Women & Gender Studies Program Courses

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ACE Outcomes
Personal, interpersonal and institutional dimensions of women's experiences from a variety of perspectives.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 9
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Interdisciplinary issues related to sexuality and gender, both historical and contemporary.
This course is a prerequisite for: WMNS 211
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
WMNS 204
Women and Gender in U.S. HistoryCrosslisted as HIST 204
Survey of women's experiences and gender relations in American history from 1500 to present.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
A service learning project is part of WMNS 210.
Intersection of service learning and activism with feminist theories.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Prereqs:
WMNS 211 requires the completion of a campus or community project.
Overview of Social Justice Education Theory and its direct application to LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally) Programs and Services. Apply elements of social justice education to LGBTQA Programming and Services by learning the social change model of leadership development and by developing and implementing a campus or community project.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 212
Introduction to variety of works by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writers. Significant literary, cultural, social, and historical issues and themes.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5, 9
WMNS 215
Introduction to Women's LiteratureCrosslisted as ENGL 215
Introduction to English literature written by women, studies in the cultural, social, and/or historical contexts.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5, 9
For course description, see PHIL 218.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 225
Women in HistoryCrosslisted as HIST 225
Survey of the role and status of women within Western societies from ancient Greece and Rome to contemporary America, with the major focus upon nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments. Primary emphasis on analysis of the evolution of the position of women in society within the context imposed by cultural milieu, level of technological development, political and economic structure, family structure, and social class.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
WMNS 253A
ENGL/WMNS 253A may not be offered every year.
Introduction to the writing of poetry. Emphasis on student writing with special focus on reading women poets and on issues that concern women writers.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 7
WMNS 315A
Survey of Women's LiteratureCrosslisted as ENGL 315A
ENGL/WMNS 315A may not be offered every year.
Historical survey of women's writings in English.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5, 9
WMNS 315B
Women in Popular CultureCrosslisted as ENGL 315B
Relation between women's roles and popular images in the media, including romances, television shows, science fiction, and magazines, with attention to their historical development.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 9
WMNS 329
Women in European HistoryCrosslisted as HIST 329, MRST 329
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing or permission.
Survey of women in European history from the Middle Ages to the present. Themes include power relations, work, love and sexuality, marriage, legal issues for women, and growth of feminist consciousness.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 338
Women and PoliticsCrosslisted as POLS 338
Survey of women as political actors: participation in political life, barriers to participation, political attitudes, issues of special concern to women, and issues of particular concern to women of color.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 340
Women in the Biblical WorldCrosslisted as JUDS 340, RELG 340
Role and status of women as depicted in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament. The stories and laws concerning women found in the Bible and from extra-biblical evidence.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 344B
Black Women AuthorsCrosslisted as ENGL 344B, ETHN 344B
May not be offered every year.
Representative works by Black women, composed in various genres, studied in their social and historical contexts.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5, 9
WMNS 345N
Native American Women WritersCrosslisted as ENGL 345N, ETHN 345N
Representative writings by Native American women in their social and historical contexts.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5, 9
WMNS 356
African-American Women's HistoryCrosslisted as ETHN 356, HIST 356
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Surveys Black and/or African-American women's history from the 15th to the late 20th century. The transatlantic slave trade, "New World" experiences, slavery and resistance, sexuality, cultural persistence and evolution, racial strife, the struggle for civil rights, and black womanist and feminist theories.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 358
Native American WomenCrosslisted as HIST 358, ETHN 358
History of the indigenous women of North America. Gender roles and kinship organization, women's work and economic activities, political and diplomatic roles, and everyday lives and relationships. Analysis of change over time and the effects of colonization and dominant society's imposition of patriarchy. Famous indigenous women such as: Pocahontas, Sacagewea, Nancy Ward, and Winona LaDuke. Contemporary issues.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
WMNS 363
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
The effect of colonialism on women and gender in the American West.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 375
Women and Work in USA HistoryCrosslisted as ECON 375, HIST 375
Transformation of women's role in the USA economy from colonial times to the present and the effects of class, race, and changing perceptions of women's role in society. Role of women in household manufacture, the early factory system, the trade union movement, the Great Depression, the home front of WWII, and the economic emergence of women in the postwar economy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 377
Women of the Great PlainsCrosslisted as GPSP 377, GEOG 377
GPSP/GEOG/WMNS 377 is 'Letter Grade only'.
The intersections of gender, identity, power, and representation throughout time and space in the Great Plains of the United States and Canada.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 5, 9
WMNS 385
Women, Gender and ScienceCrosslisted as AGRI 385, NRES 385
Historical roles of women as scientists. Societal constructs of gender in science. Feminist critiques of scientific methodology and interpretation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Prior arrangement with and permission of Women's & Gender Studies faculty member.
Independent scholarship or other appropriate project with an individual Women's and Gender Studies faculty member.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 399H
Prereqs:
Junior standing and permission; Candidate for degree with distinction or high distinction or highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences; Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
Letter grade only.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 400
Aimed primarily at Women's and Gender Studies majors and minors. Other students may take the course with permission.
Topic varies. Focus is to integrate a variety of perspectives on Women's and Gender Studies; to tie together diverse materials that the student will have been presented with in the discipline oriented courses.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
WMNS 402/802
Sexual practices and ideologies in American history from the 1800's to the present.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 408/808
Cross-Cultural Mentoring ICrosslisted as ANTH 408/808
ANTH/WMNS 408/808 requires weekly meetings with mentee. Pairs UNL student with a refugee and/or immigrant and/or minority K-12 student or adult.
Work with a refugee and/or immigrant and/or minority K-12 student or adult to assist them with the culture transition process, the educational process, problem-solving techniques, and community resources.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
WMNS 409/809
Cross-Cultural Mentoring IICrosslisted as ANTH 409/809
Prereqs:
ANTH/WMNS 409/809 requires weekly meetings with mentee. Continuation of ANTH/WMNS 408/808.
Continuation of work with refugee and/or immigrant and/or minority K-12 student or adult to assist them with the educational process and/or culture transition.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 410/810
Prereqs:
9 hrs ANTH.
Cross-cultural meaning and impact of gender definition, with emphasis on women. Gender as a correlate of biology, language, economic systems, social and political structures, and belief systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 410A/810A
Socio-Psychological Aspects of ClothingCrosslisted as TMFD 410/810
Prereqs:
Senior standing; 3 hrs PSYC or SOCI; TMFD 123.
Theories and research findings about the social and psychological aspects of clothing and appearance in relation to the self and others.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 414
Women's LiteratureCrosslisted as ENGL 414/814
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
A particular historical or other groups of literature by and about women, seen in their aesthetic and intellectual context.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 414B/814B
Modern and Contemporary Women WritersCrosslisted as ENGL 414B/814B
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Selected women writers from the twentieth and twenty-first century.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 421/821
Psychology of GenderCrosslisted as PSYC 421/821
Prereqs:
12 hrs PSYC.
Theory and research on the role of gender in human behavior and attitudes. Diverse theoretical positions on the development of gender and the biological, social, and cultural bases that influence the relationship between gender and a variety of areas of human experience (e.g., intelligence and achievement, emotion, relationships, sexuality, physical fitness, stress, and coping).
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 436/836
Saints, Witches, and MadwomenCrosslisted as HIST 436/836, MRST 436/836
Prereqs:
Junior standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Image of the madwoman throughout European and American history. Emphasis on how women on the margins have been labelled in different periods as saintly, as witches, or as insane.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 440/840
Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient WorldCrosslisted as CLAS 440/840
Ancient Greek and Roman evidence pertaining to the fields of women's studies, gender studies, and the study of sexuality.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 441/841
Seminar in U.S. Women's and Gender HistoryCrosslisted as HIST 441/841
In-depth, advanced thematic seminar that cultivates historical research and writing skills.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 445/845
Gender, Economics, and Social ProvisioningCrosslisted as ECON 445/845
Prereqs:
Introduction to the field of feminist economics. Critiques of economic theory and methodology along with gender and household decision-making, the care economy, international migration, development, globalization, the feminization of labor markets, and macroeconomics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 447/847
To introduce contextual considerations and research-informed guidelines for working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender youth in professional settings such as educational, mental health, medical, and community outreach. The systemic context of GLBT youth, including developmental transitions, unique stressors, peer relationships, and familial environments, will be explored. Ways to help GLBT youth thrive will be emphasized.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 459/859
Women and Gender in African SocietiesCrosslisted as ETHN 459, HIST 459/859
Explores how the contemporary women’s movement has emerged within Africa and its relationship to social change.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 475A/875A
Rhetorical Theory: Rhetoric of Women WritersCrosslisted as ENGL 475A/875A
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Rhetoric and rhetorical theory of women writers and speakers and its implications for literature, composition, literacy, feminist theory, and women's and gender studies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 476A/876A
Gender and Sexuality in Latin AmericaCrosslisted as HIST 476A/876A, ETHN 476A
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Experience of femininity and masculinity compared according to time and place, revealing the intimate connections with nation, modernity, race, and ethnicity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
WMNS major or minor.
Introduction to feminist and gender theory. Important theoretical frameworks upon which Women's Studies is based and the implications of these theories in practice.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
WMNS 497/897 is Pass/No Pass only.
Experiential and service learning designed to deepen understanding of classroom concepts related to study of women and gender in society.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Advanced graduate level seminar in Women's and Gender Studies. Topics vary by semester.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Individual or group study on a topic in Women's and Gender Studies under supervision and evaluation of a Women's and Gender Studies faculty member.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Independent Study
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
WMNS 951
History of Women and GenderCrosslisted as HIST 951
A comparative approach, offering readings on a central theme from a variety of periods and/or areas. Themes vary.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom