Women's Studies at Aquinas College

Women's Studies Courses

WS/AT252 Women, Ceramics, and the Creative Process (3)

This course features the study of contemporary, groundbreaking women ceramic artists through lecture, discussions, and studio work in clay.

WS/CN311 Gender Communication (3)

This course focuses on the principles and perspectives of the similarities and differences in men’s and women’s communication. It also presents skills that men and women can use to communicate more effectively.

WS/EH255 Women Writers (3) AC

This course focuses on selected texts in English by female authors and draws from all genres and periods.

WS/HY309 Women in American History (3)

In this social-historical introduction to history from a feminist perspective, focusing on women's lived experience in the United States from the colonial era to the present, topics include: American Colonial women, Native American women, the impact of slavery on all American women, women's legal issues, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century social movements, such as movements for suffrage, temperance, social reform, women's liberation, and the Equal Rights Amendment.

WS/PG211 Psychology of Women (3)

This course presents concepts, theories, and issues surrounding the psychology of women. Theory and research focused on gender differences will be reviewed and discussed. Current issues including violence against women, sexual assault on college campuses, feminist approaches to therapy, workplace issues experienced by women, and family and relationship issues will also be explored.

WS/SY207 Arab Women (3) GP

This course explores various Arab communities, both historic and contemporary, to focus on the diverse lives of Arab women: tribal nomadic, small village, immigrant and urban. Through the novel, ethnography, memoir and poetry, the course examines Arab practices and reflects on the dynamics of gender and power in students’ own cultures.

WS/SY305 Masculinities, Femininities, Sexualities, and Society (3)

This course examines the sociology of gender. As a social construction, gender influences various aspects of social life. Particular attention will be given to the role of ideology in shaping conceptions of gender, how those conceptions are constructed through socialization practices, how they are maintained through social institutions, and how gender shapes experiences. This course uses a critical, intersectional approach to understand gender more holistically.

WS/SY315 Women and Development (3)

A sociological examination of women’s involvement in development and social change activities across diverse societies. Use of sociology and women’s studies theories and analyses to understand development roles played by women in public and private spheres.

WS/TY267 Women and Spirituality (3)

This course explores the topic of spirituality focusing especially on women, approaching studies through readings, discussions, and class presentations on Scripture, Tradition, and Church history; the anthropology/sociology of gender relations; the lives of women mystics; the experience of women in selected works of literature; the experience of contemporary women, including guest speakers; and the experience of class participants. Class readings, presentations, and discussions regarding all of the above will aim to incorporate varying experiences of race, culture, and life stage development.

WS100 Introduction to Women's Studies (3) PSC

This course is designed to introduce students to Women's Studies as an area of interdisciplinary study and research. Students will read classic and contemporary texts from a variety of disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Topics include: women's contributions to the arts, sciences, and religion, an overview of feminist/womanist theory, epistemological issues, and feminist research methodologies. The course offer students the opportunity for cultural and cross-cultural study of the effect of representations and the various ways assumptions about gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation impact identities and shape perceptions, thinking, and actions in everyday life.

WS200 Special Topics in Women’s Studies (Variable)

WS260 Women and the Environment (3) PSC

This course explores representations and theories of ecofeminism that connect nature and women, as well as the work of pioneering and contemporary "environmental advocates," such as Rachel Carson, Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva, and West Michigan women who have led the modern environmental movement. Through a range of readings, written responses, discussion, and a final community engagement project, students apply course models to shape an environmental consciousness for themselves.

WS314/SY311 Women, Girls and Leadership (3)

Examination of how the status of the women is defined and how social constructions influence various aspects of social life. Utilizes a sociological approach and theories that have contributed to establishing current ideas about women and girls, leadership, socialization practices and how they are maintained through social institutions.

WS320 Contemporary Issues in Women’s Studies Seminar (Variable

This is an interdisciplinary course in Women's Studies, using a gender lens informed by feminist theory to understand a contemporary issue from multiple conceptual perspectives - disciplinary (arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences); geographical (local, regional, national, global); and methodological (quantitative, qualitative, and creative) in order to better understand and engage intersectional identities and issues around the globe.

WS325/PS325 Feminist Theory and Activism (3)

Feminist Theory and Activism is designed to explore different ways of thinking about sex/gender, power, and justice, and examines how different theories of gender, power and justice shape political activism. By comparing a variety of theoretical perspectives (such as liberal, Marxist and radical feminism), we look at different possibilities for analyzing core feminist concepts and the practical implications of theory.

WS397 Field Experience—WS398 Independent Readings—WS399 Independent Project (Variable)

These courses may be taken with the approval of the Director of the Women’s Studies Program