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WGS Courses Offered Spring 2015

Core Courses:

WGS 110 Intro to Women’s Studies

TuTh  12:30pm – 1:45pm               Alison Graham Bertolini

NDSU Online                                  Erienne Fawcett

MoWeFr  1:00pm – 1:50 pm            Dena Wyum

We  5:00pm – 7:30pm                     Amber Rasche

MoWeFr  9:00am -9:50am               Natalie Carlson


WGS 350 Perspectives in Women’s Issues

TuTh  12:30pm – 1:45pm               Erienne Fawcett

WGS 489 Internship Capstone

 TBA                                                     Erienne Fawcett

SOC 412 Sociology of Gender

            TBA     NDSU online                          Patricia Corwin                     


COMM 412 Gender and Communication

TuTh 9:30am – 10:45am                 Ann Burnett

HDFS 448 Issues in Sexuality

TuTh  11:00am – 12:15pm             Kristen Benson


Topic Electives:

Area 1: Women, Work and Public Policy

 SOC 235 Cultural Diversity

TBA  NDSU online                             Patricia Corwin

SOC 410 Social Inequality

            MoWeFr 12:00pm – 12:50pm        Edward Avery-Natale

HDFS 353 Children, Families and Public Policy

            MoWeFr 11:00am – 11:50am         Dena Wyum

HDFS 468 Families and Work

            TuTh 2:00pm – 3:15pm                  Candace Philbrick

Area 2: Women and Liberal Arts

COMM 216 Intercultural Communication

            Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                         R Littlefield

            We 8:00am – 8:50am                       Staff


Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                         R Littlefield

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Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                       R Littlefield

            We 10:00am – 10:50am                  Staff


Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                        R Littlefield

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Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                        R Littlefield

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Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                       R Littlefield

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Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                        R Littlefield

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Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                       R Littlefield

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Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                       R Littlefield

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Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                       R Littlefield

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Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                       R Littlefield

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Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                       R Littlefield

            Th 2:00pm – 2:50pm                       Staff


Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                       R Littlefield

            Th 3:30pm – 4:20pm                       Staff


Tu 8:30am – 9:20am                      R Littlefield

            Th 5:00pm – 5:50pm                      Staff


TBA NDSU online                              Jane Ball


FREN 345 Women in French Literature

            TuTh 12:30pm – 1:45pm                Jeanne Hageman


Area 3: Women, Families and Health

HDFS 230 Life Span Development

            MoWeFr 10:00am – 10:50am         Heather Fuller-Iglesias

            TBA NDSU online                              Candace Philbrick

HDFS 242 Couples, Marriages and Families

            TuTh 9:30am – 10:45am                 Dena Wyum

            TBA NDSU Online                              Dena Wyum

HDFS 353 Children, Families and Public Policy

            MoWeFr 9:00am – 9:50am              Dena Wyum

HDFS 462 Methods of Family Life Education

            TuTh 8:00am – 9:15am                   Sean Brotherson

HDFS 475 Children and Families Across Cultures

            TBA NDSU Online                              Jim Deal

SOC 417 Sociology of the Family

            TBA NDSU Online                              Loretta Smith

PHRM 170 Common Medicines and Diseases

            Tu 10:00am -11:50am                     Ross Wilhelm

PSYC 210 Human Sexuality

            TBA NDSU Online                              Stacey Benson

            TuTh 2:00pm – 3:15pm                  Shanda Lauer

PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology

            MoWeFr 1:00pm – 1:50pm             Wendy Troop

            TBA NDSU Online                              Holly Hegstad

Women and Gender Studies Program

The Women and Gender Studies program is an interdisciplinary academic program that focuses on women and gender issues in society and offers an undergraduate major and minor. Founded in 1978, the program is sponsored jointly by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Human Development and Education. Follow the links to the left to find out more about the program.

What exactly do you DO in Women and Gender Studies?

Women and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on women and men in society, and especially aims at raising women’s aspirations, at expanding awareness of their capabilities, and at widening the knowledge and development of both female and male students.

Women and Gender Studies courses typically include reading a wide perspective of research and literature about issues related to gender.  The teaching and learning approach tends to be interdisciplinary, emphasizing relationships and connections between traditional disciplines. Therefore, in this program, you will take some WGS courses, and will supplement them with classes in many other fields. WGS courses encourage class discussion and individual reflection through papers and projects.  Some of the courses incorporate activism projects in which class members put theoretical concepts into practice in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

A major or minor in WGS will enhance your marketability if you wish to be employed in a position in which diversity and gender awareness/skills are important, and it will be a program in which you will learn about yourself and grow as a person.

What can you do WITH a Women and Gender Studies degree?

A Women and Gender Studies major will strengthen skills in writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, team work and leadership.  These skills are important in today’s evolving job market, oriented by increased needs for communication skills, new technologies, rapid economic change, and resourceful employees.  Women and Gender Studies courses, which emphasize the value of diversity, relationships, and coalition building, prepare graduates to listen, to communicate across differences in background and viewpoint, to analyze reports, and to respond openly to change.  These are all characteristics required to pursue successful careers in teaching and school administration; social services; law enforcement; counseling; community organization; communication; business and marketing; human resources and management; services and hospitality industries; and in healthcare fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and administration.


Advising for WGS students

It is that time of the year again. Please contact Erienne Fawcett at for any advising questions you may have. Set up an appointment and we can lay out a curriculum plan for majors and minors! Meeting times are flexible, so let Erienne know your availabilities and she will find a time that works for you both.

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Last Updated: Saturday, December 13, 2014 6:42:50 PM