Department Description: Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the evolving experiences and contributions of women and girls within various historical, social, political, personal, and cultural contexts. Drawing upon resources from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, our department offers a wide range of thought-provoking courses. Students can expect to study topics like gender, feminism, race, age, class, religion, sexual identity, health and wellness, and reproduction through readings, videos, collaborative projects, and independent research. Women’s Studies provides a supportive environment that encourages women and men to think reflectively and critically, envision constructive new realities, respect human dignity and celebrate diversity, earn a developed understanding of the relationship between personal experience and social conditions, have a sense of humor, and take time for fun. Students who graduate with a Women’s Studies Certificate possess skills that are valuable and marketable to a wide variety of employers.
Department Learning Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:
- Gain insight into diverse cultures and understand how culture impacts perspectives.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
- Develop a foundation of knowledge about women’s roles in and contributions to the economy, politics, the arts, cultures, and society in the United States and around the world.
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate the analysis of race and ethnicity, class, sexual identities, culture, religion, disabilities, and geography into explanations of power relations in the contemporary world.
- Examine the diversity of women’s experiences, past and present, using the concept of gender to identify progress and problems.
- Identify major feminist movements and explain how they shape policies and perspectives in the United States.
- Demonstrate understanding of reproductive anatomy and the women’s health initiative.
WOMEN’S STUDIES CERTIFICATE
Program Course Requirements
WMST 1400 Intro to Women’s Studies (3 cr)
Choose 9 credits from the following:
BIOL 2411 Biology of Women (3 cr)
ENGL 2451 Women in Literature (3 cr)
HLTH 1531 Women’s Health (3 cr)
HIST 2420 History of Women in the U.S. (3 cr)
WMST 2420 Women and Religion (3 cr)
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 12 CREDITS
Special Program Requirements:
In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:
- College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0
- Residency Requirement: students must complete one third (4) of their credits at Central Lakes College.
Transfer Opportunities: This program has a transfer articulation agreement with Minnesota State University – Moorhead.
Career Opportunities: The Women’s Studies Certificate compliments a wide variety of fields such as human resources, social work, psychology, English, criminal Justice, health, and political science. Students who graduate with this certificate develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, research analysis, and communication.
History Instructor at CLC since 2004.
Attended CLC B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead , MN.
M.A. University of Minnesota
Doctoral Studies, University of Minnesota
Honors Program Coordinator, 2011-2013
Member of the Organization of American Historians
Local speaker on historical topics.
Enjoys outdoor silent sports: running, biking, skiing and kayaking In addition to a passion for history, has been a retail business owner since 1981
Leane Flynn earned an M.A. in English from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a B.A. in English with a minor in music from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Her professional interests include creative nonfiction, college writing, and mothering studies. In addition to teaching, Leane enjoys spending quality time with family, running 5K races, reading, writing, playing music, volunteering, biking on the Cuyuna Lakes Trail, and gardening.
Sandra Kaplan has 20+ years of experience teaching students at both public and private colleges. She earned a Master’s degree in Cell Biology and Physiology from Northern Arizona University and successfully completed the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Biology. In addition to teaching biology, she has recently pursued training and education to also instruct Health classes and Beginning Yoga. Sandra’s joy is fueled by watching students meet their academic and career goals. She believes in total body wellness and the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge; and thinks that citizens who possess science literacy skills are empowered to make enlightened decisions and meaningful contributions to our global society.
As a faculty member at Central Lakes College (CLC) since 2009, I have taught the following fascinating courses in Philosophy: World Religions, Philosophy and Popular Culture, Immortality and the Afterlife, Critical Thinking, Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, and Contemporary Moral Problems. I received my B.A. from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) 2005, and my M.A. at SCSU in 2010. I taught briefly in the English Dept. at SCSU before taking a job as a paralegal in the Brainerd Lakes Area. In 2009 I was (gently) initiated into the CLC campus life, shortly after was (not so gently) initiated into parenthood when my partner and I had our first child. In 2012 I was honored to receive the CLC Faculty Member of the Year Award, as voted upon by the CLC student body. While at CLC I have continued to be active in campus life; I participate in various CLC faculty committees and serve(d) as the advisor for the CLC Equality Coalition student club. I thoroughly enjoy philosophizing, no matter the subject, on such questions as: Should I lie to an inquiring murderer? Is Walt from the TV series “Breaking Bad” a truly authentic individual? Is ignorance bliss? Does God exist? Does evil exist? Is there a best way to live? Do we have free will? Is it all just a matter of opinion? Does a tree falling in a forest make a sound? Is there a soul or an afterlife? My students have joked about the way my eyes light up when a good argument starts. It is exciting for me to watch students develop as critical thinkers, and it gives me hope to know that there are a few more thoughtful people going out into the world.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA I moved west after completing a bachelor in science from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Biology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Working as a bio-technician for the forest service and park service, for several years, I moved from remote areas of Alaska, to Idaho and Montana. I then settled for a few years in Colorado before moving to Minnesota to be closer to my husband’s family. As an instructor in the sciences at a community college I feel that my role is to prepare the students for their future courses in Biology related fields and also for the jobs they will be performing. All Biology courses are interesting for me to teach; however if I were to have to pick favorites I would choose Microbiology and Biology of Women. Outside of work I have a husband and two children that keep me busy. I also like to get outside when I can, and have recently taken up cross-country skiing. During the warmer months our whole family enjoys going fishing, working outside in the yard and garden, and going for hikes together in the nearby Crow Wing State Park. The Brainerd Lakes area is a wonderful place to live work and go to school.
After 25 years in private sector executive management, Anne Radspinner completed her B.A. and M.A. in Literature and Writing at California State University San Marcos where her research on women and religion in 18th century literature established a foundation for her subsequent work in women’s studies. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Radspinner will receive the graduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from Western Kentucky University. She plans to teach online for the university in the fall of 2014. Radspinner received her Associate of Art degree from Brainerd Community College in 1988 and has been an instructor at CLC since 2010. Teaching has been a life-long dream and women’s studies her passion.