Why study Women and Gender Studies at IU Southeast?

The Women and Gender Studies Program provides you with an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary program to study how gender and sexuality influence human behavior, culture and society.

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The Women and Gender Studies Program provides you with an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary program to study how gender and sexuality influence human behavior, culture and society. You will study issues of gender as they relate to class, race, age, sexual orientation and ethnicity in order to better understand many women- and gender-related issues.

The Women and Gender Studies Program at IU Southeast offers a wide range of subjects to students interested in studying different aspects of gender across various cultures and disciplines. You will address such issues as:

  • Women's roles in history and contemporary societies
  • Feminist theories
  • Constructions of femininity and masculinity across different cultures and historical periods
  • Gendered influences on knowledge, communication, politics and economics
  • Sexual behavior and expectations
  • Family relationships

Women and Gender Studies courses are interdisciplinary in content and approach. Students in the Women’s and Gender Studies program take courses in a wide variety of disciplines, including social and natural sciences, humanities, business, economics, and education.

Students in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at IU Southeast have the opportunity to create, evaluate and disseminate knowledge about gender and sexuality in an interdisciplinary context.

Students who seek different modes of thought and knowledge will thrive in this interdisciplinary program. Courses on gender and sexuality are available in various disciplines, including history, art, literature, sociology, communication, psychology and philosophy, to name a few areas.

Moreover, students at IU Southeast regularly take part in the IU Women’s and Gender Studies Conference. The annual conference brings students from across the IU system into contact with each other and gives them a space to share their research and creative work.

You can obtain either an undergraduate minor or a certificate in Women and Gender Studies by declaring your intention to receive the minor/certificate to your academic advisor. You should discuss the requirements for the minor/certificate with an academic advisor in Arts and Letters.

The Women’s and Gender Studies program offer two tracks for students. Student may obtain either a certificate or a minor in the field, depending on the number of courses they take.

Requirements for a Certificate

  • Students must complete the general education requirements for a bachelor's degree and requirements for a major in another subject area as the certificate is not the equivalent of a major. Students may major in any subject and obtain a Women’s and Gender Studies certificate.
  • The certificate requires 24 credit hours in women's and gender studies coureses. The 24 credit hours would be included in the 120-124 credit hours required for bachelor's degrees.
    • 6 credit hours in women's and gender studies, which must include:
      • WOST W 200/SOC W 100 – Women in Contemporary American Society/ Gender Studies
      • WOST W 400 – Selected Topics in Women's Studies (senior seminar
    • 18 credit hours in women's and gender studies courses, which must include:
      • two humanities courses
      • two social science courses
      • at least 12 of these 18 credit hours must be in 300- to 400-level courses.

The following courses (and those approved by the acting WGS Coordinator) will count toward fulfillment of the requirements for a Women's Studies certificate and minor. For a listing of approved courses by semester, see courses:

  • WOST W200/SOC W 100 – Gender Studies
  • CJUS P 335 – Race, Gender, and Inequality in the Criminal Justice System
  • ENG L 207 – Women and Literature
  • ENG L 378 – Studies in Women and Literature
  • FINA A 270 – Women in the History of Art
  • HIST A 260 – Early North American Women’s History
  • HIST A 261 – History of Women in the United States since 1880
  • HIST H 231 – Women, Men and the Family in History
  • LTSU L 385 – Class, Race, Gender and Work
  • PHIL P 394 – Feminist Philosophy
  • POLS Y 324 – Women and Politics
  • PSY B 388 – Human Sexuality
  • PSY P 460 – Women: A Psychological Perspective
  • SOC S 304 – Global Issues in Gender
  • SOC S 310 – Sociology of Women in America
  • SOC S 338 – Sociology of Sex Roles
  • SOC S 413 – Gender and Society
  • SOC S 416 – The Family
  • SOC S 423 – Sexual Patterns and Variations
  • SPCH S 308 – Family Communication
  • SPCH S 450 – Gender and Communication
  • WOST W 400 – Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies
  • WOST W 495 – Readings and Research in Women's Studies

Contact the coordinator of Women's Studies if you are uncertain about a course counting towards the Women's Studies Certificate.

Requirements for a Minor

  • Students must complete the general education requirements for a bachelor's degree and requirements for a major in another subject area as the certificate is not the equivalent of a major. Students may major in any subject and still obtain a Women’s and Gender Studies certificate.
  • The minor requires 15 credit hours in women's and gender studies. The 15 credit hours would be included in the 120-124 credit hours required for bachelor's degrees.
    • 3 credit hours, including:
      • WOST W 200 /SOC W 100 - Women in Contemporary American Society/ Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies students pursue a variety of fields because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program. In addition, many of our fine students go on to study in graduate school.

Obtaining a minor or certificate in Women and Gender Studies can further your career in:

  • business
  • public administration
  • health care
  • communications
  • law
  • teaching
  • social work
  • counseling
  • creative arts
  • government
  • journalism

It is especially useful if you desire to work in:

  • crisis centers
  • centers for women and families
  • affirmative action offices
  • lobbying programs
  • human resources
  • health care

Several students who obtained certificates and minors in women’s and gender studies have gone on to graduate school in a variety of fields, including business, healthcare, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology.

Women’s and Gender Studies courses are available from a variety of disciplines. See below for recent courses offered, as well as descriptions of Women’s and Gender Studies courses and approved women’s and gender studies courses from other disciplines.

Please contact the program coordinator if you have any questions about which courses count towards the certificate and minor.

Current Course Offerings that Apply for WGS Certificate and Minor

Spring 2014 Courses
  • CJUS-P335 - Race, Gender, and Inequality in the Criminal Justice System
  • EDUC-G570 - Human Sexuality
  • FINA-A490 - Topics in Art History: Feminism and Visual Culture
  • LSTU-L210 - Workplace Discrimination/Fair Employment
  • LSTU-L290 - Topics in Labor Studies: Family Medical Leave Act
  • LSTU-L385 - Class, Race, Gender and Work
  • PSY-P460 - The Psychology of Women
  • REL-R364 - Topics in Gender and Western Religion
  • SOC-W100 - Gender Studies
  • SOC-R320 - Sexuality and Society
  • WOST-W200 - Introduction to Women’s Studies
Summer I 2014 Courses
  • LSTU-L290 - Topics in Labor Studies: Family Medical Leave Act
  • LSTU-290 - Topics in Labor Studies:  Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • SOC-R320 - Sexuality and Society
  • SOC-R220 - The Family
Summer II 2014 Courses
  • LSTU-L385 - Class, Race, Gender and Work
Fall 2014 Courses
  • LSTU-L210 - Workplace Discrimination/Fair Employment
  • LSTU-L290 - Topics in Labor Studies: Sexual Harassment
  • LSTU-L290 - Topics in Labor Studies: Family Medical Leave Act
  • LSTU-L385 - Class, Race, Gender and Work
  • PSY-B388 - Human Sexuality
  • SOC-S301 - Topics in Gender
  • SOC-S416 - The Family

WOST Course Descriptions

W200 Women in Contemporary American Society (3 cr.)
Interdisciplinary approach to core discipline areas and to methodological and bibliographical tools required for research in women’s studies. Roles and images of women in contemporary American society based on historical, social, political background. Will not count toward the social science distributional requirement.

W400 Selected Topics in Women’s Studies (Senior Seminar) (3 cr.)
Readings and discussion of selected topics, with an interdisciplinary focus; research paper required.

W495 Readings and Research in Women’s Studies (1-3 cr., 6 cr. max.)
Individual readings and research. May be repeated twice for credit with a different topic.

Course Descriptions from Other Disciplines

CJUS–P 335 Race, Gender, and Inequality in the Criminal Justice System
This course is designed to examine the influence of gendered and race relations impacts on crime and justice.

ENG–L 207 Women and Literature
Issues and approaches to critical study of women writers and treatment in British and American literature.

ENG–L 378 Studies in Women and Literature
British and American authors, such as George Eliot, Gertrude Stein; groups of authors, such as the Brontë sisters, recent women poets; or genres and modes, such as autobiography, film, criticism. Topics will vary from semester to semester.

FINA–A 270 Women in the History of Art
Women artists from the Renaissance through modern times and the problems affecting women artists during these periods.

HIST–A 260 Early American Women’s History
An examination of the economic, family and political roles of colonial, slave, immigrant and frontier women in early North American history to 1880.

HIST–A 261 Modern American Women’s History
Surveys the diversity of women’s experiences in modern United States history. An examination of women’s changing roles in working class and middle class families, the effect 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.

HIST–H 231 Women, Men and Family in History
The course will examine changes in relationships within the family and the changing role of the family in society. Changes in gender roles will be highlighted. Among the topics to be discussed are courtship, marriage, inheritance, child-bearing, child labor, the origins of family limitation and birth control, and the effects of other institutions on the family. This course can be authorized for a variable course title so that different regions of the world can be specified, such as: "Women, Men and Family History: Latin America," or “Women, Men and Family in History: Asia."

LSTU - L385 Class, Race, Gender, and Work
This course provides a historical overview of the impact and interplay of class, race, and gender on shaping U.S. labor markets, organizations, and policies. It examines union responses and strategies for addressing class, race, and gender issues.

PHIL - P394 Feminist Philosophy
A study of one or more philosophical topics in feminist thought. Examples: feminist ethics; feminist critiques of science; and feminist perspectives on motherhood, sexuality, and reproductive technology.

POLS–Y 324 Women and Politics
Analysis of women in contemporary political systems, domestic or foreign, with emphasis on political roles, participation, and public policy. Normative and/or empirical examination of how political systems affect women and the impact women have on the system(s).

PSY–P 460 Women: A Psychological Perspective
Basic data and theories about the development and maintenance of sex differences in behavior and personality.

SOC–S 304 Global Issues in Gender
This course will provide a general introduction to social issues from around the world with a focus on gender.

SOC–S 310 Sociology of Women in America
A brief survey of the history of women’s changing role in America, with particular emphasis on women’s legal status in this century, persistence of occupational segregation, the organization and growth of the women’s rights movement since 1960, the impact of these changes on the nuclear family, and the female self-image.

SOC–S 338 Sociology of Gender Roles
Exploration of the properties, correlates, and consequences of sex-gender systems in contemporary societies. Emphasis on defining sex-gender systems; tracing their historical development; considering their implications for work, marriage, and fertility, with cross-cultural comparisons.

SOC–S 413 Gender and Society
Explores several theories of sex inequality in order to understand the bases of female-male inequality in American society; examines the extent of sex inequality in several institutional sectors; and considers personal and institutional barriers women face, including those resulting from socialization, discrimination, and other structural arrangements.

SOC–S 416 The Family
The family as a social institution, changing family folkways, the family in relation to development of personality of its members, disorganization of the family, and predicting success and failure in marriage.

SOC–S 423 Sexual Patterns and Variations
Sociological examination of patterns and variations in several dimensions of human sexuality. Emphasis will be placed on sexual nonconformity (homosexuality, premarital relations, etc.).

SPCH–S 308 Family Communication
This course is designed to critically examine the communication process that comprise and define families. Students will be exposed to numerous perspectives taken by contemporary family communication scholars. Students will learn how to apply diverse family theories and research.

SPCH–S 450 Gender and Communication
Exploration of the communication between males and females from psychological, social, and cultural perspectives. Emphasizes interpersonal interaction between males and females in friendship and romantic contexts as well as educational, organizational, and mediated contexts.

The Women’s and Gender Studies program hosts an event every March in honor of women’s history month. Student and faculty also participate in decorating the breezeway of the University Center North to commemorate women’s roles in history. In addition, every spring, IU Southeast students and faculty participate in the IU Undergraduate Women’s and Gender Studies Conference.

Feminist Alliance Meetings

The group is dedicated to individuals who wish to discuss feminist related issues in an open and respectful environment.

All meetings are held during the lunch hour between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

  • February 28 – UC128
  • March 14 – UC128
  • April 11 – UC128

For more information, contact us at:

Email: iusfeminist@gmail.com
Website: http://iusfeminist.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/iusfeminist

26th Annual IU Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference

April 3, 2014 and April 4, 2014 at Indiana University – South Bend

Conference Theme: Representations and Realities

Women’s History Month Events

The Happening – Enjoy readings, interactive discussions, music and food. Meet representatives from Women’s and gender Studies, The Center for Women and Families, and the Feminist Alliance, among others.

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Affiliated Faculty

The women’s and gender studies program relies on the talents of faculty from diverse disciplines in order to provide classes and maintain the program. Faculty affiliated with the program offer courses regularly in their special fields. In addition, the Women’s and Gender studies program is run by a faculty senate committee and an advisory committee who volunteer to provide their time to administer the program.

Resident

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Sara Hare
Associate Professor of Sociology
schare@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2161
Office Location: CV 008
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Bernadette Faith Jesse
Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
bfolson@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2098
Office Location: CV 013
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Meghan Kahn
Assistant Professor of Psychology
mckahn@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2174
Office Location: CV 011
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Kelly A. Ryan
Associate Professor of History
ryanka@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2393
Office Location: CV 021
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Leigh Viner
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Coordinator of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Humanities
vviner@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2109
Office Location: KV 200 G
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Sara Walsh
Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
smwalsh@indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2296
Office Location: CV 123
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Rhonda Wrzenski
Assistant Professor of Political Science
rwrzensk@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2023
Office Location: CV 005
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