2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

WST 100 Introduction to Women's Studies

Provides an interdisciplinary consideration of the scholarly theories and research relevant to the experience and status of women in America. Examines a wide range of social issues that have historically affected the status of American women and continue to affect women today. Explores the diversity of the lives of American women through reading, writing and discussion. Equal attention given to African-American women, Asian-American women, Native American women, Hispanic women and women of European ethnic groups. Perhaps most important is learning how attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs about women and men are shaped by ethnic and racial heritage, by age and social class, by sexual orientation, by physical and mental abilities, and by cultural constructions of gender. Course fulfills the university's diversity requirement.