PHI 250 Feminist and Gender Theory

Feminist and Gender Theory provides theoretical foundation for interdisciplinary  lines of inquiry concerning women, gender and sexuality. This course examines philosophical discourses emerging from feminism and gender studies. The purpose is to deepen our understanding of gender, and its intersections with race, class, sexuality and nationality, and to examine the influence of power, privilege, and hierarchies in determining social relations. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.

MUS 331 Women in the Arts

A culture-based survey of the contributions by women of the Western world to the fields of music, visual arts, dance, and theater. Significant attention also to women in African-based arts, including African-American women. Previous artistic experience is helpful. No prerequisite. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.

HIS 230 Women in History

Focused study of women in history through analyses of women’s roles or comparative studies between cultures or biography. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.

PSY 308 The Psychology of Gender

Focuses on research in gender-related differences and gender development from a variety of perspectives in psychology. Biological, cognitive, behavioral, and social factors which influence emergence of an individual’s gender are examined. Special emphasis will be placed on an analysis of the consequence of stereotypes and gender roles for individuals, relationships, psychological inquiry, and society as a whole. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

ENG 216  Women in Literature

Study of the varying images of women as portrayed in writing by and about women. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated under different topics. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.

CJ 216 Women and the Criminal Justice System|

Review of the diversity in general as a developed theme and then focuses on the role of women in the criminal justice system with special interest in law enforcement agencies. The history and contribution as equity issues in the law will be discussed. The women will be studied as victims, offenders, and employees in the system. Discrimination, glass ceiling, sexual harassment, role barriers, and other gender issues will be presented in the context of the contemporary diversity themes. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.
Prerequisite: CJ 101 and 175

SOC 411 Men and Women in Society

THE 300 Marriage and Sexuality

Theological study of dogmatic and moral questions concerning human sexuality and marriage in light of anthropology, the scriptures, natural law, traditions, and the understanding of revelation within history.

CJ 218 Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice

Examines diversity issues as they impact criminal justice agencies both internally and externally on race, sex, religion, ethnicity and related subjects. Racism, stereotypes and scapegoating themes are developed. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.
Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 411 Domestic Violence

Study of various forms of violence that take place within the family and partnership relations. Focuses on spousal abuse, partner abuse, adolescent abuse, abuse of elderly and societal/legal responses.
Prerequisites: CJ 175, 201, 275. May be taken as elective for Women’s Studies minor without prerequisites.

ENG 202 Critical Approaches to Literature

Basic study of literature using a variety of critical approaches to interpret major works in world literature.

MUS 222 Multicultural Music

Study of musical diversity of the world. Emphasis on interrelationship of music and cultural traditions. Topics: music of Africa, Europe, and the Americas, including their influence on American music. Lecture, discussions, video and extensive use of recorded material. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.

PHI 420 Social and Political Philosophy

Readings from major historical sources in social and political philosophy. Focus on issues such as the grounds of political obligation, nature of justice, and relation between freedom and human rights.

PSY 215 Multicultural Issues in Psychology

Study of the universals of human behavior as well as the differences brought about by the specific needs, experiences and characteristics of diverse populations. The course examines communication, understanding and awareness among culturally different people. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 220 Close Relationships

Close relationships are one of the most significant experiences in one’s life. By understanding current theories and research in the field of close relationships, this course will help further students’ understanding of topics such as: one’s need for relationships, interpersonal attraction, love, attachment, communication, relationship maintenance, relationship trajectories, relationship dissolution, jealousy, and infidelity. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

SSC 321 Global Society

Analysis of major issues facing mankind in the 21st century: security systems and disarmament, world economic order, development, resource/population balance, and human rights. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.

SW 202 Social Services to Children

This course takes into consideration the historical perspective, socioeconomic factors and the multicultural variables that affect child welfare in the United States. Social services available to children are conceptualized and include supportive, supplementary and substitute services. Family services, homemaker service, foster care, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), protective services, day care, adoption and institutional care are services evaluated and discussed.

SW 203 The Process of Aging

Explores the various theories of aging along with biological and psychosocial aging. Other issues include gender and ethnicity, personality and intellectual development, mental health and physical disease. A review of the process includes the lifeline from birth to death. The dimensions of the whole person will also be addressed by exploring the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth necessary to achieve human potential in later life.


Janae Sholtz, Ph.D

Coordinator of Women's & Gender Studies

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Francis Hall 229


Women's & Gender Studies