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Fall 2013-2014
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Women in American Higher Education

Nancy W. Malkiel

The history of women in American higher education from the early 19th to the late 20th century, focusing on the founding and evolution of leading women's colleges; the early experience of coeducation; the formation of coordinate colleges for women; and the wave of coeducation that swept over colleges and universities beginning in 1969. We'll study the adoption of coeducation at previously single-sex institutions (e.g. Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Amherst, Vassar, Oxford, Cambridge) and investigate the experience of women's colleges that remained single-sex. We'll assess the results of coeducation and the continuing case for women's colleges.

Sample reading list:
Ruth Bordin, Women at Michigan
Charlotte Williams Conable, Women at Cornell
Leslie Miller-Bernal and Susan L. Poulson, eds., Challenged by Coeducation: Women's Colleges since the 1960s
Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Alma Mater
Elizabeth A. Daniels and Clyde Griffen, "Full Steam Ahead in Poughkeepsie": Coeducation at Vassar
Kirsten Bibbins, Anne Chiang, Heather Stephenson, eds., Women Reflect about Princeton

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 200 pages of reading a week, in published books and scholarly articles, as well as in primary source materials assembled for this course. Two 5-page papers will be due during the course of the semester. A 20-page research paper will be due on Dean's Date.

Papers - 25%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Not open to students who have taken FRS 149, "Coeducation.".

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23368 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:10 Limit:15