ACADEMICS

  • Women’s Studies Courses

    Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are approved for the concentration only during those semesters when they are listed under women's studies in the course schedule.

    WO/CM 213 Gender and Media
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: CM 100, EN 102

    This course will examine how difference is socially constructed along gender lines, and will explore intersections of gender, identity and power.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/CM 350 Intercultural Communication
    Prerequisite: CM 100
    Introductory communication theory and practice across cultural groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, nationality, geography, politics, and economics.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/ED 330 Elementary Social Studies and Multiculturalism (only for Elementary Education Majors)
    Prerequisite: must be admitted to stage 2 in the elementary education program.
    Goals, curriculum, skills, teaching strategies in educating culturally diverse populations in a global context.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    WO/EN 132 World Literature: Survey of Asian, African and Latin American Literature
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language, and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Representative poems, stories, plays, both ancient and modern, from Africa, Asia, Latin America.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    WO/EN 172 Women and Literature
    Explores basic issues and problems in literature by and about women.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/EN 174 Women Poets
    A close reading and analysis of poetry written by women from a historical as well as contemporary feminist perspective.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/EN 345 Women in American Literature
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    The American woman as she is found in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/FR 341 Introduction to French Literature
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Global Perspectives
    Prerequisite: Two FR 200 level courses or equivalent

    Major periods and genres of French literature: for majors and minors. Conducted in French.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/HC 234 Multiculturalism and Health
    Examination of diverse ethnic/racial and cultural beliefs and practices affecting health and illness.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/HE 210 Women’s Health Issues
    Interactive processes of politics, power, and media influence on research and public health policies; current health issues are addressed.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    *WO/HI 209 Afro-American History
    The role of blacks in American society from the seventeenth century to the present, emphasizing the institution of slavery.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/HI 270 Writings on Feminism in Historical Perspective
    This course examines the writings of Euro-American male and female feminists who promoted the interests of women during the 16th - 19th centuries.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/HI 274 Sex, Marriage and the Family in Historical Perspective
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104 or HI 111 or HI 112

    This course will undertake a study of courtship, marriage and family life-cycle patterns in England and America during the 19th century.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/HI 333 Women in Latin America
    Prerequisite: HI 233 or equivalent
    Examines the roles of women in diverse societies including Mexico, Brazil, and the Caribbean nations. Emphasis on the modern period.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.
     
    WH/HI 350 Native American Women
    Prerequisite: HI 205 or equivalent
    Examines Indian Women from the time of European contact to the modern arena. Emphasizes culture, community and arenas of power.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.
     
    WO/HI 372 The Evolution of Women’s Rights
    This course analyzes the evolution of Women’s Rights with emphasis on its role in the twentieth century’s International Law of Human Rights
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/HI 450 ST: New England History

    A topical history course in which class, ethnic and gender changes will be considered in the pre-industrial, industrializing, industrial, de-industrializing and post-industrial periods in the six state region.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/MU 231 Women in Music
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture; Creative Arts
    A survey of the role of women in music, particularly the great women composers from Medieval to Contemporary times.
    Category 1. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/NU 310 Nursing Science I
    Prerequisites: NU 210; BI 262; SO 215 or SO 220
    Corequisite: CH 240

    Students will apply the nursing process when caring for the childbearing family and adult medical-surgical patients. Concepts of wellness, disease and health behaviors will be examined as the nursing process is operationalized in the care of adult medical-surgical patients and the childbearing family. Lecture and off-campus clinical experiences in maternal-child health nursing and medical-surgical nursing are included in this course.
    Offered Fall semester every year. 8 credits.
     
    WO/PH 150 Women in Western Ideas
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes;Thought, Language, and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Investigates the concept of woman from ancient Greece to the present.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    *WO/PH 240 Political Theory
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World
    Investigates concepts including political power, equality, revolution, liberties, slavery, socialism and liberalism, patriarchal power, race and gender
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/PH 241 Genocide and Human Rights
    LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World
    This course treats the ethical, political, and other dimensions of systematic mass violence through case studies and general theoretical analysis.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/PH 250 Global Feminisms
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Investigates the theoretical underpinnings of women’s movements for equal rights around the globe
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/PS 255 Psychological Foundations of Diversity
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Explores the gender, racial/ethnic, multiple-group membership, cultural, social class, religious, disability and sexual orientation facets of diversity.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/PS 260 Psychology of Human Sexuality
    Prerequisite: PS 101

    Sexuality as a foundation of personality. The wide range of human sexuality is explored: sexual development, roles, attitudes and behaviors
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/PS 263 Psychology of Women

    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Women’s psychological development throughout the lifespan will be examined, including female development, achievement, stereotyping, stress, violence and psychological disorders.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/PS 312 Psychology of Adolescence

    Prerequisite: PS 101
    The mental, emotional, social, and physical changes of contemporary adolescence are examined with emphasis on family, peer and school influences.
    Offered every year, 3 credits.
     
    WO/PS 315 Physical and Sexual Abuse
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Etiology, characteristics, consequences, treatment, and prevention of various forms of physical, sexual, and emotional
    abuse in children, adolescents, and adults.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/PS 335 Abnormal Psychology
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Etiology, dynamics, and treatment of psychopathology and their relation to normal personality are considered from traditional and contemporary perspectives.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/SO 205 Issues in American Society
    Prerequisite: SO 100
    Identification and analysis of current social issues facing contemporary American society, and critique of policies and programs designed to resolve these issues.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    *WO/SO 240 Sociology of Education
    Prerequisite: SO 100 or SO 110
    Study of modern educational systems, emphasizing the social, political and economic factors that influence its organization and its functions.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/SO 285 Race, Class and Gender
    An introduction to dominant-minority group relations through the investigation of the patterns and dynamics of differentiation, inequality and discrimination.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/SO 300 Social Change
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level
    A study of the conditions, patterns, and consequences of social transformations with emphasis on institutional and individual patterns of adjustments and adaptation.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/SO 350 Social Stratification
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level
    Investigation of the recurrent patterns of social differentiation, social ranking, and the unequal distribution of rewards.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/SO 355 Gender & Sexuality
    LASC—Diversity Across the Curriculum; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-being
    This course examines how social institutions and cultural norms construct particular gender roles and sexual identities within society.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

     
    WO/UR 103 Introduction to Women’s Studies

    LASC—Diversity Across the Curriculum; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Wellbeing
    This course uses a variety of academic disciplines to study the situation of women around the world.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    WO/UR 216 Women and Aging in the Urban Environment
    Investigation of the aging process for women in urban society, focusing on their great longevity, lower income status, and major caregiving role.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/UR 290 Gender and the City

    LASC—Diversity Across the Curriculum; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Global Perspectives
    Exploration of ways in which gender, both male and female, structures responses of individuals to urban life and urban spaces.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    *WO/UR 360 Environmental Systems and Public Policy
    Prerequisite: UR 101 or permission of instructor
    Examination of urban ecosystems, focusing on land uses designed to effectively utilize water, open space and other natural resources.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO/UR 380 Public Policy and Cultural Diversity

    Prerequisite: UR 101
    This course will examine contemporary policy issues and problems deriving from cultural diversity. These will include areas such as immigration, population, demographics, affirmative action, public assistance, integration, separatism, political correctness, gender equity, and the role of organized religion in contemporary politics.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    WO 408 Directed Study
    Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.