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WST 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies

WST 200 is an interdisciplinary introduction to Women’s Studies and explores the broad dimensions, principles, and theories of the field by investigating the shaping of gender roles, behaviors, and expectations as evidenced in literature, social sciences, natural sciences, religion and philosophy. The course enhances students' critical awareness of how gender operates in institutional and cultural contexts and in their own lives. This course welcomes all students.

COM 235 Gender and Communication

Prerequisite: Successful completion (C- or better) of Interpersonal Communication (COM 135).

This course emphasizes an awareness of, sensitivity to, and competence in communication between men and women. Theories focus on family, friendship, romantic, educational and workplace relationships. The impact of the media, power and violence on gendered relationships will be covered. Course requires active participation, readings, testing, research, writing journals and papers, and presentations. This course counts as credit toward fulfilling Group 1 (humanities) requirement for the associate degree.

COM 235 fulfills 3 credits of the Group I Humanities requirement.

EN 278 Introduction to Women’s Literature

Prerequisite:  Students are required to have successfully completed EN 100/101 or its equivalent with a C- or better.

EN 278 is an introduction to literature by women writers in which students may study various genres, historical time periods, classes, races, and nationalities. The course explores the variety of writing styles women have used to think about issues such as the search for identity, power, societal roles, relationships and conflict, marriage, sexuality, treatment as the other, responses to patriarchy, achievement, and daily life. The instructor will help students think about the impact of gender on literature, expression, and experience. 

EN 278 fulfills 3 credits of the Group I Humanities requirement.

HS 225 History of Gender and Sexuality

Prerequisite:  EN 100 or EN 101

This course explores the development of concepts of gender and sexuality in Europe, with some discussion of the United States, from ancient Mesopotamian civilizations to the present. The course will focus on how and why gender was constructed while examining the general history of women and the family. Students will learn about the construction of masculinity and femininity and its implication to a variety of disciplines, as well as the interplay between politics, race, class, sexuality and gender in history.

HS 225 fulfills 3 credits of the Group II Social Science requirement.

EN 284 LGBTQ Literature

Prerequisite:  Students are required to have successfully completed EN 100/101 or its equivalent with a C- or better, or they may be admitted via the professor's permission.

EN 284 is an introduction to literature by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) authors, and authors who present LGBTQ characters and themes in their work.  The course explores the varieties of writing expression LGBTQ people have employed to think about issues including the search for identity, power and societal roles, the exploration of relationships and conflict, family and marriage, sexuality, marginalization and treatment as other, responses to homophobia in its variety of oppressive manifestations, achievement and daily life. Students will read and discuss the texts to consider the impact of sexuality and gender on literature and experience.

EN 284 fulfills 3 credits of the Group I Humanities requirement.

EN 293 EcoLit & Activism: Modern Environmental Literature

Prerequisite:  Students placed into EN 097 may not enroll in any other English class prior to successful completion of EN 097 with a grade of C- or higher.

A survey of environmental literature that chronicles our human relationship with nature, examining the converging historical, industrial, economic, and socio-political forces that have contributed to modern environmental problems and the search for potential solutions. We’ll take a close look at the role of writer as activist, and how ecology and social justice are melding in movements around the globe.  Students will have the opportunity to select and study one or more contemporary writers of interest, those working from ecofeminist, philosophical, economic, and/or socio-political and activist perspectives.

EN 293 fulfills 3 credits of the Group I Humanities requirement.