Course Descriptions

  • AFAM2500 This course will explore The Black Male Experience in America from both sociological and interdisciplinary perspectives. In order for students to develop a comprehensive understanding of this experience, theories, strategies, and perspectives regarding racial conflict, class, gender, religion and sexuality will be analyzed. The various roles of inhabited by African American men will be evaluated and students will discover the challenges and contributions of black men during significant periods in American History and the New Millennium. The speeches, literature and artistic works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, W.E.B DuBois, Marcus Garvey, James Baldwin, August Wilson, President Barack Obama, Elijah Anderson and contemporary hip hop lyricists will be reviewed. Lectures from invited guests, a trip to Harlem, New York and the organization of a collective event (that is open to the public) are all required components of the course curriculum.

  • AFAM2501 This course will explore The Black Female Experience in America from both sociological and interdisciplinary perspectives. In order for students to develop a comprehensive understanding of this experience, theories regarding, race, class, gender, sexuality, love relationships and the various roles inhabited by African American women will be evaluated. Students will discover the challenge and contributions of African American women during significant periods of American history including slavery, and the Civil Rights movement. The research, literature, and artistic works of Patricia Hill-Collins, Tricia Rose, Sherri Parks, Elijah Anderson, Jacqueline Grant, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Maya Angelou and others will be critically examined.

  • ARTH3423 The study of the lives and influences, art and techniques of American and European women artists during the period from Impressionism to the preent day, with emphasis on issues of subject matter, historical context and gender.

  • CMLGY3301 This course examines the major theoretical explanations of both female offending and victimization. We will analyze the sociological, cultural, and political forces that have shaped the construction of the female offender in society. Additionally, we will examine the role of gender in shaping the female experience within the criminal justice system as a whole.

  • COMM2866 With an empohasis on print and electronic journalism, an examin- ation of the history, role, and impact of womenand minorities in the American media; analysis of traditional minority media outlet and their audiences; the transition to participation in the major media marketplace of ideas; contemporary issues of race, enthnicity, and sex and how they are reported.

  • COMM3051 A great deal of research has been done that explores the difference between men and women in terms of communication. Not only is it valuable to explore this research for its personal value, but it holds professional value as well. Starting with a more general exploration of gendered communication, and moving into media and workplace-specific applications, this course seeks to blend extensive reading and personal reflection into a solid understanding of what "gender" means in today's society and the implications that this understanding has for communication in our personal and professional lives.

  • LITS3221 A survey of writing by women from the 11th-17th centuries in Europe and the Americas; consideration of the notion of a female voice; cross-dressing, public speaking and other social transgressions; gender and genre; the impact of changing historical conditions on women?s artistic production. Reading in the original language encouraged.

  • POLS2207 The role of women in the American political system. We will examine women as voters, legislators, and executives, including their influence on public policy

  • POLS2310 This course examines the participation of women in American political life. It will analyze the role of feminism in altering women's public roles in historical and contemporary contexts, women's participation in electoral politics, and the role of women and their influence as officials within governing institutions.

  • POLS3402 This course examines the intersection of politics and human reproduction from both a domestic and international perspective. Topics include but are not limited to the history of reproductive rights in the US, the competing interests of bodily integrity versus those of a developing fetus, activism around funding for reproductive health in the US and abroad, and the role that reproductive health has come to play in electoral politics in the US.

  • PSYC3325 Various theories of the psychology of women contrasted with recent research findings about sex differences.

  • SOCI3030 This class will introduce you to issues of gender worldwide, drawing on different disciplines to explore the significance of gender and its construction in different societies. The goal is to enable you to think critically about gender in relations to globalization, the organization of social life on a global scale, and the growth of a global consciousness.

  • SOCI3314 An analysis of differentiation and stratification on the basis of gender. How definitions of femininity and masculinity are socially created, the relation between sexuality and gender. How gender stratification organizes culture, institutions and social control.

  • SOCI3440 An examination of the varied circumstances of women and ethnic minorities in contemporary Britain, of the extent of sexual and racial discrimination that exists and of strategies adopted to remove or overcome both forms of discrimination. Fall

  • SPAN4005 Selected readings in Spanish of significant authors of Latin American Literature.

  • WOMEN2312 This course examines how the law has addressed stereotypical assumption about male and female differences in public policies.

  • WOMEN4467 Consideration of popular detective fiction written by women; examination of use of the genre to redefine role of independent women; how the genre reflects and shapes social attitudes about gender roles and other social value.