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Womens and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary minor degree program that places women at the center of inquiry and explores gender as a system of relations and power. It gives students an understanding of diversity, privilege, intersectionality, and pluralism all components of a tool kit to work in an increasingly diverse world and globally complex job market.
Linda Van Ingen focuses her research on modern U.S. political and social history with a special interest in issues of gender, race, class and aging. Van Ingen’s publications contribute to the historiography of women in politics by exploring the limits of state suffrage for women candidates and by introducing the concept of a gendered politics of accommodation. She advises graduate student thesis projects in areas of civil rights, women’s history and modern U.S. political history.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admissions
- Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Women's & Gender Studies||3|
Course Number: WSTD 220
This course explores the interdisciplinary subject of Women's and Gender Studies where woman is understood as a category of analysis and gender is studied as a system of relations and power. Society's role in constructing gender, sexuality and race will also be explored, as will the idea that feminism is a historical process.
|Women in Art||3|
Course Number: ART 422
A chronological survey from the prehistoric era through the end of the twentieth century, analyzing women's artistic role in their societies and highlighting pertinent issues in each individual period.
|Victimology: Victims of Crime||3|
Course Number: CJUS 315
This course is designed to introduce the students to the overall problems dealing with victimization. Areas covered will include homicides, child abuse and neglect, rape, spouse abuse, abuse to the elderly, and other victimizations along with the post traumatic stress involved. The philosophy, history, and objectives of victimology will be reviewed in additions to the Victims' Rights Movement and research findings about victims. This course is designed to assist students in relating to victims of crime in a professional manner.
Course Number: CJUS 360
This course is designed to introduce the students to the growing problem of sex crimes. Areas covered will include prostitution, the role of fantasy in sex crimes, pornography, Internet related sex crimes, sex trafficking and tourism, pedophilia, dangerous sex crimes, and rape. Related laws, typologies of offenders, profiling offenders, and evidence collection will also be discussed.
|Women and Crime||3|
Course Number: CJUS 370
The study of gender criminology, female offenders, and the incarceration and treatment of offending women; an examination of female victims of male violence including battering, stalking, and sexual victimization; an evaluation of women working in the criminal justice field, their employment and promotion rates, gender discrimination, and safety on the job.
|Minorities and Criminal Justice||3|
Course Number: CJUS 380
This course provides a survey of minority relations and criminal justice adjudication in America (law enforcement, judicial processing and corrections). Particular attention is focused on majority/minority relations and how these sentiments are reflected within the criminal justice process. While many minority groups will be examined, three will be emphasized: (1) racial minorities; (2) female victims and offenders; and (3) unique white ethnic subcultures.
Course Number: CJUS 401
Concerned with current issues and developments in the criminal justice field. Each semester a topic will be chosen as the subject for inquiry. It is designed for students who wish to explore current issues and broaden their exposure to important and timely issues in criminal justice. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. 1-3 credit hour course Total Credits Allowed: 12.00 Prerequisite: CJUS 101 or permission of instructor
|Terrorism and Crisis Negotiations||3|
Course Number: CJUS 476
This course is designed to introduce the students to the overall theories behind the use of terrorism to obtain a political objective and an overview of major terrorist organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the culture diversity within the United States and other countries. Specifically it will show the actions of different ethnic, culture and religious groups that have resorted to the use of terrorism because of government actions. This class will also discuss the primary methods of operational and counter actions taken by police and government agencies. A portion of the class will be devoted to the planning and conducting hostage negotiations and examining the psychological factors on both the hostage taker and hostage.
|Introduction to Counseling and Social Advocacy||3|
Course Number: CSP 418
This course is designed to introduce the student to the broad field of counseling and to provide an orientation to counseling as a helping profession. A knowledge base related to the characteristics and training of effective counselors as well as a description of clients who enter counseling is the content foundation of this course. This involves both information and experience focused on the nature of helping relationship and the skills, attitudes, and beliefs involved in developing and maintaining this relationship. Finally, the therapeutic benefits to the client are explored.
|Introduction to Literature: Special Topics||3|
Course Number: ENG 254
Introduces types of literature and techniques used in writing and reading texts; works will differ in genre, style, source, and context from section to section. Total Credits Allowed: 12.00 Prerequisite: ENG 102
|Images of Women in Literature||3|
Course Number: ENG 260
An introduction to the study of images of women in various genres of literature. Works of fiction, poetry, and drama written by women will be studied and discussed. Prerequisite: ENG 102
|Contemporary American Multicultural Lit||3|
Course Number: ENG 359
This course will examine multiculturalism and how it has impacted American literature. Readings will include philosophical, historical, and political approaches to multiculturalism. Students will read a wide variety of contemporary American ethnic literatures, including writings by Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American authors. Prerequisite: ENG 234 or department permission
|American Women Writers||3|
Course Number: ENG 360
Surveys American women's writings from early captivity narratives to contemporary avant-garde poetry. Prerequisite: ENG 234 or department permission
Course Number: ENG 425
A study of texts recommended to and/or popular among children, informed by readings of literary criticism and historical discourses on childhood. Prerequisite: ENG 234 or ENG 235H or ENG 240H or ENG 250 or ENG 251 or ENG 252 or ENG 253 or ENG 254 or ENG 280H or department permission
|Literature for Adolescents||3|
Course Number: ENG 426
A study of texts recommended to and/or popular among adolescents and young adults, informed by readings of literary criticism and historical discourses on youth. Prerequisite: ENG 234 or ENG 235H or ENG 240H or ENG 250 or ENG 251 or ENG 252 or ENG 253 or ENG 254 or ENG 280H or department permission.
Course Number: ENG 460
Course Number: ENG 490
Specific topics in literature which are not covered in other departmental offerings. Format of the course will vary according to topic, instructor, and needs of the student. 1-3 credits Total Credits Allowed: 6.00
|Seminar on Women in a Foreign Literature||3|
Course Number: FORL 357
A study of women writers from France and/or Francophone countries, German-speaking countries, Spain and/or Latin America or a study of the depiction of women in one or more of these literatures. (Generally taught concurrently with FREN 357, GERM 357 or SPAN 357.)
|Seminar on Women in French/Francophone Lit||3|
Course Number: FREN 357
A study of women writers from France and/or Francophone countries or a study of the depiction of women in one or more of these literatures. Prerequisite: FREN 201
|Human Sexual Behavior||3|
Course Number: FSID 151
A course designed to help the individual to understand himself as a whole person so that he relates to others in a healthy, constructive and meaningful manner. Evaluation of one's own values in relation to life-style and the value structure of society.
|Advanced Study of Sexual Behaviors||3|
Course Number: FSID 465
An in-depth survey of human sexual behavior from psychological, sociological, biological, ethological, historical, and economic perspectives Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
|Saints and Sinners||3|
Course Number: HIST 411
This course examines social organization and cultural institutions that shaped the western world between late antiquity and the Renaissance, focusing on the interaction between major institutions, such as family and religion, and the lives of medieval women and men.
|Society and Gender in the Middle Ages||3|
Course Number: HIST 412
This class is designed to introduce students to the ways that gender and sexuality were defined, understood, and enacted in medieval society. The course examines both accepted and deviant sexual behaviors as well as notions of masculinity and femininity. Attitudes toward these ideas and behaviors are considered within the social, political, and religious contexts of the Middle Ages.
|Women in Europe||3|
Course Number: HIST 420
|Women in American||3|
Course Number: HIST 421
A history of women in America from the colonial period to the present.
|The United States Since 1941||3|
Course Number: HIST 485
A detailed study of some of the more important aspects of the history of the period.
Course Number: HIST 495
Topics are studied which are not assigned or covered in other courses in the department. The format of this course will vary depending on the topic, instructor and the needs of the students. Total Credits Allowed: 15.00
|Topics in Mass Media||1|
Course Number: JMC 425
The course examines various aspects of mass communication. The content of the course will be announced each time the course is offered. Possible topics include: public policy and the media; women, minorities and the media, and advanced web site design. 1-3 credit hours Total Credits Allowed: 9.00
|Mass Media and Society||3|
Course Number: JMC 460
An examination of the theories, issues, and controversies surrounding the mass media. Particular emphasis will be given to press ethics, freedom and media effects. Prerequisite: Junior standing
|Women Composers and Their Music: A Historial Approsch||3|
Course Number: MUS 247
|Race & Politics||3|
Course Number: PSCI 353
A comparative and analytical study of race and politics in the United States. Theories of race and their role in shaping public understandings, social mobilization, and governmental policy. Particular attention will be given to the social construction of race and the political implications of theories of whiteness, African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos.
|Feminist Political Thought||3|
Course Number: PSCI 378
An introduction to the major theorists and defining ideas for various types of feminism, e.g., liberal feminism, radical feminism, Marxist feminism, eco-feminism. The course considers common ideas and differences across the types of feminism and uses the theoretical perspectives as lenses through which to examine contemporary political issues and events.
|Psychology of Gender||3|
Course Number: PSY 374
Motivational levels, goals, self-concept, and various personality characteristics which differentiate between women and men are studied. Rearing differences between boys and girls and their accompanying behavioral expectations are studied as well as the development of sex differences in intellectual and biological functions.
Course Number: SOC 201
An examination of the American social class system and its impact on the lives of the members of society. Theories of the development of social classes are offered as a basis for class discussions. Alternative social class systems are examined along with the American system. The course concentrates on power relationships, ownership of assets, and the impact of class membership on values, beliefs, attitudes, life styles and life chances.
|Sociology of Gender||3|
Course Number: SOC 369
A course designed to increase knowledge regarding the initial development of sex-roles, socialization for behavior that is appropriate to gender, and the satisfaction of personal needs through interaction with societal groups. The intention is to raise student consciousness of expanding options for future family life, occupational choices and social relationships. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 250 or permission
|Sociology of Sexuality||3|
Course Number: SOC 380
This course is designed to explore the social bases of human sexual interaction. Though we may perceive sex to be a natural and biologically driven behavior, it is in fact, largely shaped by social norms, values, and expectations. Therefore, over the course of the semester, we will examine the variety of human sexual behaviors, as well as the social context in which these behaviors occur and develop.
|Sociology of Family||3|
Course Number: SOC 430
A sociological analysis of the family as a social unit. Topics focus on historical changes, cultural patterns, social class influences, group processes, institutional aspects, contemporary social changes and the future of the family. The evolving role of women will be examined for its impact on the family. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 250 or permission
|Sociology of Health and Illness||3|
Course Number: SOC 462
This course provides an introduction to the field of medical sociology with attention to physical as well as mental illnesses. The emphasis will be upon the influence of social factors in becoming ill and social factors which influence treatment. Topics to be covered will include: Social epidemiology, health and illness behavior, the health professions, health care institutions, and alternative systems of health service. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 250 or permission
|Introduction to Social Welfare||3|
Course Number: SOWK 170
The course explores the foundation and principles of social welfare in American society. The spectrum of social welfare programs and issues are examined with emphasis on the contexts that shape them and the impact they have on vulnerable and underrepresented groups.
|Social Policy & Programs||3|
Course Number: SOWK 410
The course examines the historical evolution of Social policy, value assumptions, as well as the social, political, and economic contexts and processes tat impact it. Students learn the skills required for analysis of policies and advocacy for social and economic justice. Prerequisite: SOWK 170
|Diversity and Social Justice||3|
Course Number: SOWK 420
The course examines cultural, social, and economic diversity; the role of social institutions and social, political, and cultural processes as they relate to discrimination and oppression based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class and disability status.
|Violence Across the Lifespan||3|
Course Number: SOWK 479
The course focuses on the causes, prevalence, treatment and prevention of violence that individuals may encounter throughout the lifespan. It maintains a dual focus on victims and perpetrators of violence, the impact of violence on vulnerable groups, and prevention and intervention strategies that may be used in practice, programming, policy, and research.
|Seminar on Women in Hispanic Literature||3|
Course Number: SPAN 357
A study of women writers from Spain and/or Latin America or a study of the depiction of women in one or more of these literatures. Prerequisite: SPAN 205 or equivalent
|Senior Seminar in Women's Studies||3|
Course Number: WSTD 420
This course will allow students to pursue their major field of study in relation to women's studies. Under faculty direction, students will read independently, research, and write on a topic of interest. The seminar will meet to share research and to explore the larger issues of feminist theory. Prerequisite: WSTD 220
|Special Topics in Women's Studies||1|
Course Number: WSTD 499
Topics are studied which are not assigned or covered in other Women's Studies courses. The format of this course will vary depending on the topic, instructor and the needs of the students. 1-3 credits Total Credits Allowed: 3.00 Prerequisite: WSTD 220 or permission of instructor
Cost for Nebraska Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $261.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $313.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $783.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $939.75
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $396.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $448.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1188.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1344.75
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