Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)


Program in Women's Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Director: Jean Bryant (History/Women’s Studies);

Participating Faculty: Pohl (Anthropology); Hartwell, Lindbloom (Art); Finnegan (Art Education); Bearor, Teilhet-Fisk (Art History); N. DeGrummond, Sickinger (Classical Languages, Literature, and Civilization); Jordan, Nudd (Communication); Bush-Baskette (Criminology and Criminal Justice); Young (Dance); MacDonald, Masemann, Shargel (Education Foundations); Mann (Educational Leadership); Batker, Braendlin, Gardner, Hawkins, Laughlin, McGregory, Montgomery, North, Rosenthal, Rowe, Saladin, Walker (English); Cappuccio, Cloonan, Graham-Jones, Walters (Modern Languages and Linguistics); Amankwaa, Shannahan (Nursing); Marcus (Oceanography); Morales (Philosophy); Pitts (Physical Education); Kemp (Political Science); Carbonell (Psychology); Bartholomeusz, Erndl (Religion); Maxwell, Montgomery, Vinton (Social Work); Boyd, Brewster, Martin, Padavic,(Sociology); Davis (Textiles and Consumer Sciences); Thompson (Theatre); Miles-Doan (Urban and Regional Planning)

Women’s studies courses are taught by faculty in more than 20 departments throughout the University.

Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program that examines the status, accomplishments, and perspectives of women in history, culture, and contemporary society. Women’s studies further seeks to delineate the richness and diversity of women’s experiences and viewpoints by exploring the dynamics of gender, race, culture, and class.

By placing women at the center of inquiry, women’s studies courses offer students new perspectives on human history and the human condition. Using gender as a category of analysis, these classes help students examine the systematic arrangements in society that have shaped the lives of women and men and reevaluate traditional gender-based stereotypes. The courses foster critical analysis of assumed truths about society by examining paradigms based upon the feminist scholarship of the last two decades.

By encouraging inquiry into the full range of the human experience, women’s studies enriches the University curriculum and prepares students for life in a rapidly changing, complex world.

Students pursuing research in women’s studies at The Florida State University will find a rich array of materials on women and gender in the government document holdings and numerous microform manuscript collections of the Strozier Library and in the extensive collections of the College of Law Library and the Mildred and Claude Pepper Library. The nearby State Archives is an additional source of research material.

Women’s studies graduates have described women’s studies as a versatile major that prepared them for life, not just a career. In particular, graduates have cited its interdisciplinary focus, its attention to developing critical skills, and its ability to empower students with a new sense of their potential and the courage to design their own careers and life plan. Women’s Studies graduates can be found in nearly all occupations.

The Women’s Studies Program offers an undergraduate major within the interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree Program in Humanities and an interdisciplinary minor at the undergraduate, MA, and PhD levels.

Admission Requirements

Please review all college-wide degree requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this General Bulletin.

Any student with a 2.0 grade average who meets the admission requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences is eligible to declare a major in women’s studies. Students who wish to declare a major in women’s studies must apply for admission with the women’s studies office and complete an advising form.

Requirements for a Major in Women’s Studies

Students are required to take thirty-three (33) semester hours of women’s studies courses and approved cross-listed courses distributed as described below. Only one of these courses that is used to satisfy the requirement for liberal studies may also be counted toward the fulfillment of the major. Honors thesis hours may be applied toward the bachelor of arts (BA) degree, but only three (3) semester hours will be accepted for major credit. All courses counted toward the major must carry the grade of C or better. Majors must maintain a 2.0 average for graduation. Women’s studies majors are required to complete a minor, and are strongly encouraged to complete a minor in a single discipline. No course used to satisfy requirements for a minor may be counted for the major.

Distribution

WST Requirement

Nine (9) semester hours in WST interdisciplinary courses: a) WST 3251 Women in Western Culture: Images and Realities (3); b) WST 4931 Seminar in Women’s Studies; c) either WST 4930r Topics in Women’s Studies (3), or WST 4940r Women’s Studies Internship (36) as approved by the program director.

Cross-listed Core Courses

At least twelve (12) semester hours of cross-listed courses listed below. Specifically required are three (3) semester hours from each of the four groups below:

Group A

AMH 4561 Women in 19th Century America (3)
AMH 4562 Women in Modern America (3)
CLA 3501 Gender and Society in Ancient Greece (3)
REL 3145 Gender and Religion (3)
REL 3146 Women and the Bible (3)
REL 3337 Goddess, Women and Power in Hinduism (3)

Group B

ANT 4302 Sex Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
PHM 3123 Philosophy of Feminism (3)
POT 4306 Feminist Political Theories (3)
SOP 3742 Psychology of Women (3)
SPC 4630 Rhetoric of Women’s Issues (3)
SYD 3800 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)
SYO 4180 Gender and Work (3)

Group C

ARH 4458 20th Century U.S. Women’s Art (3)
FOW 3240 Literature and Sexuality (3)
LIT 3383 Women in Literature (3)
LIT 4385 Major Women Writers (3)
SPW 4491 Spanish-American Women Writers (3)
THE 4433 Gender, Race and Performance (3)

Group D

CCJ 4663 Female Crime and Delinquency (3)
HOE 3330 Human Science and Human Development: Global Perspectives (3)
NUR 3495 Women’s Health Issues: Concerns Through the Life Cycle (3)
SOW 4108 Socialization and Stress in the Female Life Cycle (3)
SOW 4624 Mental Health of Minorities and Women (3)

Electives

Twelve (12) semester hours may be selected from among the following options: a) WST 4904r Directed Individual Study in Women’s Studies, WST 4930r Topics in Women’s Studies, WST 4940r Women’s Studies Internship; b) the cross-listed courses in Groups A-D; c) approved related courses, special topics courses, seminars and workshops. Majors should consult the women’s studies offerings in the Directory of Classes and check with the women’s studies office each term for a list of approved courses that can be used to fulfill elective credits.

Exit Surveys/Interviews

To be eligible for graduation, each student must complete an exit interview or survey.

Honors in the Major

The Women’s Studies Program offers a program in honors in the major to encourage talented students to undertake independent and original research. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Requirements for a Minor in Women’s Studies

At least fifteen (15) semester hours of approved courses, distributed as follows:

  1. At least three (3) semester hours of interdisciplinary women’s studies courses selected from WST 3251 Women in Western Culture: Images and Realities, WST 4930r Topics in Women’s Studies, WST 4931 Seminar in Womens Studies;
  2. At least nine (9) semester hours of cross-listed core courses;
  3. the remaining three (3) semester hours may be selected from approved WST courses, cross-listed core courses, approved special topics courses or related courses. Minors should consult the women’s studies offerings in the Directory of Classes and check with the women’s studies office each term for a list of approved courses that can be used to fulfill these three credits.

Only one approved course from the students major may count toward the women’s studies minor. Courses counted for the minor may not be used to fulfill requirements for liberal studies or the major. Students who intend to minor in women’s studies should declare their intent with the Program Director at least two semesters before graduation. Students must have at least a C average in the minor.

Undergraduate Courses

Cross-Listed Core Courses

AMH 4561 Women in 19th-Century America (3)
AMH 4562 Women in Modern America (3)
ANT 4302 Sex Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
ARH 4458 20th Century U.S. Women’s Art (3)
CCJ 4663 Female Crime and Delinquency (3)
CLA 3501 Gender and Society in Ancient Greece (3)
FOW 3240 Literature and Sexuality (3)
HOE 3330 Human Sciences and Human Development: Global Perspectives (3)
LIT 3383 Women in Literature (3)
LIT 4385 Major Women Writers (3)
NUR 3495 Women’s Health Issues: Concerns Through the Life Cycle (3)
PHM 3123 Philosophy of Feminism (3)
POT 4306 Feminist Political Theories (3)
REL 3145 Gender and Religion (3)
REL 3146 Women and the Bible (3)
REL 3337 Goddess, Women and Power in Hinduism (3)
SOP 3742 Psychology of Women (3)
SOW 4108 Socialization and Stress in the Female Life Cycle (3)
SOW 4624 Mental Health of Minorities and Women (3)
SPC 4630 Rhetoric of Women’s Issues (3)
SPW 4491 Spanish-American Women Writers (3)
SYD 3800 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)
SYO 4180 Gender and Work (3)
THE 4433 Gender, Race and Performance (3)

Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies Courses

WST 3251 Women in Western Culture: Images and Realities (3)
WST 4904r Directed Individual Study (1-3)
WST 4930r Topics in Women’s Studies (3)
WST 4931 Seminar in Women’s Studies (3)
WST 4940r Women’s Studies Internship (3-6)
WST 4970r Honors Thesis-Women’s Studies (3-6)

Note: see the appropriate individual departments for full course descriptions.

Graduate Courses

AMH 5563 Women in 19th-Century America (4)
AMH 5564 Women in Modern America (4)
ARH 5461 20th Century Feminist Art Criticism (3)
EDA 5227 The Role of the Woman Administrator in Education (3)
HEE 5347r International Home Economics Education (13)
LIT 5388r Studies in Women’s Writings (3)
SOW 5109 Socialization and Stress in the Female Life Cycle (3)
SOW 5614 Family Violence Across the Life Span (3)
SOW 5625 Mental Health of Minorities and Women (3)
SPC 5639 Rhetoric of Women’s Issues (3)
SPW 5496 Spanish-American Women Writers (3)
SYD 5815 Contemporary Theories of Gender (3)
SYO 5135 Comparative Family Systems (3)
SYO 5185 Family and Work Linkage (3)
SYO 5376 Sociology of Gender and Work (3)
THE 5437 Gender, Race and Performance (3)
URP 5541 Gender and Development (3)
WST 5905r Directed Individual Study (1-3)
WST 5934r Topics in Women’s Studies (3)
WST 5936r Interdisciplinary Topics in Feminist Theory (3)

Note: see the appropriate individual departments for full course descriptions.

Definition of Prefix

WST Women’s Studies

Undergraduate Courses

WST 3251. Women in Western Culture: Images and Realities (3). An interdisciplinary examination of women’s roles in the development of Western culture, focusing on women’s contributions to music, literature, theatre, art, religion, political thought, and science. Concurrently, this course examines what it meant to be female in each era of Western civilization.
WST 4904r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). Prerequisite: Approval of women’s studies director. For advanced undergraduates who desire to supplement the regular course offerings by independent reading or research under guidance. May be repeated to a maximum of three (3) credit hours.
WST 4930r. Topics in Women’s Studies (3). This course explores specific topics or themes in gender/women’s studies based on a feminist approach. A variety of topics from different fields of study will be offered from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics of material not covered in the regular curriculum will be offered. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
WST 4931. Seminar in Women’s Studies (3). Prerequisite: At least two women’s studies core courses; Corequisite: Approval of program director. This senior seminar examines how cultures structure and represent gender in a variety of arenas. Through critical reading of key contemporary works of feminist theory and intensive investigation of multidisciplinary case studies students study the variety of representation of woman’s experience.
WST 4940r. Women’s Studies Internship (3-6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Two core courses in women’s studies; Corequisite: Approval of program director. The internship offers practical experience working on women’s issues or with women as a focus group in governmental and private agencies, women’s organizations, or business. Internships may be arranged for junior and senior minors in women’s studies with the women’s studies office. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
WST 4970r. Honors Thesis-Women’s Studies (3-6). Prerequisite: WST 3251. The honors thesis in Women’s Studies is a research document of an interdisciplinary nature, drawing on the various categories in humanities and the social sciences represented in the Women’s Studies Program. Permission of WST director required. Repeatable to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

Graduate Courses

WST 5905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
WST 5934r. Topics in Women’s Studies (3).
WST 5936r. Interdisciplinary Topics in Feminist Theory (3).

WRITING: see English

ZOOLOGY: see Biological Science