Mansfield University offers individual Women's Studies courses and an 18 hour academic minor in area of studies.
Women's Studies courses focus on and analyze women's experiences, emphasize a collaborative relationship between instructors and students, and encourage students to connect issues raised in the classroom to their own lives.
- WS 1100- Introduction to Women's Studies
Choose one Humanities Course:
- ENG 3326- Women's Literature
- ENG 3328- Lesbian and Gay Literature
- HST2210- American Women's History
- HST 3313- Women in European History
- HST 3325- History of Witches and Witch Hunts
- MU 2205- Women in Music
Choose one Social Sciences Course:
- COM 3334- Gender and Communication
- NUR 4402- Women's Health Issues
- PSY 3309- Stereotypes and Prejudice
- PSY 4422- Psychology of Women
- SOC 2232- American Family Systems
- SOC 3310- Sociology of Sex and Gender
Choose two electives from the courses listed below.
Any of the courses listed above, and/or courses cross-listed with Women's Studies.
- ENG 2220- Special Topics in Literature
- ENG 3305- Comparative Literature
- ENG 3307- Literature in English from Around the World
- ENG 3320- Special Topics in Literature
- ENG 4401- Seminar in Library Studies
- HST 3294- Topics in American History
- HST 3295- Topics in Global History
- HST 3296- Topics in European History
- HST 3326- History of Women and Television
- WS 4410- Seminar in Women's Studies
Criteria for Inclusion of Courses in the Women's Studies Minor:
The Women's Studies Committee has created the following guidelines for Women's Studies courses at Mansfield University. Women's Studies courses will be taught from a feminist perspective in that they meet some, if not all, of the following guidelines:
- The course puts women and women's experiences at the center of study.
- The course considers "traditional" research or canons from the perspective of gender
- The course incorporates gender theories of inequality.
- The course is taught from a cross-cultural perspective, utilizing content and possibly pedagogical approaches from a diversity of cultures (both North American, i.e. African-American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian-American, and international cultures).
- The course demonstrates a recognition that the marginalization of women is comparable to that of other groups marginalized because of race, social class, ethnicity, and sexual identity.
- The course includes current scholarship on and by women.
- The course recognizes a connection between the private or domestic and public spheres of life.
- The course recognizes the link between its content and other disciplines (perhaps through including some material from other disciplines or by taking an interdisciplinary approach.
- Teaching methods for the course include efforts to focus on student empowerment and to decentralize authority in the classroom (e.g. collaborative learning).
***Please note: The Women's Studies Steering Committee sees criteria #1 as absolutely crucial and requires that at least half of the materials studied in a literature class be written by women and that at least half of the course content be about women.