About Us Admissions Academics Athletics Campus Life Alumni



 Home < Academics < Undergraduate < Interdisciplinary < Womens And Gender Studies

Oglethorpe Women's Network

Programs offered:

Minor in Women's and Gender Studies (TU)

Please consult the University Bulletin for degree requirements.

Women's and Gender Studies is intended to introduce the student to the history of women and to the effects of gender on the forms of and approaches to disciplinary study and practice.

The following are possible courses offered in Women's and Gender Studies:

WGS 301. Introduction to Women's Studies - Theory

4 hours

The purpose of this course is to examine the diverse theoretical approaches which have evolved as scholars and activists have endeavored to incorporate the concerns and experiences of diverse groups of women into dominant world views. The seminar will explore the issues of race, class, and gender, paying close attention to how these variables affect the development of women's identities and relationships.
WGS 302. Introduction to Women's Studies - History

4 hours

The purpose of this course is to explore the history of feminism. By examining a wide range of texts, this seminar will investigate the development of ideas, which have come to be recognized as feminist-womanist and the discipline that has developed into women's studies in the context of Western civilization. Included will be Raine Eisler's The Chalice and the Blade, which examines the position on women in the beginnings of civilization, Mary Wollstonecrafts's Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792), Mary Beard's Women as a Force in History, De Beauvoir's Second Sex, Susan Faludi's Backlash, and Ellen Carol Dubois's Unequal Sisters: A Multi-Cultural Reader in U.S. Women's History.
WGS 303. The Literature and History of Immigrant and Minority Women in America

4 hours

The purpose of this course is to explore the experiences of immigrant and minority women in North America from the interdisciplinary perspectives of history, literature, and women's studies. Through extensive reading, discussion, and research this seminar will attempt to recapture women's sense of their own identities in relation to the dominant ideologies of race, class, and gender.
WGS 304. Women Poets

4 hours

This course is a survey of poetry by women, from ancient Chinese, Persian, and others in translation, to medieval Irish and Renaissance English, to 19th- and 20th-century Americans, as well as Eastern Europeans and Latin Americans in translation. Included will be several recent poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, and Mary Oliver in order to discover what themes, images, and attitudes seem to emerge from the works. Prerequisites: COR 101 and COR 102.
WGS 305. Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

4 hours

This course is intended to introduce the student to the study of women and gender. Special emphasis is placed on the intersection of gender with the epistemological foundations of other disciplines, and on the theory and practice of the study of gender. Courses are not limited to, for example, Southern Women's Literature and History, but will often be under the same rubric of other disciplines such as are listed under the requirements of the minor.
WGS 400. Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies 1-4 hours
Supervised research on a selected topic. Prerequisite: Submission of a proposed outline of study that includes a schedule of meetings and assignments approved by the instructor, the division chair, and the Provost prior to registration.
FRE 404. Great French Actresses and Their Film Roles 4 hours
This course will study French film actresses and their roles in an attempt to understand better the situation of women in France during the last half of the 20th century. Readings from The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, written at the outset of the period in question, provide a counterpoint to the cinematic fiction. Actresses studied may include Isabelle Adjani, Arletty, Fanny Ardant, Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Binoche, Sandrine Bonaire, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Miou-Miou, Romy Scheider, and Simone Signoret. The course is conducted in English. Students may take the course as part of a French major or minor and complete readings, tests, and written work in French. Prerequisite: None for work in English, FRE 302 for work in French.
WGS 407. Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

1-4 hours

An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study, submit a learning agreement, work 30 hours for every hour of academic credit, keep a written journal of the work experience, have regularly scheduled meetings with the faculty supervisor, and write a research paper dealing with some aspect of the internship. Written work should total five pages of academic writing for every hour of credit. An extensive list of internships is maintained by the Career Services Office. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: Permission of the faculty supervisor and qualification for the internship program.

©2015 Oglethorpe University | 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 | 404.261.1441 or 1.800.428.4484 | Privacy Policy