WMST 20101     INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S STUDIES: TRADITIONS, TRAJECTORIES, TROUBLES      3 Credit Hours

The course introduces students to Women's Studies - what it studies, how it came into being, what happened next. In focus are its traditions, its consequential contexts of struggle and protest, its pioneers, the multiple fields from which they came to this fresh-born academic hub. The course examines worldwide spread of WMST programs, their variant, evolving interests and work, the hounding, keenly felt disruptions and conflicts. We sample key scholarship with staying power; we peruse pieces across an interdisciplinary range; we visit early ideas now fallen out of favor, relegated to archives and/or bins. We also, importantly, consider how rifts and various troubles led to crucial metamorphoses as well as new fields.

Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

WMST 30001     FEMINIST THEORY      3 Credit Hours

An examination of important historical and contemporary works of feminist theory and their influence on the development of feminist thought and practice in the United States and worldwide. Issues including race, ethnicity and sexuality are addressed.

Prerequisite: COMM 35912 or CRIM 37411 or ENG 21002 or ENG 33013 or ENG 33014 or GER 41332 or HIST 31075 or AFS 33110 or AFS 37100 or AFS 37200 or PHIL 31040 or POL 40470 or SOC 42315 or WMST 20095 or WMST 30000 or WMST 30095 or WMST 30100; and junior standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

WMST 30002     FEMINIST RESEARCH METHODS      3 Credit Hours

Explores different qualitative and quantitative methodologies through applied research on WMST-related topics as well as on topics informed by feminist standpoints and thought/theory. Provides sturdy foundation for undergraduate students whose aims include undergraduate research, graduate school, and/or actual fieldwork.

Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

WMST 30091     KEY CONVERSATIONS THROUGH WOMEN'S STUDIES (DIVD)      3 Credit Hours

(Repeatable for credit) A critical investigation of the position and category of women from a cross-cultural, historical and interdisciplinary perspective, with special emphasis on major themes and issues in women's studies. Issues including race, ethnicity and sexuality may also be addressed.

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Schedule Type: Seminar

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Attributes: Diversity Domestic

WMST 30095     SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES II      1-5 Credit Hours

(Repeatable for credit) Study of selected topics in women's studies organized around historical and theoretical issues and movements. This includes contemporary feminist theory, suffragist movement and third wave feminism.

Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 1-5 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

WMST 30100     HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES      3 Credit Hours

(Cross-listed with HIST 31075) An exploration of the political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural forces that have shaped women's lives, women's thought, perceptions of womanhood and feminism, from 1607 to the present in what is now the United States.

Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

WMST 30196     WOMEN STUDIES INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION      1-3 Credit Hours

(Repeatable for credit) The design and completion of a scholarly research project related to women's studies, and the presentation of findings at the end of the term. Arrangements must be made in the semester prior to registration.

Prerequisite: Special approval by instructor.

Schedule Type: Individual Investigation

Contact Hours: 3-9 other

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

WMST 40992     PRACTICUM IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (ELR)      3 Credit Hours

(Repeatable for credit) An assignment at a private, public or nonprofit organization that centers on women's issues such as education health and policy making. Arrangements must be made in the semester prior to registration.

Prerequisite: Special approval.

Schedule Type: Practical Experience

Contact Hours: 9 other

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Attributes: Experiential Learning Requirement

WMST 41199     CAPSTONE IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (ELR)      3 Credit Hours

The capstone project is a guided undertaking that serves as culmination of students’ experiences. The emphasis is 'putting it all together,' integrating the Women’s Studies minor into 'the bigger picture': major(s), other concentrations, research, envisioned graduate study and/or vocation. WMST Capstone can be taken junior or senior year, contrived/structured by students in consultation with faculty advisor(s), ideally advisors from major and minor. Net outcome may be paper--senior thesis for students who desire such--presentation, curated portfolio of prior academic work.

Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

Schedule Type: Project or Capstone

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Attributes: Experiential Learning Requirement

WMST 44321     PIVOTAL PRAXIS: EXPERIMENTS IN ACTIONABLE FEMINISM      3 Credit Hours

This course engages students at the pumping heart of the whole feminist story: its actual work. For feminists on the ground, pivotal praxis is feminism: getting the vote, demanding equality, wrangling through contentious issues, women’s marches and campaigns. In a word: practice. Experiments in practical, actional feminism. Our study probes ideas that hit streets as well as ideas born of “done things.” Under scrutiny are scenes: socio-political, cultural spaces wherein women enact change, determine outcomes recognized as feminist. These include but are not limited to the realpolitik of suffrage vs. anti-suffrage, consciousness-raising, the famed national women’s convention in Houston, internet activism, transversal coalition-building across boundaries/borders. The course provides opportunity for students’ own experiments and exercises in feminist praxis.

Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter