May 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Listings


SUNY Oneonta offers students more than 1,400 courses—from Accounting to Zoology—from over 25 separate departments. Requirements for majors and minors and course descriptions are listed under the departments that offer them, and these departments are arranged in alphabetical order.

Please note that requirements, courses, and course descriptions are subject to change after publication of this catalog. Contact the appropriate departments for updated information. 

Key to Course Listings

Abbreviation   Meaning
(LA)   Liberal Arts (course is a Liberal Arts offering)
OCS   Oral Communication Skills
SUSF   Sustainability Focused Courses
s.h.   Semester Hour(s)
SoS   Sophomore standing
JrS   Junior standing
SrS   Senior standing

Course Numbering System

001 - 099   No credit; usually developmental in nature.
100 - 199   Lower-division undergraduate-level courses.
200 - 299   Upper-division intermediate undergraduate-level courses.
300 - 399   Upper-division advanced courses.
500 - 699   Graduate-level courses.
 

World Literature

  
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    WLIT 201 - World Literature – Renaissance to 18th Century 3 s.h.


    A study of selected world literary texts from the Renaissance through the 18th century. Pass/Fail Option. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    OW3
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 .
  
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    WLIT 202 - World Literature – 18th Century to the Present 3 s.h.


    A study of selected world literary texts from the 18th century to the present. Pass/Fail Option. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    OW3
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 .
  
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    WLIT 212 - Survey of Greek Literature 3 s.h.


    This course offers an introduction to the various genres of Greek literature, including epic, lyric poetry, tragedy, comedy, philosophy, history, oratory, and the novel. A-E Only. Offered every 2 years.
    LA
    WC3
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 .
  
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    WLIT 213 - Roman Literature 3 s.h.


    Readings in translation of Latin history, criticism, epic, satire, drama, lyrics; specific emphasis on tracing themes, analogues and sources in subsequent writings to develop an interest in ancient literature as it influences modern literature and culture. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 .
  
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    WLIT 225 - The Greek Dramatists 3 s.h.


    A close study of selected plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. There will be some examination of the background of the plays and of problems in translation. Primary emphasis will be on critical discussion of the works. Pass/Fail Option. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    H3
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 ; LITR 100  or LITR 150 .
  
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    WLIT 227 - Sex and Gender in Greek Literature 3 s.h.


    This course explores gender in ancient Greek literature by examining the roles of men and women in Greek society, how the Greeks defined the categories of male and female, and how concepts of masculinity and femininity shaped Greek literature, mythology, and daily life. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    H3
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 ; LITR 100  or LITR 150 .
  
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    WLIT 231 - Mythology 3 s.h.


    Reading and discussion of selected myths, legends, epics, plays, and other materials basic to an understanding of Western literature. Pass/Fail Option. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 .
  
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    WLIT 241 - Literatures of The Middle East 3 s.h.


    This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the emergence and development of modern literature of the Middle East through translated works. Selected texts representing the Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew literary traditions will be contextualized socially, politically, and historically. Attention will be paid to the process of socio-political and cultural change and to their effects on theme, form, and language in literature. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    OW3
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100  and LITR 100  or LITR 150 .
  
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    WLIT 242 - Muslim Women Writers 3 s.h.


    This class provides an introduction to Islamic teachings on the rights and roles of women and then examines memoirs, fiction, and poetry written by Muslim women. This course focuses on modern writing and will cover a variety of genres, geographic regions, and ideological perspectives. Examples of writers to be studied include Leila Ahmed, Amina Wadud, Fatima Mernissi, Shirin Ebadi, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nawal el Saadawi, Hanan Al-Sheikh, Fadwa Tuqan, and Leila Aboulela. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    OW3
    Cross-listed with WMST 242 .
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 .
  
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    WLIT 250 - European Literature and Culture 3 s.h.


    This course surveys literary texts that illustrate main currents of European cultural and intellectual history in the modern period. Such a foundational course is central to study of European cul tures and Western civilization more generally. The class introduces students to a set of ideas and arguments that have played a formative role in European cultural history, and it acquaints then with some exemplars of critical thought. Topics to be considered in the survey of the Western Tradition may include the critique of religion; the promise of independence; the advance of individualism and capitalism; the encounter with Marxism; the origins of totalitarianism; the promise, solace, and failure of art that seeks to change the world; and the promises, delusions, and prospects of rationalism. In addition to literary texts, we will also discuss the visual arts, music, and film. Pass/Fail Option. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    WC3
    Prerequisite(s): SoS.
  
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    WLIT 257 - Modern Black Literature 3 s.h.


    A study of Black Literature written since 1950, using fiction, essays, poetry, and biography (or autobiography) to illustrate the development and influence of contemporary Black writers. Pass/Fail Option. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    OW3
    Cross-listed as ALS 257 .
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 , SoS or ALS 100 .
  
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    WLIT 260 - The Bible as Literature 3 s.h.


    This course introduces the Bible in English translation and focuses on literary form, significance in culture, and context in Jewish and Christian thought, as it develops the ability to interpret the Bible critically within world literature, history, religion, and the arts. Pass/Fail Option. Offered irregularly.
    LA
    H3
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 .
  
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    WLIT 270 - Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Africa 3 s.h.


    This course examines postcolonial literature culturally, thematically, and theoretically.  Students read writers who have responded to the impact of colonialism in such geographies as North, West, and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. The cultural legacies of British and French imperialism and expressions of resistance to it are explored. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    OW3
    Cross-listed as ALS 270 .
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 , SoS or ALS 100 .
  
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    WLIT 271 - Postcolonial Literature and Culture: The Americas 3 s.h.


    This course examines postcolonial literature thematically and theoretically to analyze the literary response to the British and Spanish colonizations of the Americas. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    OW3
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 ; LITR 100  or LITR 150 ; or permission of instructor.
  
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    WLIT 281 - The Chinese Novel 3 s.h.


    The premier narrative of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) is the Honglou meng (translated as Dream of the Red Chamber or Story of the Stone), which, in the words of one scholar, provides "a summation of the three-thousand year span of Chinese literary history." As a consequence, Honglou meng belongs to a unique genre known as the encyclopedic narrative (a work of fiction that is also a rich compendium of the core beliefs and knowledge of a national culture). During the semester, students will explore East Asian culture, history, and philosophy through the prism of this unique encyclopedic narrative. Thus, the course is not about "one novel"—however long—but about the Chinese narrative tradition and Chinese culture in general. A-E Only. Course will be offered every two years.
    LA
    OW3
    Prerequisite(s): LITR 100  or LITR 150 .
  
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    WLIT 283 - Homer 3 s.h.


    A study and close reading of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Topics to be discussed include the warrior ethic, heroic friendship, oral versus literate poetry, the social function of epic and its historicity, myth and epic, and the changing nature of heroism. We will also consider the importance of the Homeric tradition in the ancient and the modern world. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 ; LITR 100  or LITR 150 .
  
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    WLIT 294 - Special Topics in World Literature 3 s.h.


    Pass/Fail Option. Offered according to interest of instructor, requests by students, and availability of instructor.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 ; LITR 100  or LITR 150 .
  
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    WLIT 299 - Independent Study in World Literature 1 s.h. - 6 s.h.


    Special studies under department supervision for students who have shown unusual ability in English and other areas. May be continued in successive semesters. Admission by consent of department chair and instructor involved. A-E Only. Offered irregularly.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 , and LITR 100  or LITR 150 .
  
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    WLIT 315 - Ancient Religious Writings 3 s.h.


    This course explores the religious writings of the ancient world in a global context. The literary traditions surveyed include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoisn, Judeo-Christianity, and Islam, which means that we will be reading from the Mahabharata, Writings of the Patriachs, Analects, Bible, and Koran. Emphasis will be on the historical and cultural contexts from which these religious writings emerge, as well as on interpreting, comparing, and contrasting them. A-E Only. Offered every three years.
    LA
    OW3
    Prerequisite(s): LITR 100  or LITR 150 ; and 6 s.h. 200-level courses in ALIT, ELIT, LITR or WLIT.
  
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    WLIT 380 - Writing and Violence 3 s.h.


    This course examines the relationships between writing / textuality and oppressive or violent behavior. Texts that deal with national or institutional aggression, individual acts of violence, or the intensity of problematic family relationships will come under con sideration. World Literatures will be presented along with American narratives and films so that the thematic possibilities of the subject can be universally explored yet locally contextualized. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 200  or COMP 290 ; LITR 150 ; LITR 250 ; 6 s.h. 200-level courses in ALIT, ELIT, LITR or WLIT; or permission of instructor.
  
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    WLIT 394 - Special Topics in World Literature 3 s.h.


    Pass/Fail Option. Offered according to interest of instructor, requests by students, and availability of instructor.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 ; LITR 100  or LITR 150 .
  
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    WLIT 399 - Independent Study in World Literature 1 s.h. - 6 s.h.


    Special studies under department supervision for students who have shown unusual ability in English and other areas. May be continued in successive semesters. Admission by consent of department chair and instructor involved. Pass/Fail Option.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 ; LITR 100  or LITR 150 .

Women's and Gender Studies

  
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    WMST 130 - Gender, Power and Difference 3 s.h.


    Introduces approaches of women's and gender studies from a variety of feminist perspectives, across the social sciences and humanities. Surveys feminist theorizing of sex, gender, and sexuality, the social constructions of gender and sexuality, and the intersections of social and cultural markers, such as class, dis/ability, and nation across diverse historical and community formations.  The course examines social justice movements, and issues of critical importance within the discipline - relationships and intimacy, power and difference, reproductive health and bodily issues, representation of marginalized groups, structural inequalities - that impact daily life and experience as vectors of the political. A-E Only.
    LA
    BC3
  
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    WMST 150 - Self Defense for Women 3 s.h.


    Self Defense for Women will educate students on realistic techniques that can be used to combat physical attacks as well as to protect psychological well-being. It will teach awareness, assertiveness, risk reduction, and avoidance of various victimizations ranging from harassment to assault. The course will include lessons on current trends and the historical significance of changes in approach from women's passivity towards assertiveness in demanding safety in society. A-E Only.
    Cross-listed as PHED 150 .
  
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    WMST 205 - LGBTQ U. S. Communities of Color 3 s.h.


    This course draws on the history of Sexuality, Women's and Gender, Whiteness, Latino/as and Chicano/as, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, People Indigenous to the Americas, Arab Americans, and African Americans in order to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people's (lgbtqi) experiences in the United States from the colonial era to the present. In this course, students examine the ways in which discourses on sexuality and gender are fundamentally and inextricably enmeshed with race, class, ability, ethnicity, national identity, immigration status, and religion. Students also explore lgbtqi identity and community formation, racial, class, and ethnic conflict among lgbtqi people, the use of illegal and extra-legal violence to repress homoeroticism and gender nonconformity, and the ways in which lgbtqi communities of color endured in a context of oppression. A-E Only. Offered irregularly.
    LA
    Cross-listed as ALS 205  and AHIS 205 .
    Prerequisite(s): SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course.
  
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    WMST 206 - Medieval Sexuality 3 s.h.


    This course will take students through the changing definitions of gender, sexuality, and marriage from late antiquity through the 14th century. We will use literature, law codes, philosophy, theology, medical texts and art to examine definitions of sexuality, gender, health care, and life-cycle in the period as well as the historical impact of these ideas and controversies. A-E Only. Offered irregularly.
    LA
    Cross-listed as: EHIS 206 .
    Prerequisite(s): HIST 100  or SoS
  
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    WMST 210 - Women's Health 3 s.h.


    This course offers a culturally competent, intersectional approach to introduce a range of health issues across the lifespan that are of special concern to women. It will explore the gendered, biological, cultural, political and economic forces that impact women's health status. Health disparities and issues of social justice will be studied. This course provides a holistic framework for wellness, identify risk, and protective factors and encourages personal health promotion. A-E Only.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): SoS.
  
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    WMST 212 - Women of Resistance 3 s.h.


    This course studies women in history, literature, popular culture, and real life who fought against exploitation, subjugation and repression. Readings and discussions focus on literary characters from fairy tales to the Bible, Greek plays, contemporary fiction, arguments and philosophies found in feminist writings, and autobiographical writings such as diaries and memiors. We will address topics such as contemporary struggles for reproductive, civil, and political rights, as well as ongoing challenges regarding beauty, sexuality, and power. A-E Only.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): SoS and 3 s.h. Humanities.
  
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    WMST 214 - Witches, Harlots, Wild Women 3 s.h.


    This class will study cultural stories - various literatures, religious writings, medical arguments, laws, feminist essays, song lyrics, and others - of the past 3500 years focusing on various forms of the Archetypal Wild Women, including goddesses, teachers, wise women, healers, witches, warriors, whores, saints, mothers, green women, and mad women. Readings will include biblical texts, mythologies of goddess from various cultures, the Malleus Maleficarum, and critical writings on contemporary female sexuality to trace the reoccurring pattern of containment of female sexuality that attempts to produce a sense of order and stability created only by severely restricting women. We will explore the potential results of women refusing boundaries and containment as we examine the cultural stories that define, patrol, and discipline the socially constructed functions, roles, and definitions of women. A-E Only.
    LA
    BC3
    Prerequisite(s): SoS and 3 s.h. Humanities.
  
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    WMST 215 - Gender Politics 3 s.h.


    Examines how politics and government affect women and women's interests, as well as how women affect government and politics. Topics include political culture and definitions of female roles; views of women in political theory; female political participation and protest movements; women and the law; and public policy and women. A-E Only. Offered every third or fourth semester.
    LA
    Cross-listed with POLS 215 .
    Prerequisite(s): SoS or 3 s.h. POLS.
  
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    WMST 220 - Images of Women in Western Art 3 s.h.


    A study of the changing image of women in visual art. Through an examination of works of art—primarily painting, but prints, photographs, sculpture, installation, and mixed media, as well—the aim will be to ascertain how the concept of the feminine has been constructed within the restrictions of time and place, and to analyze how that construction has actively produced meaning for the sign, woman. Pass/Fail Option. Offered irregularly.
    LA
    Cross-listed with ARTH 220 .
    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 109  or ARTH 110 .
  
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    WMST 236 - Anthropology of Reproduction 3 s.h.


    This course examines women's and men's experiences of reproduction in anthropological perspective, including childbearing, childbirth, menarche, and menopause across cultures and societies.  Emphasizes reproduction as a cultural and social experience. A-E Only. Offered irregularly.
    LA
    SS3
    Cross-listed with ANTH 238 
    Prerequisite(s): ANTH 100 
  
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    WMST 240 - Boys to Men: European Masculinities 3 s.h.


    This course will analyse the roles of boys and men in European society, politics and war, as well as investigate representations of men and maleness in the European past. It aims at directing students' attention to gender history as a useful tool for approaching European history, sharpening their research, analytical and writing skills, and encouraging reflections on social and cultural aspects of early modern and modern Europe. Students will investigate developments in the domestic, societal, political and military roles of men as part of wider trends in European history, such as the growth of the European middle classes, changes to family and state structures, transformations in education, and the rise of European empires. There will also be sessions on developments in male manners and fashions, and on transformations in male sociability, friendship and sexuality. A-E Only. Offered Fall and Spring.
    LA
    Crosslisted as: EHIS 240.
    Prerequisite(s): SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course.
  
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    WMST 241 - Gender and Communication 3 s.h.


    Explores the relationship between gender and communication, analyzing multiple and varying gender theories and the available public vocabularies as it is constructed, performed, evaluated, and negotiated through communication. A-E Only. Offered Fall and Spring.
    LA
    Cross-listed with COMM 241 .
    Prerequisite(s): 3 s.h. in COMM or WMST 130 .
  
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    WMST 242 - Muslim Women Writers 3 s.h.


    This course provides an Introduction to Islamic teachings on the rights and roles of women and then examines memoirs, fiction, and poetry written by Muslim women. This course focuses on modern writing and will cover a variety of genres, geographic regions, and ideological perspectives. Examples of writers to be studied include Leila Ahmed, Amina Wadud, Fatima Mernissi, Shirin Ebadi, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nawall el Saadawi, Hanan Al-Sheikh, Fadwa Tuqan, and Leila Aboulela. A-E Only.
    LA
    OW3
    Cross-listed with WLIT 242 .
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 
  
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    WMST 243 - Psychology of Women 3 s.h.


    A feminist perspective is used to explore the influence of social and psychological factors in shaping women's attitudes and behavior and in shaping the attitudes and behavior of people toward women. The role played by psychology in creating scientific myths about women and, more recently, psychology's interest in correcting these misconceptions, are examined. Topic areas include sex-role stereotyping and androgyny, traditional and non-traditional roles of women, women and mental health issues, sexuality, culture and language, and health. Pass/Fail Option.
    LA
    Cross-listed as PSYC 243 .
    Prerequisite(s): "C" or better in PSYC 100 .
  
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    WMST 253 - Women and Gender in Prehistory 3 s.h.


    Introduces students to archaeological research and perspectives on women and gender in prehistoric societies and ancient civilizations, emphasizing cross-cultural variation in the past. Outlines the historical development of gender archaeology and contemporary approaches to engendering the past. Examines facets of gender (ideology, relations, sexuality, age, class, alternative genders, etc.) in past cultures and in a range of prehistoric cultural contexts (early hunter-gatherers, farmers and pastoralists, states and empires). Select ancient cultures (Andean, Mesoamerican, Egyptian, etc.) are examined in more detail. (Emphasis is on non-Western ancient cultures.) A-E Only. Offered Fall and Spring.
    LA
    Cross-listed as ANTH 253 .
    Prerequisite(s): 100 level ANTH or WMST 130 , SoS.
  
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    WMST 257 - Psychology of Human Sexuality 3 s.h.


    An overview of human sexual behavior. Topics include sex and gender, biological factors, sexual development, interpersonal relationships, intimacy and love, communication, sexual orientation, pregnancy and birth, contraception, abortion, sexual dysfunction, sexual diseases, sexual exploitation, legal and ethical issues. Gender differences and sex role behavior will be discussed, with special attention to the question of whether male and female behaviors differ, and how best to explain such differences. A-E Only.
    LA
    Cross-listed as PSYC 257 .
    Prerequisite(s): "C" or better in PSYC 100 .
  
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    WMST 259 - Psychology of Diversity 3 s.h.


    The central focus of the course is on the links between diversity and psychological processes at individual, interpersonal, and international levels. We will examine the psychological science of diversity by considering contemporary theories and empirical research from social psychology and related fields. Topics to include: stereotyping and categorization, power and intergroup relations, identity and social roles, implicit and explicit bias, coping with stigma, and individual differences. A-E Only. Offered every two years.
    LA
    Cross-listed with PSYC 259 
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100 
  
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    WMST 267 - Gender and Crime 3 s.h.


    This course sociologically analyzes and deconstructs the common sense of the social world with regards to gender and crime. Students will develop their sociological imagination and critical thinking skills as they explore a variety of substantive issues within criminology. Topics include but are not limited to violence and sex work, domestic violence, and street and white collar crime. The course explores ways in which crime and deviance interface with women and gender studies, and feminist theory and methods. To the extent that gender intersects with other axes of social inequality, we deal with other aspects of social location within the scope of the course. A-E Only.
    LA
    Cross-listed as CRJ 267 .
    Prerequisite(s): 3 s.h. SOC.
  
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    WMST 268 - History of Women and Women's Movements in the U.S. 3 s.h.


    Survey of the changing status and role of women in American society. Main emphasis will be the origin and development of feminism from 19th century to the present, its ideology, and leadership and organization problems within the context of broader social change. Pass/Fail Option. Offered irregularly.
    LA
    Cross-listed as AHIS 268 .
    Prerequisite(s): SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course.
  
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    WMST 269 - Women of Color in the U.S. 3 s.h.


    This course will use a multidisciplinary approach to survey the contemporary experience of women of color in the United States. We will explore the lives of African American, Asian American, Latinas and Native American Women in the context of historical, economic and political arrangements that give meaning to and shape their lives. We will also examine the cultural patterns which under-lie race, class, sexuality, and gender-based inequalities as a basic element of contemporary society. Focusing on individual and community experiences, we will assess the dynamic variation in women's class, racial-ethnic and gender identity formation, their differential treatment based on race, class, and gender at different levels of society, and their responses to the structural arrangements that affect their lives. A-E Only. Offered annually.
    LA
  
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    WMST 275 - Feminist Theories 3 s.h.


    The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of feminist theory and gain exposure to the writings of a range of several contemporary feminists. By the end of the course, you will be knowledgeable about the varieties of feminist thought and methodologies. You will be able to identify different feminist theories and theorists. You will also be able to apply theoretical ideas to actions. You will be exposed to these ideas through both primary texts and a secondary text which provides an overview. A-E Only.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): WMST 130 .
  
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    WMST 280 - Women in Sports 3 s.h.


    This course is a survey of American women's experience in sports from the 1860s to the present. History, philosophy, and gender theory will be discussed along with current issues such as Title IX, women as sports professionals, the media and its influence, and governance of competitive sports. A-E Only.
    Cross-listed as PHED 280 .
    Prerequisite(s): SoS
  
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    WMST 283 - Women's Literature 3 s.h.


    Exploration of the role of women through reading literature by and about women. Pass/Fail Option. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    H3
    Cross-listed with LITR 283 .
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 LITR 100  or LITR 150 .  
  
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    WMST 285 - Writing Lives: Gender and Memoir 3 s.h.


    This course considers diverse life writings in order to explore the influence of gender, sexuality, and other categories of identity on literary self-representation. We consider forms of memoir ranging from graphic novels to mixed-genre texts, and how they respond to questions such as the relationship between writer and reader; "truth" and narrative authenticity; memory and imagination; the personal and political. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    BC3
    Cross-listed with LITR 285  
    Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 ; LITR 100  or LITR 150 .  
  
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    WMST 287 - From Romance to Gothic 3 s.h.


    The novel has always been closely tied to ideas about women, and this class will trace the history of a genre with a focus on gender. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw the novel as either a teaching method or a dangerous distraction for women and young people, and we will examine the ways women writers navigated scandal and respectability in the romances of authors will Aphra Behn, in the sentimental and comic novel, and works of gothic terror by novelists like Ann Radcliffe. At the same time, we will look at the social, economic, and cultural conditions surrounding publishing, women's rights, and marriage through essays and journalism by writers such as Mary Astell, Eliza Haywood, and Mary Wollstonecraft. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    Cross-listed as ELIT 287 .
    Prerequisite(s): LITR 100  or LITR 150 .
  
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    WMST 289 - Feminist Research Methods 3 s.h.


    This interdisciplinary course demonstrates how feminist epistemologies and methodologies shape research inquiry in different fields. Students will identify historical and theoretical underpinnings of feminist research practices in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. More specifically, they will examine how intersectionality, privilege, gender, theory and feminist politics inform research methods and practices. Students will learn how to design and conduct a feminist research project. Extensive reading and writing assignments will be required. A-E Only. Offered once a year.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): WMST 130 .
  
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    WMST 290 - Women, Race, and the Law 3 s.h.


    This course uses written text and cinematic text to explore the legal conditions of gender and women in diverse contemporary transnational contexts. More specifically the course addresses how laws map out gender, women's rights and social and ideological symbols. The course emphasizes the ways in which legal definitions and representations of women have been understood in terms of race, religion, occupation and constitutional rights. Coursework and class discussions will be grounded in feminist and cultural theories and critical legal studies.
    LA
    Cross listed as ALS 290 .
    Prerequisite(s): WMST 130  or WMST 255  or ALS 255  or ALS 273 
  
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    WMST 291 - Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Popular Culture 3 s.h.


    This course addresses how popular culture - film, television, music, mass and digital media - reinforces conceptions of gender and sexuality, race, and class. Using methodologies of gender, sexuality, and media studies, as well as critical race theory, we will examine the popular production, consumption, and reception of gendered social relations and roles. The course emphasizes critical inquiry regarding the production of normative and alternative gender and sexual identities, while noting their intersection with multiple, complex categories of identity, including most notably race, ethnicity, class, and nationality. A-E Only.
    LA
  
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    WMST 294 - Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies 1 s.h. - 3 s.h.


    A course which focuses on particular issues, problems or research topics. The purpose is to explore a particular subject that may not yet be contained in a regularly offered course. (e.g., U.S. Latinas and Cultural History; Feminist Philosophy; Women and Music). Pass/Fail Option.
    LA
  
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    WMST 295 - Women's Studies Teaching Assistantship 1 s.h. - 3 s.h.


    This course provides teaching experience for students minoring in Women's Studies. The assistant works directly under the guidance of a faculty member. Pass/Fail Only.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): JrS and a minimum of 15 s.h. in WMST; a minimum GPA of 2.5 plus permission of the instructor and the Dept. Chair.
  
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    WMST 299 - Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies 1 s.h. - 3 s.h.


    Individual studies under faculty supervision. Admission by consent of department chair and instructor involved. Pass/Fail Option.
    LA
  
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    WMST 308 - Queer Literature 3 s.h.


    This course will look at literature spanning the last three hundred years to investigate attitudes and concepts pertaining to queer identities and lives, the queer struggle for identity creation, social legitimacy, acceptance and the fight for equality - and the corresponding heteronormative backlash. Critical exploration of literature will follow an intersectional approach that examines the connections among race, sexed embodiment, gender, class and sexual orientation in relation to the concepts that frame the meanings of bodies within social contexts. Students will have opportunities to do queer readings of some traditional texts, to see how the meaning changes when characters are not assumed to be heterosexual, gender normative, or cis-gendered. In addition to essays, letters, diaries, memoirs, poems, short stories, songs, plays, and novels, students will also read selections on queer theory to guide their readings. A-E Only. Offered every 2-3 years.
    LA
    Cross-listed with LITR 308 .
    Prerequisite(s): SoS; LITR 250  or 3 s.h. of any WMST course.
  
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    WMST 351 - Trans Lives & Constructs of Conformity 3 s.h.


    This course explores the medical, historical, sexological, and social ongoing constructions of gender variances, gender identities, and sexed bodies. Central foci of the course include: critiquing binaries, normativity, the boundaries of female/male/intersex and feminine/masculine/androgyny/gender non-conforming. Course readings draw from different fields in the social sciences and humanities, culminating in the ability for critical reflection of hierarchical values given to bodies, narratives, histories and identities. A-E Only. Offered every 3-4 semesters.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): WMST 130  and WMST 275 
  
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    WMST 365 - Queer Migrations 3 s.h.


    Queer Migrations examines the relationship between LGBTQ identities, communities, and bodies as they migrate across borders. Readings span the macro and the personal, including narratives of queer migrants, structures of the state that define citizenship, how communities and borders are policed, global trends in policy, acceptance and rejection of asylum claims, and survival strategies of queer migrants.  A-E Only. Offered once per year.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): WMST 130 
  
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    WMST 388 - Capstone: Feminist Organizing 3 s.h.


    This course will explore the historical, social, and political contexts that have shaped feminist organizing and activisms for social justice, examining the challenges associated with envisioning, promoting, organizing, and instigating change across a range of gender issues. A central focus of this course will be acquiring the necessary skills to intervene in unjust discourses, wherein individuals and groups can address both the structural or systemic changes affecting the underlying conditions and circumstances in society that contribute to injustice, in addition to improving the actual day-to-day lives of people most impacted by the particular injustice through small and large-scale interventions. A-E Only. Offered every two semesters.
    Prerequisite(s): WMST 130 WMST 275 , and WMST 289 
  
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    WMST 390 - Transnational Feminisms 3 s.h.


    This course examines feminist scholarship and activism produced by and about U.S. women of color and Third world women. Main foci of the course include gender, race, sexuality, human rights, economics, labor rights, colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism as relations of power across and throughout transnational settings. Course readings draw from different fields in the social sciences and humanities, culminating in the ability for cross-cultural feminist analysis.  Extensive reading and writing required for original research. A-E Only. Offered once a year.
    LA
    Prerequisite(s): WMST 130 
  
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    WMST 394 - Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies 1 s.h. - 3 s.h.


    A course which focuses on particular issues, problems or research topics. The purpose is to explore a particular subject that may not be contained in a regularly offered course (e.g., Women in Spanish American Lit). Pass/Fail Option.
    LA
  
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    WMST 397 - Women's and Gender Studies Internship 3 s.h. - 6 s.h.


    Working, reading and/or research in all areas of Women's and Gender Studies under faculty supervision (e.g., government agency, publishers, reproductive health). Approval of the advisor and Department chair required. Pass/Fail Only.
    LA
  
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    WMST 398 - Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies 3 s.h.


    Group discussions and independent research studies in gender, race, class, and sexuality. A-E Only.
    LA
    BC3
    Prerequisite(s): JrS required, 3 s.h. in Women's and Gender Studies recommended.
  
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    WMST 399 - Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies 1 s.h. - 3 s.h.


    Individual studies under faculty supervision. Admission by consent of Department chair and instructor involved. Pass/Fail Option.
    LA
 

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