific objectives include examination of areas such as socialization, female identity and personality, issues of special interest to women, and psychological health. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed as PSYC 372)

WMST 374 (formerly WST 361) - American Women: History and Herstory 4 credits.
Historical survey of the American woman with emphasis upon the birth of the women's movement, Progressivism and suffrage, home and work, and the recent liberation phase. (Cross-listed as HIST 374) (Alternate years)

WMST 381 - International Women Writers 4 credits.
Explores literature written by contemporary women from different cultures. Study focuses on voice, content, and style, with some attention to the conditions in which the work was produced and to its reception. (Cross-listed as ENGL 381)

WMST 382 (formerly WST 377) - Women in Art 4 credits.
The course considers various gender issues in art history including the role of women artists in western and nonwestern cultures, feminist reevaluation of art history, and the existence of a "feminine art." Students are assigned research papers or oral reports on topics generated by readings, lectures, and class discussions. (Cross-listed as ARTH 382)

WMST 470 - Alphadelphian - Women's Studies Service 2 credits.
Help be a part of the Alphadelpian, and get class credit for it! If your interested in Women's Rights or any Women's issues on campus, voice your opinions here.

WMST 450 - Independent Study 1 to 4 credits.

WMST 485 (formerly WST 490) - Internship 1 to 4 credits.