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Women's Studies studentsTo enhance the transdisciplinary nature of the Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, and to assist students in developing additional sets of innovative knowledges and skills, each student, in consultation with the student’s graduate committee, will select an 15-hour concentration in one of the following interdisciplinary or disciplinary areas:  American Studies, Health Studies, Multicultural Studies, Rhetoric, and Sociology.  The specific courses selected should complement or enhance knowledge in the student's anticipated area of research for the dissertation.  Courses marked *** are required for the concentration.

American Studies Option

Students select 15 hours of the following courses:

 

ART 5603, North American Indian Art.  Introduction and overview of the visual art forms of American Indian people in North America, from prehistoric through contemporary.  Survey of major culture area groups and individual artists of native North America with emphasis on the cultural context of the artistic production.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

ENG 5263, Studies in American Literature.  Directed investigation of a problem in the literary career of a writer, in a work, or in a trend in American literature.  Prerequisite:  Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in English.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  May be repeated for credit when the specific topic of investigation varies.

ENG 5393, Women and American Literature.  Focus on changing images of female characters and on contributions of female writers throughout American literature.  Emphasis may be on fiction or on poetry and drama.  Prerequisites:  Concentration in English and graduate standing.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit:  Three hours.  May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

 

GOV 5013, American National Defense Policy.  Review of alternative theories of American national defense policy with emphasis upon historical development of current U.S. policy, including nuclear strategies, mutual defense agreements, regional conflicts, guerilla warfare, terrorism, and protection of strategic resources.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

              

GOV 5053, The Presidency and Public Policy.  Personnel politics and policy process of the executive branch.  Advanced reading, research, and group discussion. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  

GOV 5063, Political Women. The participant style, background, perspective and role of female political elite.  Current status of the Constitutional rights of women, women’s political issues, and women’s pressure groups.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

GOV 5523, American International Relations.  The revolution in American foreign policy in the twentieth century; America’s leading role in the world today. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours. 

GOV 5723, Seminar in Political Theory.  A study of contemporary debates concerning fundamental political issues and principles of good government;   analysis and discussion of ideas on class, race, sex, power, citizenship, justice. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

HIST 5003, Studies in 19th Century U.S.  A study of the 19th century with discussion and analysis of various historians’ interpretations of the same    events.  Increased knowledge of the events of this period and the study of how one writes history will be included in this course.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit:  Three hours.

 

HIST 5083, Studies in 20th Century America.  Examination through directed discussions of selected topics on the political, social, and cultural aspects of the American experience since the turn of the century with particular emphasis on reform and social change.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HIST 5863, Studies in Women's History.  Study of shifting roles of women and their struggle for equality in relationship to changes in social, economic, and political institutions in American society.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.

***SOCI 5643, Race and Ethnic Groups in the United States.  Emphasis on selected groups (African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans), their history, heritage, contributions to society, similarities, and differences.  Application of theory and research to current intergroup relations.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  

SOCI 6013, The Development of American Sociology.  Development of sociology in the United States in social and historical context from pre-sociological thought of the 1830s to World War II.  Formative stages of the discipline, its foundations, its influences, its quest for scientific legitimacy, and some of its early theoretical and empirical works.  Particular attention given to neglected contributions of African American and female sociologists. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  

Health Studies Option

Students select 15 hours of the following courses:

HS 5003, 5006, Practicum in Health Education.  Internship experiences with health-related agencies or in the development of an original contribution to teaching and learning materials.  Eight or sixteen laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three or six hours.

    

HS 5413, Current Issues in Health Studies. Introduction to the professions of health science and allied health: role, credentialing, ethics, journals, associations and organizations, leaders in the field, and current and future trends in health science.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

HS 5423, Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions.  Consideration of major chronic, degenerative, and communicable diseases in light of socio-cultural influences; exploration of myths and misconceptions in ethnic groups and the related health implications; alternative strategies for minorities to improve health through education.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

HS 6403, Environmental Health.  Basic principles of ecology as they apply to the health of human beings; analysis of modern developments in technology and science and their resultant effects on human beings; development of community efforts in establishing environmental quality.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

HS 6423, Global Health.  Health status, health delivery systems, and health policy issues affecting human populations around the world; roles of selected international organizations in advancing the health status of certain populations.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

HS 6433, History of Health and Medicine.  Significant historical events with emphasis upon ideas, personalities, institutions, and cultural factors of each era as they affected the origin and development of health education.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

HS 6443, Foundations of Health Science.  Introduction of theories and concepts related to health science.  Includes rational, psychodynamic, and behavioral theories from education, psychology, and sociology.  Applications of theory to health education practice and research.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

HS 6563, Health Advocacy and Leadership. Exploration of advocacy, including building coalitions, creating media messages, meeting with decision-makers, and impacting health policy.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

FS 5023, Family Sexuality.  Concepts of developmental sexuality, including sex education within the family.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: Three hours.

 

PSY 5163, Psychology of Women.  Examination of developmental characteristics of women, myths and stereotypes, sex roles, sexuality, life styles, values, achievement motivation, power, mental health, and mental disorders in women.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

PSY 6393, Psychology of Violence, Trauma, and Abuse.  Focus on abuse and victimization across the lifespan, ranging from infancy to late adulthood. Trauma-based disorders, psychological dynamics, and the recovery process will be explored.  Prerequisites:  Doctoral standing and/or permission of the instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  

 

WS 5253, Transgressive Identities: Queer Theories and Critical 'Race' Theories.  Feminist and womanist interventions into recent developments in queer theories and critical ‘race’ theories; the effects of racial, sexual, and gender impersonation, passing, and masquerade on identity categories.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

Multicultural Studies Option

Students select 15 hours of the following courses: 

ART 5603, North American Indian Art Introduction and overview of the visual art forms of American Indian people in North America, from prehistoric through contemporary.  Survey of major culture area groups and individual artists of native North America with emphasis on the cultural context of the artistic production.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

BUS 5923, Global Business. Similarities and differences in business practices and management styles of global firms across a variety of industries; strategies employed to gain competitive advantage in international markets in the context of NAFTA; impact of history, culture, and current political environment on the global economy. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

 

DNCE 5223,  Historical and Cultural Study of Dance Performance and Choreography.  Role of nemesis, spirituality, rebellion, and creativity in dance performance and choreography within specific historical periods and cultures and the relationship to the artistic practice of contemporary dance artists.  Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

DNCE 6213, Current Issues in Historical Inquiry in Dance. How dance practice over time and across cultures has shaped the presentation of dance in contemporary  society; the role of movement appropriation, dance reconstruction, and current theories of performance and gender. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

 

EDUC 5173, Diversity in the Classroom.  Study of theoretical issues and practices that impact the education of students from diverse backgrounds or with diverse educational needs: linguistic, culture, economics.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

ENG 5173, Studies in Ethnic, Multicultural, and Cross Cultural Literature.  Literature in English by authors whose work reflects the experience of ethnic or minority groups. Focus on themes, genres, particular groups, authors, or historical periods.  May be repeated for credit when specific topic of   investigation varies. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

FS 5153, Family Changes and Diversity.  Comprehensive synthesis of current research and theories related to cultural, economic, and structural variations in families; examination of family resilience in response to change. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

 

FS 5443, Multicultural Counseling.  Techniques for counseling minorities.  Special consideration is given to counseling needs of Black Americans and Hispanic Americans.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

GOV 5003, Studies in Comparative Politics. Review of major theoretical models and approaches in the field of comparative politics including group politics, elite analysis, class analysis, structural functional analysis, and systems theory with emphasis upon modernization and political development.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

GOV 5513, Seminar in Japanese Politics. An examination of the connections between Japanese culture and contemporary Japanese politics; emphasis on constitutionalism, government institutions, political party dynamics, and international relations. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

 

GOV 5523, American International Relations. The revolution in American foreign policy in the twentieth century; America’s leading role in the world today. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

 

HIST 5763, Studies in Latin American History.  An analysis of political, economic, cultural and intellectual trends from colonial times to the present; emphasis on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

HS 5423, Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions.  Consideration of major chronic, degenerative, and communicable diseases in light of socio-cultural influences; exploration of myths and misconceptions in ethnic groups and the related health implications; alternative strategies for minorities to improve health through education.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

HS 6423, Global Health. Health status, health delivery systems, and health policy issues affecting human populations around the world; roles of selected international organizations in advancing the health status of certain populations. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

 

MU 5543,  Multicultural Perspectives in Music Therapy.  An exploration of musical idioms, aesthetics, and functions within diverse cultural contexts. Therapeutic issues related to working with clients of diverse backgrounds will be explored, and treatment strategies will be developed.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit:  Three hours.

NURS 6002, Multicultural Nursing. Focuses on development of the student as a member of a culture within the context of a global paradigm. Students will develop an appreciation for their own culture as well as appreciation of other cultures. Universal view will result in the development of a theoretical framework for the incorporation of cultural competence at each level of doctoral study and post-doctoral practice. Two lecture hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

NURS 6213, Multicultural Women's Health Research. Compares, contrasts and analyzes issues related to past and present research on the health of women in various cultures. Future research needs prioritized with an emphasis on funding sources and collaborative opportunities. Emphasizes the quality, quantity, and foci of research on women's health, with analysis of issues which have precluded women from health-related research in the past and from full participation in the health care delivery systems of today. Focuses on empowerment of women in health promotion within a cultural context and explores and analyzes strategies to improve health delivery to women in various cultural settings from a research-based practice model. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SOCI 5443, Race, Ethnicity and Family.  Social-cultural variations in family life within the framework of racial-ethnic identity.  Examines the dynamics of family life in relation to such variables as group heritage, religion, social class, gender roles, and experiences with racism and/or ethnocentrism.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

SOCI 5553, Social Stratification.  Social ranking systems of human society as one form of social differentiation; relationship of theoretical approaches to areas of research and of theoretical concepts to specific research techniques.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

***SOCI 5643, Race and Ethnic Groups in the United States.  Emphasis on selected groups (African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans), their history, heritage, contributions to society, similarities, and differences. Application of theory and research to current intergroup relations.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

***WS 5253, Transgressive Identities: Queer Theories and Critical 'Race' Theories. Feminist and womanist interventions into recent developments in queer theories and critical ‘race’ theories; the effects of racial, sexual, and gender impersonation, passing, and masquerade on identity categories.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

WS 5263, Feminism and Religion.  Women’s contributions to the formation and development of religious traditions with emphasis on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; interconnections between religion, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and culture; feminist critiques and transformations of religious traditions;  relationships between spirituality and social change.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

***WS 5283, Ecofeminist Theorizing, Spirituality, and Activism. Ecofeminist theorizing concerning interconnections between environmental degradation, sexism, racism, and globalization; spiritual dimensions of ecofeminism and ecofeminist approaches to social change and environmental justice. Three lecture hours of week. Credit: Three hours.

Rhetoric Option 

Students select 15 hours of the following courses:

 

***ENG 5083, Bibliography and Research Methods.  Methods of research, with focus on techniques appropriate to the thesis or dissertation.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  May be repeated for credit up to 12 hours

 

ENG 5343, Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Practice.  Introduction to theory and research in rhetoric and composition with special emphasis on preparation for teaching college composition. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in English or allied field.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit:  Three hours.

 

ENG 5353, Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Pedagogy of Electronic Texts.  Rhetorical theories and techniques of teaching with non-print texts, particular attention to writing and literature.  Investigates interactions between text and image.  Prerequisite:  ENG 5343.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit:  Three hours.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

ENG 5373, Professional and Academic Communication.  Topics such as managerial communication, academic writing, technical writing. Projects develop writing and communication skills in the student’s discipline.  Prerequisite:  Nine hours of graduate study or permission of the instructor.  May be repeated when topic varies.  Three seminar hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

ENG 5393, Women and American Literature.  Focus on changing images of female characters and on contributions of female writers throughout American literature.  Emphasis may be on fiction or on poetry and drama.  Prerequisites:  Concentration in English and graduate standing.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.  May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

 

***ENG 6083, Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition.  Students design and conduct research through methods such as textual, ethnographic, historical, and empirical analysis in rhetoric and composition.  Students learn to discriminate among types of research, examine scholarship critically, and  select appropriate research designs.  Seminar and research projects.  Three hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

***ENG 6203, History of Rhetoric I.  Foundations of classical, medieval, renaissance, and seventeenth-century rhetoric.  Readings in Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, medieval rhetorical handbooks, schools in Renaissance, humanism, poetics, and rhetoric in the seventeenth century.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

ENG 6213, History of Rhetoric II. Historical survey of rhetoric from the enlightenment to the present.  Readings in Locke, Vico, contributions of Blair, Campbell, and Whately, pulpit oratory, elocution, American composition and rhetoric, new perspectives, contemporary rhetorical strategies, invention as discourse theory.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

ENG 6313, Studies in Rhetorical Criticism and Discourse Analysis. Directed investigation of topics in semiotics, narratology, discourse analysis, and stylistics as approaches to written texts and other forms of symbolic communication.  May be repeated for credit when the specific topic of investigation varies.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

***ENG 6323, Studies in Feminist Rhetoric. Directed investigation of problems in feminism and rhetoric such as feminist histories of rhetoric, feminist rhetorical theories, feminist composition pedagogy, feminism and technology, and feminist epistemology.  May be repeated for credit when the specific topic of investigation varies.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

ENG 6733, Studies in the Profession of Rhetoric and Composition. Current theoretical issues and skills needed for professions in academic and non-academic settings, such as administering writing programs, designing cross-discipline writing programs, or pursuing careers in writing and editing in business settings.  May be repeated for credit when topic of investigation varies.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

Sociology Option 

Students select 15 hours of the following courses:

 

SOCI 5343, Seminar in Sociological Theory. Analysis of classical and contemporary sociological theories and schools of thought, their roots and interrelationships. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit:  Three hours.

 

SOCI 5353, Methods of Teaching Sociology.  Discusses issues and problems in college education and in teaching sociology. Gives students practice in organizing sociology courses, constructing syllabi, teaching units, test construction, and utilization of available resources in sociology.  Three lecture hours per week.  Credit: Three hours.

 

SOCI 5373, Theories in Social Psychology.  Major schools of thought about the nature of the person as affected by society, including structural, symbolic interactionist, phenomenological, and critical schools.  May be repeated for credit.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

SOCI 5443, Race, Ethnicity, and Family.  Social-cultural variations in family life within the framework of racial-ethnic identity.  Examines the dynamics of family life in relation to such variables as group heritage, religion, social class, gender roles, and experiences with racism and/or ethnocentrism.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

           

SOCI 5553, Social Stratification.  Social ranking systems of human society as one form of social differentiation; relationship of theoretical approaches to areas of research and of theoretical concepts to specific research techniques.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

SOCI 5663, Family: Current Topics.  Analysis of selected topics in the area of the family.  Selected topics may include:  comparative family studies, marital dissolution and single parent families, family crises, family and violence, alternative family forms.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

SOCI 5813, Community: Power and Change.  The analysis of urban theory and research; history of the city; effects of urbanization on social, structural and cultural patterns; power and conflict at the community level; social planning for the metropolis; and future trends in urban, industrialized social systems.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

SOCI 6013, The Development of American Sociology.  Development of sociology in the United States in social and historical context from pre-sociological thought of the 1830s to World War II.  Formative stages of the discipline, its foundations, its influences, its quest for scientific legitimacy, and some of its early theoretical and empirical works.  Particular attention given to neglected contributions of African American and female sociologists.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

***SOCI 6103, Seminar on Sociological Theory.  Includes a sequence of classical, contemporary, and current theory courses; plus, a course on theory construction.  Emphasis is placed on research in primary sources and class discussion of the assigned materials, presupposes some familiarity with sociological theories.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.

 

***SOCI 6203, Seminar on Research Methods.  Theory and application of quantitative and non-quantitative methods to sociological data. Suggested topics may include:  use of available data; qualitative and field techniques; data analysis; techniques of sociological measurement. Prerequisites:  A course in statistics and one in basic research design or permission of instructor.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  Three hours.


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