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Gender Studies seeks to balance theory and activism, the personal and the political, the local and the global, and the classroom and the community. The Gender Studies Program specifically emphasizes:
- Providing students with the theoretical and methodological tools to analyze gender within their chosen disciplines.
- Providing a learner-centered education in which critical thinking, student involvement, and personal insight are encouraged and made relevant to the learning process.
- Empowering students to critically and creatively apply an analysis of gender to their personal, family, educational, professional, and civic roles.
- Providing innovative and collaborative study, teaching, and service that promote new knowledge and socially responsible interactions with the world.
The Gender Studies Program is inclusive and welcomes students from all academic disciplines.
We invite you to consider a major, minor, or certificate in Gender Studies. The certificate may be acquired as a stand-alone academic achievement or may accompany another degree.
The career and/or academic opportunities for Gender Studies graduates are rich and diverse. Graduates may work in the following fields:
- Advocacy of all kinds
- Employment and training
- Support service for survivors of violence and abuse
- Social Research in a wide variety of fields
- Reproductive rights and health
- Law enforcement and policy
- Administration or management
Graduates may also choose to complete their bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and continue on to graduate school. Gender Studies graduates may attain graduate degrees in academic fields such as anthropology, art, communication, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
CASPER COLLEGE SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS & HUMANITIES~ GENDER STUDIES DEPARTMENT
The Gender Studies Department is an interdisciplinary community of faculty committed to a transformative analysis of gender as it intersects class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, nationality, and transnationality. Gender Studies courses provide an academic forum for the study of these intersections within historical, economic, political, social, and cultural contexts.
- Dana Boe
- Phone: (307) 268-2015
- Office: WT 101A
- Ruth Doyle
- Phone: (307) 268-2516
- Office: PS 342
- Jessica Hurless
- Phone: (307) 268-2660
- Office: KT 147
- Valerie Innella
- Phone: (307) 268-2060
- Office: VA 128
- Laurie Lye
- Phone: (307) 268-2639
- Office: BU 126
- Barbara Mueller
- Phone: (307) 268-2517
- Office: PS 335
- Linda Ryan
- Phone: (307) 268-2671
- Office: VA 105
- Georgia Wheatley
- Phone: (307) 268-2700
- Office: BU 210
|Associate of Arts degree
||Gender Studies Certificate
- The Certificate is intended to provide an area of specialization for an associated degree or certificate, for workforce development, or for employment within the possible areas of advocacy, communication, employment training, support services, politics, social research, reproductive rights and health, law enforcement and policy, administration, management. The following courses are required (16-18 credits):
- CO/M 2135 Gender, Communication and Culture (3 credits)
- GNDR 1000 Introduction to Gender Studies (3 credits)
- GNDR 2000 Gender Studies Service Learning (1-3 credits)
- PSYC 2060 Psychology of Gender (3 credits)
- WMST 1080 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 credits)
- WMST 2040 History of Women in America (3 credits)
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CO/M 2135 Gender, Communication and
This course provides
both a theoretical and real-life view, for
both genders, on how our communication
in work, school, social and relationship
settings help shape and design our gender
ENGL 2270 Modern Women Writers
An introductory level course,
which will focus on women writers of the
late 19th century and of the 20th century.
Works by earlier writers demonstrate the
traditional roles of women in society as
well as questions about and challenges to
those roles, while works written since the
middle of the 20th century image women
in a changing society. These works are
the background to contemporary literature
which presents positive and powerful
images of women as recent writers
revision traditional roles and envision
new realities for women and for society.
Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020
GNDR 1000 Introduction to Gender Studies
This course is an
introduction to the study of gender as a
category for social and cultural analysis.
We will study the intersections of gender,
class, race/ethnicity, nationality, age and
sexuality and will examine how those
intersections shape our experiences,
our culture, and the social institutions we
inhabit. This course is a survey of gender
construction and will use critical theory to
examine gender within the areas of social
institutions, literature, history, visual art,
film, biological theories, psychology, and
GNDR 2000 Gender Studies Service
Learning (.5L-1L, 1-4LB,1-3CR)
course will provide students with the
opportunity to apply their theoretical
understanding of gender studies to
practical and concrete situations in
their community settings. Students will
work in a variety of agencies including
educational, political, and/or social service
agencies; students will choose their site
according to their interests and according
to faculty recommendations. In addition
to the on-site experience, students will
meet regularly with the faculty and their
classmates to share and analyze their
service-learning experience and to
engage in critical reflection about gender
theory. This course may be repeated
for a maximum of three credit hours.
Prerequisite: WMST 1080, GNDR 1000,
PSYC 2060 or permission of the instructor.
PSYC 2060 Psychology of Gender (3L,3CR):
This course provides students with an
opportunity to explore human behavior
from a gender perspective. The study of
gender has generated controversy and
historically, psychologists focused on
discovering differences between women
and men. The feminist movement has
shifted the focus to the lived experiences
of women which include the social
construction of institutions, race/ethnicity,
social class, sexual orientation, and other
categories of difference.
WMST 1080 Introduction to Women’s
of issues central to women’s studies: the
psychology, sociology and acculturation of
women, and women’s contributions to and
influence on society, culture, work, and
WMST 2040 History of Women in America
Examine women’s history, the
activities and circumstances specific to
women in America, and their contributions,
influences, and significance. Prerequisite:
ENGL 1010, (or concurrent enrollment) or
permission of the instructor.
WMST 2480 Directed Special Projects
(1-3L,1-3CR) (Max. 3):
designed by student in consultation with
instructor from the women’s studies
department, and with approval of the
director of women’s studies. Prerequisite:
WMST 1080 and permission of the
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WMST 2490 Topics: Gender and Context: Victorian Women Travelers
|A PALMIST read my hand one day, and said, "You will live to be one hundred years old. You will not die from drowning." Thinking the prophecy over as I loitered up Market Street, in San Francisco, in the early spring of 1899, a friend accosted me, and asked me what weighty problem was racking my brain. Repeating what the palmist had told me, I said, "It is no puzzle, but a positive duty had been forced upon me to get ready for my centennial birthday. I was going to store up for future contingencies; to prepare for the time when I could do nothing but meditate. Consequently, I am going to travel to the Old World.”
|From Backsheesh, A Woman’s Wanderings
by Nellie Beckman (Mrs. William Beckman), 1900
This course was a study of context, comparing personal travel to “the travel tales of women who first transformed themselves into travelers and then transformed their travel into autobiographical, political, and cultural occasions.”
Students traveled to Prague and Vienna during Spring Break 2009. While the external travel circumstances were distinctly different: airplanes, fast trains, trams, and metros, money and museums, the internal experiences were deeply similar. The Victorian women and the modern travelers sought the same experiences: freedom, art, architecture, music, good food, entertainment, gardens, culture, excellent coffee, and natural beauty. We were more alike than different.
|Most of us. … cast longing eyes at the door marked with the magical word " Europe," and it has opened freely enough when the husband said the "Open, sesame;" it is only of late years that women have made the amazing discovery that they can say it themselves with like success, but it is well to keep the hinges well oiled, and the rubbish cleared away from the threshold. When my turn came, I felt as if I had been taken into a high mountain and been promised all the kingdoms of the earth, and had at once accepted the offer.
|From Beaten Paths or A Woman’s Vacation
by Ella W. Thompson, 1889
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|View from the St. Charles Bridge in Prague
||Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna
||View of Prague from the Hradchin
||Class members in Prague
- For students who are traveling independently to Europe, WMST 2490 is offered as a distance education course through the Casper College Busabout program. See the article in the Fall 2008 Footprints magazine for more information.