Ithaca College

Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs

Women's Studies

Diane McPherson, Associate Professor and Coordinator

The central organizing category of analysis in women's studies is the concept of gender, which we understand as a pervasive social construction reflecting and determining differentials of power and opportunity. Women's studies analyzes how this social construction shapes the lives of women. Women's studies is both an innovative approach to traditional subjects and a growing field in its own right. Women's studies courses focus on women in diverse contexts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The courses exist to meet a demand that has come primarily from women to understand more fully the past and present position of their sex.

Minor in Women's Studies

For the minor in women's studies, students must take 18 credits. Each student must take WMST 10000 Introduction to Women's Studies. Students are also strongly advised to take WMST 41000 Selected Topics: Women's Studies in the spring semester of the junior or senior year. The other 12 credits must be selected from the approved list of courses. At least 6 of the credits for the minor must be level 3 or above, and no more than three courses may be taken from any one of the four categories in the list of approved courses.

Note: No more than two courses in the student's major may be counted toward the minor. Additional courses in which women's lives, women's history, or women's issues are the primary subject may be counted toward the minor if approved by the coordinator of women's studies.

Requirements for the minor in women's studies

WMST 10000

Introduction to Women's Studies

3

Five courses selected from the following list, with no more than three courses in any one of the four areas (social sciences, humanities/fine arts, professional schools, upper-level women's studies). At least two courses must be level 3 or above.

Social science courses

POLT 14100

Power: Race, Sex, and Class (3)

POLT 34300

Feminist Theory (3)

POLT 40100, POLT 40200

Seminar (topics that focus on feminist issues or theory) (3)

POLT 40300,  POLT 40400

Tutorial (topics that focus on feminist issues or theory) (3)

PSYC 26100

Psychology of Women (3)

SOCI 20200

Contemporary Social Issues: Women in Britain (3)

SOCI 21000

Women's Lives (3)

SOCI 31600

Women and Health (3)

SOCI 32300

Family Violence (3)

SOCI 32500

Race, Class, and Gender (3)

SOCI 41900

Seminar: Women in the Third World (3)

SOCI 43100

Selected Topics in Gender Studies: Feminist Social Theory (3)

ANTH 33500

Women and Culture (3)

Humanities/fine arts courses

SPAN 47400

Topics of Women in Latin American Literature: Images of Women in Latin American Literature (3)

SPAN 49100

Seminar: Latina Writing in the U.S. (3)

SPCM 34600

Gender and Interpersonal Communication (3)

ARTH 34100

Women Artists and Cultural Change (3)

ARTH 34200

Images of Women in Western Art (3)

ENGL 22000

Black Women Writers (3)

ENGL 35000

Imagining Herself: Women's Autobiography (3)

WRTG 31000

Women and Writing (3)

MUNM 25500

Women and Music (3)

MUNM 25600

Women in Popular Music from Bessie Smith to MTV (3)

Professional schools

HRM 34500

Women and Men in Management (3)

CNPH 30300

Images of Men and Women in Mass Media (3)

STCM 36000

Communication in Culturally Diverse Organizations (3)

EXSS 29800

Gender Issues in Sport (3)

Upper-level women's studies courses

WMST 41000

Selected Topics: Women's Studies (3)

WMST 42000

Independent Study in Women's Studies (3)

WMST 43000

Internship in Women's Studies (3)

Total, minor in women's studies

18

Note: No more than two courses in a student's major may be used to meet requirements for the minor.