Women's Studies, Minor

Department

Women's Studies Program

Janet Slagter, Coordinator
McKee Fisk Building, Room 244
559.278.5721
www.fresnostate.edu/womensstudies

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Women's Studies, B.A.
MN in Women's Studies, Minor

Women's Studies is an approach that places women in the center of inquiry. The primary mission of Women's Studies is to analyze gender. Students acquire both a local and global perspective on gender. Attentiveness to diversity, privilege and power, and women's unique creative contributions to human experience are central aspects of this training. More than simply a body of knowledge, Women's Studies encourages students to apply their learning to transform their lives and their communities. Women's Studies offers a vital perspective everywhere gender impacts our world.

 

Courses

Womens Studies

WS 10. Introduction to Women's Studies

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the major social, cultural, economic, and political forces which define gender in society. G.E. Breadth D3.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: D3

WS 12. Critical Thinking: Gender Issues

Theory and practice in basic skills of critical thinking using examples about the intersections of gender with race and class. Skills will be demonstrated and assessed through oral and written performance. G.E. Foundation A3.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: A3

WS 18. Women and Aging

(WS 18 same as GERON 18.) Interdisciplinary course designed to facilitate the understanding of older women and the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process. G.E. Breadth E1. (Formerly WS 118)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall
GE Area: E1

WS 55T. Topics in Women's Studies

Topics of current interest in the Women's Movement, covering a wide variety of issues. (See Schedule of Courses for specific topics.)

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 12 units

WS 101. Women in History

(HIST 101 same as WS 101.) Prerequisite: G.E. Fondation and Breadth Area D. Historical survey of women's roles in history, with an emphasis on the emergence of the feminist movement. G.E. Intergration ID

Units: 3
GE Area: ID

WS 102T. Topics in Women's History

(HIST 102T same as WS 102T.) (See Schedule of Courses for specific topics.)

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

WS 102T. Fashion and History

This course is a study of fashion history in diverse cultures, focusing on garments such as kimonos, saris, dashikis, three-piece business suits, and wedding attire and on the globalization of the garment and fashion industries. By understanding clothing in its historical context, students learn about global culture and history as well as about socioeconomic forces such as immigration that shape the design and meaning of clothing. Studying the history of fashion in this manner reveals the relationship between everyday objects and wider social structures, and teaches students the methodologies of material culture analysis.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

WS 103. History of Feminism

Survey of history of feminist thought and action from Middle Ages to present, with emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth centuries and major actors and debates.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 107. Women in US Politics

(WS 107 same as PLSI 107). Prerequisites: at least one 3 unit WS or PLSI course. The course examines how women have shaped and been shaped by U.S. politics along with how gender impacts U.S.political thought, institutions, and practices.

Units: 3

WS 108. Rape

An inquiry into the phenomenon of rape, myths about rape and rapists, treatment of rape victims, discussion of physical and psychological preparation for possibility of attack. Lecture, film, paper, speakers. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

WS 109. Incest

An exploration of the victim, the victimizer, and the family dynamics of incest, as well as the psychological and sociological implications of the family secret. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 110. Representations of Women

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Interdisciplinary course focusing on representations of women; how representations vary by class, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation; and how these representations affect social, political, and economic behaviors and institutions. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: M/I

WS 112. Assertiveness Training

Women's special needs in becoming assertive; blocks preventing assertion and methods of getting around them. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Units: 1

WS 114. Women in Family Contexts

Women in diverse family settings; the gendered division of labor; domestic violence; female-headed households; power relations in families; diversity of race, class, and sexual orientation; and conflicting family ideologies in society.

Units: 3

WS 115. Women, Children & Alcohol

Covers impact of addiction on women and children using a systems perspective.

Units: 1

WS 116. Domestic Violence

An historical and cultural overview of the battered and battering spouse syndromes; the marriage contract as a license to abuse; the status of remedial legislation; and, the effect of parental battering on children. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 120. Women of Color in the United States

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Examines the role and status of U.S. women of color within the larger social structure. Women in varying family structures and cultural settings will be examined, with an emphasis on how social systems shape the roles of women and affect larger U.S. institutions. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring
GE Area: M/I

WS 125. Introduction to Lesbian/Gay Studies

Introduction to theory, questions, and topics in interdisciplinary lesbian and gay studies.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall - odd

WS 126. Women and Violence: Public Policy and the Law

(CRIM 126 same as WS 126.) Historical and contemporary issues in public policy responses to violence against women. Gender bias in the legal system and policing violence against women. Theory and research on problems in government policy and enforcement of the law.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 127. Female Sexuality

(PH 127 same as WS 127.) Studies on female sexuality which include past and present sexual roles, female sexual response patterns, and discussion of common problems encountered by women functioning as sexual beings.

Units: 3

WS 130. Women's Health

(PH 130 same as WS 130.) Examines current crises/ controversies in women's health care. Includes conventional/ alternatives approaches to treatment, management, and prevention with emphasis on self-care and promotion of optimum health.

Units: 3

WS 132. Women and Work

(SOC 132 same as WS 132.) An examination of women and work in contemporary society including housework, labor force participation, employment in various occupations, and career planning.

Units: 3

WS 135. Women In Cross-Cultural Perspective

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Examines economic, social, political, and cultural roles as well as current status of women in one or more of the following: China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. Prepares students to function in an international, multicutural world. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: M/I

WS 136T. Topics in International Women's Studies

Examines how global economic and cultural processes affect women. Investigates the interconnections between "first" and "third" worlds through topics such as international division of labor, work and gender ideologies, and women's organized resistance to changes in local economics. (Formerly WS 150T)

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 9 units

WS 136T. Intnl Feminism

Units: 3

WS 137. African American Women

(AFRS 137 same as WS 137.) An overview of the accomplishments of African American women in the United States; their contributions to American culture; African influence; African American women as defined by a dominant soceity vs. legitimate definition designed to encourage a positive self-concept.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 141. The Chicano Family

(CLAS 141 same as WS 152.) Traditional and changing relationships in the family structure of the Chicano; interaction with wider instituitional social system. (CLAS 141 formerly CLAS 152).

Units: 3

WS 143. Feminist Theory

Review of major feminist theories of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, analysis of assumptions underlying each, evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of each, and examination of relationship of various theories to various women's life experiences.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 148. Women and Religion

Seminar to explore many facets of women's religious experience, including history of women in institutional churches, theologies of liberation and oppression, women's religious experience, and feminist spirituality.

Units: 3

WS 150T. Topics in Women's Studies

Topics of current interest in the women's movement, covering a wide variety of issues. (See Schedule of Courses for specific topics.)

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 12 units

WS 150T. Gender Law & Social Policy

This course introduces students to feminist and queer analyses of law and social policy. It examines the gendered nature of legal reasoning law, as well as the ways ideologies of sexuality and class are embedded within social policy and law. Furthermore, the course will explore the impact of law and policy on women's lives and their work, familial, and other relationships in the public and private spheres. While firmly grounded in feminist legal theory, the course draws on research and methodologies used in sociology, economics, anthropology, and history.

Units: 3

WS 150T. Politics of Latina Health and Size

Introduction to the politics of Latina health and size, focusing on reproduction, fitness and fatness, and illness through the study of first person narratives, popular media, and health campaigns.

Units: 3

WS 150T. The Black Male Experience

In this course, we will study the history of Black men, Black manhood, and representations of Black men in media over he last fifty years. We will explore Black men's relationship with Black women, the State, and even to other Black men, while also exploring the complex space of negotiating interracial relationships in America, nationalism, and the "Obama Effect" or colorblindness in today's society.

Units: 3

WS 151T. Topics in Lesbian/Gay Studies

Topics in lesbian and gay studies, drawing upon areas such as history, sociology, literature, psychology, or interdisciplinary fields.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

WS 153. Feminist Research Methods

Pre-requisites: Either WS 10, WS 103, WS 110, WS 120, WS 135 or WS 143. Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods. Hands-on practice of designing and conducting a research project and writing a grant.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 160. Feminist Issues in Counseling

Prerequisite: WS 10 or permission of instructor. Evaluates counseling theories; individual and group counseling techniques; examines ethical issues and power structure in therapeutic settings; surveys community resources; and explores innovative and feminist perspectives concerning the effective treatment of women.

Units: 3

WS 162. Community Service in Women's Studies

Prerequisite: 9 hours of WS courses and permission of instructor and agency. Individual experience relating classroom studies to experience in a women's community service agency. CR/NC grading only. (Minimum of 3 field hours per unit.)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

WS 163. Consciousness Raising: Group Leader

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Students learn skills in facilitating group discussion of women's issues through training and practicum. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units

WS 168T. Women and Literature

(WS 168T same as ENGL 168T.) Prerequisite: ENGL 20. Discussion and written analysis of literature by and about women. Special emphasis on 19th and 20th Century authors including the Brontes, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, and contemporary writers.

Units: 4, Repeatable up to 8 units
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 170. Women: Culture and Biology

(ANTH 118 same as WS 170.) A cross-cultural and interdisplinary analysis of the determinants of female statuses and circumstances. Examines theories, including biological and cultural determinism, which explain variations in the expression of sexuality, maturation, reproduction, and the life cycle. (Formerly ANTH 170)

Units: 3

WS 175. Seminar in Women's Studies

Primarily for women's studies majors and minors. Prerequisite: 15 units in women's studies or permission of instructor. A synthesis of objective and subjective experience in women's studies. Culminating experience required.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 176T. Genre Film: Form and Function

(ENGL 176T same as WS 176T.) Discussion and close written analyses of selected topics, including such types as comedies, musicals, horror films, wester, etc.

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 8 units

WS 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement --Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

WS 194T. Seminar in Women and Literature

(ENGL 194T same as WS 194T.) May be substituted for ENGL 193T in the English major; no more than 12 units of ENGL 193T- ENGL194T applicable to the major. Sections designated by topic. Individual projects; reading, discussion, and writing papers on individual women writers or some aspect of women in literature; for example, Doris Lessing, Myth and Archetypes of Women. ENGL 194T should ordinarily not be taken until 3 upper-division courses in English have been completed.

Units: 4, Repeatable up to 8 units

WS 194T. Adrienne Rich and Her Influence

This course will study Adrienne Rich's work as a poet, and as a literary/social activist and critic. We'll read all of her poetry and much of her prose, paying special attention to the big shifts in style, form, and voice during her career and look at ways in which her work might be seen as a whole piece in spite of (or because of) the changes. We'll explore her profound significance in the development of contemporary poetry-- especially in the advancement of women's voices in US poetry--and we'll explore Rich's influence in the work(s) of various contemporary poets.

Units: 4, Repeatable up to 8 units

WS 195. Diversity in the United States: Race and Gender Issues

(See A I S 195, AF AM 195, ASAM 195, CLS 195.) This interdisciplinary course introduces students to theoretical perspectives concerning the historical development of class, race, and gender within the United States and the impact of these issues on contemporary U.S. society. Participation in a special class project is required.

Units: 3

Requirements

Women's Studies Minor Requirements

The minor in women's studies requires a minimum of 20 units, including WS 103, 143, 153, and 175. The other 8 units must be selected from a list of approved courses. Courses from this list also may satisfy General Education requirements as appropriate.

Note: The Women's Studies Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.

Faculty

The Women's Studies Program has its own full-time and part-time faculty who come from a variety of disciplines: anthropology, history, sociology, political science, English, and philosophy. In addition to this core faculty, cooperating faculty members teach women's studies courses in their home departments: American studies, anthropology education, art, Chicano and Latin American studies, criminology, drama, education, English, ethnic studies, health sciences, history, philosophy, psychology, recreation, and sociology. Saturday School faculty are most often chosen from the community-at-large on the basis of their particular area of expertise.

Name Degree Email Phone
Coomes, Mary L Doctor of Philosophy mcoomes@csufresno.edu
Draconi, Dakota M Master of Arts ddraconi@csufresno.edu
Forbes, Kathryn E Doctor of Philosophy kathrynf@csufresno.edu 559.278.2606
Kensinger, Loretta Doctor of Philosophy lkensing@csufresno.edu 559.278.8150
Knight, Melissa Bachelor of Arts mknight@csufresno.edu
Mercado-Lopez, Larissa M Doctor of Philosophy lmercadolopez@csufresno.edu
Perez, Enid Juris Doctor enperez@csufresno.edu
Slagter, Janet T Doctor of Philosophy janetsl@csufresno.edu 559.278.7140
Werner, Tania L Doctor of Philosophy tpacheco@csufresno.edu
Young, Morghan V Doctor of Philosophy moyoung@csufresno.edu 559.278.7574