Women's Studies Program
837 22nd St., NW
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6942


Women's Studies Courses

The Women's Studies Program always offers new and special topics courses as well as courses affiliated with other academic departments. To give you a better idea of what is available, here is a list of detailed Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 course descriptions. Selected Syllabi for Women's Studies Courses are available on the individual courses pages for each semester.

General University Information

For recent updates to schedule, room locations or CRNS visit the online University Schedule of Courses

See the University Bulletin for descriptions of courses regularly offered in the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Undergraduate

WSTU 2120--Introduction to Women's Studies [*NOTE:  This course is sometimes offered as Distance Education, see sample syllabus.]  A multidisciplinary examination of historical conditions, cultural norms, and social institutions that define women's status in Western culture.  Experiences pf girls and women in various racial--ethnic, class, and age groups.  Alternative visions for women's (and, by implication, men's) roles and status. 

WSTU 2121--Anthropology of Gender:  Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Anthropological representations of gender relations in "other" cultures have provided important case material for feminist theorizing of sex differences and gender roles and statuses.  How a cross-cultural approach can inform our understanding of gender. 

WSTU 2125--Varieties of Feminist Theory. Undergraduate feminist theory course.

WSTU (AMST/HIST) 2380--Sexuality in US History.  Professor Heap. Examination of the changing social organization and meaning of sexual practices and desires in American culture, with particular attention to the relationship between sexuality and gendered, racial and class identities and politics.

WSTU 3210--Women & War. Professor Morris. This course examines the effects of war and militarization on women’s lives, focusing on (but not limited to) U.S. history. Topics include women’s roles as soldiers, war workers, revolutionaries, guerrilla fighters, spies, heroines, patriots, diplomats, “comfort women,” wives of servicemen--and victims of military rape.

WSTU 3281. Women & Judaism. Professor Berner and Staff.  Focus on feminist theological perspectives and Jewish women’s spirituality as reflected in personal writings, ritual, liturgy, and midrash.  Includes exploration of Jewish women’s history and legal status.

WSTU 3310--Athletics & Gender. Professor Morris. This course examines the history of sex roles, sex discrimination, Olympic controversies and gender policies in American sport and beyond. How do attitudes about male and female athletes reflect cultural biases? What’s changed since Title IX? How does the media contribute to athletic stereotypes?

WSTU 3353--Women in the United States: Late 19th Century to the Present. Professor Cynthia Harrison.

WSTU (REL) 3981--Women in Western Religion. Professor Pemberton. Historical, theological, and ethical investigation of the image and role of women in Islam, Judaism and Christianity; special consideration of the Biblical experience, the sexual qualifications for religious office, use of male and female images and languages, and contemporary issues. 

WSTU 4183/6283--The Practicum in Women's Studies. Professor Cynthia Deitch. Analyzes the operation and work of advocacy and policy organizations concerned with gender issues. Requires a minimum of 60 hours of field placement in a professional level internship. Undergraduate seniors may take the course with instructor approval. More information is available on the practicum webpage

WSTU 4199--Senior Seminar. Professor Ramlow or Deitch.  For students completing a major or minor in women's studies.  Writing of contemporary scholars and writers whose work provides critical frameworks for feminist scholarship and research.  Individual or collaborative research projects are presented and submitted as written papers.

Graduate

WSTU 6220--Fundamentals of Feminist Theory. Examines some major Western political and social theories of the past two centuries to see how they explained and proposed to end women's inequalities with men.

WSTU 6221--Research Issues in Women's Studies. Professor Cynthia Deitch. Familiarizes students with a variety of research methods for giving voice to women's experiences.

WSTU 6230--Global Feminisms Staff. The individuals, groups and policies which shape global agenda for women; local and international fora in which global feminisms are forged; multi-media presentation.

WSTU 6240--Women and Public Policy. Professor Cynthia Harrison. Provides gender analyses of specific policy issues such as reproductive rights, social welfare policies, child and dependent care, and violence against women issues.

WSTU 6265--Women, Welfare and Poverty. Deitch, Harrison. Examination of how the causes and consequences of poverty differ for women and men;  how race, class and gender shape policy responses to poverty.  The history of family assistance policy in the U.S., and the impact of various welfare reform efforts.

WSTU (SOC) 6266--Gender and Criminal Justice. Professor Buntman. This seminar examines theories, practices, and understandings of how gender shapes crime, justice and violence in the U.S. and internationally.  Topics include how sex and gender shape criminology, legal system treatment of crimes and criminals, punishment, victimization, and criminal justice professions.

WSTU (SOC) 6268--Race, Gender, and Class.  Professors Kennelly, Deitch. Examines how social structures are constructed through race, gender, and class, and how these shape experience.  Analysis of the intersections of race, gender, and class in education, science, politics, labor markets, and social welfare policies.

WSTU 8275--Women and Health. Professor Zucker.  By reading theoretical and empirical analyses of women’s health, we will address: how women’s health is constructed by medical, psychological, and critical theorists; how sexism, racism, and classism contribute to women’s health problems; and what conditions lead to optimal health and well-being.

WSTU 4183/6283--The Practicum in Women's Studies. Professor Cynthia Deitch. Analyzes the operation and work of advocacy and policy organizations concerned with gender issues. Requires a minimum of 60 hours of field placement in a professional level internship. Undergraduate seniors may take the course with instructor approval. More information is available on the practicum webpage