Fall 2012 Course Listings


ENGL 225: Southern Literature - “Tell me about the South. What’s it like there.”: Region, Race, Gender and Class in Southern Literature (F2, F4)
Section 01 TR 11:00-12:15 pm
Section 02 TR 2:00-3:15 pm
Professor Leslie Petty

When Shreve McCannon, a northerner, asks Quentin Compson, the displaced Mississippian in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, to “tell [him] about the South,” he is articulating the enduring desire (and dilemma) of all Southern writers. How does one define the South, after all? Is it a region? A culture? A historical construct? And perhaps, more to the point, who or what is a Southerner? The literature that we’ll read this semester will offer no easy answers, but it will reveal an enduring set of concerns. Questions of identity are at the heart of Southern writing – regional and national identities of course, but also individual identities. A heightened awareness of the complexities of race, gender, class and even sexuality is one of the hallmarks of this literary tradition. Thus, we’ll investigate the construction and complexities of Southern identity in the works of several Southern writers, including Chopin, Faulkner, Hurston, O’Connor, Welty, Williams, Wright and many others. Prerequisites: FYWS 151 or permission from the instructor.


A directed internship in which students integrate their academic study of gender issues with practical experience in off-campus organizations, agencies, or businesses (10 hours per week). Students apply for an internship through Career Services. Then the student and faculty mentor devise a reading list to complement the internship and submit it, along with an internship proposal, to the chair of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program for approval. Assignments may include a series short papers, a reading journal, a final paper, and a presentation at the Gender Studies symposium or URCAS. See GSS webpage for list of internship options. To be eligible, students must have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher. Pass/Fail only.

HIST 349: Black and White Women in the South
MWF 1:00-1:50 pm
Professor Gail Murray

This course focuses on the agency of African American and White women and their participation in, and challenge to, the dominant culture in the United States. The course will trace this history from the colonial period to the present using monographs, autobiographies, film, music, and scholarly essays. The seminar format will allow students to share responsibility for content and music presentations. An oral presentation is a requirement at the 300 level. Prerequisite: one history class at the 100 or 200 level or permission from the instructor.

MUSC 105-01: Topics in Music - Women in Music (F5)
TR 12:30-1:45 pm
Professor Vanessa Rogers

This “Topics” course in music examines the numerous contributions women have made to the development of cultivated and vernacular musical traditions from the pre-Christian era to the present day, encompassing music in traditional cultures, symphonic and operatic literature, art song and piano literature, and popular genres such as blues, jazz, and rock. The course closely examines the differences in behavior and perception attached to the private (aka female) and public (aka male) spheres of musical activity, the limitations of gender, and the ways in which many women have overcome those perceptions and limitations. Finally the course will explore gendered readings of several areas of the traditional musical “canon” to gain a fresh perspective on all music.

PSYC 232: Psychology of Gender and Language
MWF 11:00-11:50 am
Professor Marsha Walton

In this course we will think about gender, sexuality, language, and the relations between them. We will examine research and theory in an effort to go beyond stereotypes, and popular press reports about gender differences, and to discover ways that language is used to construct and also to resist gender constraints. Students will observe naturally occurring conversation, and will develop some basic discourse analysis skills. We will examine the performance of gender in our own speech and in discursive practices of our various cultural communities. Students should be prepared to reflect on their own behavior and to experiment with changing communication habits that may be deeply ingrained. Prerequisites: Psychology 150 or Gender and Sexuality Studies 201 or any Theatre course.

RELS 300-02: Topics in Biblical Studies - Christian Ethics
TR 12:30-1:45 pm
Professor Kendra Hotz

This course explores a variety of Christian perspectives on moral questions. We will concentrate on connecting the theological sources and bases for ethics with practical case studies that bear out the diverse ways in which faith is enacted. The class begins with a survey of approaches to Christian ethics including natural law, virtue, command, and theocentric ethics, and contextual approaches offered by feminist, black, and queer theologians. The remainder of the semester will be spent investigating how these theories bear on practical moral questions related to sexuality, the natural environment, and the political world. Open to majors and minors only, except with permission from the instructor.

THEA 365-01: Special Topics in Theatre - Daring to Speak: Gender and Sexuality, Page and Stage (F5)
MWF  9:00-9:50 am
Professor David Jilg

Concentrating primarily on 20th-century American dramatic literature, we will examine how the playwrights address their explorations of LGBT issues relative to their positions in time and how the plays reflect (or deflect) social mores. Coursework will include focused classroom discussion, a series of essays devoted to topics generated in the discussions, and the development and performance of a final project piece comprised of monologues and short scenes from the works studied. Open to the general student, this serves as a Theatre Literature requirement or elective for the major/minor in Theater.