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