Sep 19, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalogue 
2018-2019 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

Course Numbering

The College of Wooster uses a five-digit course numbering system. The first three digits indicate the primary course number. The next two digits are the secondary course number and indicate whether there is a special focus for the course. For example:

The first letters are the department or program abbreviation. The next three digits are the primary course number (101 is the primary course number for all Introduction to Historial Study courses). The last two digits are the secondary course number. These two digits indicate that the special focus for this HIST 101 course is The History of Islam. A course with a given three-digit primary course number can only be taken once for credit unless specifically indicated otherwise by the department.

The following policy has been used in assigning primary course numbers:

  • 100-level courses are usually introductory courses; some 100-level courses do have prerequisites, and students are advised to consult the description for each course.
  • 200-level courses are usually beyond the introductory level, although many 200-level courses are open to first-year students and to majors and non-majors.
  • 300-level courses are seminars and courses primarily for majors but open to other students with the consent of the instructor.
  • The following numbers are for Independent Study: I.S. 40100 (Junior Independent Study), I.S. 45100 and I.S. 45200 (Senior Independent Study).

In addition to the regular course offerings, many departments offer individual tutorials under the number 40000 and internships under 41000. On occasion, departments will offer a course on a special topic as approved by the Educational Policy Committee, designated 19900, 29900, or 39900.


In keeping with the general education requirements of the College’s curriculum
(see Degree Requirements ), course listings employ the following abbreviations:

W Writing Intensive 

C Studies in Cultural Difference

R Religious Perspectives

Q Quantitative Reasoning

AH Learning Across the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities

HSS Learning Across the Disciplines: History and Social Sciences 

MNS Learning Across the Disciplines: Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Except where otherwise noted, all courses carry one course credit.


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

   •  WGSS 12000 - Intro to Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
   •  WGSS 20200 - Histories of Feminist Thought
   •  WGSS 20400 - Transnational Feminisms
   •  WGSS 20600 - Queer Lives
   •  WGSS 29900 - Special Topics in Wgss
   •  WGSS 29901 - Race, Gender and Popular Music
   •  WGSS 33000 - Doing Feminist Research: Theory & Practi
   •  WGSS 35000 - Sr. Seminar:Feminist Pedagogy in Action
   •  WGSS 39900 - Special Topics in WGSS
   •  WGSS 39901 - Musc Cult @ the Int Gndr Race & Sxuality
   •  WGSS 40000 - Tutorial
   •  WGSS 40500 - WGSS Practicum
   •  WGSS 41000 - WGSS Internship
   •  WGSS 45100 - Independent Study
   •  WGSS 45200 - Independent Study