Women and Gender Studies

Learning Goals:

  • To use gender as a tool of analysis.
  • To emphasize gender and how it intersects with race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, geography and other identity markers.
  • To demonstrate the connections between theory and practice.

Minor Requirements. The minor consists of 20 semester hours, including WMST-100 Introduction to Women's Studies (4 SH), with the remaining semester hours coming from the array of courses listed under the "Courses" tab, as well as other women's studies courses offered on occasion by individual departments.

Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: only 4 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.

WMST-100 Introduction to Women's Studies

Introduction to Women's Studies focuses on issues relating to women and their lives and the impact that gender has on them. It also considers the topic of intersectionality. Finally, it reflects on the connections between theory (in particular, feminist theory) and practice/activism. 4 SH. CC: Diversity, Social Interactions.

WMST-200 Feminist Philosophy

An examination of the various forms of feminist philosophy (e.g., liberal feminism, radical feminism, existential feminism, Marxist/socialist feminism, psychoanalytic feminism, postmodern feminism, ecofeminism, multicultural and global feminism). Emphasizes how feminism differs from common (mis)understandings of it. Some attention is also given to various women in professional philosophy. Same as PHIL-212. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or one course in women's studies or completion of the Diversity Central Curriculum requirement or instructor's permission. 4 SH. CC: Diversity.

WMST-207 Women in the Biblical Tradition

An extensive inquiry into women's stories and images in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament and related literature from the biblical period. Explores the range of roles played by women within biblical narratives, the variety of metaphorical/symbolic uses of femininity in biblical traditions, and legal and ethical precepts related to the status of women in the biblical period. Methods and approaches from the social sciences, history, literary studies and theology, as shaped by feminist theory, will serve as the main guides for this study. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and one course from the following: a course in religious studies, a course in women's studies, a course in English, a course in history, or DIVS-100. Same as RELI-207 and JWST-207. 4 SH. CC: Diversity Intensive, Interdisciplinary, Writing Intensive.

WMST-211 Women and U.S. Politics

An introductory examination of the role of women in the U.S. political system. The course includes a theoretical and historical view of the development of women's political activity in the United States, as well as a contemporary look at women as activists, voters and candidates. Current issues are incorporated as appropriate. Same as POLI-211. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. 4 SH.CC: Diversity Intensive, Interdisciplinary, Team Intensive.

WMST-225 Women in Religion

Critically studies how women are perceived, portrayed and involved in a number of the world's religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity and women's spiritual movements. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Same as RELI-225. 4 SH. CC: Diversity Intensive, Interdisciplinary, Writing Intensive.

WMST-240 Female Action Heroines in Film

This course examines the emergence and development of the female action heroine in film over the course of the last fifty years within the popular "action film" genre. This course critically evaluates visual and thematic markers of femininity, masculinity, sexuality, race, and class with respect to representations of female action heroines in a variety of films. Same as FILM-240. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Diversity Intensive.

WMST-241 Theatre and Violence

Through the reading and analysis of various genres of play texts written by a diverse collection of playwrights, this course analyzes theatre's unique ability to engage with both the agenda and the trauma of violence. Students in this course will learn to consider violence as a tool of oppression that reinforces power structures and as an expression of trauma by those un-empowered by the same societal power structures. Same as THEA-240. 4 SH. CC: Diversity Intensive, Ethics Intensive.

WMST-250 The Biology of Women

Examines the genetic and biological basis of gender difference, the unique biology of the female body and women's health care issues. Topics include female reproductive anatomy and the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and birth, developmental differences in the sexes, and reproductive technologies. Also covers problems such as breast cancer, premenstrual syndrome and osteoporosis. Includes the role of women in the health care system, as well as biology and science in general. Not for biology major or biology minor credit. Same as BIOL-157. 4 SH. CC: Diversity Intensive

WMST-313 Women in Art

A study of the historic perception and the social history of the role of women in art: as artist, as subject of art and as patron (audience) of art. Emphasizes exploration and debate over issues affecting present-day perceptions about the woman artist of the past and the future. Same as ARTH-313. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Diversity Intensive, Interdisciplinary, Writing Intensive.

WMST-334 Psychology of Gender

Explores current theory and research on the development of gender and consequences of gender roles. Covers evolutionary, biological, psychoanalytic, cognitive, social learning and cross-cultural perspectives on gender, as well as approaches that seek to understand interactions among these influences. Prerequisites: Junior standing and either PSYC-101 or SOCI-101. Same as PSYC-334. 4 SH. CC: Diversity, Writing Intensive.

WMST-365 Studies in Literature and Gender

Courses exploring such topics as women in literature, literature by women, literature and sexuality, the construction of gender in literature, and feminist literary theory. Same as ENGL-365. 4 SH. CC: Writing Intensive.

WMST-370 American Women

This course traces the history of American women from the 17th through the 21st centuries. It considers the history of American women in relation to gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and religion. Same as HIST-370. 4 SH.

WMST-380 Women in Organizations

Examines the role of sex and gender in organizations. Special attention is given to topics relevant to women working in organizations, such as sex and gender differences in career/job preferences, advancement and pay, teamwork, leadership, sexuality in the workplace, and work-family balance. Other topics addressed include hostile vs. benevolent sexism, as well as practices designed to increase diversity within organizations. Class is conducted in a seminar format. Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor's permission. Same as MGMT-468. 2 SH. CC: Diversity Intensive.

WMST-400 Topics in Women's Studies

Occasional offerings of specialized courses exploring topics of pertinent interest to faculty members and students. 2-4 SH.

WMST-500 Research/Practicum in Women’s Studies

Individual work on a focused topic or specialized area in women's studies/the study of gender. Course requirements may be fulfilled in a variety of ways: library research culminating in a major paper; work at an internship site leading to a report/analysis of that work; or some sort of creative activity that includes a written reflective analysis of same. 2-4 SH.

WMST-330 Gender-Based Violence

This course examines various types of gender-based violence from local, national and international perspectives. Gender based violence is any act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relationship and is often more prevalent in marginalized communities (ie LGBTQ+ identified persons, women of color, etc). This course analyzes manifestations of gender-based violence through various cultural lenses and ethical theories to better understand the intersectionality of gender-based violence. 4 SH.

Karol K. Weaver, Ph.D.

Department: History
Professor of History

Email Address weaverk@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4193

Karla G. Bohmbach, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Professor of Religious Studies


Linda A. McMillin, Ph.D.

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Degenstein Professor of Leadership

Email Address mcmillin@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4004

Anna Andes, Ph.D.

Department: Theatre
Associate Professor of Theatre


Christine Cooper Grace, Ph.D.

Department: Management and Marketing
Associate Professor of Management and Marketing

Email Address gracec@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4523

Gretchen Sue Lovas, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology


Alissa A. Packer, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address packer@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4217

Lynn E. Palermo, Ph.D.

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Associate Professor of French


Edward S. Slavishak, Ph.D.

Department: History
Professor of History

Email Address slavishak@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4539

Coleen Patricia Zoller, Ph.D.

Department: Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy