VanWylen Library Research Guides on Human Trafficking
Major and Minor Requirements and
(Beginning with students entering Hope College
in Fall 2008)
here for old requirements
Major Requirements (32 Credit
WGS 160. Women in a Global Society
of this course is to examine the politics of women’s location
in various parts of the world. It will examine women both in
emerging and developing countries. We will look at many different
perspectives and viewpoints that determine women’s status
in society today. Students will become familiar with various/alternative
views of women specifically in the third world.
Once A Year
WGS 200. Introduction to Women’s
and Gender Studies
In this course we will explore assumptions about gender and the
effects of sexism and stereotypes on women and men. We will
assess the validity of biological, psychological, sociological
and other explanations for gender asymmetry (why men have historically
had more privilege and power). We will pay particular attention
to questions of women and gender and how they interrelate with
our humanity, writ large and small. At the heart of this pedagogy,
students are encouraged to teach and learn from one another.
Together we will challenge ourselves to grow and support communal
growth in shaping a world free of power-divisions based on
gender, race, class, citizenship, country of origin.
Atkins, Kipp, Petit and others
WGS 350. Visions of Justice: Theory
Each theory nudges us towards a lens through which to see the
world. If a theory is too expansive, it may not tell us much;
too narrow, and it may leave so much out that it is not relevant.
A challenge to us is to raise our consciousness about the strengths
and limitations of how we see the world (how we listen, or
don’t listen), how we form our opinions, what we choose
to make room for and how we hold and honor truths, including
conflicting ones. Two questions central to this course is:
How does what you know from your own experience, which includes
listening to others, challenge “the way things are”?
How can we live in such a way to effect positive changes for
the good of all?
Once A Year
WGS 494. Keystone Seminar
This course is a senior course in which students integrate
feminist theory and practice into an individual project or internship
or project and meet with other Women's Studies majors and minors
to discuss the implications of their work for themselves and
society. The course requirements can be satisfied in one of three
ways: 1) doing a research project and writing a paper, 2) doing
an activist project which seeks to transform some aspect of the
community, 3) completing a community-based internship. This requirement
can also be met in an off-campus program with prior approval.
Once a year
Minor Requirements (20