2010-2012 Plan of Study

Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

 The Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) provides students the opportunity to be exposed to the rapidly expanding interdisciplinary scholarship on women’s and gender studies. This program is designed for students currently enrolled in a graduate program at UNI who are seeking a graduate degree in any discipline.

 The WGS graduate certificate requires 12 credit hours, which must be successfully completed during a 5 year period to earn the certificate. At least 9 hours have to be completed at UNI and at least 6 of the 12 hours have to be at the 200/6000-level. Courses fulfilling the certificate program may be used to meet the requirements in a degree program in accordance with the policies of the Graduate College.

Curriculum requirements consist of 1 core course and a minimum of 9 credit hours of electives.

Students must take at least six credit hours of elective course work outside the degree-granting program. Students may petition the Director of WGS to add a relevant course.

For more information, contact the Women's and Gender Studies office, 225 Sabin, 319-273-7102.

 

Required:

 

620:206. Feminist Literary Theories and Practice -- 3 hrs.

(ENGLISH 6120)

Examination of how writers transform society's beliefs about the nature and function of women into literary plots,

images, and themes, and how, in turn, these influence society's attitudes toward women. Emphasis on

socio-historical approaches prevalent in the United States; attention to British political and French psychoanalytic

critics. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): 620:201 (ENGLISH 6100) or 680:289 (WGS 6289) or consent of instructor.

(Variable)

 

OR

 

650:250. Critical Perspectives on Gender -- 3 hrs.

(PHIL 6010)

Consideration of two traditions that have influenced feminist theories in the last two decades - poststructuralism and

psychoanalysis. Readings in primary texts (e.g., Foucault, Derrida, Freud, and Lacan) and explorations of feminist

elaborations and critiques of these texts revealing the tenacity, centrality, and power in human lives of a sense of

gendered existence. (Same as 640:250 (RELS 6010)) (Offered Even Springs)

 

OR

 

680:289. Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories -- 3 hrs.

(WGS 6289)

Analysis of identities and oppressions from national and international feminist perspectives. (Offered Fall)

  

OR

 

980:171(g). Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences -- 3 hrs.

(SOC 5071)

Survey of theoretical approaches to study of sex and gender. Classical, structural, neo-Freudian, Marxist feminist,

and radical approaches. Topics include work, family, religion, and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): 900:020 (SOC SCI

1020) or 980:001 (SOC 1000) or 990:011 (ANTH 1002); junior standing. (Offered Spring)

 

 Electives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 hours

 Must choose one course from the Social Sciences Category A, one course from the Humanities Category B, and one course from either A, B, or the Experiential Category C.

 

Category A: Social Sciences

 200:188(g). Current Approaches to Multicultural Education -- 3 hrs.

(EDPSYCH 5188)

Comparison of alternative models of multicultural education and study of their application in school settings.

Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)

 

31F:145(g). Violence in Intimate Relationships -- 3 hrs.

(FAM SERV 5145)

Exploration of theoretical models of violence in intimate and family relationships and examination of the impact of

violence on secondary victims. Empirical and programmatic implications for prevention and intervention models are

reviewed. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

 

31T:114(g). Dress and Human Behavior -- 3 hrs.

(TEXDSGN 5015)

Textiles and apparel in relation to culture, society, and the individual. Survey and application of selected theories.

Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

 

410:128(g). Selected Topics in Women's Health -- 3 hrs.

(HPE 5328)

In-depth development and exploration of selected themes and topics in women's health. Focus on "hidden" health

issues that disproportionately affect women and examination of health issues and prevention programs surrounding

adolescent pregnancy, violence, substance abuse, and disordered eating through a feminist developmental

perspective. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

 

410:162(g). Introduction to Women's Health -- 3 hrs.

(HPE 5162)

Survey of contemporary issues in women's health providing a thorough understanding of women's personal health

status, needs, and resources; awareness of women's health issues worldwide and the political, cultural, economic,

and psychosocial factors which affect the health of women. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)

 

942:142(g). Problems in Juvenile and Family Law -- 3 hrs.

(POL AMER 5142)

Aspects of juvenile and family law; how legislature and courts have developed juvenile and family law, including

marriage and divorce, adoption, and competency of minors. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall and

Spring)

 

961:146(g). United States Women's History -- 3 hrs.

(HISUS 5260)

Survey of social, cultural, and economic roles of women in the United States from founding to present, with some

comparative analysis of women's roles in other areas of the world. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)

 

963:161(g). Modern European Women's History -- 3 hrs.

(HISEUB 5690)

Examination of the political, social, intellectual, and economic history of women and gender relations in Europe

from the Enlightenment to the present. Attention to women's rights movements and the social construction of

gender. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

 

980:135(g). Social Inequality -- 3 hrs.

(SOC 5045)

The nature, origins, and reproduction of social inequalities. Examines the distribution of resources across groups

and the processes that create it. Covers class, race, gender, and sexuality, and their relationship to each other.

Prerequisite(s): 980:001 (SOC 1000); junior standing. (Offered Spring)

 

 980:171(g). Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences -- 3 hrs.

(SOC 5071)

Survey of theoretical approaches to study of sex and gender. Classical, structural, neo-Freudian, Marxist feminist,

and radical approaches. Topics include work, family, religion, and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): 900:020 (SOC SCI

1020) or 980:001 (SOC 1000) or 990:011 (ANTH 1002); junior standing. (Offered Spring)

 

982:131(g). Women, Crime and Society -- 3 hrs.

(CRIM 5331)

Sociological analysis of women as victims, offenders, practitioners, and professionals in the criminal justice system.

Examination of changing perceptions and behaviors of women in United States and other countries in relation to

role expectations of women in criminal justice system. Prerequisite(s): 980:001 (SOC 1000); 982:022 (CRIM 2022)

or 982:025 (CRIM 2025); junior standing. (Offered Fall)

 

 

Category B: Humanities

 48C:108(g). Performance and Social Change -- 3 hrs.

(COMM 5447)

Study of creation and theory of interactive performances as a method to create dialog and promote civic

engagement related to social justice issues. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

 

48C:113(g). Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric -- 3 hrs.

(COMM 5446)

Study of rhetorical and performance texts in social protest, public awareness, identity formation, and rhetorical

movements. Special attention to issues of race, sex and sexuality, age, and/or class. Prerequisite(s): junior

standing. (Variable)

 

48C:153(g). Gender Issues in Communication -- 3 hrs.

(COMM 5346)

Examination of construction and performance of gender identities through verbal and non-verbal communication.

Critical analysis of biological, sociological, and patriarchal explanations for presumed gender differences in

communication. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)

 

620:128(g). Images of Women in Literature -- 3 hrs.

(ENGLISH 5120)

Images, symbols, and myths of women in literature; feminist criticism. Prerequisite(s): 620:034 (ENGLISH 2120) or

consent of instructor; junior standing. (Variable)

 

620:206. Feminist Literary Theories and Practice -- 3 hrs.

(ENGLISH 6120)

Examination of how writers transform society's beliefs about the nature and function of women into literary plots,

images, and themes, and how, in turn, these influence society's attitudes toward women. Emphasis on

socio-historical approaches prevalent in the United States; attention to British political and French psychoanalytic

critics. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): 620:201 (ENGLISH 6100) or 680:289 (WGS 6289) or consent of instructor.

(Variable)

 

640:162(g). Women and Christianity -- 3 hrs.

(RELS 5150)

Examination of history and function of gender in symbolization of Christian tradition; exploration of

institutionalization of sex roles in Christianity; discussion of interaction between the Christian religion and cultural

patterns that define the social role, status, and image of women. Interested students are encouraged to contact the

instructor. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

 

640:168(g). Religion and Sexuality -- 3 hrs.

(RELS 5170)

Examination of ways in which religions shape and reflect ideas about the body and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): junior

standing. (Variable)

  

650:250. Critical Perspectives on Gender -- 3 hrs.

(PHIL 6010)

Consideration of two traditions that have influenced feminist theories in the last two decades - poststructuralism and

psychoanalysis. Readings in primary texts (e.g., Foucault, Derrida, Freud, and Lacan) and explorations of feminist

elaborations and critiques of these texts revealing the tenacity, centrality, and power in human lives of a sense of

gendered existence. (Same as 640:250 (RELS 6010)) (Offered Even Springs)

 

680:160(g). Black Women in America: Challenge, Spirit, Survival -- 3 hrs.

(HUM 5160)

Investigation of major themes in lives of black women in America, utilizing scholarship from sociology, literature,

cultural studies, and womanist theology. Challenges to fruitful existence and role of striving for self-representation

direct the two major units of course. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

680:289. Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories -- 3 hrs.

(WGS 6289)

Analysis of identities and oppressions from national and international feminist perspectives. (Offered Fall)

 

 Category C: Experiential

Internship in Women’s & Gender Studies

Practicum that has a gender-focus and is advised by a WGS faculty member.