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All Courses Approved for GWS Credit

GWS 150: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies
LEC: (3 crs.) Images of women, the theories and processes of socialization, historical perspectives, and implications for social change. (Lec. 3/Online) Service learning in some sections. (S) [D]


GWS 220: Women and the Natural Sciences
LEC: (3 crs.) An interdisciplinary perspective on women as practitioners and subjects of the natural sciences; history of women in science; science as a gendered discourse. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]


GWS 300: Field Experience In Gender and Women's Studies
PRA: (2-6 crs.) Supervised field work allowing students to learn through direct personal experience about the background, problems, and concerns of particular populations of women. (Practicum) Service Learning. Pre: GWS 150 or 315 or permission of instructor. May be taken or repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.


GWS 301: Women's Professional Development and Leadership
LEC: (3 crs.) Theory, data and skill development for career building and leadership. Gender issues in organizational settings, developing professional skills and responses to challenges in the workplace, and strategies for positive change. (Lec. 3/Online)


GWS 305: Current Issues in Gender and Women's Studies
LEC: Research and analysis of one issue such as job discrimination or sex trafficking. Class plans a project addressing the issue. (Lec. 1) Pre: GWS 150. May be repeated once if topic changes.


GWS 306: Practicum in Gender and Women's Studies
LEC: (1 cr.) Practicum. Students work alone or in groups to conduct a project developed in GWS 305. May be repeated once if topic changes. (Lec. 1) Pre: GWS 305.


GWS 310: Race, Class, and Sexuality in Women's Lives
LEC: (3 crs.) Interconnections among race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality and the impact of sexism, racism, classism, and heterosexism on women's lives are investigated. Alliance building among women is explored. (Lec. 3) Pre: GWS 150 or HPR 110 or GWS 210 or permission of instructor.


GWS 315: Introduction to Feminist Theories and Methodologies
LEC: (3 crs.) Development of feminist thought, exploration of contemporary feminist theories and research methods, including African-American, lesbian, Western and non-Western perspectives, and the future role of feminist theories and methodologies. (Lec. 3) Pre: GWS 150 or permission of instructor. (L) [D]


GWS 317: Contemporary Women Novelists of the Americas
LEC: (3 crs.) Novels by contemporary women writers from the American continents. Topics include construction of the female body, sexuality and desire, motherhood, exile and immigration, women and work. (Lec. 3) (A) (L) [D]


GWS 320: Feminist Thought into Action
LEC: (3 crs.) Analysis and discussion of how feminist thought has been transformed into action for social change. Women's civil and human rights. Political thought, analysis and activism in campaigns for women's rights. Pre: WMS 150 or permission of instructor. (L) (S) [D]


GWS 325: International Women's Issues
LEC: (3 crs.) Focuses on women's rights in a global context, ideologies and practices that deny women equal status in society, including violence against women, freedom and democracy movements and women's rights. (Lec. 3) Pre: GWS 150 or permission of instructor. (L)


GWS 350: Special Topics in Gender and Women's Studies
LEC: (3 crs.) Selected areas of study pertinent to women's studies. Instruction may be offered in class seminar or tutorial environments according to specific needs and purposes. (Lec.3/Online) Topics include "Media Images of Women," "Narrative of the Witch," "Women and Aging," "Women and Health," "Women and the Law," "Women and Music," "Women and Religion," and "Women and Business Culture." Some topics may be offered online. May be repeated with different topic.


GWS 351: Special Topics in Gender and Women's Studies
LEC: (3 crs.) Selected areas of study pertinent to women's studies. Instruction may be offered in class seminar or tutorial environments according to specific needs and purposes. (Lec.3/Online) Topics include "Ecofeminism," "Latin American Women," "Native American Women," "Women and Film," "Women, Violence and Non-violence," "Women and Mental Health," and "Violence Prevention Training." Some topics may be offered online. May be repeated with different topic.


GWS 360: Men and Masculinities
SEM: (3 crs.) Examines from a feminist perspective, the values, beliefs, myths, realities, research and writings about men and masculinites in contemporary United State life. (Seminar/Online) Pre: GWS 150.


GWS 361: Women's Lives in New England, 1790-1930
LEC: (3 crs.) Social, political and literary history of women in New England with an emphasis on women's work and how that work shaped gender relations. Theoretical approaches from women's studies, race and gender studies will inform the treatment of women's history and the history of material culture in New England. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing or permission of the instructor.


GWS 365: Sexual Violence
LEC: (3 crs.) Analysis of sexual violence, abuse, and exploitation. The history and politics of society's recognition of trauma and development of approaches to recovery. The psychological, social, and political harm of sexual violence to victims and society. (Lec. 3) Pre: GWS 150 or permission of the instructor.


GWS 370: Sex Trafficking
LEC: (3 crs.) Focuses on the commercial sexual exploitation and slavery of women and girls and the impact on their health, rights, and status in society. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: GWS 150 or permission of instructor.


GWS 385: Women Writers
LEC: (4 crs.) Analysis of the poetry, drama, or fiction of women writers. Emphasis on 18th-century, 19th-century, 20th-century, or contemporary authors. May be repeated for credit when taken with different emphasis. (Lec. 3, Project 3)


GWS 386: The Economics of Race, Gender, and Class
LEC: (3 crs.) An economic examination of the historical interrelations of race, class, and gender issues. (Lec. 3) Pre: ECN 100 or 201 or permission of instructor.


GWS 387: Latin American History at the Movies
LEC: (3 crs.) Latin Americans see themselves very differently than how they are perceived by North Americans. Their self-portrayal, in literature and film, is the key to understanding their history and conflicts. (Lec. 3) Pre: HIS 180 is suggested but not required.


GWS 400: Critical Issues And Feminist Scholarship
SEM: (3 crs.) Theoretical and value questions in women's studies; impact of feminist scholarship on traditional disciplines; feminist theory and research methods in selected fields; the future of feminism. (Seminar) Pre: GWS 310 or 315 or 320 and senior standing or permission of instructor.


GWS 401: Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery
LEC: (3 crs.) Focuses on contemporary human trafficking and slavery, including sex trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, child soldiers, and domestic servant slavery. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing or permission of the instructor. Not for graduate credit.


GWS 402: Campaigns and Services for Victims of Trafficking and Slavery
LEC: (3 crs.) Focuses on historical and contemporary campaigns for ending human trafficking and slavery and on providing services to contemporary victims of human trafficking and slavery. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: junior standing or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.


GWS 410: Portfolio in Gender Women's Studies
LEC: (1 cr.) Portfolio of student papers and projects as culmination of Gender and Women's Studies course work. (Lec. 1) Pre: WMS majors and minors in senior year. Not for graduate credit.


GWS 430: Women and Human Rights Policy
LEC: (3 crs.) Focus on women and human rights around the world and human rights policy in the U.S. The human rights movement from the 1970s to the present will be discussed. (Lec. 3/online) Pre: junior standing.


GWS 450: Independent Study
IND: (3 crs.) Advanced work in women's studies under the direction of a faculty member affiliated with the women's studies program. (Independent Study) Pre: junior or senior standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.


GWS 490: Advanced Topics In Women's Studies
SEM: (1-3 crs.) Advanced study in topics of special interest in Gender Women's Studies. This course will be conducted as a seminar for juniors, seniors and graduate students. Pre: WMS 310 or 315 or 320 and senior standing or permission of instructor. (Seminar) Some topics may be offered online. May be repeated with different topic.


GWS 490H: Honors Section of GWS 490: Advanced Topics in Women's Studies
LEC: (1-3 crs.) Honors Section of GWS 490: Advanced Topics in Women's Studies. (Seminar) Pre: GWS 315 or 310 or 320, and senior standing, and 3.30 or better overall GPA, or permission of instructor.


GWS 500: Colloquium in Women's Studies
SEM: (2-3 crs.) Discussion of research methods in women's studies; presentations on current research and issues relevant to women's and gender studies. (Seminar)


GWS 501: Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery
LEC: (3 crs.) Focuses on contemporary human trafficking and slavery, including sex trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, child soldiers, and domestic servant slavery. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.


GWS 502: Campaigns and Services for Victims of Trafficking and Slavery
LEC: (3 crs.) Focuses on historical and contemporary campaigns for ending human trafficking and slavery and on providing services to contemporary victims of human trafficking and slavery. (Lec. 3) Pre: GWS 501 or permission of instructor.


Affiliated Courses Approved for GWS Credit:


African and African-American Studies
AAF 290 African-American Women: Service, Community, and Self

AAF/HIS 355 Black Women in the US: Colonial Times to the Present


Anthropology
APG 310 Topics in Anthropology (when topic is of gender or women)

APG 328 Gender and Culture

Art History
ARH 385 Women in Art

Business Administration
BUS 346 Women in Business and Management (pre: BUS 340 recommended)

Communication Studies

COM 221 Interpersonal Communications

COM 322 Gender and Communication

COM 326 Family Communication
COM 345 Gender and Communication

Community Planning

CPL/GEG 202 Introductory Urban Geography: Understanding Cities

Community Service
CSV 303 Service in the Community

Economics

ECN 386 The Economics of Race, Gender, and Class

English
ENG 260 Women and Literature

ENG/GWS 317 Contemporary Women Novelists of the Americas
ENG 385 Women Writers

Geography

GEG/CPL 202 Introductory Urban Geography: Understanding Cities

History
HIS 118 Women in European History
HIS 145 Women in the North American Colonies and the United States, 1500-1890
HIS 146 Women in the United States, 1890-Present
HIS 308 Between Eve and Mary: Women in the Middle Ages
HIS 351 Historical Perspectives on Women and Health
HIS 352 Topics in the History of Women and Gender
HIS/AAF 355 Black Women in the US: Colonial Times to the Present
HIS 376 Women in Muslim Societies

HIS 387 Latin American History at the Movies
HIS 391 Directed Study or Research (when the topic is of gender or women)

Human Development and Family Studies
HDF 205 Family Financial Issues Across the Life Span

HDF 230 Marriage and Family Relationships

HDF 291 Rose Butler Brown Peer Mentoring Program
HDF 298 Contemporary Issues in Student Development
HDF 430 Family Interaction
HDF 432 Perspectives on Parenting
HDF 433 Family Life Education

HDF 434 Children and Families in Poverty
HDF/SOC 437 Law and Families in the United States
HDF 505 Human Sexuality and Counseling
HDF 559 Gender Issues in Therapy

Kinesiology
KIN 475 Gender Issues in Sport and Physical Culture
KIN 555 Women in Sport: Issues and Controversies

Nonviolence and Peace Studies

NVP 200 Nonviolence and Peace Studies Colloquium


Nursing
NUR 150 Human Sexuality

NUR 343 Nursing in Childbearing and Reproductive Health
NUR 459 Perspectives on Male and Female Sexuality

Philosophy
PHL 210 Women and Moral Rights

Political Science
PSC 441 Women and Politics

Psychology
PSY 430 Intimate Relationships
PSY 466 Child Sexual Abuse
PSY 480 Psychology of Women

Sociology
SOC 212 Families in Society
SOC 242 Sex and Gender

SOC 350 Work and Family Life
SOC 413 Gender Inequality
SOC 420 Family Violence
SOC 430 Intimate Relationships

SOC/HDF 437 Law and Families in the United States

Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design
TMD 224 Culture, Dress and Appearance

Writing and Rhetoric

WRT 645 Seminar in Rhetoric an Composition

In addition, special topics may be offered by other departments