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Below is a brief description of the WGS courses available (by order of level):   

Survey of Women and Gender Studies (WGS 100) 
Dr. Jessica Crespo
Students in this course will learn the meaning of Women and Gender Studies and how feminist scholarship is connected with other academic disciplines.  Students will examine the diverse experiences of women today and in the past, social issues which affect the status of women and men (like race, class, age, sexual orientation, etc.) and consider their relationship to social institutions such as education, religion, law, and health care from a feminist perspective.

Women and Culture (ANTH 216)
Dr. Susan Prezzano 
Intoduces students to the study of the lives of women in cross-cultural perspective. Gender issues explored include sexual division of labor, inequality, changing position of women in families, and the role of women in development.

Women in Art (ARTH 216) 
Ms. Vicky Clark 
Studies the achievements of women  artists and the images of women in art theory and history.

Human Sexuality (PSY 220) 
Dr. Donna Ashcraft  
Examines gender roles, attitudes  towards self and others, and to  examine the  responsibilities of relationships. 
 
Survey of Women's Literature (ENG 265)
Dr. Janet Knepper and Dr. Melissa Downes
Surveys significant women writers from the Medieval Period to the present.  The contributions of these women to a distinctly female literary tradition will provide the focus of study, but critical issues regarding women's literature will also be discussed and explored.

Great Women Speakers (CMST 281)
Staff
Studies the speeches primarily of American women whose public speaking has had a significant influence on our lives and our culture. The course includes the study of speeches and other public communication concerning various social and political issues, movements and causes from 1800 to the present day. Analysis and criticism of the content and delivery of speeches will be involved. Geographies of gender and race will be explored.

Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies (WGS 200/300) 
Staff 
Examines themes and  topics of contemporary and historical interest in the study of women and their contributions  across the disciplines and in the culture at large.  

Women in the U.S (HIST 302)
Dr. Cynthia Kennedy

There is no single women's history. Women's lives varied enormously depending on class, race, age, region, home environment, religion, ethnicity, and era. This course addresses historical questions that require analysis of women's experiences, observations, actions, and aspirations. How did expectations for the two sexes differ, and did those expectations change over time? How did families change? What form did women's political participation take when they could not vote? What was the importance of women's unpaid work and their paid employment? In what ways did women collaborate-or clash-with other women and with men for social or political goals? What were the dynamics of power between women and men and among different women? By focusing on women's work and leisure, family patterns, political activities, forms of organization, and outstanding achievements, this course aims to achieve a more complete history of this country and its origins.

Social Stratification (SOC 311)
Dr. Catherine Petrissans
Examines class, social status, and power inequalities at the community, national, and world levels.  Considers a history of inequality, theories of structured inequality, class information, poverty, class, gender, and racial inequalities, modality, and legitimacy.  Prerequisite:  SOC 211 or permission of instructor.

Gender, Violence, and Activism (WGS 311)
Staff
Explores the socio-structural and cultural dimensions of gender based violence among men and boys, among women and girls and between men/boys and women/girls in the United States and world-wide.  Multiple forms of gender based violence, the effects of perpetrating and/or being the recipient of violence, and societal response to violence at the intersections of ethnicity, race, class, sexuality and religion will be examined.  Additionally, the role of promoting, reducing and preventing violence through social activism and civic engagement will be considered at the individual, family, community, and institutional levels.

Ending Poverty (ANTH 315)
Dr. Laurie Occhipinti
Introduces the field of development anthropology with a focus on those populations most vulnerable to poverty:  women, indigenous peoples, and minorities.  Explores the history of development, models of cultural change, contemporary issues of poverty and globalization, models of program design.  Provides students with a practical background in project design, assessment and management.  Prerequistie:  Sophomore Standing

Human Geography: Race, Class, and Gender and Their Spatial Dimensions (GEOG 315)
Dr. Gerald Thomas 
Focuses on the methods and theories geographers have used to explore how social relations of race, class, and gender have been structured, influenced, and expressed spatially.  In addition, to explore contemporary theories on the role of race/gender and class intersection in the reproduction process and the colonial and post colonial geographies of gender and race.

Communication and Gender (CMST 320) 
Dr. Myrna Kuehn and Dr. Jessica Crespo    
Investigates the effects of gender roles on communication behaviors. 

Psychology of Women (PSY 340) 
Dr. Donna Ashcraft (Clarion) and Dr. Carrie Forden (Venango)  
Uses empirical and theoretical concepts from psychology as a base for the study of the changing roles of women.  Prerequisite:  PSY 211.

The Family (SOC 352) 
Dr. Catherine Petrissans
Deals with development of the family and the home in its historical, economic, and legal aspects.  Considers the various factors influencing the organization, disorganization, and reorganization of the family, as well as the modern trends in the basic institution.  Prerequisite:  SOC 211 or permission of the instructor.

Philosophy and Feminism (PHIL 357) 
Dr. Julia Aaron and Dr. Jamie Phillips
Explores the growing contributions of women to western philosophy,  and examine traditional views from  women's perspectives. 

Race and Ethnic Relations (SOC 362) 
Staff

Background of racial and ethnic identity.  Examines contemporary aspects of inter-ethnic and inter-racial group relations.  Considers proposals for alleviating and resolving problems and their implications.  Prerequisite:  SOC 211 or permission of the instructor.

Images of Women In Literature (ENG 365) 
Dr. Karen Smith
Studies the images of women in myth, literature, and in the culture at large. 
             
Gender and Sports (ATSW 370) 
Ms. Carol Brennan Caplan
Provides the student with a strong knowledge of problems, patterns, and processes associated with the involvement of  women in sports.

Research in Gender Psychology (PSY 390)
Dr. Carie Forden
Students conduct empirical research on gender as a biological, psychological, and social experience.  Through reading, lecture, and discussion , they have the opportunity to compare the results of their own investigations to those found in both classic and current studies of gender.  Prerequisite:  PSY 211 and a course in statistics (PSY 230, MATH 221, or ECON221).

Gender Issues in Education (WGS/ED 406/506) 
Staff
Examines the ways in which educational institutions provide different experiences and outcomes for male and female teachers and students.  Prerequisite:  ED 110 or WGS 100 or consent of instructor.

Changing Times:  Art of the Sixties (ARTH 412) 
Ms. Vicky Clark 
Examines the increasingly important connections between visual art and the broader cultural complex in a decade that changed how art was made and viewed, especially through the lens of identity politics.  

Feminist Research Methodology (WGS 425) 
Dr. Carie Forden

Across disciplines, feminists have developed critiques of traditional research methodology and theories of knowledge.  They have asked how gender can influence the kinds of observations that are made, the kinds of questions that are asked, who is studied, how they are studied, and what emerges as the "truth".  In this class, students will lean how to apply feminist methodology to understanding issues in women's and gender studies, as well as applying it to their major field.  They will become familiar with key theoretical and methodological issues in women's and gender studies and will learn how to conduct feminist research.

Ethnicity, Gender, and the Media (MMAJ 427) 
Staff

Investigates the role of ethnicity and gender in a variety of media.  The course critically analyzes how the media have historically portrayed women and people of color, how they portray theses groups today in a diverse, global media environment, and how these portrayals have influenced public opinion and public policy.  The course also examines the historical and current role of women and minority communities in the media business.  Prerequisite:  MMAJ 100.

Sex, Gender, and Socialization (SOC 452) 
Staff 
Investigates the ways that societies categorize their members according to sex.  Prerequisite:  SOC 211.

Seminar in Women and Gender Studies (WGS 490) 
Staff 
Provides a seminar to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in the lower division classes.  Prerequisites:  Junior standing, WGS 100 plus nine additional hours of women and gender studies courses, or consent of instructor.