Women’s and Gender Studies

Feminism is for everybody

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program explicitly dedicated to the study of women, gender and sexuality in all areas of human life. As an academic field, Women’s Studies starts from the assumption that gender shapes both individual lives and social institutions. Our curriculum provides students with a theoretical framework for analyzing and acting upon the intersections of gender, race, class and sexuality, both historically and in contemporary societies worldwide.

You can read more about women’s studies in the article “Women’s Studies: Transform the World.”

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Major requirements

Women’s and Gender Studies major worksheet

The major in women’s and gender studies consists of at least nine courses, including Introduction to Women’s Studies, Feminist Theory, and the Senior Seminar. Three or more additional courses must be taken at the 300 level or above. Women’s and Gender Studies majors who have taken a first-year seminar with a member of the Women’s Studies faculty may petition the Women’s and Gender Studies Coordinator to count that FYS towards credit for the major. Women’s and Gender studies majors are urged to pursue internships, service learning opportunities and independent research that will complement their course work in women’s and gender studies studies.

Introduction and theory

WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies
WGS 312 Feminist Theory
WGS 401 Senior Seminar

Women in U.S. society

Two of the following:
ARTH 370 Women at Work: Art History and Feminism
ARTH 371 Masculinity and American Art
ECON 241 Women in United States Economy
ENG 247 Feminist Fiction
ENG 348 Sexual Politics of Film Noir
HIST 232 Women in North America to 1790
HIST 233 United States Women, 1790-1890
HIST 234 United States Women since 1890
HIST 341 Sex and Culture in the 19th Century U.S.
PHIL 255 Feminism, Philosophy and the Law
SOC 235 Families in Transition
SOC 260 Gender Inequality
SOC 320 Race, Gender and Poverty

Other courses may qualify with permission of the women’s and gender studies advisor.

Women in international perspective

Two of the following:
ANTH 255 Gender in Africa
ANTH 260 Gender and Development
ANTH 350 Gender and Social Organization
CLAS 266 Gender, Power and the Gods
ECON 233 Sweatshops in the World Economy
FR 331 Other Voices, Other Stories: Great Works by Women from France and the Francophone World
GER 267 Weimar and Nazi Cinema and Culture
HISP 370 Contemporary Women Writers in Spain
ITAS 235 Italian Women Writers in Translation
RUSS 284 Women in Russian Culture
SOC 310 Gender and Nation
WGS 228 Transnational Feminisms
WGS 311 Violence against Women
or ANTH 311 Violence against Women
or SOC 311 Violence against Women

Electives

Two of the following not used above:
ANTH 255 Gender in Africa
ANTH 260 Gender and Development
ANTH 311 Violence against Women
ANTH 350 Gender and Social Organization

CLAS 266 Gender, Power and the Gods

ECON 233 Sweatshops in the World Economy
ECON 241 Women in United States Economy

ENG 236 Sex, Work and the Victorians
ENG 240 Gender, Genre and Poetry
ENG 247 Feminist Fiction
ENG 272 Romancing the Novel
ENG 343 Fictions of the Modern
ENG 348 Sexual Politics of Film Noir
ENG 377 Feminist Criticism

GER 267 Weimar and Nazi Cinema and Culture

FR 331 Other Voices, Other Stories: Great Works by Women from France and the Francophone World

HISP 320 Spanish Women in the Golden Age
HISP 370 Contemporary Women Writers in Spain

HIST 232 Women in North America to 1790
HIST 233 United States Women, 1790-1890
HIST 234 United States Women since 1890
HIST 340 Sex and Work
HIST 341 Sex and Culture in the 19th Century U.S.

ITAS 235 Italian Women Writers in Translation

PHIL 255 Feminism, Philosophy and the Law
PHIL 398 Plato Seminar

PSY 235 Human Sexuality
PSY 290 Psychology of Women

REL 142 Religion and Sexuality

RUSS 284 Women in Russian Culture

SOC 235 Families in Transition
SOC 260 Gender Inequality
SOC 290 Sociology of Sexualities
SOC 310 Gender and Nation
SOC 311 Violence against Women
SOC 320 Race, Gender and Poverty
SOC 392 Feminist Research

WGS 311 Violence against Women
WGS 315 Black Feminist Theory
WGS 398 Experimental Courses
WGS 399 Independent Study
WGS 500 Individual Research

Minor requirements

Women’s and Gender Studies minor worksheet

The minor in women’s and gender studies consists of five or more courses: WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies or WGS 228 Transnational Feminisms, and three electives, only one of which may be taken at the 100 level. At least one class must be at the 300-level. Students who have completed at least one 300-level theory class (WGS 312 or WGS 315) are strongly encouraged to take WGS 401, the Senior Seminar (with permission of the instructor). Students are encouraged to do an interdisciplinary independent study and related internships.

Women’s and Gender Studies courses

Anthropology

ANTH 255 Gender in Africa
ANTH 260 Gender and Development
ANTH 311 Violence against Women
ANTH 350 Gender and Social Organization

Art History

 

Classics

CLAS 266 Gender, Power and the Gods

Economics

ECON 233 Sweatshops in the World Economy
ECON 241 Women in United States Economy

English

ENG 236 Sex, Work and the Victorians
ENG 240 Gender, Genre and Poetry
ENG 247 Feminist Fiction
ENG 272 Romancing the Novel
ENG 343 Fictions of the Modern
ENG 348 Sexual Politics of Film Noir
ENG 377 Feminist Criticism

French

FR 331 Other Voices, Other Stories: Great Works by Women from France and the Francophone World

German

GER 267 Weimar and Nazi Cinema and Culture

Hispanic Studies

HISP 320 Spanish Women in the Golden Age
HISP 370 Contemporary Women Writers in Spain

History

HIST 232 Women in North America to 1790
HIST 233 United States Women, 1790-1890
HIST 234 United States Women since 1890
HIST 340 Sex and Work
HIST 341 Sex and Culture in the 19th Century U.S.
HIST 398 Sex and Gender

Italian

ITAS 235 Italian Women Writers in Translation
ITAS 298 Constructing Women Writers and Saints: 1200-1500

Philosophy

PHIL 255 Feminism, Philosophy and the Law

Political Science
Psychology

PSY 235 Human Sexuality
PSY 290 Psychology of Women

Religion

REL 142 Religion and Sexuality

Russian

RUSS 284 Women in Russian Culture

Sociology

SOC 235 Families in Transition
SOC 260 Gender Inequality
SOC 290 Sociology of Sexualities
SOC 310 Gender and Nation
SOC 311 Violence against Women
SOC 320 Race, Gender and Poverty
SOC 392 Feminist Research

Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies
WGS 228 Transnational Feminisms
WGS 311 Violence against Women
WGS 312 Feminist Theory
WGS 315 Black Feminist Theory
WGS 399 Independent Study
WGS 401 Senior Seminar

In addition, many departments offer special courses and seminars with topics applicable to the major or minor. Please see the Women’s and Gender Studies advisor for permission to count the course towards either the major or minor.

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus

Professor of Religion; Program Coordinator, Jewish Studies

Dolita Cathcart

Associate Professor of History

Beverly Lyon Clark

Professor of English

Barbara Darling-Smith

Assistant Professor of Religion

Nick Dorzweiler

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Nancy Evans

Associate Professor of Classics; Chair, Classics and Program Coordinator of Ancient Studies, Greek & Latin

R. Tripp Evans

Professor of Art History

Lindsay Flynn

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Tommasina Gabriele

Professor of Italian Studies; Italian Studies Coordinator

Donna O. Kerner

Professor of Anthropology; William Isaac Cole Professor of Anthropology

Sarah Leventer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and New Media Studies

Katherine Mason

Assistant Professor of Sociology/Women and Gender Studies

Stephen Mathis

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Elizabeth Maynard

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

Karen McCormack

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; Co-Coordinator, Peace and Social Justice Minor; Co-coordinator, Journalism Studies

Charlotte Meehan

Playwright-in-Residence, Professor of English, Mary Heuser Chair in the Arts

John Miller

Professor of Economics

Kim Miller

Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and Art History; Jane Oxford Keiter '64 Endowed Professorship; Coordinator, Women's & Gender Studies; Co-Coordinator, Peace & Social Justice Minor

Francoise Rosset

Associate Professor of Russian; Chair of Russian Department

Alireza Shomali

Associate Professor of Political Science; Chair, Political Science Department

Kathryn Tomasek

Associate Professor of History

M. Gabriela Torres

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Public Health Coordinator

Jonathan David Walsh

Professor of French Studies

Aubrey Westfall

Assistant Professor of Political Science; International Relations Coordinator

Brenda Wyss

Associate Professor of Economics; Coordinator of Development Studies

Kersti Alice Yllo

Professor of Sociology, Emerita; Title IX Coordinator for Faculty