How to Arrange an Independent Study
Women's Study 493
To fulfill a major in Women’s Studies it is necessary to have one independent study WS 493. These are supervised by a faculty member and vary from project to project. Registration for this course is through the Chair of Women’s Studies. (Credit hours are variable.) Click the links below.
FIND A FACULTY SPONSOR
Students seek out a faculty member who works or teaches in the area of women, gender, or feminist studies to supervise the project. Typically, this will be someone with whom you already have had a course and whose interests are similar to your own. In any case, it should be someone having a significant interest in women’s issues. The faculty member and the student then work together to identify and define a study. This may involve assisting the faculty member in an ongoing project or may involve the generation of an entirely new project. The student produces a paper or other appropriate product (e.g., a performance or installation).
Some possible faculty supervisors include [but certainly are not limited to]:
- Barbara Thayer Bacon, firstname.lastname@example.org Cultural Studies in Ed.
- Amy Billone, email@example.com English
- Hoan Bui, firstname.lastname@example.org Sociology Dept
- Nissa Dahlin-Brown, email@example.com Baker Center
- Leslee Fisher, firstname.lastname@example.org Exercise, Sport, & Leisure
- Janice Harper, email@example.com Anthropology Dept.
- Kristi Havens, firstname.lastname@example.org English Dept.
- Jennifer Hendricks, email@example.com College of Law
- Chris Holmlund, firstname.lastname@example.org Mod. Foreign Lang.& Lit.
- LaVinia Jennings, email@example.com English Dept.
- Jana Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org Political Science
- Rebecca Klenk, email@example.com Women's Studies
- Suzanne Kurth, firstname.lastname@example.org Sociology Dept.
- Catherine Luther, email@example.com Journalism
- Ellen Macek, firstname.lastname@example.org History Dept.
- Gina Owens, email@example.com Psychology Dept.
- Lois Presser, firstname.lastname@example.org Sociology Dept.
- Deborah Rhatigan email@example.com Psychology Dept.
- Lynn Sacco, firstname.lastname@example.org History Dept.
- Donna Sherwood, email@example.com Women's Studies
- Dawn Szymanski, firstname.lastname@example.org Psychology Dept.
- Cheryl Travis, email@example.com Women’s Studies
CHOOSE A TOPIC
Topics are quite variable; some samples of possible topics are below. Often faculty sponsors have ongoing projects to which students may contribute.
- Woman Suffrage: A Southern Perspective: The paper focused mainly toward the end of the suffrage movement and examined key elements that helped bring about the ratification of the 19th amendment. Supervisor Dr. Lorri Glover (History)
- Birth Control & Women’s Roles: A paper documenting the rhetorical aspect of birth control and women's fight for it. Will also lead up to to new forms that are available today and the controversial issue of Roe v. Wade. Supervisor Professor Norma Cook (Special programs Communication).
- Matriarchal Societies: To learn about the social organization within matriarchal societies. The main focus will look specifically at the governing processes and assess their effectiveness and affects on the individual of that society. Supervisor Dr. Rebecca Klenk (Women’s Studies)
- Women in the Labor Movement: A review of labor organizations, laws, and activism by women. Supervisor Dr. Donna Sherwood (Women’s Studies)
- Health Care Disparities: A paper summarizing disparities and initiatives designed to mitigate them.
- Women’s Theater - Stop Kiss: Production of a play about two women, directed by a woman, starring women. The costume designer, lighting designer, set designer, and sound designer will all be women.
MAKE AN APPLICATION
After you find a faculty sponsor, select a topic, and agree on tasks, products, and a timeline. Next, activate and complete the interactive pdf Application and submit it to the chair as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The pdf form can be completed with a regular Adobe reader version 8. Be sure to save the form with a filename that includes your own name and the semester for which you wish to register. For example, save it with a filename such as "Your Name, WS493 2009 Fall." If you cannot manage the interactive form, create a Word file with all the same information and send it as an attachment to the chair. The project must be approved by your faculty sponsor and by the chair; the chair of Women’s Studies will notify you when you have been officially added to the course.