Requirements & Course Listings

Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program that places women at the center of inquiry, encouraging students to examine and critique the experiences of women and the assumptions about women's lives. The program also highlights the contributions of women in all fields of study. A minor program in Women's Studies is administered jointly by the Departments of English and History and Political Science.


Students will complete eighteen hours in women's studies including WS 100, Introduction to Women's Studies, and WS 495, Senior Seminar in Women's Achievement and Theory. At least six hours of the twelve hours of women's studies electives must be taken outside of the student's major.

Introduction to Women's Studies (100) 3
Senior Seminar in Women's Achievement and Theory (495) 3
Women's Studies Electives 12
Total 18


WS 100. (3) Introduction to Women's Studies. An interdisciplinary course that examines American women's roles from the viewpoints of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Various disciplinary approaches will be used to analyze how gender affects identity, social institutions, and interpersonal relationships and will also introduce students to women in other cultures. (Fall) 

WS 223. (3) Marriage and Family. A study of origin and evolution of the family as a social institution; the relationships of family structure to social organization; theories, functions, forms, and processes of the family in selected cultures. Also listed as SO 223 but creditable only in field for which registered. (Fall, Spring) 

WS 300. (3) Sociology of Gender and Sexual Behavior. Analysis of social, psychological, and physiological approaches to the development of sex identity and sex roles; effect of differential socialization methods from infancy through adulthood; impact on both men and women of contemporary changes in sex roles. Also listed as SO 300 but creditable only in field for which registered. (Fall, even-numbered years) 

WS 305. (3) African American Women Writers. An examination of the writings of African American women beginning with the slave narrative and ending with contemporary poetry, fiction, and drama. Also listed as EN 305 but creditable only in field for which registered. (Offered on sufficient demand) 

WS 323. (3) Women's Health. Study of health promotion and disease prevention for women from adolescence through senescence. Students and faculty will determine topics from the following areas: reproductive anatomy and physiology, sexuality, family planning, fertility and infertility, infectious diseases, gynecological disorders, violence against women, and other issues which are determined by the class such as management of body weight, nutrition, stress, and women's roles in the workplace. Also listed as NU 323 but creditable only in field for which registered. (Offered on sufficient demand) 

WS 333. (3) Images of Women in Literature. An examination of images of women in literature drawn primarily from the works of women writers in English and American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; an introduction to feminist criticism. Also listed as EN 333 but creditable only in field for which registered. (Spring, even-numbered years) 

WS 345. (3) The Justice System: Race, Class, Gender.

WS 354. (3) Global Women's Issues. Students will consider from a global perspective the effects of customary practices and socio-economic factors that affect women. These issues may include educational issues such as illiteracy, the education of girl children, and educational opportunities; customary practices such as arranged marriages, dowry, and circumcision; structural violence, both governmental and nongovernmental; socio-economic issues such as sex traffic in women and children; and economic issues such as economic empowerment. The course will address the issues of women's rights as human rights with the goals that students will gain a cross-cultural perspective. (Spring, even-numbered years) 

WS 366. (3) History of Women in the United States. Survey of women's experiences in the United States from the colonial period to the present that examines social, political, economic, and legal developments that shaped women's roles and status in American society. Also listed as HI 366 but creditable only in field for which registered. (Spring, even-numbered years) 

WS 386. (3) Gender Communication. Examines multiple relationships between communication and gender. Emphasizes how communication creates gender and power roles and how communicative patterns reflect, sustain, and alter social conceptions of gender. Also listed as COM 386 but creditable on in field for which registered. (Offered on sufficient demand) 

WS 410 (3) Family Diversity and Social Change.

WS 443 (3) Social Psychology of Intimate Relationships.

WS 486W. (3) Women in Art History. This course surveys a selective number of prominent women artists throughout the history and offers an understanding of women as art makers and issues relevant to their art. Students will develop critical abilities and gain insight relative to their own work experience and specific theoretical concerns. Also listed as AR 486W but creditable only in field for which registered. (Offered on sufficient demand) 

WS 495. (3) Senior Seminar in Women's Achievement and Theory. To be taken at or near the completion of the women's studies minor. By reading and discussing texts and by volunteering at various civic organizations, students will develop a deeper understanding of the variety of challenges facing women. Prerequisite: WS 100 (Spring) 

WS 499. (3) Independent Study. Open to Women's Studies minors on approval of the Women's Studies coordinators. Provides for independent study or research under the coordinators' determination, supervision, and evaluation. Prerequisite: WS 100 (Fall, Spring, Summer) 

  • M-F 8:00-4:00 and during
  • scheduled evening events.

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The mission of the Center for Women’s Studies at the University of North Alabama is to educate, support, and reach out to women on our campus in the context of a global community.

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