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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Program in Women’s Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

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Director: Maxine Jones (History/ Women’s Studies); Participating Faculty: Falk, Thomas (Anthropology); Lindbloom (Art); Bearor, Neuman (Art History); Gilmer (Chemistry); N. DeGrummond, Fulkerson, Pullen, Sickinger, Slaveva-Griffin (Classics); Jordan, Laurents, McDowell, Nudd (Communication); Losh, Schwartz (Education); Daileader, Edwards, Gardner, Goodman, Laughlin, McGregory, Montgomery, Moore, Walker (English); Rehm (Family and Child Sciences); Herrera, Jones, Upchurch Jr., Sinke (History); Ralston (Human Sciences); Cashin, Stoddard, Romano (Humanities); Case (Mathematics); Boutin, Cappuccio, Leushuis, Maier-Katkin, Poey, Sharpe, Walters, Wang (Modern Languages and Linguistics); Manguson (Nutritional Sciences); Marcus (Oceanography); Maheffey, Morales (Philosophy); Eckel, Hull, Keel, Kistner, (Psychology); Cuevas, Dupuigrenet, Erndl, Kalbian, Kavka, Kelsay, Reid (Religion); Ashmore, Dwyer, Edwards, Founy, Gomory, Vinton, Wilke (Social Work); Barrett, Brewster, Lessan, Padavic, Rohlinger, Schrock, Taylor, Tillman, Weinberg (Sociology); Osborne (Theatre); Doan, Miles (Urban and Regional Planning)

Women’s Studies courses are taught by faculty in more than twenty 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. The Women’s Studies Program further seeks to delineate the richness and diversity of women’s experiences and viewpoints by exploring the dynamics of gender, race, culture, and class. The program offers an interdisciplinary minor.

By placing women at the center of inquiry, women’s studies courses offer new perspectives on human history and the human condition. Using gender as a category of analysis, these classes 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 three decades.

Students pursuing research in women’s studies at Florida State University will find a rich array of materials on women and gender in the government document holdings and numerous microform manuscript collections available at Strozier Library and in the extensive collections of the College of Law Library and the Mildred and Claude Pepper Library. The nearby State Archives are an additional source of research material. For more information and updates, see the Women’s Studies Program Web site at

Requirements for a Minor in Women’s Studies

Please review all college-wide degree requirements summarized in the “College of Arts and Sciences” chapter of this Graduate Bulletin.

Graduate students can devise a minor field in women’s studies with the approval of their major professor and the approval of the director of the Women’s Studies Program. A women’s studies minor at the MA level shall consist of nine semester hours of approved courses. A women’s studies minor at the PhD level shall consist of twelve semester hours of approved courses. One approved course from the student’s degree-granting program can be counted toward the women’s studies MA or PhD minor as long as the course is not used to fulfill credit hours in the degree program. Courses shall be selected from among approved women’s studies courses, seminars, colloquia, and directed individual study.

Approved Courses

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

AMH 5563 Women in 19th-century America (4)

AMH 5564 Women in Modern America (4)

CCJ 5672 Gender, Crime and Justice (3)

EDF 5706 Gender and Education in Comparative Perspective (3)

EUH 5548 Sex and Class in England, 1750-1914 (4)

LIT 5388r Studies in Women’s Writing (3)

LIT 5517 Studies in Gender in Literature (3)

SOW 5109 Woman’s Issues and Social Work (3)

SOW 5153 Human Sexuality (3)

SOW 5614 Family Violence Across the Life Span (3)

SOW 5628 Mental Health of Diverse Populations (3)

SPW 5486 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers (3)

SPW 5496 Spanish-American Women Writers (3)

SYD 5225 Fertility (3)

SYD 5817 Contemporary Theories of Gender (3)

SYO 5177 Family Demography (3)

SYO 5376 Sociology of Gender and Work (3)

SYO 5426 Gender and Mental Health (3)

SYO 5547 Race and Gender in Organizations (3)

SYP 6356 Sociology of the Contemporary Women’s Movement (3)

THE 5437 Gender, Race and Performance (3)

URP 5544 Gender and Development (3)

Definition of Prefix

WST—Women’s Studies

Graduate Courses

WST 5616. Contemporary Gendercide (3). This course teaches students about contemporary gendercides, or the systematic killing of members of a specific sex. The course discusses both femicide (the killing of women) and androcide (the killing of men). Throughout this class, students examine instances of gendercide in the 20th and 21st centuries and explore the reasons for this phenomenon.

WST 5905r. Directed Independent Study (1–3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: At least one women’s studies course. This course is for graduate students who wish to supplement the regular course offerings on women/gender by independent reading or research under guidance. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours.

WST 5934r. 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 are offered from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics of material not normally covered in the regular curriculum are offered. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

WST 5936r. Interdisciplinary Topics in Feminist Theory (3). Prerequisite: At least one women’s studies course. Corequisite: Program approval. This course focuses on gender within major current theories, perspectives, and methodologies developed with any combination of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. This course is of value to students approaching gender and women’s issues from any disciplinary perspective. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.


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