HIS 3415 HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the historical development of the Middle East, beginning with the emergence and spread of Islam before turning to the Muslim world’s Golden Age, the invasions by Crusaders and Mongols, the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, and concluding with the region’s transformation during the late-nineteenth and twentieth century’s. In addition to looking at the contributions of prominent individuals, the course addresses the role structural factors played in shaping the Middle Eastern experience, including culture, modernization, industrialization, imperialism, war, depression, racism, and gender.
Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql, EC-C
REL/PHI 2219 WORLD RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Four hours. Introduces students to the origins; founders; historical development; scriptures; fundamental concepts, such as views of ultimate reality, the meaning of life, and human hope; religious practices; personal and social ethics; culture context and impact; and contemporary relevance of the world’s living religions and their associated philosophies.
Gen Ed: MV, SW (Glb, Aw), Ql
WST 2200 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S STUDIES
Four hours. Taught by a team of professors from different disciplines, this class presents a variety of perspectives about the roles of women in such diverse fields as art, biology, business, criminology, economics, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. In the liberal arts tradition, students develop awareness about issues in women’s studies and engage in analysis of these issues from various scholarly perspectives. Collections of readings in each discipline, which represent past and present contexts, form the basis for discussion and critical thinking.
Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql
WST/SOC 2220 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Four hours. Sociology/social psychology introduction to the study of marriage and family, emphasizing theoretical perspectives, research and application, based on the American family with comparisons to other selected cultures. Topics include history, structure, and functions of the family, as well as mate selection and courtship, transitions, marital interaction, sexual relationships, parenting, role differentiation, violence, dissolution, and restructuring. Objectives are to analyze topics based on the academic principles of sociology and social psychology and to make applications to social and personal levels. A service learning component is required.
Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql
WST/REL 2256 GENDER, INTERPRETATION AND THE BIBLICAL TRADITION
Four hours. An examination of selected texts from the Old and New Testaments and the patriarchal contexts of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman Empire. Using historical critical methodologies to interpret the Biblical text, students will determine the ways in which women are depicted, identify gender roles from the historical context, and explain the function of feminine imagery in the text. Gen Ed: MV, SW (Aw, An)
WST 4400 WOMEN AND GENDER IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE Four hours. This team-taught course brings together academic areas, such as sociology, music and communications, in an interdisciplinary effort to explore the roles, images and contributions of women in contemporary culture. The common threads are the roles of women in producing and experiencing culture and the cultural production of women’s roles and images. While contemporary culture is the focus, each segment of the course is built upon relevant historical foundations. Full-participation classes are designed to bring the individual topics together in synthesizing analyses. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), Ql, EC-B
WST/ENG 3370 LITERATURE BY WOMEN
Four hours. Prerequisite: Successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Survey of literature by selected women writers from the Middle Ages to the present.
Gen Ed: FA (In), EC-C
WST 3550 SPECIAL TOPICS IN GENDER STUDIES
Four hours. Concentrated study of a special topic in gender studies, such as masculinity, romantic media, women and substance abuse, or incarcerated women. Focus on relevant theory and research. Specific topic at the discretion of the instructor. Course can be taken more than once under different topics.