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As an interdisciplinary program, the Women's and Gender Studies Minor features one core course, WGS 200 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, offered annually, and multiple additional courses designated as Women's and Gender Studies courses, taught in departments ranging from biology to management to sociology to philosophy. These courses are listed on the UAH course schedule under their major department and carry the marker of "W," which demonstrates that they have been approved by the Women's and Gender Studies Program Advisory Committee as Women's and Gender Studies classes and can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Women's and Gender Studies Minor.

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Download the Women's and Gender Studies schedule of courses for the current semester.

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If you are a faculty member who would like to propose one of your courses for approval as a Women's and Gender Studies course, please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Program Office to discuss your course and get the course proposal form.

For more information about Women's and Gender Studies at UAH, call the Women's and Gender Studies Program office at (256) 824-6190, or e-mail Dr. Molly Johnson, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, at molly.johnson@uah.edu.

You do not need to be a regular student pursuing a degree to take these courses. Call the Admissions Office about Non-Degree status (256-824-6070) or check out the UAH website.

Women's and Gener Studies Course Descriptions

WGS 200 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies Focusing on gender as a fundamental category of meaning, the course will introduce methods and approaches to Women'sand Gender Studies in a variety of disciplines, examining the pervasive and often unacknowledged ways that gender changes our social institutions, individual knowledge, and interpersonal relationships. The course includes guest lectures by many of the faculty teaching courses in the Women's and Gender Studies minor.

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Core Courses in Women's and Gender Studies

Humanities:

ARH 320 - Women in Antiquity This multi-disciplinary course looks at the primary source evidence, written and visual, for women's experience in the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. These cultures were largely patriarchal and men created the majority of written and visual evidence for other men. Nonetheless, we can recover a great deal from the extant works of men who wrote about women as well as directly from literate women in all of these cultures. Lives of common women can be assessed through inscriptions, legal documents, and funerary evidence. This course will also explore how ancient men represent and assess women to discover the role of these observations in ancient and modern life. The course is organized chronologically and by culture.

CM 345 - Media Representation (3 hrs) This course examines some of the relationships between media systems in the U.S. and their role in the social construction of cultural identities. This class will focus on media representations of race, gender, beauty, sexuality, body image and power, audience interpretations of such media portrayals, critical analyses of media culture and content, and what to do about these concerns: media literacy, activism & advocacy. Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

CM 416 - Woman Orators (3 hrs) Critical examination of women's public address as it has developed through women's participation in movements for abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, and equal rights.

EH 331 - Major American Writers from the Civil War to WWI (3hrs) Selected authors, forms, and issues. Authors may include Twain, James, Dickinson, Whitman, Crane. Prerequisites: Course is open to students who have completed the general education requirement in literature.

EH 418 - Representative Texts by Women Writers (3 hrs) Focus on women's contribution to the literary tradition. Prerequisites: Course is open to students who have completed the general education requirement in literature or permission of the instructor.

EH 438 - African American Literature (3 hrs) Themes, concepts and imagery in the Black American literary tradition. This course is ordinarily cross-listed with EH 538, a graduate-level course, and will be most appropriate for advanced undergraduates.

EH 440 - Native Women's Literature (3 hrs) In this course we will explore issues of identity, representation, and experience in texts written by and about Native North American women. We will engage with a broad variety of texts—fiction, literary criticism, ethnography, and native-studies criticisms—in order to consider the politics of demarcating what counts as Native women's literature and what it means to mark a course as concerned with understanding "Native" and "Women."

EH 440 - Studies in Drama, Gender, and Sexuality (3 hrs) In this course, we will explore issues of gender and sexual identities, representations, experiences, and performances in dramatic literature.

HY 367 - Women in U.S. History (3 hrs) Women in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Open to students who have completed 9 semester hours in history or have junior standing.

HY 390 - Women in Modern European History (3 hrs) Survey of European women's history from the Enlightenment to the present. Focus on how women have supported, challenged, and revised expected roles for women in different historical contexts, as well as how nationality, social class, and ethnicity have shaped women's lives. Open to students who have completed 9 semester hours in history or have junior standing.

HY 483 - Women and Gender in Latin America (3 hrs) This course studies the history of women and gender relations in Latin America from the colonial period to the present.

PHL 335 - Philosophy of Gender (3 hrs) Philosophical examination of the nature and importance of gender. Topics may include: the debate between essentialist and constructionist views of gender, the political importance of gender, the intersection of gender and other forms of identity (such as racial and sexual identity), and basic issues in established fields of feminist epistemology, feminist political theory or feminist ethics. Prerequisites: PHL 101 or permission of instructor.

Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Business and Technology:

MGT 462 - Employment Law for Managers (3 hrs) Analysis of the impact of government regulation on the management of human resources. Examines the implications for employer responsibilities and employee rights of evolving public policies pertaining to separations, discrimination, compensation, occupational safety and health, privacy, union-management relations, and other terms of employment. (See requirements for upper division standing).

NUR 425 - Human Sexuality (3 hrs) Theory and issues related to human sexuality in health and illness. Emphasis on theory and values clarification of human sexuality needs across the lifespan.

PY 406 - Psychology of Women (3 hrs) Examines theory and research in the psychological functioning of women, both in the United States and other nations. Topics include achievement and education, mental and physical health issues, biological influences on women's behavior, women and work, and victimization of women. Open to students who have completed 15 hours of psychology. Senior standing.

SOC 206 - Marriage and Family (3 hrs) The family as a social institution, its structure and function in contemporary societies, dating, marital interaction, life cycle, and socialization process.

SOC 306 - Sociology of Gender (3 hrs) An examination of the different perspectives used in the sociological analysis of gender and of the current research addressing gender stratification. The analysis includes the institutional consequences of gender construction in the United States and cross-culturally, as well as the effects on women and men as members of society.

Special Topics courses may be included in this area. Examples include FL 404S-ST: Hispanic Women Writers; FL 204 ST: Performing Gender: Exploring Gender Roles and Sexuality in International Cinema; PSC 480 ST: Reproductive Rights and Policies. See an advisor for a current list.) WS 340 (Special Topics) or WS 499 (Independent Study) may count as core courses if the course carries 3 hours credit (with permission of Director).

 

Elective Courses in Women's and Gender Studies

ARH 103 - Art in Non-Western Traditions (3 hrs) Survey of visual culture in India and Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea, the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. Lectures, readings, and discussions will focus on relationships among works of art, religious belief systems, political conventions, and cultural practices. Lower division art history courses explore the major monuments of art, ancient through contemporary, in their historical and cultural contexts. These courses introduce the student to the basic analytic tools of art history.

ARH 309 - Contemporary Art and Issues (3 hrs) Major movements since World War II, including abstract expressionism, neo-dada, pop, photorealism, minimalism, conceptual art, earth works, new realism, neo-expressionism, performance, and post-modernism. Upper division art history courses present the art of specific periods in its historical, literary, philosophical, political, and social contexts. This course guides the student in critical reading of selected art historical and interdisciplinary scholarship. Prerequisites: ARH 100 and 101 required for majors and recommended for non-majors.

BYS 318 - Vertebrate Reproduction (3 hrs) General treatment of the major concepts and controversial areas of comparative vertebrate reproduction: ecological and evolutionary aspects, development of reproductive functions and sexual behavior, seasonal breeding and other topics of current interest. Prerequisites: BYS 120 or 313 BYS 219. Prerequisite with concurrency: BYS 300.

BYS 437 - Psychobiology of Stress and Illness (3 hrs) Overview of psychological stress responses and their influence on health, behavior and illness. Prerequisites: 9 hours of BYS or PY or approval of instructor. Same as PY 437.

CM 330 - Nonverbal Communication (3 hrs) Examines the diversity of human nonverbal behavior and its influences on everyday communication experiences. Same as PY 330.

CM 333 - Interpersonal Communication (3 hrs) Examines the process of communication between individuals. Prerequisites: CM 231 or permission of instructor.

ED 430 - Applied Multiculturalism (3 hrs) Through an examination of constructs such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation, students will develop an understanding of the connections between identity, difference, power, and privilege and the role(s) schools (could/should) play in perpetuating or ending discriminatory practices. Furthermore and importantly, students will develop an understanding of the ways research in both the humanities and social sciences can be used to interpret, analyze, and critique multiculturalism. Students will leave the course with research-based pedagogical practices designed to help all students learn to the best of their abilities.

EH 332 - Major American Writers from WWI to WWII (3 hrs) Selected authors, forms, and issues. Authors may include Eliot, Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald, Faulkner. Prerequisites: Course is open to students who have completed the general education requirement in literature.

EH 333 - American Literature from WWII to the Present (3 hrs) Selected authors, forms, and issues. Authors may include Plath, Updike, Ginsburg, and Vonnegut. Prerequisites: Course is open to students who have completed the general education requirement in literature.

EH 391 - Victorian Poetry and Prose (3 hrs) Poetry and prose (excluding the novel), 1832-1901. Emphasis may vary. Prerequisites: Course is open to students who have completed the general education requirement in literature.

EH 403 - Literary Criticism and Theory (3 hrs) Major texts and approaches from Plato to the present. This course is ordinarily cross-listed with EH 503, a graduate-level course, and will be most appropriate for advanced undergraduates.

EH 431 - The American Novel (3 hrs) The American novel from James to the present.

EH 493 - The Victorian Novel (3 hrs) Dickens through Hardy: critical reading of representative novels accompanied by historical survey of major trends.

HY 365 - American Labor History (3 hrs) American labor relations from colonial times but concentrating on post-Civil War topics. Open to students who have completed 9 semester hours in history or have junior standing.

HY 370 - Social History of American Technology (3 hrs) Explores the history of the interrelationship of people and technology in American history from 1600 to the present. Prerequisites: Open to students who have junior standing or permission of the instructor.

HY 482 - Comparative Slavery and Abolition (3 hrs) In this course, students will compare slavery in different times and places in order to understand and explain how the institution varied chronologically and spatially over time. Students will also employ gender analysis to explore how slaveries differed for men and women in various locations and times.

HY 485 - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (3 hrs) Seminar course on the historiography of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Open to students who have completed 12 semester hours in history or have senior standing or have permission of the instructor.

PHL 102 - Introduction to Ethics (3 hrs) Major ethical positions in both classical and modern thought. The course will include a consideration of case studies drawn from practical contexts in engineering, medicine and other areas.

PHL 303 - Contemporary Philosophy (3 hrs) Examination of some of the most important trends in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century thought. Prerequisites: PHL 101 or permission of instructor.

PHL 438 - Contemporary Political Thought (3 hrs) Systematic study of recent and current thinking on issues and problems of politics, social theory, and ethics with special attention to the philosophical dimension of these issues and problems. Prerequisites: 9 hours PSC, PHL, and/or HY. Same as PSC 438.

PSC 438 - Contemporary Political Thought (3 hrs) Systematic study of recent and current thinking on issues and problems of politics, social theory, and ethics with special attention to the philosophical dimension of these issues and problems. Prerequisites: 9 hours PSC, PHL, and/or HY. Same as PHL 438.

PY 330 - Nonverbal Communication (3 hrs) Examines the diversity of human nonverbal behavior and its influences on everyday communication experiences. Same as CM 330.

PY 375 - Social Psychology (3 hrs) Examination of the social influences on both individual and group behavior. Topics may include attitudes, group processes, intergroup conflict, interpersonal attraction, aggression, altruism, and impression formation. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or PY101. Same as SOC 375.

PY 437 - Psychobiology of Stress and Illness (3 hrs) Overview of physiological stress responses and their influence on health behavior and illness. Open to students who have completed 15 hours of psychology. Prerequisites: 9 hours PY or BYS. Same as BYS 437.

SOC 105 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs) Origin and development of human ways of life with emphasis on cross-cultural variations in human behavior, belief systems, social institutions, and cultural change.

SOC 375 - Social Psychology (3 hrs) Fundamental principles of group processes, social influence, and group structure. Development of group solidarity, cohesion, intergroup conflict and cooperation, communication, leadership, opinion, propaganda, and suggestion. Same as PY 375.

SOC 415 - Sociology of Globalization (3 hrs) Critical exploration of the processes of modernization and globalization and their impact on cultures, economies, and environments of developing societies. Topics include history and theories of development and case studies that examine the linkages among gender, class, culture, and development.

SOC 435 - Sociology of Social Movements (3 hrs) This course explores various organized movements for social change. Questions addressed include the origins and causes of such movements, the cultural, social and political contexts that impact movements, how movements mobilize people to become active, and strategies and tactics. Other topics include organizational factors and resource mobilization, social networks, collective identity and community building, social movement framing (i.e. persuasive rhetoric and argumentation), ideology, the decline of movements, and what "success" means for a social movement. The department strongly recommends that the following 400-level courses be reserved for those who have taken several sociology courses and have junior or senior standing, or have permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: SOC 300 and SOC 333 or permission of instructor.

WS 340 - Special Topics (1-3 hrs) Pre-announced special areas addressed in seminar format, laboratory work, or practicum. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisites: WS 200.

WS 499 - Independent Study (1-3 hrs) Readings and/or individual research in an area of specialized interest to both student and instructor. Prerequisites: WS 200 and permission of instructor.

Special Topics may be included in this area. Examples include PHL 403: Advanced Moral Philosophy: Care Ethics; CM 340 Rap, Communication, and Hip-Hop Culture; EH 440 Special Studies: Stein and Hemingway. See an advisor for a current list.