Dec 04, 2021  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
    
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Theatre Arts

  
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    THAR 350 - Directing Workshop


    Unit(s): 2
    A workshop in directing scenes and compositions. Rehearsal and techniques, composition, blocking, characterization, rhythm, style, and script analysis are explored. Approaches of significant directors are examined.

    Prerequisite(s): all lower-division Theatre major/minor requirements, or consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Fall Only May Be Repeated May be taken 3 times for credit.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 370A - Early Plays: Evolution and Innovation


    Unit(s): 3
    An examination of Western theatre from the Greeks to the Enlightenment. Plays are used as a basis for understanding how theatre reinvents itself to reflect social and historical currents. Emphasis on how dramatic literature and history can be interpreted and re-examined to resonate with today’s theatre. The theatre artist is viewed as a voice for humanity as well as a force for social change.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 202 or consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    THAR 370B - Modern Plays: Evolution and Innovation


    Unit(s): 3
    Seminar on dramatic literature from the late 19th century to our own time. Continuation of THAR 370A. May be taken out of sequence.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 203 or consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    THAR 371 - Contemporary Dance History


    Unit(s): 3.00
    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the choreographers and dance pioneers that have shaped 20th and 21st century dance. We will broadly explore social and political culture and its influence and significance in concert dance beginning with the turn of the century and ending at the present day. We will investigate race, gender, identity, equity and representation in performance. This course includes an embodied approach to scholarship. Prerequisites: Junior or senior level dance major/minor or instructor permission. Repeatable once for credit.

    Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior level dance major/minor or instructor permission.
    Typically Offered Spring Only May Be Repeated Yes How many times?
    1 Maximum units for credit
    6
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 373 - Dances of the World


    Unit(s): 4
    Examination of dance as cultural expression in diverse global dance forms. This course focuses on ways in which social, ritual, and theater dance styles create and reflect cultural identity, define tradition and embrace innovation, and intersect in a global world.

    GE Category: Satisfies upper-division GE Area C3.
    Typically Offered Not Recently Offered
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 374 - Theatre of the World


    Unit(s): 4
    This course is an exploration of theatre traditions from around the world. Theatre is examined as the expression of specific cultures. Students learn how theatre practice influences theatre-making in both Western and Eastern Cultures. This course is required for General Theatre Degree majors.

    GE Category: Also satisfies upper-division GE Area C3.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    THAR 376 - Playwriting I


    Unit(s): 3
    An introduction to the art and craft of writing for the stage, for writers of diverse levels of experience. Focuses in particular on the development of character, and explores the virtues of both imaginative freedom (the first draft) and structure (the rewrite). Includes in-class writing and performance improvisations, as well as study of plays by contemporary writers. Students create original short plays (ten-minute or one-act) and have selections of their work performed for an audience at the end of the term.

    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    THAR 377 - Playwriting II


    Unit(s): 3
    Stage writing for more experienced playwrights. Students will experiment with lengthier forms and new methods for first drafts. Work is performed in an end-of term festival.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 376 or permission or instructor.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 379 - Research Practice for Theatre and Dance


    Unit(s): 3
    This course teaches professional research methodology as a means to artistry in the creation of dance and theatre, with applications to performance, design, criticism, history, and dramaturgy. Research avenues include creative and biographical material on key artists, historical and cultural context, locating imagery (print, digital, multimedia), sound/music sourcing, and materials specific to unique production needs. The course addresses best practices in information competence and focuses on research as an art as much as a pragmatic skill.

    Typically Offered Fall Only May Be Repeated May be taken twice for credit.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 392 - Performing Arts for Children


    Unit(s): 2
    Dance, music, and theatre are essential components of elementary education. Through hands-on studio work and lesson planning assignments, this course familiarizes undergraduates who intend to pursue a multiple subject teaching credential with the content knowledge necessary to prepare them to lead instruction in these subject areas.

    Crosslisted: LIBS 392
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 400 - Theatre of Today


    Unit(s): 1
    A career preparation course in topics vital to the emerging artist such as career preparation guidance, resume writing, graduate school application, professional internships, and community theatre options. Professional guest speakers augment the regular faculty.

    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 401 - Senior Project Ensemble Workshop


    Unit(s): 3
    An upper-division Theatre Arts student may petition the Theatre Arts faculty for permission to do a Senior Project. Such a project is the culmination of the student’s work, and may be an original work, a performance project, a research paper, a teaching project, or take some other form which represents and reflects the student’s interests and accomplishments. The privilege of doing a Senior Project is awarded only to a student deemed exceptional by the department faculty. Students who participate in another student’s Senior Project may enroll in Dance or Drama Ensemble to receive credit.

    Prerequisite(s): Class open to Theatre Arts Seniors only, with departmental consent.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 410A - Contemporary Dance Forms - Advanced


    Unit(s): 2
    THAR 410 A, B, C, D - An advanced contemporary dance technique class exploring principles of body patterning in regard to helping the student develop full physical, creative and intellectual potential. Material is presented by means of demonstration and description.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 410B - Contemporary Dance Forms - Advanced


    Unit(s): 2
    THAR 410 A, B, C, D - An advanced contemporary dance technique class exploring principles of body patterning in regard to helping the student develop full physical, creative and intellectual potential. Material is presented by means of demonstration and description.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 410C - Contemporary Dance Forms - Advanced


    Unit(s): 2.00
    THAR 410 A, B, C, D - An advanced contemporary dance technique class exploring principles of body patterning in regard to helping the student develop full physical, creative and intellectual potential. Material is presented by means of demonstration and description.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 410D - Contemporary Dance Forms - Advanced


    Unit(s): 2.00
    THAR 410 A, B, C, D - An advanced contemporary dance technique class exploring principles of body patterning in regard to helping the student develop full physical, creative and intellectual potential. Material is presented by means of demonstration and description.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 420A - Approaches to Anti-Realism


    Unit(s): 2
    Actors explore Expressionism, Absurdism, Surrealism, Dada, writers such as Brecht, Beckett whose theatre is beyond the boundaries of psychological realism.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 120, THAR 145A, THAR 145B, THAR 220A, and THAR 220B, or Acting Program Director consent. Face-to-face mode.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 420B - Comedy of Manners


    Unit(s): 2
    Comedy of Manners reflects and satirizes the ideals and manners of upper class society. Actors learn to acquire and maintain a mask of artifice while revealing the true character behind it.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 120, THAR 145A, THAR 145B, THAR 220A, and THAR 220B, and THAR 320A. Face-to-face mode.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 420C - Chekhov Workshop


    Unit(s): 2
    Psychological realism explored through the plays of Chekhov will be the focus for this course. Scenes are explored and presented for discussion and deeper examination.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 120, THAR 145A, THAR 145B, THAR 220A, and THAR 220B or consent of Acting Programs advisors.
    Typically Offered Spring Odd Years May Be Repeated May be taken once for UD Acting Concentration credit.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 420D - Devised Project Workshop


    Unit(s): 2
    Students will create a new piece of theatre for public presentation guided by a guest artist or resident acting faculty. Material will be developed based on class cohort consensus.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 320A or THAR 420A. or Acting Program Director consent. Face-to-face mode.
    Typically Offered Spring Odd Years
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 421A - Advanced Technical Block/Foundations


    Unit(s): 2
    Technical concentration students participate in the foundations, script analysis, and design projects.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 143A and THAR 143B, THAR 144A and THAR 144B, THAR 244, THAR 321A, THAR 321B, and consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 421B - Advanced Technical Block/Foundations


    Unit(s): 2
    Technical concentration students participate in the foundations, script analysis, and design projects.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 143A and THAR 143B, THAR 144A and THAR 144B, THAR 244, THAR 321A, THAR 321A, THAR 321A, and consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 430 - Special Topics


    Unit(s): 1-3
    Special topics in theatre arts selected to introduce students to recent theory, research, and practice in the discipline. Consult Schedule of Classes for topic to be studied and current unit offering.

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face & Hybrid. Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 444 - History of Ornament


    Unit(s): 2
    Form and function of props, furniture, and architectural structures produced by humankind through the ages. Examination of ways in which decorations, style, and uses of these objects have evolved under political, cultural, and socioeconomic influences. May include research and construction of properties for Performing Arts productions.

    Prerequisite(s): THAR 143A and THAR 143B, THAR 144A and THAR 144B
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: OPT
  
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    THAR 460 - Drama for Children


    Unit(s): 2
    Developing skills and resources for working with children, including creative dramatics, mime, storytelling, and scripted drama. Practical experience in working with children will be gained through master teacher observation and student teaching.

    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    THAR 480 - Coordinated Projects


    Unit(s): 1-3
    Involvement in on- and off-campus dance or drama projects with student directors, actors, designers, and/or technicians, and under faculty supervision.

    Prerequisite(s): consent of faculty supervisor.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated 6 times for
    Grading: OPT
  
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    THAR 485 - Teaching Assistant in Theatre Arts


    Unit(s): 1-4
    Teaching assistantship in Theatre Arts. Open only to upper-division students with knowledge of theatre with special interest in teaching and pedagogy. Intended to give students classroom experience by assisting an instructor in a Theatre Arts and Dance department course, or under the supervision of a faculty member, experience in tutoring students. Prior arrangements with faculty required.

    Prerequisite(s): Class open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students only.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    THAR 490 - Theatre Practicum


    Unit(s): 1-3
    The use and development of a theatre skill such as acting, dancing, design, lighting, or set or costume construction, in a commercial environment where the evaluation of the work is under professional rather than faculty supervision.

    Prerequisite(s): consent of faculty advisor.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: OPT
  
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    THAR 495 - Special Studies


    Unit(s): 1-4
    Individualized studies in topics beyond the scope of the regular curriculum. Contract with an instructor, specifying course expectations, work to be completed, regular schedule of contact hours, and assessment criteria.

    Prerequisite(s): consent of faculty advisor.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit up to 8 units.
    Grading: OPT

University Courses

  
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    UNIV 102 - First Year Experience


    Unit(s): 1-3
    Designed to foster a supportive learning community, provide mentoring, and enhance academic/personal skills, and knowledge about campus resources to facilitate successful transition from high school to college. Other aspects covered are major/career exploration, health/social issues, and diversity.

    Typically Offered Fall Only May Be Repeated May be repeated once for a total of up to 3 units.
    Recommended This course is strongly recommended for first-semester students.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    UNIV 103S - Learning Strategies: Supplemental Instruction


    Unit(s): 1
    Discipline-specific study skills taught in the context of a designated GE course. Consent of instructor required.

    Co-requisite(s): enrollment in designated GE course.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be taken three times.
    Grading: CNC
  
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    UNIV 150A - Freshman Year Experience: Identity and Global Challenges


    Unit(s): 4
    Designed specifically for first-year students at Sonoma State University, provides an interdisciplinary examination of social, political, scientific, and personal aspects of identity (fall semester) and our global connections and responsibilities (spring semester). Through writing, research, and creative assignments, students develop analysis, research, and communication skills vital to success in college.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to students of Freshman Year Experience student group.
    GE Category: To satisfy GE Areas A3 and C3, students must take UNIV 150B the following semester. C- or better required in the second semester for A3 credit.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    UNIV 150B - Freshman Year Experience: Identity and Global Challenges


    Unit(s): 4
    Designed specifically for first-year students at Sonoma State University, provides an interdisciplinary examination of social, political, scientific, and personal aspects of identity (fall semester) and our global connections and responsibilities (spring semester). Through writing, research, and creative assignments, students develop analysis, research, and communication skills vital to success in college.

    Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite of UNIV 150A required.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE Areas A3 and C3 when taken immediately after UNIV 150A. C- or better required in the second semester for A3 credit.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    UNIV 200 - Fostering Academic Success


    Unit(s): 1
    This course builds on the lived experience and academic abilities a student has and addresses the concrete tools, information, academic skill development, and personal growth necessary for succeeding academically at Sonoma State University. Enrollment into this credit/no credit course by permission code only and cannot be repeated.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: CNC
  
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    UNIV 237 - Career-Life Planning


    Unit(s): 1-2
    Offers students an opportunity to clarify their interests, values, skills, and lifestyle preferences to provide a foundation for effective career planning. Students use assessment inventories, interactive exercises, and occupational research to expand their understanding of options and plan their education and career paths, and learn job search strategies. Most appropriate for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

    Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: Course restricted to Undeclared majors only.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: OPT
  
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    UNIV 238 - Foundations of Leadership


    Unit(s): 3
    This course takes students through an exploration of leadership and students’ roles and responsibilities as active citizens. It achieves this goal through an extensive examination of self, working with and understanding others, and ultimately, creating positive change in one’s community. The course provides the critical elements of analytical and intellectual thought, and careful examination and reflection of core issues in the practice of leadership. These objectives will be achieved through open discussion, self-assessment, experimental exercises, and analytical observation of real-life leadership practice. Course

    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area E (The Integrated Person).
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    UNIV 239 - Peer Advising and Mentoring Seminar


    Unit(s): 1-2
    Seminar and practicum for students holding peer advising and mentoring positions. Students will gain training and experience providing peer-to-peer advising and mentoring in various student support areas, including academic/career advising, academic/college preparedness, campus services/resources, interpersonal communication, leadership/identity development, and student engagement. Enrollment in 1 or 2 units is dependent upon practicum hours required of student leadership position.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    UNIV 295 - Community Involvement Program


    Unit(s): 1-4
    CIP provides undeclared students the opportunity to explore career possibilities while providing much needed community service. Students may earn credit for volunteer service in a variety of organizational settings that may help them clarify their career goals and declare a major appropriate for them. Requirements are 30 hours of community service per unit, a minimum of 2 meetings with advisor or faculty sponsor, and a final paper. A maximum of 6 units of CIP may be used toward graduation.

    Typically Offered Not Recently Offered
    Grading: CNC
  
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    UNIV 339 - Advanced Peer Advising and Mentoring Seminar


    Unit(s): 2
    Advanced practicum for students holding peer advising and mentoring positions. Students will be active members in training and sharing experience providing mentoring to first-year Peer Mentors in various areas, including academic/career advising, college preparedness, campus resources, communication, leadership/identity development, and student engagement.

    Prerequisite(s): Must have completed UNIV 239.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD

Women’s and Gender Studies

  
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    WGS 200 - Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies


    Unit(s): 3
    Explores social, political, and cultural dimensions of gender in society and culture. This course foregrounds intersectional feminist analyses: how gender is co-constituted with race, sexuality, nation, ability, economy, and other forms of social power. Students learn about the field of WGS, feminist analysis, interdisciplinary methods, and social justice.

    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area E (Life Long Learning/Self Development)
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    WGS 201 - Feminist Lecture Series


    Unit(s): 1-4
    A weekly lecture series featuring local activists, scholars, and community organizers sharing presentations on current issues from feminist and intersectional perspectives. Fall only. The lectures are open to the community.

    Typically Offered Fall Only May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit.
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: CNC
  
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    WGS 255 - Introduction to Queer Studies


    Unit(s): 3-4
    This interdisciplinary course offers an introduction to the field of Queer Studies by analyzing the role of race, gender, sexuality, and nationalism in the social construction of modern gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) identities. Students also learn of queer theoretical approaches to politics, culture, and society.

    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area D1.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 285 - Men and Masculinity


    Unit(s): 3
    This course examines construction of masculinity across axes of race, sexuality, class, nation, and ability. Utilizing a multidisciplinary perspective, this course addresses various theories of masculinity and masculinity’s impact on peoples lives in areas such as relationships, media representation, work, culture, development, and health.

    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area E (Life Long Learning/Self Development)
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 300 - Gender, Race and Representation


    Unit(s): 3
    This course uses feminist cultural studies, arts, and media studies methods to explore how intersections of gender and race structure contemporary society. Tracing the production of difference through culture, we foreground the study of race, gender, and representation as a method through which to understand and transform the social world. GE C1, Ethnic Studies.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    WGS 302 - Queer Studies Lecture Series


    Unit(s): 1
    A weekly lecture series offering presentations and discussions of ethical, literary, activist, intellectual, and artistic approaches to society and culture from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer perspectives. The lectures are open to the community.

    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area C2.
    Typically Offered Spring Only May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit.
    Grading: CNC
  
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    WGS 305 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer U.S. History


    Unit(s): 3
    Historical development of institutions, ideals, social and cultural transformations, and economic and political processes in the U.S. since colonization with a focus on the evolution of sexual and gender diversity.

    GE Category: Satisfies GE category D3 and the state history requirement. Core course of Queer Studies Minor.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 311 - Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies


    Unit(s): 1-4
    A variable-topics seminar focusing upon intensive study of issues related to WGS in society.

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit with different topic.
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 325 - Youth: Gender Perspectives


    Unit(s): 3-4
    This course examines youth, focusing on the complex interconnections of gender, race/ethnicity, social class, sexuality, and other factors in understanding the experiences and social conditions of youth in the U.S. The class may focus on literary, historical, and/or activist topics.

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 335 - Reproductive Politics


    Unit(s): 4
    Interdisciplinary examination of theoretical, historical, political, and popular discourse about reproduction and sexuality. Focuses on how feminist movements, cultural representations, public policies, and laws regarding reproduction have shaped gender norms and racial knowledge. Highlights the role of women, people of color, and LGBTQ people in shaping reproductive and sexual justice.

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Teaching Mode: Hybrid & Online Grading: Graded
  
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    WGS 351 - Latino Cultural Studies


    Unit(s): 4
    This course focuses on the theoretical debates that have shaped the field of Chicano and Latino studies. We will explore the relationship between dominant racial formations and cultural production.

    Crosslisted: CALS 350
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    WGS 360 - Race, Gender, and Performance


    Unit(s): 3
    This course originates in the Theater Department.

    Crosslisted: THAR 375 - Race, Gender, and Performance
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 365 - Women’s History and Women’s Activism


    Unit(s): 3-4
    This course will take an activist-historical perspective on the history of American women. We will study historical figures, events, and movements central to the history of feminist activism for equality and social justice. The class will address the politics of writing women into history and documenting the diversity of women’s activism.

    Crosslisted: HIST 345
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 370 - Gender in Asian America


    Unit(s): 3-4
    This interdisciplinary course examines gender, race, class, and sexuality in Asian America. We consider how Asian American women and men fit into debates about sexism and racism in the United States - historically and contemporarily. Topics include Asian American participation in women’s/civil right movements as well as popular culture representations.

    Crosslisted: AMCS 370
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 375 - Gender, Race, and Class


    Unit(s): 3
    An exploration of the intersection of gender, race, and class through a historical approach to the formations of social and political movements, the construction and policing of identity categories, and demands for equality and justice.

    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area D1 (Individual and Society) Meets Ethnic Studies requirement.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 385 - Transnational Feminisms


    Unit(s): 3-4
    Through feminist analytical lenses, examines transnational movement of goods, bodies, practices, ideologies, and culture. Explores connections between lives and cultures of people in diverse places with those in the U.S. Topics may include labor, migration, cultural production, diasporic literature and art, activism, and state violence.

    Prerequisite(s): Any WGS class.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    WGS 390 - Gender and Work


    Unit(s): 4
    This course explores intersections of gender, race, class, immigration, and nation within the U.S. labor market. We examine situations facing workers across economic sectors ranging from professionals to service sector labor. Topics may include: juggling work and family, discrimination/harassment, welfare reform, globalization, and activism/resistance to workplace challenges.

    Prerequisite(s): WGS 200, WGS 255, WGS 285, WGS 300, WGS 375 or instructor consent.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 395 - Community Involvement Program


    Unit(s): 1-4
    The purpose of CIP is to encourage student involvement in the community. Units may be earned for work related to WGS.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit.
    Grading: CNC
  
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    WGS 398 - Careers in Women’s and Gender Studies


    Unit(s): 1
    Learn about many WGS career paths, strategize about maximizing coursework, service, and internship experience to prepare for careers, and grapple with some of the gendered challenges and opportunities of the world of work. WGS majors should take alongside internship units.

    Prerequisite(s): WGS 200 . Co-requisite(s): WGS 200.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    WGS 399 - Student-Instructed Course


    Unit(s): 1-4
    An introductory or advanced course designed by a senior or graduate student and taught under the supervision of faculty sponsor(s).

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: CNC
  
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    WGS 405 - Psychology of Gender


    Unit(s): 4
    Explores gender through a social psychological perspective. Topics include gender socialization, the structural function of gender stereotypes, masculinity, and gender discrimination.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to WGS Majors and Minors. Crosslisted: Course originates in the Psychology Department and is cross-listed as PSY 405.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: GRD
  
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    WGS 414 - Gender and Society in Early Modern Europe


    Unit(s): 4
    This course examines the role of gender in early modern Europe from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. Topics include religion, law, labor, social and family relations. The course also considers the impact of major historical developments such as the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, industrialization, and the rise of the modern state on gender relations.

    Crosslisted: HIST 414
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 420 - Gender and Ethnicity


    Unit(s): 4
    A historical overview of racism and sexism as they affect women of color, focusing on issues in which racism and sexism intersect, e.g. affirmative action, abortion, sterilization, violence against women, and other issues.

    Crosslisted: AMCS 420
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 425 - Feminist Research Methodology


    Unit(s): 3-4
    A feminist critique of traditional methods of constructing knowledge and research practices and a discussion of gender-inclusive research strategies. Students will be given instruction in library and electronic information retrieval.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to WGS Majors, WGS Minor, Queer Studies Minors, or with instructor consent.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 430 - Women and Crime


    Unit(s): 4
    An in-depth analysis of women/girls and crime in the field of criminology and criminal justice. The class examines the significance of gender in pathways to crime as well as the nature and extent of female offending, victimization, and incarceration. The course focuses on feminist theory and methodology.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to WGS Majors and Minors. Crosslisted: Course originates in CCJS, and is cross-listed as CCJS 430.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 440 - Sociology of Reproduction


    Unit(s): 4
    An exploration of sociological perspectives on human reproduction. Topics include reproduction and gender identity, the social implications of reproductive technologies, historical and contemporary perspectives on normal pregnancy and childbirth, the cultural context for breastfeeding, and the politics of reproductive rights and choices in the United States.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to WGS Majors and Minors. Crosslisted: SOCI 440
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 446 - Women in American History


    Unit(s): 4
    Crosslisted: HIST 446 - Women in American History
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 449 - Gender and Sexuality in Latin America


    Unit(s): 4
    This course examines changing definitions, institutions, and behaviors related to gender, sexuality, and the family in Latin America from indigenous civilizations to contemporary societies. Topics include the transition from European colonies to nation-states, and the social, economic, and political changes in Latin America.

    Crosslisted: Course originates in History Department and is cross-listed as HIST 449.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: GRD
  
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    WGS 450 - Woman of Color Feminisms


    Unit(s): 4
    Taking an interdisciplinary approach centering theory, writing, and literature by women of color, we examine intersections of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality and other categories of power for U.S. women of color. Key themes include: politics of representation, stigmatization, state and interpersonal violence, economic justice, reproductive justice, queerness/sexuality, and strategies of empowerment and resistance.

    Typically Offered Fall Odd Years
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 451 - Feminist Perspectives in Literature


    Unit(s): 4
    Feminist Perspectives is an advanced course in reading, writing, and research that will engage feminist perspectives in literature. This course is interdisciplinary in approach and is conducted in a seminar format.

    Crosslisted: ENGL 451
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently May Be Repeated May be repeatable once for credit.
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 455 - Queer & Trans, Theory & Lives


    Unit(s): 4
    This advanced interdisciplinary course explores historical and contemporary queer and transgender theory to better engage with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture, lives, and politics. Particular focus is given to intersecting analyses of race, class, ability, nation, and other forms of social power.

    Prerequisite(s): WGS 200, WGS 255, WGS 285, WGS 300, WGS 302,or WGS 375, or instructor consent.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 474 - Foundations of Feminist Thought


    Unit(s): 4
    Exploration of concepts and authors in diverse feminist theory and praxis from the past three centuries. Building a base of the foundational strands and tensions, students will develop an engagement in key feminist analytical concepts, terms, and thinkers. WGS majors/minors must take either WGS 474 or WGS 475.

    Prerequisite(s): WGS 200.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    WGS 475 - Contemporary Feminist Theory


    Unit(s): 4
    Examines contemporary trends in feminist theory, with a focus on one or more major themes. Students examine how feminist theory addresses the complex relationship between gender, the production of knowledge, implementation of theory and practice, and social change/activism. WGS majors/minors must take WGS 474 or 475.

    Prerequisite(s): WGS 200.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 485 - Senior Seminar


    Unit(s): 4
    This course provides WGS students an opportunity for advanced study on a special topic each semester (determined by instructor). The seminar format allows students an intensive experience and heightened responsibility for course content. The course should be taken during the student’s senior year.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion or concurrent enrollment of  WGS 475 or WGS 474. WGS Majors and minors only.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 492 - Syllabus Design


    Unit(s): 1
    Students work on an individual basis with a faculty member to develop reading materials, lecture and discussion topics, and assignments appropriate to the teaching of a specific student-taught course in women’s and gender studies. Student-taught courses must be approved by the coordinator, and students must follow established procedural guidelines for teaching in the women’s and gender studies program. Most student teachers are required to take WGS 492 before teaching, and WGS 493 while teaching.

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit.
    Grading: CNC
  
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    WGS 493 - Teaching Supervision


    Unit(s): 1
    Students acting as teaching assistants or student-teachers enroll in this to gain professional skills development with a faculty member.

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: CNC
  
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    WGS 495 - Special Studies


    Unit(s): 1-4
    Upper-division students may elect to do an independent research or action project under the direction of a women’s and gender studies faculty member.

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit up to 8 units.
    Grading: OPT
  
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    WGS 499 - Internship


    Unit(s): 1-4
    Supervised training and experience for advanced students in community agencies concerned with gender. Student teaching of a student-taught University course is another form of internship. At present we offer credit (and not a grade) for student teaching and off-campus projects. Internships may be paid. WGS majors and minors only.

    Prerequisite(s): WGS majors and minors only.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: CNC
  
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    WGS 500 - Seminar in Feminist Theory and Research in Social Sciences


    Unit(s): 3
    A survey of feminist critiques of social science theory and research in various disciplines (depending on student interest) – anthropology, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. A survey of feminist attempts to reformulate and transform social science theory and methods, including debates and disagreements among feminist scholars. Requirements will include an individual research project and analysis.

    Prerequisite(s): At least one course in a social science and at least one course that focuses on women or gender (course may be at graduate or undergraduate level).
    Typically Offered Not Recently Offered
    Grading: OPT
 

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