Gender Studies (BA)
Learning outcomes. Students will:
- Identify assumptions about gender and sexuality and how they influence constructions of human identity in historical, cultural, and geographic contexts.
- Write arguments that examine the interrelationships between gender and sexuality and other identity categories, such as race, class, nationality, age, and abilities.
- Recognize major topics and methodological approaches in gender studies.
- Utilize accepted methods of gender studies research to investigate topics in the field.
- Connect scholarly inquiry on gender and sexuality to theories of social justice and activism.
|Gender Studies Major
|Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree
Honors Option. To receive Honors in the Gender Studies major, a student must complete a 3-credit research project-based independent study prior to taking the senior seminar while achieving a 3.5 grade point average in their major courses (above the 100-level) and an overall GPA of at least a 3.2. Eligible students may enroll in the Honors Option as upper juniors (having accumulated at least 75 to 90 credits) by meeting with the Gender Studies Coordinator.
Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or who changed to this major in September 2016 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to the date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the Undergraduate Bulletin 2015-16.
|Introduction to Gender Studies
|Why Gender Matters
|Gender and Justice
|GEN 255 /BIO 255
|Biology of Gender & Sexuality
|GEN 364 /HIS 364
|History of Gender and Sexuality: Prehistory to 1650
|Advisors recommendation. GEN 255 / BIO 255 has a prerequisite of SCI 110 or SCI 112 or SCI 114 (or any STEM variant science course of at least three-credits such as BIO 102 or BIO 103 or BIO 104 or CHE 102 or CHE 103 or CHE 104). These science courses satisfy the Required Core: Life and Physical Science category of the Gen Ed program. Transfer students can use any science course that satisfies this Gen Ed area as the prerequisite for GEN 255/BIO 255.
Part Five. Gender Studies Area Electives
Students select five electives from Gender Studies-designated courses and may substitute a semester-long internship in a gender-related field or an approved Independent Study with a GS faculty (GEN 389 or GEN 489) for one elective. To ensure that students are exposed to significant and significantly different approaches to thinking about gender and sexuality, students must take at least two courses in each of the following two categories:
Category A. Diversities and Cultural Representations of Genders and Sexualities
These courses focus on non–dominant U.S. constructions of gender and sexuality internationally and among diverse communities and cultures in the United States. Some of these courses focus on the study of art, media, literature, cultural production both as sites of theoretical and political work about gender and sexuality and as sources of the construction and representation of gendered/sexed identities.
|Choose at least two
|Men: Masculinities in the United States
|ANT 210 /PSY 210
|Sex and Culture
|ART 224 /AFR 224
|African American Women in Art
|Race, Class and Gender in a Correctional Context
|Black Female Sexuality in Film
|Women in Theatre
|Feminist Rhetorics: Histories, Intersections, Challenges
|GEN 356 /HIS 356
|Sexuality, Gender, and Culture in Muslim Societies
|Selected Topics in Gender Studies
|HIS 265 /LLS 265
|Class, Race and Family in Latin American History
|Marriage in Medieval Europe
|History of Lynching and Collective Violence
|Female Felons in the Premodern World
|Sex, Gender and Justice in Global Perspective
|Gender and Identity in Literary Traditions
|Latin American Woman in Global Society
|Sociology of Sexualities
Category B. Socio-Political and Economic Systems and Gender and Sexuality
These courses address the construction of gender and sexuality within the legal, economic and social structures of our society. They look at the very pragmatic ways that societies both reinforce and undermine gender and sexuality through their policies and social practices. Courses that satisfy this requirement will investigate historical or contemporary gender and sexuality within law, sociology, economics, government, criminology and psychology.
|Choose at least two
|CRJ 420 /SOC 420
|Women and Crime
|Gender & Work Life
|The Political Economy of Gender
|Introduction to Feminist Praxis
|Feminist Praxis: Internship
|Gender and Politics
|The Law and Politics of LGBTQ Rights
|Gender and Law
|Women in Policing
|Psychology of Gender
|Women and Social Control in the U.S.
|Gender Issues in International Criminal Justice
|Students should consult with the Gender Studies Major Coordinator to ensure adequate coverage.
|In addition to the regularly offered electives listed above, a number of unique electives that count toward the major will be offered each semester. The Director of the Gender Studies Program will compile a list each semester and distribute it to Gender Studies majors and minors.
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 36