Professor Carolyn Sargent, Director
Lecturer: Josephine Caldwell-Ryan.
Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that explores historical and contemporary achievements of women, including their intellectual, artistic, political, and social contributions. Women's studies core and departmentally based courses introduce students to the dynamic and rapidly increasing scholarship on gender, the status of women, and the interrelations of women and men. Through participation in Women's Studies courses, SMU students, both male and female, are exposed to new ways of thinking about life choices and occupational opportunities and are better prepared for future challenges.
A minor in Women's Studies effectively complements a variety of majors and minors. The minor requires a minimum of 15 term hours, including WS 2322 (or an approved substitute) and 12 additional hours of courses approved for the program. At least nine hours must be advanced.
2308 (CFA 3308). Revisions: Woman as Thinker, Artist, and Citizen. Designed to discover how an emphasis on the particular experiences of women can enhance and complicate traditionally conceived areas of scholarship and critical endeavor. Also explores areas of women's experience traditionally undervalued, such as friendship, sexuality, motherhood, and old age.
2309 (CFA 3309). Lesbian and Gay Literature and Film: Minority Discourse and Social Power. The exploration, through literature and lm, of the struggles by gay men and lesbians to create social identities and achieve human rights. Study of key cultures and pivotal historical periods in the West from ancient Greece to contemporary America.
2315 (CFA 3315). Gender, Culture, and Society. An interdisciplinary study of gender ideology stressing anthropological and literary perspectives, this course analyzes gender difference as a structuring principle in all societies and explores some of its representations in literature, lm, and contemporary discourse.
2322 (CFA 3302). Women: Images and Perspectives. An examination of the constant and changing understanding of women reected in myths, research, and theories of biology, history, religion, the social sciences, literature, and language.
2380 (CFA 3303). Human Sexuality. This course explores the biosocial aspects of human sexuality and sex behaviors. A multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective will be used to address a wide range of theoretical and pragmatic sexual issues.
3300. The Two-Career Couple. Investigates economic, sociological, and psychological implications arising from the increasing incidence of two-career couples in modern society.
3347 (CF 3347, FL 3363). Figuring The Feminine. This course introduces students to a large body of French literary texts (in translation) by and about women, which bear witness to women's struggle for civil, social, and political adulthood. They span the period from the 14th century to the present.
3370 (CF 3370, ENGL 3370). Women in the Southwest. A study and exploration of women writers, artists, and thinkers in the American Southwest and their vision of this region as singularly hospitable to women's culture.
3381 (CF 3381, ARHS 5381). Modern Myth-Making. The quest for enduring cultural heroes and the projection of changing social messages as reected in art from past epochs to modern times.
4209. Independent Studies. A supervised practicum and/or directed readings on specific problems or themes under faculty guidance. Approval of Coordinator is required.
4303 Women Studies Internship. Offers students experience with organizations serving women or addressing women's and gender issues, as well as with varied potential careers or volunteer opportunities in the community.
4309. Independent Studies. A supervised practicum and/or directed readings on special problems or themes formulated by the student with faculty guidance and the approval of the director of Women's Studies.
6300 (TC 8375). Advanced Feminist Theory. Explores feminist theories that seek to explain women's subordination historically and cross-culturally, examines gender as a principle of social organization, and addresses the linkages among gender, ethnicity, and class from the vantage of multiple disciplines.
ANTH 3310 (CF 3301) Gender and Sex Roles: A Global Perspective
ANTH 3336 (CFA 3336) Gender and Globalization
ARHS 3389/6389 Both Sides of the Easel: Women in the Visual Arts
ARHS 4385 Women Artists
ARHS 5330 Women and Renaissance Art
ARHS 5381 (WS 3381, CF 3381) Modern Myth-Making
CCCN 2332 American Popular Cinema: Action Cinema
CCCN 3302/5302 Topics: Images of Women in Television
CCCN 3310 Screen Artists (subject to approval)
CCCN 3360 (CF 3371) Gender and Representation in World Cinema
CCJN 4360 Women and Minorities in Mass Media
CF 3301 (ANTH 3310) Gender and Sex Roles: A Global Perspective
CF 3317 (HIST 3301) Human Rights: America's Dilemma
CF 3323 (THEA 4380) Topics in Theater History: Staging Gender in Contemporary Performance
CF 3325 (HIST 3355) Class and Gender in Ancient Society
CFA 3336 (ANTH 3336) Gender and Globalization
CF 3343 (RELI 3375) Wives, Mothers, Lovers, Queens: Expressions of the Feminine Divine in World Religions and Cultures
CF 3344 (RELI 3376) Constructions of Gender, Sexuality, and the Family in South Asian Religions
CF 3347 (FL 3363, WS 3347) Figuring the Feminine
CF 3348 (FL 3348, SOCI 3348) Women in Japanese Culture and Society
CF 3349 (FL 3349, HIST 3392) The Literature of Negritude and the Struggle for Black Liberation
CF 3352 (MDVL 3352) Ideas and Ideals of Gender in the Middle Ages
CF 3363 (ENGL 3357/HIST 3357) Joan of Arc: Her Story in History, Literature, and Film
CF 3364 (ENGL 3349) Ethical Implications of Children's Literature
CF 3370 (WS 3370, ENGL 3370) Women in the Southwest
CF 3371 (CCCN 3360) Gender and Representation in World Cinema
CF 3381 (WS 3381, ARHS 5381) Modern Myth-Making
CFA 3302 (WS 2322) Women: Images and Perspectives
CFA 3303 (WS 2380) Human Sexuality
CFA 3308 (WS 2308) Revisions: Woman as Thinker, Artist, and Citizen
CFA 3309 (WS 2309) Lesbian and Gay Literature and Film: Minority Discourse and Social Power
CFA 3315 (WS 2315) Gender, Culture, and Society
ECO 4351 Labor Economics
ECO 5357 Economics of Human Resources
ENGL 2355 The American Heroine: Fiction and Fact
ENGL 3331 Gender, Race, and Class: Non-Western Culture and Literature
ENGL 3332 American Workers, Citizens, Men
ENGL 3341 Victorian Gender
ENGL 3349 (CF 3364) Ethical Implications of Children's Literature
ENGL 3357 (CF 3363, HIST 3357) Joan of Arc: Her Story in History, Literature, and Film
ENGL 3358 Literature and the Construction of Homosexuality
ENGL 3359 (FL 3359) Masculinities: Literary Images and Perspectives
ENGL 3361 Literature and Society: Women's Lives in Women's Novels
ENGL 3370 (WS 3370, CF 3370) Women in the Southwest
ENGL 4341 Earlier Victorian Literature
ENGL 4361, 4362, 4363 Writers (subject to approval)
ENGL 4371, 4372, 4373 Special Topics (subject to approval)
ENGL 6391, 6392, 6393, 6394, 6395 Seminars (subject to approval)
FL 3307 Women in Middle East Literature
FL 3312 Women, Writing, and Identity in 20th-Century Chinese Literature
FL 3348 (CF 3348, SOCI 3348) Women in Japanese Culture and Society
FL 3349 (CF 3349, HIST 3392) The African Diaspora: Literature and History of Black Liberation
FL 3359 (ENGL 3359) Masculinities: Literary Images and Perspectives
FL 3363 (WS 3347, CF 3347) Figuring the Feminine
FL 3376 Representations of Women in Modern Literature
FREN 5321 Women Writers of the French Renaissance
FREN 5350 Women in Francophone Literature and Film, 1950 to Present
HIST 3301 (CF 3317) Human Rights: America's Dilemma
HIST 3310 Problems in American History: The American Family
HIST 3312 Women in American History
HIST 3317 Women in Latin American Societies
HIST 3329 Women in Early Modern Europe
HIST 3330 Women in Modern European History
HIST 3355 (CF 3325) Class and Gender in Ancient Society
HIST 3357 (CF 3363, ENGL 3357) Joan of Arc: Her story, in History, Literature, and Film
HIST 3365 Problems in European History: The Education of Women in England and America
HIST 3379 African Women in History
HIST 3388 Women in Modern East Asia
HIST 3392 (CF 3349, FL 3349) The African Diaspora: Literature and History of Black Liberation
HIST 3394 The New Woman: The Emergence of Modern Womanhood in the U.S., 1890 to 1930
HIST 3398 Women in Chinese History
HIST 5320 The American Family: A Gender Approach
HIST 5341 Seminar (subject to approval)
HR 8331 Women in World Religions (instructor approval)
HX 7327 Women in the History of Christianity (instructor approval)
HX 8329 Mary and Christian Tradition (instructor approval)
MDVL 3352 Ideals and Ideals of Gender in the Middle Ages
MUHI 3341 Women and Music "Like a Virgin": From Hildegard to Madonna
MUHI 4341 Women Composers and Performers in the 19th and 20th Centuries (majors only)
PHIL 3305 Philosophy and Gender
PLSC 3370 Women and Politics
PLSC 4339 Women and the Law
PS 8360 Women's Spiritual Quest (instructor approval)
PSYC 3350 Psychology of Women
RELI 3375 (CF 3343) Wives, Mothers, Lovers, Queens: Expressions of the Feminine Divine in World Religions and Cultures
RELI 3376 (CF 3344) Constructions of Gender, Sexuality, and the Family in South Asian Religions
RELI 3380 Women and Religion in America
SOCI 3348 (CF 3348, FL 3348) Women in Japanese Culture and Society
SOCI 3351 Marriage and the Family
SOCI 3371 Changing Sex Roles
ST 8375 Feminist and Womanist Theologies (instructor approval)
THEA 4380 Topics in Theatre History: Staging Gender in Contemporary Performance
WO 8308 Women and Worship (instructor approval)