Women's and Gender History
Any student who believes he or she will
require special consideration to meet the requirements of the course
must consult the Office
of Disability Services (UC-112) during the
first week of classes.
This course examines U.S. history from the colonial period to the
present from the perspective of women and gender. The class lectures,
multimedia presentations, and readings emphasize U.S. women's history
(incorporating factors of race, class, region, ethnicity, and age), but
also trace how the changing definition of gender for both males and
females has impacted general historical trends. Class attendance is not
mandatory, but strongly recommended since students are responsible for
all lecture and multimedia material presented in class as well as that
included as out-of-class reading materials. In addition, since we only
meet once a week, miss a class and you miss a lot.
- Students enrolled in this course must have an active email
account and know how to access the World Wide Web. You have access
to the World Wide Web and a personal email account through the many
on-campus computer labs or you may use a computer from off campus if
you have access to one. Follow the hotlink for information about the
College of Arts and Sciences computer
- Laura McCall and Donald Yacovone. A Shared
Experience. New York Univ. Press.
- Susan Ware. Modern American Women. McGraw-Hill.
- Anne Moody. Coming of Age in Mississippi. Dell.
- Mary Crow Dog. Lakota Woman. Harper-Perennial.
- Additional reading materials are linked to the World Wide Web
(WWW) from the on-line syllabus/schedule.
- Distance Learning Students must also purchase Sara Evans. Born
for Liberty: A History of Women in America. This text is
optional for on-campus students.
Examinations (2@50 points each) There will be two in-class
midterm examination covering material presented in class and
assigned readings. Each exam will consist of two essay questions (25
- Newspaper/Magazine/Film Assignment (50 points)
Students are required to prepare a 3-4 page analysis of gender
depictions in a popular magazine, newspaper, or film. Please email
me about a time period that interests you, I will give you an
Events (20 points--10 points each) Students are required to
attend and complete a one-paragraph evaluation of at least two
approved out-of-class events. Students may also earn up to 10
extra credit points by attending and evaluating additional
events or films. All evaluations should be submitted to my email
account. The last day to submit events is midnight
Friday, April 28, 2000.
Examination (100 points) The final examination will consist
of a take-home- comprehensive essay question (50 points) and two
in-class-topical essay questions (25 points each) on material
covered since the second midterm.
- Write Ups
(10@ 3points each, 30 points
total) Students must turn in a brief write-up on the weekly reading
assignments. 2-3 paragraphs will suffice. You should also be
prepared to comment in class discussions. What is the author's main
thesis (argument), or the historical significance (what does it show
you about the past?) of each assignment? What question or questions,
if any, do the readings raise for you? Each write-up is worth up to
3 points. I will not accept late write-ups.
I will offer make-up examinations for the midterms and final.
However, arrangements for make-ups must be made the day
the examination is scheduled or before. Warning: I am strict
about this policy and make-up examinations are more difficult.