Women's Studies

Course Number: WS 101
Transcript Title: Women's Studies
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 17, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement

Prerequisite / Concurrent

Course Description

Examines the diverse experiences, status, and contributions of women in the United States both current and historically since the early 1900’s.Covers social construction of gender, race, sexualities, work, religion, class, violence, and health. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Use concepts basic to feminist thought in order to develop new understandings of historical, current, and personally experienced events.
  2. Articulate ways that systems of power, privilege and oppression are created and maintained by social cultural forces
  3. Recognize the influences that systems of oppression have on diverse women’s lives.
  4. Identify and analyze social processes that construct gender roles.
  5. Communicate effectively by writing, speaking, and collaborating.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student mastery of outcomes may be assessed by any combination of the following:

  • Written or oral assignments
  • Objective or essay examinations
  • Research projects
  • Participation in class discussions, small group activities, exercises, or role plays
  • Performances or plays
  • Service learning activities
  • Participating in or organizing community or professional events
  • Discussions

Course Activities and Design

Course activities may include but are not limited to: in-class discussions, analysis of pertinent documentaries, journal entries, forum discussions for online or hybrid classes, research assignments, oral presentations, essays and guest speakers.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Competencies and Skills

Instructors teaching WS 101 will include:

  • Patriarchy, sexism, oppression
  • Racism, classism, homophobia
  • Social control, socialization, conformity
  • Body image and media representation of women
  • Gender role socialization
  • Family and intimate relationship dynamics, including violence against women
  • Health and reproductive rights
  • Sexuality and sexual identity
  • Women and economics
  • History of feminism in the United States
  • Women in the arts and media
  • Women and religion

Instructors teaching WS101 may include:

  • First, second, and third wave feminism
  • Origins of gender roles
  • Women and the environment
  • Women and the justice system
  • Language and communication
  • Mental health
  • Women and politics
  • Women and sports