Women's Studies (WS)

WS 100  Introduction to Women's Studies  3(3-0)  

An interdisciplinary course examining women's lives and roles through socio-economic, political, historical and biological perspectives. Introduces feminist theories and gender as a structure and process. (F, S) (Gen Ed: SS) (CC)

WS 105  (ANTHR 105, PSYCH 105, WS 105)   Understanding Human Diversity  3(3-0)  

Americans live in a complex and diverse society. This course examines the nature, impact and strategies for dealing with diversity in personal and social contexts. (*)

WS 211  (PSYCH 211)   Women and Society  3(3-0)  

Statistical overview of the current status of women, followed by examination of theories concerning equality of the sexes. (F)

WS 212  (PSYCH 212)   Psychology of Diversity  3(3-0)  

To raise awareness of social inequities, promote cultural competency & appreciation of differences. (*)

WS 230  (NSG 230)   Women, Health and Society  3(3-0)  

Introduction to women's health issues and a basic understanding of how women's health has been influenced historically, culturally and by socio-economic factors. (*)

WS 231  (PSYCH 231, SOC 231)   Marriage, Family and Relationships  3(3-0)  

Marriage and family from an institutional and relationship perspective; cross-cultural diversity, mate selection, marital dynamics, parenting, divorce, remarriage, emerging patterns. (F, S, SS) (Gen Ed: SS)

WS 235  (MCCNM 235)   Women and Media  3(3-0)  

The historical and cultural implications of the mass media's portrayal of women and the extent of their media participation from colonial to contemporary times. (*)

WS 241  (ENG 241)   Women in Literature  3(3-0)  

Intensive study of literature written by women, in historical, cultural, and critical contexts. Prerequisite: ENG 102. (*)

WS 291  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Special Topics. (*) Repeatable (99).

WS 301  Theories of Intersectionality  3(3-0)  

Examination of gender, sexuality, race, class, and other variables connecting thoery to activism. Exploration of how multiple identities intersect to create a whole. (*)

WS 305  (SOC 305, CRIM 305)   Women and Crime  3(3-0)  

Explores historical and contemporary intersecting issues of sex, gender, and crime in the United States, focusing on girls' and women's experiences as crime victims, offenders, and workers in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: ANTHR 100 or CRIM 101 or SOC 101 or WS 100. (*)

WS 306  (CS 306)   La Chicana  3(3-0)  

A social, cultural, and historical overview of the Chicana experience and contributions. (F, S)

WS 308  Global Feminisms  3(3-0)  

Examination of the global dimensions of women's organizing and policymaking, drawing on both historical and contemporary examples. Exploration of global debates regarding contemporary feminism. (*)

WS 325  (SOC 325)   Gender And Society  3(3-0)  

Analysis of how gender as a social construct influences institutions, interaction & lived experience in a diverse society.The intersection of race,ethnicity, class & sexualities is viewed through the lens of gender & culture. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or WS 100. (*)

WS 330  (MCCNM 330)   Gender and Film  3(3-0)  

A discussion course which examines gender roles in theatrical and documentary film while considering the perspective of producers, actors, and spectators and salient film theories. Prerequisite: Upper division standing in MCCNM or Women's Studies. (*)

WS 335  (ENG 335, COMR 335)   Gender and Communication  3(3-0)  

This course examines the ways that gender affects communication behaviors and helps develop an awareness of the processes that affect gender socialization and stereotyping. (*)

WS 341  (CS 341)   Chicana Writers  3(3-0)  

Survey of Chicana writers from the early 1900's to the present. Along with the literature, aspects of history, sociology and politics will be incorporated. (*)

WS 401  (CS 401)   Third World Feminisms  3(3-0)  

This course focuses on Third World women's challenging views of global feminism and feminist representations of 'other' women. (*)

WS 407  (CRIM 407)   Family Violence  3(3-0)  

The extent, seriousness, and impact of major forms of family violence, including child maltreatment, dating and partner violence, stalking, and mistreatment of elders. Gender, race and social class implications are examined . (*)

WS 428  (HIST 428, SOC 428)   Women & Work  3(3-0)  

Examines historical and contemporary issues for women of various economic, social, and ethnic groups, especially in the US; examines gender ideologies about paid, unpaid work. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. (*)

WS 455  (CRIM 455)   Hate Crimes  3(3-0)  

Examines assumptions about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality and other factors that are used to justify the bias behind hate crimes; examines social/legal definitions, causal factors & consequences. (*)

WS 485  Capstone  3(3-0)  

Students will develop a project in which they will develop and execute a research assignment related to ethnicity, gender, or diversity. Prerequisite: Senior level standing and permission of the instructor. (*)

WS 490  Special Projects  (1-3 V)  

Allows one or more students to conceptualize, create, and complete a project relating to women's studies, under supervision of faculty member(s) approved by WS program. Prerequisite: WS minor and junior or senior standing and approval of WS curriculum committee. (*) Repeatable (6).

WS 491  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Special Topics. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing with adequate preparation or permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (99).

WS 492  Research  (1-3 V)  

Research project selected by student and supervised by a faculty member with the approval of WS. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: WS minor and junior or senior standing and approval of WS curriculum committee. (*) Repeatable (6).

WS 494  Field Experience  (2-6 V)  

Application of the WS disciplinary framework to an off-campus volunteer work experience, under the supervision of a faculty member approved by WS. Prerequisite: WS minor and junior or senior standing and approval of WS curriculum committee. (*) Repeatable (6).

WS 495  Independent Study  (1-3 V)  

Independent Study. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (*)

WS 498  Internship  (2-6 V)  

Application of the WS disciplinary framework to a work experience, under the direction of the selected site and a faculty member approved by WS. Prerequisite: WS minor and junior or senior standing, and approval of WS curriculum committee. (*) Repeatable (6).