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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.


Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit


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Courses in "WMST-Women's Studies"

WMST - Women's Studies

WMST 200 Introduction to Women's Studies: Women and Society (3) An interdisciplinary study of the status, roles, and experiences of women in society. Sources from a variety of fields such as literature, psychology, history, and anthropology, focusing on the writings of women.

WMST 210 Love, Labor, and Citizenship: Women in America to 1880 (3) Also offered as: HIST210. Credit only granted for: HIST210 or WMST210. An examination of the economic, family, and political roles of colonial, slave, immigrant and frontier women in America from the pre-industrial colonial period through the early stages of nineteenth century industrialization and urbanization.

WMST 211 Women in America Since 1880 (3) Also offered as: HIST211. Credit only granted for: HIST211 or WMST211. An examination of women's changing roles in working class and middle class families, the effects of industrialization on women's economic activities and status, and women's involvement in political and social struggles, including those for women's rights, birth control, and civil rights.

WMST 212 Women in Western Europe 1750-Present (3) Also offered as: HIST212. Credit only granted for: HIST212 or WMST212. An analysis of the economic, family, and political roles of European women from 1750 to the present. The effects of industrialization on women's work and status, the demographic parameters of women's lives, and women's participation in political events from market riots to suffrage struggles.

WMST 250 Introduction to Women's Studies: Women, Art and Culture (3) An examination of women's creative powers as expressed in selected examples of music, film, art, drama, poetry, fiction, and other literature. Explores women's creativity in relation to families, religion, education, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and within a cultural tradition shaped by women.

WMST 255 Reading Women Writing (3) Also offered as: ENGL250. Credit only granted for: WMST255 or ENGL250. Explores literary and cultural expressions by women and their receptions within a range of historical periods and genres. Topics such as what does a woman need in order to write, what role does gender play in the production, consumption, and interpretation of texts, and to what extent do women comprise a distinct literary subculture. Interpretation of texts will be guided by feminist and gender theory, ways of reading that have emerged as important to literary studies over the last four decades.

WMST 263 Introduction to Black Women's Studies (3) Credit only granted for: WMST298A, AASP298I, or AASP298S. Formerly: WMST298A. Interdisciplinary exploration of Black women, culture and society in the United States. Drawn primarily from the social sciences and history with complementary material from literature and the arts.

WMST 265 Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community (3) Investigates the ways that African Americans are represented and constructed in public and private spheres and explores the social constructions and representations of Black manhood and womanhood from various disciplinary perspectives.

WMST 267 Introduction to Black Women's Cultural Studies (3) Credit only granted for: WMST267 or WMST298A. Formerly: WMST298A. An introduction to black women's cultural production and to an understanding of how the social norms and ideals about women within black communities and in the larger society have shaped black women's own self-perceptions and behaviors and thus their cultural production.

WMST 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

WMST 275 World Literature by Women (3) Also offered as: CMLT275. Credit only granted for: WMST275 or CMLT275. Comparative study of selected works by women writers of several countries, exploring points of intersection and divergence in women's literary representations.

WMST 281 Women in German Literature and Society (3) Also offered as: GERM281. Credit only granted for: WMST281 or GERM281. A study of changing literary images and social roles of women from the beginning of the 19th century to the present.

WMST 298 Special Topics in Women's Studies (1-3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

WMST 300 Feminist Reconceptualizations of Knowledge (3) Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department; and must be in Women's Studies program. An examination of how the interdisciplinary study of women and gender has generated new questions, challenged traditional methodologies and offered insights on the ways we come to learn, know, and teach. Explores the impact of feminist thinking on various disciplines.

WMST 314 Black Women in United States History (3) Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher. Also offered as: AASP313. Credit only granted for: AASP313, AASP498W, HIST329E, WMST314, or WMST498N. Formerly: WMST498N. Black American women's history from slavery to the present. Focused on gaining a fuller understanding of the effect of race, class and gender on the life cycles and multiple roles of Black women as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social-change agents.

WMST 320 Women in Classical Antiquity (3) Also offered as: CLAS320. Credit only granted for: CLAS320 or WMST320. A study of women's image and reality in ancient Greek and Roman societies through an examination of literary, linguistic, historical, legal, and artistic evidence; special emphasis on women's role in the family, views of female sexuality, and the place of women in creative art. Readings in primary sources in translation and modern critical writings.

WMST 325 The Sociology of Gender (3) Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOCY courses. Also offered as: SOCY325. Credit only granted for: SOCY325 or WMST325. Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.

WMST 326 Biology of Reproduction (3) Prerequisite: BSCI105; or permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. Also offered as: BSCI342. Credit only granted for: BSCI342 or WMST326. The biology of the reproductive system with emphasis on mammals and, in particular, on human reproduction. Hormone actions, sperm production, ovulation, sexual differentiation, sexual behavior, contraception, pregnancy, lactation, maternal behavior and menopause.

WMST 336 Psychology of Women (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Also offered as: PSYC336. Credit only granted for: PSYC336 or WMST336. A study of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.

WMST 348 Literary Works by Women (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed at least one lower-level English literature course and one other lower-level English course; or permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Also offered as: ENGL348. Credit only granted for: ENGL348 or WMST348. The context, form, style and meaning of literary works by women.

WMST 350 Feminist Pedagogy (6) Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. General application of feminist methodology to teaching and communication skills, teaching strategies, motivation, classroom dynamics and knowledge of students' development and learning styles.

WMST 360 Caribbean Women (3) An interdisciplinary analysis of the lives and experiences of women across the Caribbean region, through an examination of their roles in individual, national, social and cultural formations. Special emphasis on contemporary women's issues and organizations.

WMST 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

WMST 370 Black Feminist Thought (3) Prerequisite: 1 course in AASP; or 1 course in WMST. Examines the ideas, words and actions of Black women writers, speakers, artists, and activists in the United States.

WMST 380 Feminist Analysis of the Workplace (6) An examination of the world of work from a feminist perspective through theory and experience. Designed to provide students with experiences in work situations that have social, economic, educational and/or political impact on women's lives. Students will develop the skill to theoretically analyze their experience and practically implement feminist models in the workplace.

WMST 386 Experiential Learning (1-6) Restriction: Must have Learning Proposal approved by Women's Studies Academic Advisor; and junior standing or higher.

WMST 400 Theories of Feminism (3) Prerequisite: 1 course in WMST; or must have completed a course cross-listed with a WMST course. A study of the multiplicity of feminist theories which have been developed to explain women's position in the family, the workplace, and society. Major feminist writings are considered in the context of their historical moment and in the context of the intellectual traditions to which they relate.

WMST 408 Literature by Women Before 1800 (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as: ENGL408. Credit only granted for: ENGL408 or WMST408. Selected writings by women in the medieval and early modern era.

WMST 410 Women of the African Diaspora (3) Explores the lives, experiences, and cultures of women of Africa and the African diaspora--African-America, the Caribbean, and Afro-Latin America. A variety of resources and materials will be used providing a distinctive interdisciplinary perspective.

WMST 420 Asian American Women: The Social Construction of Gender (3) Also offered as: AAST420. Credit only granted for: AAST420 or WMST420. Examines the intersection of gender, race and class as it relates to Asian American women in the United States; how institutionalized cultural and social statuses of gender, race, ethnicity and social class, produce and reproduce inequality within the lives of Asian American women.

WMST 425 Gender Roles and Social Institutions (3) Credit only granted for: SOCY425 or WMST425. Relationship between gender roles and the structure of one or more social institutions (e.g., the economy, the family, the political system, religion, education). The incorporation of gender roles into social institutions; perpetuation or transformation of sex roles by social institutions; how changing gender roles affect social institutions.

WMST 444 Feminist Critical Theory (3) Prerequisite: WMST200, WMST250, or ENGL250. Also offered as: ENGL444. Credit only granted for: ENGL444 or WMST444. Issues in contemporary feminist thought that have particular relevance to textual studies, such as theories of language, literature, culture, interpretation, and identity.

WMST 448 Literature by Women of Color (3) Prerequisite: Must complete two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as: ENGL448. Credit only granted for: ENGL448 or WMST448. Literature by women of color in the United States, Britain, and in colonial and post-colonial countries.

WMST 452 Women in the Media (3) Also offered as: JOUR452. Credit only granted for: JOUR452 or WMST452. Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.

WMST 453 Victorian Women in England, France, and the United States (3) Also offered as: HIST493. Credit only granted for: HIST493 or WMST453. Examines the lives of middle and upper-class women in England, France, and the United States during the Victorian era. Topics include gender roles, work, domesticity, marriage, sexuality, double standards and women's rights.

WMST 454 Women in Africa (3) Credit only granted for: HIST494 or WMST454. The place of women in African societies: the role and function of families; institutions such as marriage, birthing, and child rearing; ritual markers in women's lives; women in the workplace; women's associates; women's health issues; measures designed to control women's behavior; women and development.

WMST 455 Women in Medieval Culture and Society (3) Also offered as: HIST495. Credit only granted for: HIST495 or WMST455. Medieval women's identity and cultural roles: the condition, rank and rights of medieval women; their access to power; a study of women's writings and the constraints of social constructs upon the female authorial voice; and contemporary assumptions about women.

WMST 456 Women and Society in the Middle East (3) Recommended: Prior coursework in Middle East studies or gender studies. Also offered as: HIST492. Credit only granted for: HIST492 or WMST456. Examines the customs, values and institutions that have shaped women's experience in the Middle East in the past and in the contemporary Middle East.

WMST 457 Redefining Gender in the U.S., 1880-1935 (3) Also offered as: HIST433. Credit only granted for: HIST433 or WMST457. Exploring changing perceptions of gender in the U.S., 1880-1935, and the impact of those changes on the day to day lives of men and women.

WMST 458 Literature by Women After 1800 (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as: ENGL458. Credit only granted for: ENGL458 or WMST458. Selected writings by women after 1800.

WMST 468 Feminist Cultural Studies (3) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Each version of this course focuses on one or several forms of popular culture -- such as TV, music, film, cyber-culture, or genre fiction (for example, science fiction) -- and demonstrates how feminists value, critique and explain such forms. Tools of feminist cultural studies include economic and social analyses of power, race, sexuality, gender, class, nationality, religion, technology, and globalization processes.

WMST 469 Study Abroad Special Topics IV (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

WMST 471 Women's Health (3) Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-Women's Studies department; or must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department. Also offered as: HLTH471. Credit only granted for: HLTH471 or WMST471. The women's health movement from the perspective of consumerism and feminism. The physician-patient relationship in the gynecological and other medical settings. The gynecological exam, gynecological problems, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, breast and cervical cancer and surgical procedures. Psychological aspects of gynecological concerns.

WMST 488 Senior Seminar (3) Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Seminar for advanced majors in women's studies or other students with appropriate preparation. Interdisciplinary topics will vary each semester.

WMST 491 Judaism and the Construction of Gender (3) Prerequisite: 1 course in JWST; or 1 course in LGBT; or 1 course in WMST. Also offered as: JWST491. Credit only granted for: JWST419X, JWST491, or WMST491. The study of Jewish culture, religious practice, communal authority, and literature through the frame of such critical categories of analysis as gender, sexuality, masculinity, power, ethics, and the feminine.

WMST 494 Lesbian Communities and Differences (3) Prerequisite: 1 course in WMST. Recommended: WMST200 or WMST250. Also offered as: LGBT494. Credit only granted for: LGBT494 or WMST494. The meanings of lesbian communities across many lines of difference. Using lesbian-feminists of the 1970s as a starting point, we will look both back and forward in history, tracing changes and exploring the meanings of these in their social and historical contexts.

WMST 496 African-American Women Filmmakers (3) Credit only granted for: THET496 or WMST496. Examines the cinematic artistry of African-American women filmmakers and the ways in which these films address the dual and inseparable roles of race and gender.

WMST 498 Advanced Special Topics in Women's Studies (1-3) Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

WMST 499 Independent Study (1-3) Prerequisite: 1 course in WMST. Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Research and writing or specific readings on a topic selected by the student and supervised by a faculty member of the Women's Studies Department.

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