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Course Description

This survey course begins with pre-contact peoples and extends to the end of the nineteenth century. The class examines the construction of womanhood through United States history, and the effects of gender, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation upon women's experiences. Students will study the contributions of various individual women and groups of women in creating the modern United States, and will analyze social, political, economic, and cultural forces affecting women to both join and resist movements for social change. Students will also learn to apply contemporary feminist theory to traditional historical approaches. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish, evaluate, and contrast roles played by women in US history at different times
  • Analyze the effects of gender, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation upon individual women and upon women in social groups
  • Relate changes in women's lives to social, political, and economic changes in the United States
  • Develop and refine varied research skills, using women’s history topics to look deeply and broadly at how women defined the various issues studied through primary and secondary scholarly sources.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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