Courses

Women's and Gender Studies

WMGS 102WMGS 102‌ Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (formerly: WOMEN'S WORLDS.........................................................3.0
This course introduces the student to the broad and interdisciplinary field known as Women's and Gender Studies. It is designed to make students aware of the new discoveries in feminist and gender studies research and to focus on many aspects of the female experience and the social construction of gendered identities. The course is designed to help students understand different theories and methodologies in diverse disciplines and to treat areas such as literature, history, psychology, and the arts through a thematic approach. Meets GenEd 2002 Social Science. Meets the 1983 Gend ED--Contemporary Issues. Meets the MAR.

WMGS 200 Transnational Feminisms.....................................................3.0
This course will interrogate the concept and practice of feminism from various locations outside of the U.S. Students will examine the political, cultural and socio-economic structures that promote or inhibit activism on women's lives and issues. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - K2 Non-Western Cultural Perspectives as well as the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures.
Prerequisite: WMGS 102

WMGS 201 Inventing Feminism.....................................................3.0
How did feminism begin in Europe and America? This course studies the birth of feminism as an international political movement and explores its growth in response to Western social developments from 1750 to the mid-twentieth century. Prerequisites: WMST 102

WMGS 301‌ Feminist Theory..........................................................3.0
This course examines a wide variety of feminist theories which illustrate the many ways in which issues of gender can be interpreted. Recognizing that gendered identities are molded by such factors as class, race, sexual orientation, and national identity, this course explores the issues of difference among women and the role of theory in conceptualizing such differences.
Prerequisite: WMST 102

WMGS 302 Selected Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies ....................3.0
The exploration of a topic related to Women’s and Gender Studies which is either not covered in the curriculum or which deserves more in-depth treatment than is possible in an existing course. The specific topic will be announced each time the course is offered. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits. Prereq: WMGS102 plus 3 additional hours in the major/minor.

WMGS/HIST 314 Women and Migration.....................................3.0
This course focuses on female migrants from the late nineteenth century to the present. Using an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on historical studies, it considers issues of work, family, sexuality, and identity formation for migrant women past and present. Questions to explore include: what distinguishes the experiences of migration for women; what are the continuities and differences for women across time, ethnicity, and geography; how do historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and others, as well as the migrants themselves, understand female migration; what do women gain and lose through migration; and why a gendered approach to migration studies is crucial.
Prerequisite: WMST 102

WMGS/JURI 316 Victimology...........................3.0

The goal of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of victimology, which is the scientific study of victims including the relationship between the victim and offender; the victim and the criminal justice system; and the victim with other societal institutions. The course will be presented in three parts: Research and theory on victimization, Exploration of special topics in victimology, and Historical and Contemporary practical responses to victimization.

WMGS 401 Independent Study: Women’s and Gender Studies.........................................3.0
This course involves advanced research on a topic of particular interest to the student that goes beyond the scope of available courses in Women’s and Gender Studies. Students are required to hand in an extensive paper documenting the results of their research. May be repeated for a maximum of 6.0 credits. Prereq: WMGS102 and approval of the WMGS Director.

WMGS 402WMGS 402 Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies..................................3.0
Each participant completes and individual project that is either (a) research on an approved topic or (b) description and analysis of a long-term field experience. With faculty facilitator, students discuss research strategies, issues, and work in progress. Meets the University Writing Requirement for WMGS majors. Prereq: WMGS102, 201, 301 plus 6 additional hours in the major.

WMST 410 Cooperative Education: Women’s and Gender Studies.........3.0
Academic study integrated with supervised internship in an organization, agency, or business that addresses women’s issues or issues of gender. Part-time (20 hours per week). Required individual meetings with faculty advisor supplement experiential component, and includes discussion of field work experience, connection between feminist/gender studies theories and practice, issues of access and diversity, civic responsibility, and career options.
Prereq: WMGS102, 301, and at least one other WMGS course; a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major or minor; approval of the WMGS Director.

WMGS/POLS 436 Washington D.C., Internship………………..…..3.0
In this course students will intern in Washington, D.C., at governmental offices, interest groups, party and electoral organizations, law and lobbying firms or other political organizations. Students' academic learning is assessed by faculty and their work performance is evaluated by their placement supervisor. Students may receive up to 7.0 credits in Women's Studies and up to 8.0 credits in a corequisite Cooperative Education course.
Prerequisites: WMST 102 plus two Women's Studies electives relevant to the intended placement (subject to the Women's Studies director's approval) and a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in the major or minor. Corequisites: COED 401, COED 402, COED 403, or COED 404.

WMGS/JURI/PHIL 476 Feminist Legal Theory…………………3.0
An examination of the philosophical basis of legal doctrines as they apply to women. The course will explore the political, economic, and social status of the sexes. Women’s rights and women’s legal status in politics, employment, education, and the family will be explored. Prereq: PHIL210 or WMGS301 or one JURI or LSLW course at 200 level or above, or departmental approval.

WMGS 481 THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF WOMEN.....................................................3.0
This course will include some historical background for clearer understanding of what the changes in laws mean for women and men . Discussion and study of the effect of Affirmative Action. Civil Rights legislation and Titles VI and IX will be included. Legal rights in the areas of education, employment, finances and credit, property ownership, marriage and divorce, health care, pensions and criminal law will be covered. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

 

African American Studies

AFAM 207 THE BLACK WOMAN: AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE .........................3.0
This interdisciplinary course examines the lived experiences and contributions of women of African descent through analysis of social context and a variety of theoretical perspectives. The myths and realities of Black women's experiences are explored chronologically and through literary contributions, social and political thought, and creative expression such as music and other media.

Anthropology

ANTH 380 ANTHROPOLOGY OF WOMEN...........................................................3.0
The anthropological literature on women and women's issues in our own and pre-industrial, non-capitalist societies. The connections between environment, technology and gender roles are investigated, and the amount of power women have in different societies over their own lives and those of others is assessed. The place of women in each society's symbolic system is also analyzed. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

ANTH 423 COMMUNITY AND HEALTH..................................................

The study of how social  and cultural influences and inequalities related to age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation impact health and disease in communities. Case studies will examine health in relationship to community issues including homelessness, the health care delivery system, role of community in disease prevention/treatment, social inclusion, and program evaluation. 

Art and Design

ARHS 108 WOMEN IN ART................................................................. ............. 3.0
The role and status of women in art from the old stone age through the present; the special roles of women in the past, in society, the role of women artists in Western culture from the Renaissance to the present; depictions of women in different iconographic categories; women as artists today. Meets the General Education Requirement - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation.

ARHS 455 SELECTED PROBLEMS IN ART HISTORY*....................................... 3.0
(*when the focus of the course is related to women's and/or gender studies)

Classics and General Humanities

GNHU 283 WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD...............3.0

This course uses women, gender, and sexuality to model a broad, cross-disciplinary, and issue-oriented approach to ancient societies. Students will examine cultural and historical objects, such as historical and philosophical works, inscriptions, and graffiti. They will view monuments and artifacts. They will learn how to approach complex cultural objects and understand how social constructions of gender affected and reflected the lives of women and men in ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East. 3 hours lecture.

GNHU 383 WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY.....................................................................3.0
Women in the ancient world and their contributions to history, literature,Philosophy, and the arts.Emphasis on Greco-Roman civilization, with comparative study of other ancient cultures.Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

Economics

ECON 250 SELECTED TOPICS IN ECONOMICS*...............................................3.0
(Economics of Women)
An in-depth study of a particular theoretical or applied area of economics.
(*Only a selected topic on women's issues will be accepted for the minor.)

Educational Foundations

EDFD 264 GENDER ISSUES IN EDUCATION.....................................................3.0
Examines the nature of gender, gender identity, gender roles and gender discrimination, and the influence of these on classrooms, schools and educational policy. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Contemporary Issues. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement (MAR).

English

ENGL 250 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH OR AMERICAN LITERATURE ...........3.0
A survey or genre course on a topic not included in the regular departmental offerings. May be used by English majors as a departmental elective.
Prerequisite: ENGL 106.
(Topic must be Lesbian Fiction and poetry, Utopian Fiction, or Toni Morrison)

ENGL 294 WOMEN POETS............................................................................3.0
Selected poets from Sappho through Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath, examined in relation to contemporary women poets. Meets the MulticulturalAwareness Requirement.
Prerequisite: ENGL 106.

ENGL 301 THE NOVELS OF TONI MORRISON................................................3.0
This course focuses on the fiction of Toni Morrison. Readings will include her published novels (from 1970 to
the present), as well as selections from her critical writings. Such matters as the nature of her prose style, developments of her literary reputation, and place within the literary canon will be studied.
Prerequisite: ENGL 106.

ENGL 493 SEMINAR IN AMERICAN LITERATURE*..........................................3.0
The works of one major American author in depth or of a group of authors whose works are related by theme, artistic form or cultural period.Enrollment limited.
Prerequisite: Junior English majors.
(Topic must be Images of Women in American Writing, 19th Century American Women Writers, or Modern American Women Writers.)

ENGL 494 SEMINAR IN ENGLISH LITERATURE*.............................................3.0
(*when the focus is related to women's and/or gender studies)

ENLT 230 SEMINARS: IMAGES OF MUSLIM WOMEN IN TWENTIETH CENTURY LITERATURE AND CULTURE......................................................................................................3.0
Through an exploration of writings by and about Muslim women in various parts of the world, students will be encouraged to develop an appreciation of the variety of aesthetic forms and narrative structures embodied therein. Representations in other cultural forms such as film will also be looked at to challenge monolithic assumptions.
Prerequisite: ENGL 106.

ENLT 235 CONTEMPORARY CHINESE WOMEN'S LITERATURE......................3.0
Students of contemporary Chinese women's literature will analyze specific narrative techniques used in the representation of women in light of the literary inscriptions of place, family, history, gender, sexual politics, nationalism, and transnationalism. Students will examine how these narratives raise questions about Chinese origins, memories, desires and subjectivities in the age of globalization. Our primary focus will be on fiction written by women from mainland China, Taiwan, and Chinese diaspora.
Prerequisite: ENGL 106.

ENLT 250 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE*.........................3.0
(*when the focus is related to women's and/or gender studies)
Prerequisite: ENGL 106.

ENLT 372 WOMEN PROSE WRITERS............................. ..............................3.0
Readings in the international fiction and non-fiction of women writers.The focus will be on such themes as the nature of the family, changing relationships between women and men, evolving concepts of the "feminine," the impact of colonialism on gender related issues, (i.e., work and women's identity), and interrelationships between religion and women's lives.
Prerequisite: ENGL 106.

ENLT 492 SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE*....................................3.0
A culture, era, theme, or literary approach studied through international literary masterpieces. Topic: selected writings in Women's Utopian and science fiction literature with an emphasis on the literature of the twentieth century.
Prerequisite: Junior English majors

Family and Child Studies

FCST 205 WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY........................................3.0
This course will will explore the historical developments and social forces which have shaped the status of women in America. Discussion of current concerns and role options available to today's women. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Contemporary Issues. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement (MAR).

FCST 345 GENDER IN A CHANGING WORLD................................................3.0
This course will analyze gender issues that exist in our society and cross-culturally.

Health & Nutrition Sciences

HLTH 295 SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOLS...................................3.0
Focus on sexuality content and teaching methodology for sex education K-12 in schools.
Based on NJ Content Standards for Sexuality Education.

HLTH 375 WOMEN'S HEALTH.......................................................................3.0
This course offers perspectives on women's health and health care, focusing predominately on the United States but with some attention to international and global issues. Students will receive an overview of the health status and major health concerns of women. Acute and chronic problems will be addressed across the lifespan. This course includes fieldwork experience.
Prerequisites: Health Education major or WMST 102 or departmental approval.

History

HIST 215 WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY...................................................3.0
The changing role and status of women in American society from colonial times to the present. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

HIST 309 FEMINIST IDEAS IN WESTERN THOUGHT......................................3.0
History of feminist ideas and theories about women and womanhood. Students examine important theoretical literature in Europe and America from 18th century to present. Original texts of Wollstonecraft, Fuller, Mill, and Freud will be considered against their socio-historic milieu.

HIST 334 WOMEN IN THE MUSLIM WORLD: A HISTORY OF REPRESENTATION........................3.0
A survey of writings by and about Muslim women examined historiographically. We examine conventional wisdom about Muslim women through the ages, and how this "wisdom" was constructed: Who wrote about Muslim Women? When? How? What purposes have these writings served at different times and places since the inception of Islam and during the course of its 1,500 year history?

Justice Studies

JUST 320 WOMEN AND PRISON..................................................................3.0
This course will take a comprehensive view of the issues that bring women in contact with the criminal justice system and correctional institutions. Students will discuss the historical legacy of female incarceration in Europe and America. They will discover that the demographic intersections of gender, race, class and gender orientation play a major role in sentencing outcomes. Gender responsive programming as well as role model programs in the US, Canada and Europe will be discussed. Prerequisites: departmental approval.

Latin American and Latino Studies

LALS 205 IMAGES AND IDENTITY: REPRESENTATION OF LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN IN FICTION AND FILM .....................................................3.0
An analysis of representations of Latin American women in film and fiction with a special focus on the process of identity construction. Representations of women from pre-Colombian times to the present will be studied in relation to their use in the Perpetuation of ideologies. Intended as an overview of the social history of women in Latin America, the course may be taken as an elective or as Part of the Latin American and Latino Studies minor. Meets the General Education Requirement-Social Science, Non-Western cultural Perspectives. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

Linguistics

LNGN 255 LANGUAGE AND GENDER...........................................................3.0
A sociolinguistic study of sex differentiation in English and other languages. Course includes a survey of the literature on women and language plus practical experience in collecting and analyzing linguistic data. Meets the General Education Requirement - Social Science, Topic Course. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

Modern Languages and Literatures

FREN 283 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN AUTHORS OF FRENCH-SPEAKING AFRICA.......................3.0
This course examines the representations of women in post-colonial literature by French-speaking women authors from North and Sub-Saharan Africa (readings in English translation). Students will explore major works of fiction by women authors as they relate to gender and cultural identity. Readings include novels that deal with contemporary socio-cultural issues. Meets the Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement (MAR).

FRIN 283 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN AUTHORS OF FRENCH-SPEAKING AFRICA.......................3.0
Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa. This course examines the representations of women in post-colonial literature by French-speaking women authors from North and Sub-Saharan Africa (readings in English translation). Students will explore major works of fiction by women authors as they relate to gender and cultural identity. Readings include novels that deal with contemporary socio-cultural issues. Meets the Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement (MAR).

RUIN 297 WOMEN IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE................................................................................3.0
This course will examine the roles, status, identity and problems of female characters in representative works of Russian literature from the medieval period to the present. It will trace the development of mythic images about "Mother Russia," study the cultural messages of classic nineteenth century Russian heroines and explore adaptations in the traditional appreciation of Russian women in the early Soviet period as well as contemporary works. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

Music

MUHS 404 SELECTED TOPICS IN MUSIC HISTORY: WOMEN AND MUSIC..................................3.0

Philosophy and Religion

RELG 230 WICCA & NEOPAGANISM.......................................................3.0
An examination of the many new religions in Europe and the United states that focus on nature worship and the practice of magic and frequently claim to be recreating ancient, pre-Christian religions. This course will introduce students to the variety of religions co-existing under the Wicca and Neopaganism labels, examine their shared beliefs and practices, and debate the many controversies that arise around them.

RELG 267 WOMEN IN RELIGION.............................................................3.0
Focuses on women's own experience in religions and the various perspectives of women held by both eastern and western religious traditions. The course deals with questions such as the nature of women, patriarchy and religion, and roles of women in religions. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

RELG 304 FEMINIST THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY.................................3.0
This course will examine primary religious documents, their traditional interpretations, and recent feminist interpretations of these documents. It will examine the feminist claim that the traditional mind/body dualism of Western thought serves as a basis for the subjugation of women in traditional patriarchal religions.

Political Science & Law

POLS 214 WOMEN IN POLITICS............................................................3.0
The role of women in the functioning of the American political system. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

POLS 416 SELECTED TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE*.........................3.0
(*when the focus is related to women's and/or gender studies)

LAWS 391 WOMEN AND THE LAW ...................................................... 3.0
This course is designed to help students to understand and evaluate the changing patterns of gender-based laws in the United States in terms of the preferences they reflect and the rationales used to justify them. Emphasis will be placed upon issues which impact upon women's rights, Supreme Court cases which impact upon the roles and rights of women, and legislation.

Psychology

PSYC 265 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN..................................................3.0
The course will investigate contemporary issues in the psychology of women (an opportunity for original research will be provided). Theoretical positions and recent research in the area will be examined. Meets the General Education Requirement - Social Science, Topic Course. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.

Sociology

SOCI/WMGS 208 MEN & MASCULINITIES..................................................3.0

This course focuses on men and masculine identities in the United States and other countries. It reviews how masculine identities are constructed in everyday lives and how societies shape such identities. In this class, we will examine the construction of masculinity in different areas such as work, school, sports, family and other social relationships. We also explore the diverse experiences of masculinities based on race, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation.
Prerequisites: WMGS 102 or by Director’s Permission

SOCI 411 SELECTED TOPICS IN APPLIED SOCIOLOGY.......................3.0
(Women and Work) A study of women's work in contemporary society.

SOCI 426 SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITY................................................3.0
The course examines theoretical and empirical work in the sociology of sexuality. It seeks to understand the social foundations of sexual behavior and sexual identity. It explores the relationship between sexuality and politics, focusing on current as well as historical conflicts over sexual behavior and ideologies.

SOCI 430 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER...................................................3.0
The social determinants of differences between women and men and the effect of sex role differentiation in the social institutions of marriage and family, the economy and work situation, formal education, health, mass media and religion. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of social change on sex roles in contemporary society. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.