Women's Studies Courses:
WS 222 Intro to Women's Studies
Survey of scholarship about women's lives; new historical, sociological, psychological, and literary approaches that inform our understanding of women's experience.
WS 322 Mormon Women's History
Throughout the semester, a number of interesting themes will be explored in which Mormon women will be placed within their various contexts: religious history, women's history, and Mormon history in general. Topics will include: historical agency (what does that even mean for a woman?), conversion narratives (how does Lucy Mack Smith compare to her Protestant contemporaries who also wrote memoirs?), hymnody as history and theology (how might understanding that make D&C 25 more meaningful? And did Protestant women compile hymn books?), print culture (what were women reading and writing, and how did that influence them?), reform movements (how does Relief Society fit into that context?), polygamy (so much to say—just trust me on this one!), anti-Mormonism and anti-Catholicism in nineteenth-century America (why was anti-religious literature so prone to sexualize and demean women?), women as missionaries (how do they fit into the larger context?),suffrage (Mormon women were political?) race (we will talk about 1978 — and consider the experiences of the first black woman to serve a mission), ERA (what was that all about?) and on and on and on. If you are interested in learning more about your roots, and discussing an array of subjects with academic rigor in a context of faith, this may be just the class for you!
WS 390R Women in Science
When we say the word “scientist,” the general image that comes to mind is a male, perhaps in a white lab coat. Like other disciplines, historical writings about the sciences are sparse on the subject of women and their contributions. This class will discuss the involvement and challenges faced by women scientists. It will cover such scientific fields as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, engineering, food sciences, nursing/medicine, archaeology and others. The first part of the course will provide context with a discussion of the history and impact of science, and the issues with which women scientists have dealt. For the rest of the semester, women from different science disciplines on campus will talk about their own experiences and other women in their particular field. Students will gain a broader awareness of women in science and the barriers they faced, as well as the contributions and persistence of women scientists.
WS 390R Pan-American Women Writers
This course introduces students to a variety of women writers throughout the Americas from 1600 to the present. The course will be team taught by a variety of professors from a range of national linguistic/literary traditions and disciplines. Units of study will address women writers from the following historical periods and countries: the colonial United States and New Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, English- and French-speaking Canada, as well as African American and Latina voices from the United States. All texts and lectures will be presented in English.
WS 392R Women's Studies Colloquium
Scholarly findings presented by researchers on topics relating to women's lives and experiences throughout history, across the world, and within ethnic, educational, and economic segments of society.
ARTHC 301 Women in Art
No prerequisites required
History of women artists, critics, and patrons, along with women in representation in Western art. Consideration of theories and methodologies of feminist art history.
Hlth 450 Women's Health Issues
Overview of selected health topics affecting women's health status. Primary emphasis on steps to enhance personal health and fulfill divine roles from childhood through adulthood.
Psych 306 Psychology of Gender
This course introduces students to psychological research on the experiences, behaviors, and abilities of men and women. We will study attitudes about gender, theories of gender development, and research about similarities and differences between men and women. Topics we will study include sex differences and similarities in mental abilities, personality, social behavior, and relationships. We will also study mental health issues and experiences of men and women in the workplace, as well as look at the most current research documenting advances in gender equity and other gender related issues that continue to need attention.
Soc 323 Racial and Minority Relations
Social psychological and social structural analysis of racial and ethnic relations; prejudice, discrimination, responses, protests, current issues.
Soc 367 Sociology of Gender
Gender in social institutions: family, social hierarchies, economics, education, organizations, religion, and science.