Course Descriptions

The following graduate-level courses are offered in women's and gender studies. Graduate-level courses are numbered 500-899. Information about course offerings and programs of study is published online and in print each year in the Graduate Catalog.

WMST 533 WOMEN AND AGING (3)
American society's view of older women and the impact of stereotypes and images on their self-concepts. Prerequisite: 3 units in women's and gender studies or social sciences

WMST 535 WOMEN, WORK AND FAMILY (3)
Women's work examined historically and cross-culturally from an interdisciplinary perspective. Women's work in traditional societies, effect of industrialization on women's work in contemporary societies. Prerequisite: 3 units in social science or history.

WMST 536 WOMEN AND MEDICINE (3)
A study of how gender has influenced the structure, content, and practice of medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries with emphasis on disease theory and treatment; physicians' involvement in social policy; and focus on the history of nursing, women's entry into medical practice and women's health movements past and present. Prerequisite: 3 undergraduate units in women's and gender studies or social sciences.

WMST 538 WOMEN AND SEXUALITY (3)
Examination of the politics of sexuality, the interaction between cultural definitions and evaluations of women's attempts to achieve sexual autonomy. Emphasis on how the meaning of sexuality changes over time, how women respond to these changes, and how they affect women. Prerequisite: 3 undergraduate units in women's and gender studies or social sciences.

WMST 539 REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND THE FUTURE OF MOTHERHOOD (3)
Reproductive science and contraceptive technologies and their effect on contemporary society; focus on ethical and legal issues; and changing definitions of motherhood. Prerequisites: Two science courses, or one math and one science course.

WMST 545 WOMEN, ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH (3)
Relationships between economic development, health and the environment from a global perspective with a focus on women's roles in environmental management; how women's activism affects social and public policy agendas. Prerequisites: none

WMST 550 B-MORE: BALTIMORE AND URBAN COMMUNITIES (3)
Analyzes significant political, economic, ad cultural issues facing Baltimore and other urban communities including poverty, discrimination, economic development, and the criminal justice system; special attention to gender, race, class, and youth activism. Prerequisites: None

WMST 570-579 TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (3)
An interdisciplinary examination of selected issues, themes or topics in women's and gender studies. Variation in content in different terms; may be re-elected. Prerequisite: One women's and gender studies course or consent of instructor.

WMST 570 TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES – MASCULINITIES IN PERSPECTIVE (3)
Examines the social construction of masculinities in the United States. Topics include men at work, male sexuality, men and violence, pornography, significant relationships, fatherhood and family life, pop culture, male-centered social movements and changes over the lifecycle. Special attention will be paid to race, class, sexuality, age and other differences.

WMST 570 TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES – WOMEN’S SPIRITUAL PRACTICES (3)
Often the question of the relationship between women and religion is posed from the ‘top down.’ One asks about women in authoritative scriptures, the role of women in religious hierarchies, the implications of different theological positions for women. This course takes the opposite approach and investigates women’s religiosity in their day-to-day living. Thus, we will pay more attention to women’s practices involving food, clothing, storytelling, travel, singing, health/cures, devotional reading, household altars, etc., than to beliefs about the place of women in any one tradition. The course will draw on material from many traditions including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and tribal religion.

WMST 581 THE EROTIC IMAGINATION IN CHRISTIANITY AND HINDUISM (3)
Explores use of sexual imagery to understand the human-divine relationship in Christianity and Hinduism. Critical analysis of the ways that erotic religious traditions both re-inscribe and destabilize cultural norms of gender and sexuality. Prerequisite: WMST 231 or RLST 105 or by consent of professor.

WMST 591 DIRECTED READING IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (1-4)
Independent reading in women's and gender studies with emphasis on interdisciplinary relationships. Topics selected by student in consultation with instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: 15 units in interdisciplinary or departmental women's and gender studies courses; minimum 3.00 GPA average in women’s and gender studies; consent of instructor and of women’s and gender studies chair, graduate program director or advisor.

WMST 601 WOMEN AND GENDER IN THE WORKPLACE (3)
Examination of the organization of work and the role of gender in the division of labor, power and authority, income and other rewards, in diverse work settings. Prerequisites: 9 units in women’s and gender studies and/or the social sciences and graduate standing.

WMST 603 THE DIVERSITY OF WOMEN (3)
Examination of feminist scholarship on race, class and sexualities, particularly with regard to the distribution of power within a variety of institutions. Prerequisites: 9 units in women’s and gender studies and/or the social sciences, and graduate standing.

WMST 604 LEADERSHIP IN THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT SECTOR: GOVERNANCE AND ADVOCACY (3)
Examines the role of governance and advocacy in the not-for-profit organization with attention to women's roles and issues. Topics include strategic planning, board governance and community power-building. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

WMST 605 WOMEN IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT (3)
Examination of the diverse experiences of women in a variety of national and international contexts. Particular attention will be devoted to how global forces impact women's lives today and the diverse ways that women struggle against inequality. Prerequisite: 9 units in women’s and gender studies and/or the social sciences, and graduate standing.

WMST 607 ADVANCED FEMINIST THEORY (3)
Major feminist theories on women's experience, emphasizing the areas in the graduate concentrations: workplace, health, public policy and international. Prerequisites: 9 units in women’s and gender studies and/or the social sciences, and graduate standing.

WMST 609 APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS AND SKILLS I (3)
How to interpret, evaluate, and conduct research about women and gender issues in organizations and society, using the computer, the Internet, and statistical software for accessing and producing information. Prerequisites: 9 units in women’s and gender studies and/or the social sciences, and graduate standing.

WMST 611 WOMEN, PUBLIC POLICY AND SOCIAL CHANGE (3)
How public policy affects the experiences of women and men, and groups to which they belong. Includes study of components of public policy-making, case studies of gender-related public policy, and methods of instituting change. Prerequisite: 9 units in women’s and gender studies and/or the social sciences, and graduate standing.

WMST 613 WOMEN AND HEALTH (3)
An interdisciplinary study of women's health from a holistic perspective that builds on socioeconomic, political and biological aspects of women's health. Prerequisites: 9 units in women’s and gender studies and/or the social sciences, and graduate standing.

WMST 620 FIELD EXPERIENCE (3)
Non-culminating field placement for students in organizations or agencies (including governmental) working on projects that serve women. Course includes a proposal, regular meetings with adviser, a journal and a final written report of the project. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 units by student not electing the WMST 796 Internship option; site of placement may not be repeated. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 9 units toward a master's in WMST and approval of the student's adviser and graduate program director.

WMST 640 WOMAN AS A CITIZEN (3)
Role of gender in defining citizenship; critical analysis of the principles of citizenship promulgated by leading contributors to Western political thought.

WMST 670-679 SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES (3)
Topics pertaining to WMST graduate concentrations. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units. Prerequisite: 9 units in women’s and gender studies and/or the social sciences, and graduate standing.

WMST 670 SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMENS STUDIES: LEADERSHIP, SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM (3)
This course examines the multiplicity of women’s/feminist activism in both local and global contexts, and the organizational forms and structures it has created to enhance the status and well-being of women. It examines the differences between women’s and feminist’s organizations, and how both enable and in turn are sustained by women’s/feminist activism. It addresses issues such as: the diverse ways women organize to challenge inequality; the strategies, possibilities and challenges of organizing; dilemmas confronting efforts to build sustainable organizations; and the forces that foster and those that disrupt women’s solidarity in pursuit of a more just society.

WMST 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3)
Study and research including writing a research paper on a selected topic in women's studies. Prerequisites: 15 undergraduate or 9 graduate units in women's and gender studies, graduate standing, and consent of women's and gender studies chair, graduate program director or adviser prior to registration.

WMST 796 INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES (3)
Intensive hands-on experience in approved organization related to student's concentration. Written report required upon completion. Must be taken in two separate terms for a total of 6 units. Prerequisite: Minimum of 9 units completed in graduate program in women's and gender studies and consent of student's graduate adviser.

WMST 897 WOMEN'S STUDIES THESIS (6)
Original research on a topic related to the student's concentration using acceptable research methods and design. May be based in extensive library, survey or field research. A thesis prospectus detailing the nature and scope of the investigation and the methods to be employed must be submitted and approved in advance to the student's adviser and the graduate director. Students will be required to do an oral presentation of their thesis in a meeting with their graduate adviser and one other WMST faculty. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 21 units toward the M.S. in WMST and completion of WMST 609.

WMST 898 WOMEN'S STUDIES THESIS (3)
Same as WMST 897, taken over two consecutive terms.

WMST 899 THESIS CONTINUUM (1)
Continuation of thesis beyond the 6 units.