Core Requirements for the Major and Minor

Fall, 2014

Women's Studies 101W: Introduction to Women's Studies. 3 hr.; 3 cr.

Class #45592, #45608


This course explores the core concepts underlying the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies,
introducing the ways in which the study of women and sex/gender as social categories transforms our
understanding of culture, history and society. Topics include the social construction of gender,
the gender division of  labor, production and reproduction, intersections of  gender, race, class and ethnicity,
and the varieties of sexual experience. This course is the required introduction to the Women's Studies
major and minor, and has no prerequisites. (SS) Fall, Spring

Women's Studies 201W:  Theories of Feminism

Class #45614


The main theories used in Women's Studies today will be analyzed from a historical perspective and with
respect to the combined effects of gender, race and class on the status of women in contemporary society.
The course will include the study of the problems inherent in establishing full social equality for women.

Women's Studies 310: VT: Research Seminar

Class #45617


This course allows students to undertake individual research with any member of the Queens College faculty,
in conjunction with the Women's Studies Director. Students typically meet weekly with a faculty member and
work towards an original research paper, project, or performance.

Women's Studies 320: Field Work

Class #45622


In recognition of the activist roots and goals of Women's Studies, the major includes supervised field work
in an advocacy or service organization for women. Students work in political organizations, battered women's
shelters, welfare rights groups, women's health groups or similar organizations and prepare a formal document
based on their experiences and readings.

Other Women's Studies Courses

Women's Studies 210:  Women & Hollywood

Class #45620



Women's Studies 390.3W: Tutorial

Class #45624


Permission of the director of Women's Studies and the director of Interdisciplinary and Special Studies. Students
undertake and complete an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the women's
studies faculty.

Cross-listed Courses For Fall, 2014

Please check prereqs

AFST 234W: Black Women Writers -- Class #51187 Prereq.: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. This comparative study of women writers
from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States will examine the ways in which these writers re-envision history and challenge traditional conceptions of gender,
race, and class

ANTH 272: Human Skeleton -- Class #42221 Prereq.: ANTH 102 or any college biology course.

Using an anthropological and evolutionary perspective, this
course combines an anatomical and functional approach in order to acquaint students with the human skeleton and identification of skeletal remains. Also introduces
students to metric studies and to the use of osteometric and anthropometric instruments.

CMLIT 229W: Women in Modern Literature -- Class #48583 Prereq.: Sophomore standing.

The representation of women in literary texts by female and male writers, with attention to the relationship
between women’s social and cultural status and their image in literature. The thematic focus of this course
(e.g., Women and War; Women in Non-Western Literature) and the works studied vary each semester.
Students may repeat this course more than once if the topic and works studied are different.

ECON 219W: Economics of Class, Race, and Sex -- Class #47251

This course is concerned with theoretical and historical explanations of stratification by class, race, sex and ethnicity. Specifically, it is concerned with explaining differential rates of progress among ethnic groups; the economic position of the black population versus the white one; black/white males vis-a-vis black/white females; and finally, males and females.

ENGL 326: Women Writers -- Class #41033

The study of women's tradition, through the close reading of a selections of writings by women, primarily in English and American literature. Among the topics considered are the realtionship between women writers and their cultural and social backgrounds; conditions affecting women's literary production; the influence of female and male precursors; the impact of race and class; and continuities and breaks with the dominant literary tradition.

FNES 147: Family Relations -- Class #50764 and #50765

Interpersonal relations in contemporary American marriage and family life.  Topics include dating, courtship, sex attitudes and behavior, family preplanning, communication, marital conflict, the unmarried, and elements of a successful marriage.

FNES 153:  Family Resource Management -- Class #50774

The effective management of resources for individuals and families. Fall

FNES 248: Problems in Marriage and the Family-- Class #50853 Prereq.: FNES 147.

An exploration of current factors that precipitate family crisis, and the effect of crises on the family as a group. Fall

FNES 348: Families in Communities-- Class #50911 Prereq.: FNES 147.

An overview of family and communities dynamics. Examination of different types of community programs. Understanding the process of
program development and evaluation.

HIST 308: Women in Modern European History -- Class #47376

A study of the myths and realities of women’s roles in European history, from the eighteenth century to the present, including their roles in
the home and family, in the public spheres of education, work, and politics.

PSYCH 353: Psychology of Sex Roles-- Class #52176 and #52180 Prereq.: One course from the developmental sequence
(PSYCH 214, 215, 216, or 217) and either PSYCH 221 or 232.

A survey and critical analysis of research and theory regarding similarities and differences in behavior between males and females, both human and animal. Included are
considerations of biological, social, psychological, and cultural determinants of gender role development.†

SOC 214: The Family -- Class #45698, #45710 #45715

Historical and contemporary factors that shape families, with special emphasis on the American family.  Topics include changes over time, cultures and social classes, and interpersonal issues of family life.

SOC  243:  Sex and Gender in Comparative Perspective--Class #48519

This course explores the social construction of gender in a comparative-historical perspective.  Emphasis is given to the ways in which particular social and historical conditions shape gender relations in the ecomony, the political system, the family, and the ideology and practice of sexuality.

 SOC 244:  Sociology of Women -- Class #48566, #48788

 This course explores the changing position of women as a social group, focusing on the contemporary United States. The sexual division of labor in the paid labor market and in the household, the relatiionship of women to family change and "family crisis", the changing role of women in politics, and the changing social construction of female sexuality will be studied.

SOC 245: Women and Work -- Class #48833

An exploration of the changing situation of women in the U.S. workforce. Included is a study of the causes and consequences of job segregation by sex, and sex differentials in pay. The relationship between women's paid work and their role in the family and society will also be explored.

 SOC 246: The Sociology of Human Sexuality -- Class #48849 #48860, #48866, #48873

This course explores the social sources of patterns of human sexuality. Among the topics examined are why sexuality has been regulated in all known societies, the sociology of heterosexual and homosexual behavior and identity throughout the life cycle, gender-based sexual socialization, sexual politics (e.g., rape) and commercial sex (e.g., prostitution and pornography).

URBST 114: Sex and the City -- Class #47775


Women and Gender Studies majors and minors and other interested students have the opportunity to carry out an

internship with an organization on- or off-campus that concerns itself with women's issues. Internships

receive 3 academic credits, through Women and Gender Studies 320: Fieldwork in Women's Studies. Students are graded on the

evaluation of their learning experience as recorded through a final piece of writing.

Among the opportunities available to students are internships in women's shelters, publishing, law, radio stations, political organizations, and women's

organizations. Interested students should contact the Women and Gender Studies office to discuss placement.



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