Programs

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

What does it mean to be a woman today?  What did it mean in the past? What is feminism?  How does culture-popular culture and high culture-reflect and shape our experiences as women?  What impact do women have on the world?  How can we improve the situation of women in the United States and throughout the world?

These are just some of the questions we ask in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a highly interdisciplinary field of study that impacts everything we do at Cottey College.  Because Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies’ reach is so broad, it provides a strong complement to any major you choose.

One of the most unique features of Cottey’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program is that it resides in a women’s college.  From Virginia Alice Cottey’s desire to educate women to be “knowledgeable, thinking, mature adults” to the college’s current mission to “educate…women to be contributing members of a global society through a challenging curriculum and a dynamic campus experience,” Cottey’s primary concern is women.  This commitment to women’s education is at the heart of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

While the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program offers a wide range of courses, students learn about women in courses outside the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, in co-curricular activities ranging from student organizations to suite life, and in interactions with the many feminist mentors they encounter on campus.  Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, therefore, is at the heart of the college.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is highly interdisciplinary, and Cottey College offers courses in a wide range of disciplines.  Our courses include the following:

  • WGS 105 Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • WGS 240 Feminist Theories
  • WGS/ANT 151 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • WGS/ENG 220 American Women Writers
  • WGS/ENG 222 British Women Writers
  • WGS/ENG 340 Topics in Women’s Writing
  • WGS/FLM 153 Film for Femmes
  • WGS/FRE 199 French Women in Translation
  • WGS/IRB 293 Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS/SOC 203 Family and Society
  • ANT/WGS 204 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANT/IDS 291 Language and Culture
  • WGS/HIS 211 History of Women in the United States
  • WGS/IRB 291 Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS/PSY 231 Psychology of Gender
  • WGS/SPA 293 Contemporary Women Writers
  • WGS/SPE 205 Gender and Communication
  • WGS Directed Studies
  • WGS Internships

Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Students may pursue a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies while at Cottey College.  The certificate requires 12 credit hours:

Required:

  • WGS 105: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Students may choose the remaining nine hours from the following list of courses:

  • WGS 240 Feminist Theories
  • WGS/OLS 102 Leadership
  • WGS/ANT 151 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • WGS/ENG 220 American Women Writers
  • WGS/ENG 222 British Women Writers
  • WGS/FLM 153 Film for Femmes
  • WGS/FRE 199 French Women in Translation
  • WGS/IRB 293 Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS/SOC 203 Family and Society
  • ANT/WGS 204 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANT/IDS 291 Language and Culture
  • WGS/HIS 211 History of Women in the United States
  • WGS/IRB 291 Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS/PSY 231 Psychology of Gender
  • WGS/SPA 293 Contemporary Women Writers
  • WGS/SPE 205 Gender and Communication
  • WGS Directed Studies
  • WGS Internships

Currently, Cottey does not offer a major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; however, students who pursue a B.A. in English can choose a women writer’s concentration. That concentration requires a number of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses.

Students who pursue the major in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies are required to complete a minimum of 42 credits in WGS courses by the time of graduation, with 120 credits total. It is highly recommended that students take WGS 105 Introduction to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies prior to other WGS courses above the 100-level. Students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program and to double-major.

Five Core WGS Courses (15 credits):
WGS 105 Introduction to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (3 credits)
WGS 199 Internship (3 credits)
WGS 350 Feminist Theories (3 credits)
WGS 4xx Research Methods in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
WGS 400-level Senior Project (3 credits) [must be taken during final two semesters
of degree program, and WGS 105 and WGS 350 are prerequisites]
Nine Elective WSG Cross-Listed Courses (27 credits):
At least two courses must be from the humanities/fine arts.
At least two courses must be from the social sciences/natural sciences.
At least one course must have a non-Western focus. [This requirement can be fulfilled simultaneously with one of the preceding two.]
No more than two electives can be taken below the 200 level, and at least three of the electives must be taken above the 200 level.
Special permission can be requested to adapt one 300- or 400-level non-WSG cross-listed course into a WSG course that can count as an upper division elective (using the new Advanced Directed Reading course number). A contract signed by the student, instructor, and WGS Coordinator/Director will outline the ways in which the course will be adapted into a WSG course (e.g. by focusing written work and doing additional reading on issues of gender).
Up to three courses may be counted simultaneously for the WGS major and another major or minor.


Students who pursue a minor in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies are required to complete 18 credits in WGS courses. It is highly recommended that students take WGS 105 Introduction to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies prior to other WGS courses above the 100-level.

Two Core WSG Courses (6 credits):
WGS 105 Introduction to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (3 credits)
WGS 240 Feminist Theories (3 credits)
Four Elective WSG Cross-Listed Courses (12 credits):
No more than one elective can be taken below the 200 level, and at least one of the electives must be taken above the 200 level. No more than two courses may be taken from any one department.
Up to two courses may be counted simultaneously for the WGS minor and another major or minor.

Trisha Stubblefield, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Women’s Studies
Associate Professor of English
Alumnae 134
417-667-8181, ext. 2274
tstubblefield@cottey.edu

Elizabeth Verklan
Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Rogers Fine Arts Building 210
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2197
everklan@cottey.edu


Rusalyn Andrews, Ph.D.

Professor of Theatre and Speech
Center for the Arts
417-667-8181, ext. 2241
randrews@cottey.edu

Angela Firkus, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Office: Grantham 216
417-667-8181, ext. 2201
afirkus@cottey.edu

Kathryn Pivak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Alumnae 132
417-667-8181, ext. 2272
kpivak@cottey.edu

Julie Tietz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Alumnae 139
417-667-8181, ext. 2220
jtietz@cottey.edu

Sarah Quick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
Rubie Burton Academic Center 124
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2269
squick@cottey.edu

Service Learning

Cottey College classes, such as WST 105: Introduction to Women’s Studies, provide students with service learning opportunities.  These experiential learning activities give students the opportunity to work with women in the Nevada community and apply or augment the knowledge they gain in the classroom.
Service Learning

Academic Showcase

Women’s Studies students at Cottey regularly present their scholarly work, often as poster presentations, to the campus community as part of the Academic Showcase held each semester.

Conferences

Cottey students travel beyond Cottey’s campus and present their work at national conferences.

Feminist Majority Foundation

Students can join Cottey’s chapter of the Feminist Majority Foundation.  This campus organization hosts a wide range of activities, including movie screenings and discussions, feminist-action campaigns, voter registration drives, and Take Back the Night marches.

V-Day

Cottey is proud to participate in V-Day each year.  V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women.  As part of V-Day, our Feminist Majority Foundation chapter produces The Vagina Monologues every spring and raises money for our local domestic violence shelter and for women around the world.  For more information on V-Day, please visit http://www.vday.org

To keep up with what’s happening in the Women’s Studies program at Cottey, visit (and “like”!) our Facebook page.  You will find information about and photos of events, as well as articles dealing with Women’s Studies-related topics.