Course Descriptions

ANTH 303 - Cross Culture Gender (MSUM)


A survey of gender roles in various cultures. This class examines the relationship of gender to kinship, economics, political and biological factors. It also addresses culture change and the effect on gender role assignments.

Prerequisite: ANTH 110

BIOL 300 - Biology of Women (MSUM)

A study of the gender-related aspects of the biology and behavior of women, including a critical examination of research in this field. Appropriate as a elective only for Biology majors who choose the Health and Medical Science emphasis or the Life Science Emphasis.

Prerequisite: BIOL 104,  BIOL 115 

HDFS 230 - Life Span Development (NDSU)

Study of human growth and development throughout the life span.

HDFS 242 - Couples, Marriages, and Families (NDSU)

Study of the formation of relationships in varied contexts: examines the diversity of couples, marriages, and families that exists in our contemporary society. Emphasis will be on relationship health as well as barriers to relationship wellness.

HDFS 353 - Children, Families, and Public Policy (NDSU)

Interaction of the national economy and the family economy with regard to the public programs affecting well-being of families. Emphasis on philosophies of service delivery and policy alternatives.

Prereq: 6 credits social science.

HDFS 462/662 - Risk, Resilience, and Competence in Families (NDSU)

Study of the key theoretical perspectives and research related to risk, resilience, and competence in families. Includes study of the impact of crisis on family development, risk and protective factors, and positive family development.

Prereq: CDFS 135.

HDFS 474 - How Women Changed America (NDSU)

Investigation of issues since 1970 that significantly affected discrimination against women in society’s institutions, racial discrimination among women, and current gender and racial issues as they affect families and children.

HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Culture (NDSU)

Study of developmental and family issues as viewed from a cross-cultural diversity perspective.

COMM 216 - Intercultural Communication (NDSU)

Exploration of the definition, models, and verbal processes of communication between different cultural groups.

COMM 412/612 - Gender and Communication (NDSU)

Exploration of philosophical and theoretical issues surrounding gender construction, communication, and culture. Focus on ways in which communication in families, schools, media, and other institutions create and sustain gender roles.

COMM 383 [483] - Organizational Communication I (NDSU)


Exploration of the theory of management communication practices in organizations. Emphasis on the formal structure and interpersonal aspects of supervisor subordinate relations. (Crosslisted with BUSN.)

Prereq: Junior standing.

COMM 706 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication (NDSU)

Interpersonal communication theory and research methods are developed from the perspectives of uncertainty reduction, conflict management, relationship reciprocity, constructivism, compliance gaining, discourse dominance, and relational dynamics.

ENGL 246 - Women in Literature (MSUM)

A study of the various ways women are depicted in imaginative literature and expository prose. Readings vary.

ENGL 248 - Intro to American Ethnic Literature (MSUM)

Significant writers and selected works representing several minority ethnic backgrounds, including African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American. Repeatable if content changes.

ENGL 330 - British & American Women Writers (NDSU)

Investigation of the literary portrayal of women and its effects on society. Some consideration of problems specific to women writers.

ENGL 331 - Contemporary Women Writers (NDSU)

Study of the language, imagery, themes, and genres in 20th century literature by women of various cultural, ethnic, and national backgrounds.

ENGL 335 - Multicultural Writers (NDSU)

Major literary figures within and outside the United States. Includes Asian, Mexican, and Canadian, as well as Native-American, Black, Asian-American, and Chicano writers.

ENGL 365 - Writing of Women (Concordia)

A critical exploration of the role of literature, language and culture in establishing and maintaining gender differences.

ENGL 454 - Language Bias (NDSU)

Application of current linguistic, rhetorical, and literary theory to examine and analyze the ways in which the social asymmetries of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity are reflected and sustained through discourse practices.

FREN 223 - Race, Gender and Power in the Francophone World (Concordia)

This course, taught in English, examines literatures of both European and Francophone (primarily African) writers. Students will develop an understanding of the impact of racial, gender and economic relationships on the peoples of the French-speaking world.

HIST 259 - Women and European History 1400-1800 (NDSU)

Exploration of what it meant to be female in early modern Europe: women’s options, how women saw themselves, how they were perceived, and origins of these perceptions.

HIST 426/626 - Women In American History (NDSU)

Women in America from pre-colonial times to the present. Focuses on experiences of typical women of the past, including minorities.

HIST 344 - Women's History in Cross-Culture Perspective (Concordia)

This course compares the experience of women in multiple cultures during the 19th and 20th centuries. Various ideologies, as well as different forms of political, economic and social organization, will be analyzed to discern their effect on women. A variety of historical sources will be examined and there will be a research assignment.

MC 415 - Gender and Media (MSUM)

This course critically examines the relationship between gender and mass media. Analysis and discussion focuses on the ways media create and perpetuate gender roles. Examines media assumptions about masculinity and femininity, media representations of women and men, coverage of gendered issues and women and men as media professionals.

PE 294 - Women and Sport (MSUM)

A study of women and sport. Historical, sociological and psychological factors are examined. Legislation affecting participation, present status of women and sport, and future outlook are considered.

PHIL 314 - Intro to Feminist Theory (MSUM)

Critical examination of various feminist theories, both historical and contemporary, and of various definitions of sexism. Students will also examine how feminist theory can be applied to various contemporary moral and social issues. Theorists studied may include Mill, de Beauvoir, Frye, and Jaggar. Representative contemporary issues may include women's reproductive rights, prostitution, sexual harassment laws, and marriage and family issues.

PHIL 495 - Topics in Feminist Theory (MSUM)

Courses offered under this title will focus on feminist theories as frameworks for work on feminist issues. For specific topic see class schedule. Topics may include Knowledge, Ethics, Ecology, Reproductive Rights and Issues, Self-images and Identity, and Sexuality. Students may register more than once when content varies, but may not repeat the course for more than 6 credits.

Prerequisite:  PHIL 101  OR PHIL 105  OR PHIL 314 

PHRM 170 - Common Medicines and Diseases (NDSU)

Consumer-oriented introduction to drugs, common dosage forms, usage of common classes of prescription, and over-the-counter drug products. Does not count toward a pharmacy major.

POLS 350 - Gender Issues and the Law (NDSU)

This course examines gender differentiations reflected in the U.S. law from both the historical and contemporary perspectives and the impact of that differentiation, particularly on women, in the areas of employment, education and family law.

POLS 351 - Women and Politics (NDSU)

Study of women leaders; their roles and perspectives within a national and international framework.

PSYC 210 - Human Sexuality (NDSU)

Survey of biological, developmental, and psychological aspects of human sexuality.

Prereq: PSYC 111.

PSYC 250 - Developmental Psychology (NDSU)

Survey of the psychology of human life span development. Coverage also includes heredity and prenatal development.

Prereq: PSYC 111.

PSY 310 - Psychology of Women (MSUM)

The interacting effects of biology, physiology, and psychology on female development, providing evidence on sex differences and role differentiation.

Prerequisite:  PSY 113 

RELIG 224 - Women in Religious History (Concordia)

This course is a religious, historical and feminist study of the place, writings and theology of women throughout the history of the Church. This course will focus upon key religious women figures – their lives and ideas – as well as women’s experience in general concerning the life of faith and practice over the centuries.


SOC 202 - Minorities and Race Relations (NDSU)

Analysis of lifestyles and characteristics of racial, cultural, and ethnic groups in society. Review of processes of discrimination, prejudice, and related dehumanizing biases toward minority groups including women.

Prereq: SOC 110.

SOC 219 - Sociology of Sexual Behavior (MSUM)

Examines sociological and social psychological perspectives and research on sexual behavior. Topics include childhood sexual behavior, adolescent sexual behavior, sex and mate selection, marital sex, extramarital sex, and various forms of sexual variation.

Prerequisite:  SOC 110 

SOC 308 - Introduction to Gerontology (MSUM)

This course introduces students to the field of social gerontology for providing an overview of the significant sociological perspectives, social issues, and empirical social science research pertaining to the phenomenon of aging in society. The main goal of the course is to foster an understanding of aging as a process that is characteristic of both individuals and societies through a focus on social factors that shape the individual's experience of aging and the consequences of an aging population for social institutions.

Prerequisite:  SOC 110 

SOC 310 - Dominant-Subordinate Group Relations (MSUM)

Theoretical, historical and contemporary examination of prejudice, discrimination, and inequalities organized around race, ethnicity, and gender divisions.

Prerequisite:  SOC 110 

SOC 317 - Gender, Self and Society (Concordia)

An examination of the social, historical and psychological aspects of gender and human behavior. The course explores how gender has influenced our lives since industrialization. Research on socialization, moral and intellectual development, intimate relationships, sexuality, family life, and education will be examined.

Prerequisite: SOC 111 – Human Society or consent of instructor.

SOC 410 - Social Inequality (NDSU)

Analysis of social and economic inequities and investigation of the relationship between inequity and life chances.

SOC 412/612 - Sociology of Sex Roles (NDSU)

The socialization of men and women; an analysis of institutional norms, values, and attitudes and their effects on gender role development.

Prereq: SOC 110.

SOC 416 - Violence in the Family (MSUM)

Application of the sociological perspective to the following topics: family violence as an emergent social problem; physical and sexual abuse of children; dating, marital, and sibling violence; societal-level "solutions."

Prerequisite:  SOC 320

SOC 417/617 - Sociology of the Family (NDSU)

Comparative family types, member relationships, family dynamics in relation to personality, social change, and social values.

SOC 424/624 - Feminist Theory and Discourse (NDSU)

Historical overview of feminist ideas and major writings from the 18th century to the present, which includes issues related to women’s personal, social, and public lives.


SOC 439/639 - Social Change (NDSU)

Analysis of the complex nature of social change in communities, the nation, and internationally.

Prereq: SOC 110.

SPAN 325 - Hispanic Women Writers (Concordia)

A study of contemporary Spanish and Latin American women writers with emphasis on feminist literary theory. The course may also fulfill requirements for a women’s studies minor.

Prerequisite: SPAN 321 – Composition and Conversation in Cultural Contexts or SPAN 320 – Spanish Grammar in Context or permission of the instructor

THR 323 - Women and Theater (Concordia)

This course focuses on women’s work, lives and ways of creating theatre. Students will study the conditions and practices in which women create theatre, as well as particular women artists. As a part of the coursework, students will engage in discussion and write journals to further develop their artistic identities. This course is part of the women’s studies program.

WS 110 - Introduction to Women's Studies (NDSU)

Exploration of a range of social/domestic and global issues related to women; development of a feminist framework for thinking and writing about women and gender.

WS 350 - Perspectives In Women's Studies (NDSU)

Exploration of women and gender from many perspectives. Course provides an opportunity to increase knowledge of the scholarship and writings in Women’s Studies, including authors such as Friedan, Baumgardner and Richards, Wolf, and Roiphe.

Recommended: WS 110.

WS 412 - Seminar in Women's Studies (MSUM)

Study of selected problems in Women's Studies through various disciplines including those from the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences. The course employs the objectives of interdisciplinary studies as applied to selected topics. Specific topics will be announced in the class schedule. Students may repeat the course two times when topic varies.

WS 480 – Independent Study

This course provides an opportunity for individual students to conduct in-depth research of a particular topic under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

WS 489 - Internship/Capstone (NDSU)

Integrate coursework taken in Women’s Studies major; apply knowledge to women’s events and experiences; explore career and graduate options in the field of Women’s Studies.

WS 491 – Women’s Week of Awareness (NDSU)

This course provides credit for attending and doing a follow-up project on Women’s Week events. Students contract to attend at least 12 hours of programming during Women's Week (usually in March), and produce a report or project based on their reflections of the programs they have attended (30 hours total).
(1 credit; can take up to 3 credits)

WS 496 – Field Experience/Women in Action Conference (NDSU)

The purpose of this course is to plan and host the Women in Action conference; students meet once a week in the fall as a regularly scheduled course to plan the conference, and they host the conference in early January.  Course participants gain conference planning and leadership skills, work with students from the Tri-College, and learn about the topics on which the conference focuses.

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