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PED-301 American Women in Sports History


The course introduces the history of women in sports with an emphasis on the important contributions of American women.  The course examines how the social and cultural evolution of gender roles and stereotypes has influenced women's participation and achievement in sports.  It focuses on how race, class, sexual orientation, and significant events in history have affected women's sports in America.  The course fulfills the general education requirement in physical education and gender studies.  The course is an elective in women's studies program. [3 credits]


  1. Identify the individual and societal benefits of girls’ and women’s participation in sports
  2. Describe the contributions in sport history of prominent American female athletes
  3. Describe how socially constructed definitions of gender and sexual orientation have led to harmful male and female stereotypes and the impact they have had on women’s sports
  4. Describe the societal and cultural attitudes toward race/ethnicity and class and how these attitudes have impacted female athletes and the growth of women’s sports  
  5. Define Title IX and explain its impact on the past and present status of women’s sports
  6. Identify inequities between men’s and women’s sports programs and opportunities and propose strategies for addressing these inequities
  7. Complete a research paper on either a noted or obscure American female athlete who made significant contributions to a women’s sport or sports, OR on a topic significantly related to women’s sports history in the United States


  1. Instructor selected readings
  2. Student selected readings, readings on current events
  3. Student reports
  4. Short research paper
  5. Student presentation


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  • This course does not require any assignments prior to the first class.