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Women's and Gender Studies

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At Whitworth, we affirm that all people are created in God's image and share a common humanity. At the same time, we acknowledge that many factors, such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation and religious upbringing, influence our learning and our lives.  These personal characteristics, including gender, may influence the ways in which women and men pursue scholarship, the ways in which women and men are represented in scholarship, in history and in society, and, ultimately, the ways in which women and men may come to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. Through curricular and co-curricular means, teaching both mind and heart, the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Whitworth offers students the unique opportunity to think through gender issues from a Christian perspective and to articulate, support, and critique feminist views in the light of biblical and theological traditions.

The learning outcomes of this major prepare the student to do the following:

  • Use an interdisciplinary framework to engage with the pluralistic culture.
  • Identify and investigate the intersections of gender, race, class and religion with gender experiences.
  • Seek an increased understanding of gender issues from various Christian perspectives.
  • Explore, develop, articulate and critique feminist views.

A minor in women's and gender studies prepares successful candidates for jobs and for graduate school in a broad range of disciplines, including human resources, education, political science, journalism, social work, counseling, and medicine. Candidates are urged to speak with the program director about coursework and internships.

Requirements for a Women's and Gender Studies Minor (18)

WGS 201Intro Women's and Gender Studies3
Fifteen credits from the following:15
Biology of Sex & Gender
Gender and Faith in Film and Literature
Women Writers
African American Women Writers
Women in American Fiction
Latina and Caribbean Women Writers
British Women Writers
Jane Austen
Brontes and Gaskell Seminar
Women Writers
Gender, Politics and Law
Spanish and Latin American Women Writers
Race and Ethnicity
Marriage, Sex and Gender
Gender, Performance, and Pop Culture
Note: TH-196 courses will apply toward this requirement. See advisor for details.
Christian Anthropology: Man and Woman In the Image of God
Note: WGS-196/296 courses will apply toward this requirement. See advisor for details.
Women's Artists' Books (honors)
Introduction to Thailand Studies
   and Thailand Study Program

Courses

WGS 122 Gender and Faith in Film and Literature3
Explores how religious beliefs shape our cultural and personal understandings of gender roles and gender identity.
WGS 126 Women Writers3
An overview of women's literary history and an introduction to feminist literary theory. Emphasis on reading, discussion and student response through written and oral assignments. No Prerequisites.
WGS 127 African American Women's Writers3
Survey of the literature and cultural histories of African American women writers of the United States, including poetry, drama, fiction, essay, memoir, and a selection of black feminist scholarship and critical race theory. No prerequisites. Fulfills American Diversity Studies and Humanities requirements; American Cultural Studies requirement for all three tracks of the English major and two of the English minors; elective for Women's and Gender studies minor and United States Cultural Studies minor.
WGS 130 Latina & Caribbean Women Writers3
Study of contemporary novels, stories, poems, and films produced by Latina and Caribbean American women in light of historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts. Emphasis on reading and student response through written and oral assignments produced both individually and collaboratively. Periodic Jan Term offering.
WGS 196 Topics in Women's Studies1-3
Selected lower-division topics in women's studies. Periodic offering.
WGS 201 Intro Women's and Gender Studies3
Emphasis on women's social, political and personal experience. Includes classic and contemporary feminist theory; patterns of male/female relationships; health, gender and medicine; women and poverty; homelessness; gender role socialization; women in the workforce; sexual harassment; domestic life; spirituality; a service-learning component; and the history and variety of women's protest in America.
WGS 243 Marriage, Sex and Gender3
See SO 243.
WGS 294 Directed Readings: Women Writers1
WGS 296 Topics in Women's Studies3
Selected topics in women's studies. Periodic offering.
WGS 302 Gender and Faith in Film and Literature3
Explores how religious beliefs shape our cultural and personal understandings of gender roles and gender identity.
WGS 307W Women in American Fiction3
Portrayals of women in American fiction and popular literature. Female and male authors, primarily late 19th century.
WGS 321 Gender, Performance, and Pop Culture3
Exploration both of gender as performance and gender in performance. Engagement with a range of theories in the areas of gender and representation, including how ideas about gender are portrayed, reinforced, or challenged through a variety of plays, films, and other performance materials.
WGS 330 Latina & Caribbean Women Writers3
Study of contemporary novels, stories, poems, and films produced by Latina and Caribbean American women in light of historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts. Emphasis on reading and student response through written and oral assignments produced both individually and collaboratively. Periodic Jan Term offering.
WGS 342 British Women Writers3
Examines the contributions of familiar (e.g., Austen, Bronte, Woolf) and less familiar women writers of Britain. Considers literary history in light of recent revisions of that history. Periodic offering. Women's and gender studies elective.
WGS 349 Introduction to Thailand Studies2
Preparation for Jan Term Thailand program.
WGS 350 Thailand Study Program3
Students travel to Bangkok, Chaingmai, and Kohsomui to study contemporary and classical Thai culture. Includes home stays, service learning, and intercultural experience with emphasis on globalizing economics, religion, and gender. Prerequisite: HU 349 or WGS 349.
WGS 351 Cross Cultural Reentry Thailand Studies1
See HU 349.
WGS 362 Man & Woman in Image of God3
This course analyzes the biblical and theological foundations of man and woman created in the image of God. It highlights how the Divine Creator and Redeemer works for the full restoration of male and female, whether in married or single life, from broken existence into the true image of God in Jesus Christ. Fall and spring semester.
WGS 378 Jane Austen3
A seminar on Jane Austen's major works. Prerequisite: EL 125, EL 208, EL 225 or EL 228. Periodic Jan Term offering.
WGS 396 Topics in Women's Studies1-3
Selected upper-division topics in women's studies. Periodic offering.
WGS 399 Tutoring in Women's Studies1-3
Tutors lead small, voluntary discussion groups affiliated with a women's studies course. Activities vary depending on the nature of the course assignment. May include, but is not limited to, tutoring on course material, advising on projects and papers, leading discussion groups. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of the instructor.
WGS 401 Seminar in Women's Studies3
Seniors integrate women's studies methods and theories with their major discipline. Explores influences of gender in the major institutions of society: family, school, church and the workplace. Students engage in creative projects, research or internships of their choice.
WGS 434 Spanish and Latin American Women Writers3
See SN 434
WGS 442 Brontes and Gaskell Seminar3
Studies the creative works of the Bronte sisters and Elizabeth Gaskell within the context of 19th-century Britain. Prerequisite: EL 208 & EL 267.
Dean of Arts and Sciences

NOELLE WIERSMA

Interim Director

JENNIFER BROWN