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Women & Gender Studies

Fall 2020 Classes


ENGL 4310: Early American Life Writing

Minor Elective: in early America, the truthfulness of a story enabled many women who were otherwise excluded from publishing to make their voices heard. In this class we will read true life stories of women who lived both remarkable and mundane lives. They cross-dressed as men to fight in the Revolutionary War, adopted Native identity after being kidnapped, undertook harrowing travels, lived as wives and mothers, and experienced ecstatic religious conversions. But true stories of people's lives are still literary artifacts, so we will also examine the art and craft of life writing and how storytelling shapes identity.

Helen Hunt: TR 9:30 - 10:50

SOC/CJ 4520: Patterns of Domestic Violence

Minor Elective: This course examines definitions, causes, preventions, interventions, and societal reactions to family violence from a sociological perspective, focusing on power dynamics related to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and social class as they apply to our understanding of family violence. Topics studied include ever-changing definitions, theoretical explanations, and the nature and extent of family violence throughout the life course while examining these occurrences in a variety of settings and contexts at both a national and global level.
*Open to non-majors after April 13th

Nicole Cook: MWF 12:30 - 1:15

WGS 2010: Intro to Women and Gender Studies

Required for the Minor: Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of WGS. Using a wide range of theories, concepts, and research methods, students will explore how intersectional gender impacts their own lives as well as the lives of others.

Lori Maxwell: online