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Women’s Studies

Director, 2008-09: Judy Kutulas (History)

Faculty, 2008-09: Deborah Anderson (Psychology); Jo Beld (Political Science); David Booth (Religion); Maggie A. Broner (Romance Languages); Mary Carlsen (Social Work and Family Studies); Laurel Carrington (History); Karen Cherewatuk (English); Mary Cisar (Romance Languages); Shelly Dickinson (Psychology); Jenny Dunning (English); Carol Holly (English); Anna Kuxhausen (History); Diane Leblanc (English); Naurine Lennox (Social Work and Family Studies); Bruce Nordstrom-Loeb (Sociology/Anthropology); Dolores Peters (History); Sharon Powell (Social Work and Family Studies); Sherry Saterstrom (Dance); Ryan Sheppard (Sociology/Anthropology); Corliss Swain (Philosophy); Nancy Thompson (Art and Art History); Mary Titus (English); Mary Trull (English)

Women’s studies, an interdisciplinary program, focuses on the significance of gender in the formation of knowledge and human experience. Majors and concentrators take a range of courses in the humanities and social and natural sciences, as well as in the women’s studies program. Students explore the new scholarship about gender and gain an understanding of a variety of women’s experiences across cultures and throughout history. Women’s studies seeks to enrich our understanding of women’s lives and consider the conditions necessary to create a more equitable world.



A major in women’s studies consists of nine courses: Women’s Studies 121, Women’s Studies 399 (to be taken in the spring of the senior year), plus seven additional courses, one of which must be at Level III. These seven courses shall include at least one course from each of the following areas: 1. Social or Natural Sciences; 2. Literature, Languages, or the Arts; 3. Religious, Historical, or Philosophical Traditions. No more than two courses taken elsewhere may be counted toward the major.

With the approval of the instructor and the director of women’s studies, majors may apply toward their program courses not designated as approved women’s studies courses. Students who apply partial-credit courses toward the major must still complete the minimum number of required courses.


Many students enhance their work in a major through an interdisciplinary focus on women and gender. A concentration in women’s studies consists of Women’s Studies 121 and four additional courses, three of which must be at Level II or III, drawn from at least three departments.

With the approval of the instructor and the director of women’s studies, concentrators may apply toward their program courses not designated as approved women’s studies courses. Students who apply partial-credit courses toward the concentration must still complete the minimum number of required credits. No more than one course taken elsewhere may be counted toward the concentration.


Distinction in Women's Studies should represent in some tangible way the culmination of interdisciplinary and/or theoretical work in the program. Interested seniors are invited to submit papers or projects in the spring in consultation with the program director.


121 Introduction to Women's Studies

Required for the women's studies major and concentration, this course introduces students to the concept of gender as a category of analysis. It is designed for students who seek a fuller understanding of themselves as women and men and a wider knowledge of the experiences and achievements of women. Offered both Fall and Spring Semesters.

294 Internships

298 Independent Study

394 Internships

396 Directed Undergraduate Research: "Topic Description"

This course provides a comprehensive research opportunity, including an introduction to relevant background material, technical instruction, identification of a meaningful project, and data collection. The topic is determined by the faculty member in charge of the course and may relate to his/her research interests. Prerequisite: Determined by individual instructor. Offer based on department decision.

398 Independent Research

399 Advanced Topics in Women's Studies

The course provides a capstone to the major. Taught as a seminar, it offers an opportunity for students to integrate their studies of women across disciplines and to become more aware of the intricate web of gender, race, culture, and class that informs women's experiences. Prerequisite: Women's Studies 121. Offered each Spring Semester.

courses that count toward the women’s studies major and concentration

Other courses not included in this list may also be acceptable, depending on the relevance of their content, and may be approved in consultation with the director of women’s studies.

American Studies 100, Perspectives in American Culture
Biology 124, The Biology of Women
Dance 201, The Body Movable
Dance 232, Movement Analysis
English 286, Women’s Literature
Family Studies 232, Introduction to Family Studies
Family Studies 253, Human Sexuality
History 122, Europe and the Great War
History 238, Women in Early Modern Europe
History 239, Women and Gender in Modern Europe
History 272, Women in America
Integrative Studies 215, Gender & Sexuality in the Twentieth Century
Norwegian 130, Nordic Film Today
Nursing 386, Perinatal Health
Philosophy 245, Philosophy and Feminism
Psychology 392, Seminar: Psychology of Women
Political Science 270, Family Values
Political Science 299, Feminist Political Theory
Religion 209, Introduction to Feminist Theology
Religion 344, Feminist/Christian Ethics
Social Work 120, I Want to Help People
Social Work 256, Family Social Services in Central Mexico
Social Work 258, Social Policy
Sociology/Anthropology 128, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Sociology/Anthropology 246, GLBT Lives & Issues
Sociology/Anthropology 260, Marriage and the Family
Sociology/Anthropology 261, Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Spanish 250, Gateway to the Spanish-Speaking World