Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on feminist
analyses of the ways in which gender, sexuality, race, class,
and nationality inform women's lives. Course work examines
scholarship by and about women in different historical eras
and geographical regions. Courses frequently emphasize women's
movements, agency, and forms of resistance at the analytical
and practical levels. Women's Studies classes often investigate
materials previously neglected by scholars and develop methodological
and critical approaches to materials customarily treated in
other ways. Thus they frequently propose revisions in the
content, methods, and assumptions of particular disciplines
in light of recent feminist scholarship.
Studies courses are categorized in three ways:
"Program" courses are taught wholly within the Women's
Studies Program and carry a WOST course number. These courses
focus on the study of women and gender using specifically
feminist theories and methodologies. They explore not only
what women have in common but also how different social locations
(including class, nationality, ethnicity, race, and sexuality)
shape women's varied identities and experiences.
"Discipline-focused" courses are interdisciplinary
classes taught by faculty whose primary appointment is in
another department or program. They are listed under a course
number from the originating department or program. These classes
usually address the study of women and gender within the context
of a particular discipline (such as History or English). Many
of them also explore how feminist scholarship is reformulating
research questions and analyses within that discipline.
"Related" courses are listed under a course number
from the originating department or program. These are courses
in which substantive attention is given to issues concerning
gender, but such issues may not be the primary focus of
in Requirements. The Women's Studies Program has recently
changed the requirements for the Major and Minor in Women's
Studies. Students entering Oberlin College prior to Fall
1999 may declare and complete the major under the previous
requirements, or switch to the new ones. Students who have
already declared a Women's Studies major or minor under
the previous requirements should discuss their options with
the Program Director or their advisor.
listed in this catalog as "discipline-focused" will satisfy
the requirements for "cross-listed" courses under the previous
may, if necessary, petition the Program Director to designate
courses as fulfilling Women's Studies requirements that
are not listed as doing so in the catalog.
Students wishing to declare a Women's Studies major should
select a faculty advisor who is a member of the Women's
Studies Program Committee or see the Program Director. In
consultation with the advisor, students should propose a
program of study. The form must be signed by the advisor
and the Director of the Women's Studies Program, and submitted
to the Registrar by the student.
Women's Studies major consists of a minimum of 30 credits
of course work, with 9 credits maximum at the introductory
level. No more than 10 credits may normally be transferred.
Students interested in a double major should be aware that
discipline-focused or related Women's Studies courses can
count toward majors in both Women's Studies and the department
or program of origin. In addition the following requirements
and recommendations will normally apply.
credits of the major will be the following required courses:
WOST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies (3 credits),
normally taken by the end of the sophomore year.
WOST 300: Feminist Research Methodologies (3 credits), or
a methodology course offered in another department that
complements the major. Students should confer with their
advisor to determine the most appropriate course to fulfill
this requirement. The aim should be to find a course that
will help the student work at a sophisticated level with
feminist concepts. Therefore, introductory-level courses
are normally not considered appropriate.
WOST 301: Practicum in Women's Studies (3-4 credits), normally
taken by the end of the junior year, or equivalent work
that has received prior approval for Practicum exemption.
400-level seminar offered by the program (4 credits).
one other program course (3-4 credits), of which a designated
200-level feminist theory course is strongly recommended.
remaining 14 credits of the major will be comprised of program,
discipline-focused or related courses. 6 credits of the
14 must be program or discipline-focused. The remainder
may be taken from the list of related courses. No more than
6 of the 14 credits can be at the introductory level.
Oberlin courses not designated in the catalog as Women's
Studies disciplined-focused or related courses, may be permitted
to count toward the major. To ask to have such a designation
made, or to request a needed deviation from major requirements,
students should consult with the Program Director. If such
changes are approved, the Director will send written notification
to the Registrar. Students declaring a Women's Studies major
as their second major should file a declaration no later
than the second semester of their junior year.
Students wishing to minor in Women's Studies are advised
to consult with the Director of Women's Studies and to declare
their minor before the end of the junior year. Proposals
for minors will be reviewed and approved by the Director
of the Women's Studies Program. Students may obtain a minor
in Women's Studies by accumulating 15 credits according
to the following guidelines:
Women's Studies 100 (3 credits).
At least 3 additional credits in program courses.
credits, as necessary, earned in other Women's Studies courses
(Program, discipline-focused or related).
least 9 of the 15 credits must be above the introductory
level. No more than 5 credits may be transferred toward
the minor. It is recommended that students include field
work relevant to Women's Studies, for example, the ExCo
course in the Battered Women's Shelter, the Women's Studies
Practicum, or a Women's Studies-related Winter Term project.
Senior Women's Studies majors may conduct independent, original
research under the supervision of an advisor, normally drawn
from the Women's Studies Program Committee. Students are
expected to prepare a substantive project or research paper
and pass an oral examination on their research and its relationship
to relevant bodies of feminist scholarship. Students who
qualify for honors and wish to undertake an honors project
should consult with the Women's Studies Program Director
no later than the beginning of the second semester of their
Term. When faculty members who teach Women's Studies
courses are on duty for Winter Term, they sponsor Women's
Studies-related Winter Term projects in their area of interest.
Many other faculty who teach discipline-focused or related
courses may be asked to sponsor Women's Studies Winter Term
Resources. Other campus resources which supplement the
academic offerings in Women's Studies include student organizations
such as the Women's Resource Center and the Women's Collective
at Baldwin. Mudd Library has a collection of pamphlet materials
on women, a core of women's studies periodicals, and reference
materials on women in addition to the resources of the general
collection. Ms. Jessica Grim is the resource librarian for
to Women's Studies 3 hours
1.5SS, CD, WR
course examines basic analytical constructs and key issues
in the field of feminist knowledge. It provides an introduction
to the variety of women's experiences across cultures, through
critical examination of gender in combination with race, class
and sexuality. Classroom discussion is central to the feminist
pedagogy of this course. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Social Change, and Social Movements
course focuses on theoretical debates about processes of social
change and social reproduction at the individual, cultural,
and social movement levels, with particular focus on gender
identities and status. Attention will be paid to how the "modernity/tradition"
construct, and race, class, nation, and sexuality (as "differences"
and as sources of inequality) impact these debates and influence
definitions of self and representations of others. This course
meets the feminist theory recommendation for majors. Priority
to Women's Studies and Sociology majors. Prerequisites:
WOST 100, or introductory course in Sociology or Politics,
or consent of instructor. Closed to first year students. Identical
to SOCI 233. Enrollment Limit: 30.
1 WOST-233-01 MW 12:00-1:15 Ms. Hasso
with the Bomb 3 hours
Research Methodologies 3 hours
course traces the historical and dialectical impact of feminist
epistemologies on disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.
We will explore feminist approaches to research practices,
including oral history, case studies, archival research, visual
and literary criticism, survey/content analysis, and field
work. The course will encourage students to think critically
about research as well as to present their work from a self-reflexive
stance. Prerequisites: WOST 100 or consent of instructor.
Priority given to WOST majors. Enrollment Limit: 25.
1 WOST-300-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Ms. Kozol
in Women's Studies 3-4 hours
will volunteer for 4 to 8 hours weekly in a local feminist
or social service agency. Readings and discussions will include
activist strategies for accomplishing social change, grassroots
principles of community organization, and the structure and
division of labor in nonprofit organizations. We will discuss
the intersections between feminist theory and organizational
practices in order to examine how feminist ideals of participatory
process and consensus can be utilized. Consent of instructor
required. Enrollment Limit: 16.
2 WOST-301-01 M 7:00-9:30 p.m. Ms. Kahn
Feminisms 3 hours
interdisciplinary course examines feminisms worldwide. The
course is organized to address feminisms as individual processes,
collective practices, and organized movements. It will also
address the impact of local, national, and international structures
on feminisms, and the ways in which international economic
and political inequalities have complicated gender debates.
This course meets the feminist theory recommendation for majors.
Not open to first years. Priority to Women's Studies and Sociology
majors. Identical to SOCI 330. Enrollment Limit: 20.
2 WOST-330-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Ms. Hasso
Visible Bodies and the Politics of Sexuality 4 hours
seminar will study visual culture as a crucial site through
which Americans have negotiated the politics of sexuality
both historically and in contemporary society. We will examine
how media, legal, medical, and other forms of representation
have visualized often contested notions of identity, such
as race, class, and ethnicity, through gendered and sexualized
bodies. Readings in contemporary feminist theories will complement
students' own research projects. Consent of instructor
required. Priority given to Women's Studies majors.
Enrollment Limit: 15.
1 WOST-402-01 Tu 9:00-10:50 Ms. Kozol
Gender and the State in the Middle East 4 hours
seminar will study the gender implications of the relationship
between states and religious authorities in a few Arab states
in the late 20th century. While "civil" laws (addressing work,
education, and politics) are often gender egalitarian, "religious"
laws (addressing marriage and family) are usually not. Important
for the purposes of this seminar is why this relationship
varies in different states. Students are required to write
a research paper based on a case study. Consent of instructor
required. Priority to Women's Studies and Sociology majors.
Identical to SOCI 405. Enrollment Limit: 15.
2 WOST-405-01 W 2:30-4:20 Ms. Hasso
500. Honors 4
of instructor required.
Reading 1-3 hours
of instructor required.
following courses may be taken to fulfill the Women's Studies
major and minor requirements. Students should register for
these courses using the number in the department or program
of Modernism: The Avant-Garde in Fin-de-Siecle France 3
1 ARTS-268-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Ms. Mathews
Seminar: The Femme Fatale and Other Forms of 3 hours
Female Identity in Twentieth-Century Film
2 ARTS-361-01 Tu 1:30-4:30 Ms. Mathews
and Physical Education
in Homophobia in Sport 3 hours
2 ATHL-507-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Mr. Muska
Second Troy: Versions of Helen 3 hours
2 CLAS-218-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Ms. Lynn
Eliot and Virginia Woolf 4 hours
1 ENGL-391-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Ms. Linehan
Narratives: The World Vision of Female and Male picaros 3
2 SPAN-450-01 M 7:00-9:00 p.m. Mr. Perez
Sexualities 3 hours
2 HIST-265-01 TuTh 9:35-10:50 Mr. Mitchell
and Social Movements in the United States 3 hours
2 HIST-266-01 MW 2:30-3:45 Ms. Lasser
History as American History 3-4 hours
1 HIST-268-01 TuTh 9:00-10:50 Ms. Lasser
Survey 3 hours
1 HIST-270-01 TuTh 9:35-10:50 Mr. Mitchell
Gender, Marriage, and Family in China 3-4 hours
1 HIST-344-01 M 2:30-4:20 Mr. Kelley
in Modern Japan, 1868 to the Present 3 hours
1 HIST-350-01 Th 1:00-2:50 Mr. DiCenzo
of Gender 3 hours
2 PSYC-224-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Ms. Miller
to Religion: Women and the Western Tradition 3 hours
1 RELG-108-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Ms. Kamitsuka
Religious Thought in Multicultural Perspective 3 hours
2 RELG-262-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Ms. Kamitsuka
Selected Topics in Women and Religion 3 hours
2 RELG-365-01 W 2:30-4:20 Ms. Kamitsuka
Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Issues in Writing 3
2 RHET-112-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Ms. Cooper
works hard for the money: Women, Work, and the 3 hours
Persistence of Inequality
1 SOCI-104-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Ms. John
and Society 3 hours
2 SOCI-236-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Mr. Norris
American Family: Comfort, Conflict and Criticism 3 hours
2 SOCI-326-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Ms. John
Asian Pacific American Women 3 hours
1 SOCI-447-01 F 1:00-3:00 Ms. Charfauros McDaniel
following courses may be taken to fulfill some of the Women's
Studies major and minor requirements. Students should register
for these courses using the number in the department or
program of origin. No more than eight credits in Related
Courses may count toward the major.
to Cultural Anthropology
and Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherer Societies
in Painting: What is Real Isn't Natural
Literature at the Turn into the 20th Century
and Subversion in Shakesperean Drama
Fiction and Sexual Difference
and the Body
Cinema: A Cultural Approach
Bourgeoisie and the Making of Modern Europe
Schizophrenia in Japan and Sub-Saharan Africa 1945-present:
Tradition, Modernity and the Modern Novelist
and Orthodoxy in Medieval Europe