Women's Studies

234 West Hall
Web site: http://www.umich.edu/~womenstd/

Sidonie Smith, Director

May be elected as a departmental concentration program


Ruth Behar (Anthropology), Christine Brooks Whitman (Law), Elizabeth Douvan (Psychology), Jacqueline Eccles (Psychology), Patricia Gurin (Psychology), Timothy R.B. Johnson (Obstetrics and Gynecology), Ann Larimore (Geography), Sonja Rose (History), Joanne Leonard (Art), Arlene Saxonhouse (Political Science), Sidonie Smith, (Women's Studies and English), Carroll Smith-Rosenberg (History), Domna Stanton (Romance Languages and Literatures), Abigail Stewart (Psychology), Ann Stoler (Anthropology), Gaylyn Studlar (Film-Video), and Martha Vicinus (English)

Associate Professors

Elizabeth Anderson (Philosophy), Rene Anspach (Sociology), Carol Boyd (Nursing), Celeste Brusati (History of Art), Kathleen Canning (History), Rebecca Egger (English), Fatma Müge Göçek (Sociology), Janet Hart (Sociology), Sally Haslanger (Philosophy), Anne Herrmann (English), June Howard (English), Carol Karlsen (History), Edith Lewis (Social Work), Beth Reed (Social Work), Jennifer Robertson (Anthropology), Carolyn Sampselle (Nursing), Pat Simons (History of Art), Valerie Traub (English), and Patricia Yaeger (English)

Assistant Professors

Betty Bell (English/ American Culture), Rosie Ceballo (Psychology), Andrea Hunter (Psychology), Jacqui Mattis (Psychology), Sally Robinson (English), and Jackie Stevens (Political Science)

Women's Studies offers students the opportunity to study the systems that shape women's lives. It asks: how does being female affect one's participation in the family, economy, politics, arts, and literature? How do language, belief, and history convey meaning about women's and men's status in our society? Questions like these have produced an extensive body of literature that places gender at the center of analysis. These questions cut across many disciplines and thus women's studies is, by definition, interdisciplinary.

Today, as women are more active participants in every aspect of American society, both men and women gain from this perspective. This curriculum prepares students for a wide range of careers in law, business, public service, health, and organizations. The program also prepares students for professional or graduate school.

Prerequisite to Concentration. Women's Studies 240, or Women's Studies 100 and one 200-level Women's Studies course.

Concentration Program.

  1. Courses on Women: Concentrators must elect a minimum of 24 credits of upper level (300 and above) courses in Women's Studies or related areas, including A through D below. One of these courses must be on women of color.

    1. At least two different 340-level Women's Studies courses, or two upper-level courses approved as interdisciplinary by the program, or a combination.

    2. WS 430 or 422.

    3. A practicum course, either WS 350, 420, or an individually designed internship.

    4. Either WS 440 or 483.

  2. Cognates: Three upper-level courses, not in Women's Studies or cross-listed, are required. In order to ensure that the interdisciplinary Women's Studies concentration is complemented by training in a single discipline, these courses will normally be in the same department. Cognate courses should not be courses on women but should provide supporting skills or contexts for the study of women.

    Women's Studies concentration requirements are designed to encourage double concentrations in two ways: (1) by requiring only 24 credits of advanced-level courses on women, and (2) by requiring three, non women-related cognates in a single discipline.

Honors Concentration. Students who have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.0 through the first term of their junior year are eligible for Honors concentration. Candidates for Honors must meet all the requirements described for Women's Studies concentration (listed above). In addition, they must elect WS 441 during the second term, junior year, and must write an Honors thesis during their senior year (given for credit as Women's Studies 490 and 491).

Advising. For information about program offerings or a concentration in Women's Studies or another department concentration with an emphasis on women, contact the Program Office at 234 West Hall (763-2047).

Program Participation. The Women's Studies Program encourages faculty, staff and students to participate in all aspects of Program operation. An annual fall open house allows new students to meet faculty and other students affiliated with the Program.

Special Departmental Resources. The Women's Studies Library houses several thousand books, 40 current and 150 noncurrent journals and periodicals on subjects concerning women and two databases on women of color. A Women's Studies Lecture Series brings students into contact with distinguished women's studies scholars and feminist activists from around the country.

Dorothy Gies McGuigan Prize. This prize is awarded annually for the best graduate and the best undergraduate essay on some aspect of women's lives or roles. The competition is open to all University of Michigan students.

Courses in Women's Studies (Division 497)

100. Women's Issues. Open to all undergraduates. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

110. Practical Feminism. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

111. Women in Popular Culture. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

112. Issues for Women of Color. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

150. Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender. (3). (HU).

151. Social Science Seminars on Women and Gender. (3). (SS).

210/Amer. Cult. 170/Hist. 170. New Worlds: Colonialism and Cultural Encounters. First-year students only. (4). (Introductory Composition).

211/Hist. of Art 211. Gender and Popular Culture. (4). (HU).

220/Nursing 220. Perspectives in Women's Health. (3). (SS).

230. Women's Movements. (3). (SS).

231/CAAS 241. Women of Color and Feminism. (3). (Excl).

240/Amer. Cult. 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. Open to all undergraduates. (4; 3 in the half-term). (HU). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement).

243/Amer. Cult. 243. Introduction to Study of Latinas in the U.S. (3). (HU). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement).

250/Religion 250/Budd. Studies 252. Religion and Culture: Feminine and Masculine Images of Religious Experience. (3). (HU).

252. Special Topics. (2). (Excl). A maximum of seven credits of WS 252 and 253 may be counted toward graduation.

253. Special Topics. (3). (Excl). A maximum of seven credits of WS 252 and 253 may be counted toward graduation.

260. Differences Among Women. (4). (SS).

270. Women and the Law. (3). (SS).

312/RC Interdiv. 310. Gender and Science. An introductory course in natural science, engineering, social sciences or women's studies. (4). (Excl).

315/English 315. Women and Literature. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

336/CAAS 336. Black Women in America. (3). (SS).

341. Gender and the Individual: Transmission and Function of Sex/Gender Systems. WS 240. (3). (Excl).

342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. WS 240. (3). (Excl).

343. Gender Consciousness and Social Change. WS 240. (3). (Excl).

344. Women in Literature and the Arts. WS 240. (3). (Excl).

345. Third World Women. WS 240. (3). (Excl).

346. African-American Women in Context. WS 240. (3). (SS).

347. Feminist Perspective on Lesbian Studies. WS 240. (3). (Excl).

350. Women and the Community. WS 240; and permission of instructor. I. (4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

351. Women and the Community II. WS 350 and permission of instructor. II. (2). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

357/Class. Civ. 357. Greek Medical Writers in English Translation. (3). (Excl).

360/Hist. 368/Amer. Cult. 342. History of the Family in the U.S. (3). (SS).

361/Film-Video 361. Women and Film. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($45) required.

362/Hist. 362. Women, Men and Nations: How Is Nationalism Gendered? (3). (Excl).

370/Hist. 370. Women in American History to 1870. (3). (Excl).

371/Hist. 371. Women in American History Since 1870. (4; 3 in the half-term). (Excl).

372/Hist. 372. Women in European History, 1750 to the Present. (3). (Excl).

385. Directed Reading. WS 100 or 240, one 300-level Women's Studies course, and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

386. Directed Reading. WS 385. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

387. Directed Reading. WS 386. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

394/Great Books 394. Great Books by Women Writers. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (4). (HU).

400(320). Women's Reproductive Health. WS 220. (3). (Excl).

415/Hist. of Art 415. Studies in Gender and the Arts. One course in women's studies or history of art. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

416/Engl. 416/Hist. 487. Women in Victorian England. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

418/Poli. Sci. 418. Women and the Political System. Two courses in political science. (3). (Excl).

419/Psych. 411. Gender and Group Process in a Multicultural Context. One course in women's studies or psychology. (3). (SS).

420. Group Facilitation in Women's Studies. WS 419 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

422/Poli. Sci. 422. Feminist Political Theory. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

427/Anthro. 427/CAAS 427. African Women. One course in African Studies, anthropology, or women's studies. (3). (SS).

430/Amer. Cult. 430. Feminist Thought. WS 240 and one 340-level course. (3). (Excl).

440. Issues and Controversies in the New Scholarship on Women. WS 240 one 340-level course. (3). (Excl).

441. Honors Research Tutorial. WS 240, and junior Women's Studies concentrators. (1). (Excl). (TUTORIAL).

447/Soc. 447. Gender Roles and Status. (3; 2 in the half-term). (SS).

455/Anthro. 455. Feminist Theory and Gender Studies in Anthropology. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

460/Class. Civ. 460. Theorizing Women in Antiquity. Junior standing. (3). (HU).

461/Film-Video 461. Explorations in Feminist Film Theory. Junior standing; and Film-Video 414 or Women's Studies 240. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

468/Psych. 439/Anthro. 468. Behavioral Biology of Women. One of the following: Anthro. 161, 361, 368, Psych. 335, Biol. 494. (4). (Excl). (BS).

471/APTIS 495/Hist. 546/Religion 546. Gender and Politics in Early Modern Islamdom. Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies. (3). (Excl).

481. Special Topics. WS 240. (1). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 7 credits elected through WS 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484.

482. Special Topics. WS 240. (2). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 7 credits elected through WS 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484.

483. Special Topics. WS 240. (3). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 7 credits elected through WS 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484.

484. Special Topics. WS 240. (4). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 7 credits elected through WS 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484.

486/Phil. 486. Topics in Feminist Philosophy. Two courses in either Philosophy or Women's Studies. (3). (Excl).

490. Honors Thesis. Senior Honors Women's Studies concentrators. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). Credit is granted for a combined total of 6 credits of WS 490 and 491.

491. Honors Thesis. Senior Honors Women's Studies concentrators. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). Credit is granted for a combined total of 6 credits of WS 490 and 491.

492/Soc. 490/REES 490. Women and Islam: A Sociological Perspective. (3). (Excl).

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