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Gender & Sexuality Studies

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Department Overview

The Gender and Sexuality Studies Program facilitates the interdisciplinary study of social relations of power in a variety of texts, practices, and cultural and historical contexts. The program emphasizes  the interrelationships among gender and sexuality, race, class, nation, and ability and connects such inquiry to local and global politics. Gender and Sexuality Studies brings feminist and queer theory in conversation with research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences through courses offered across the three academic divisions of the College.

A sampling of courses offered includes Feminist Film and Media Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and the Body in Islam Comparative Perspectives on the Body, and  Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement.

Students who minor in gender and sexuality studies take a minimum of five courses that emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Special Majors take ten courses. The curriculum begins with an introductory course that highlights key concepts, questions, and analytical tools that have shaped the field and concludes with the capstone in the spring of the senior year. Program faculty members are committed to incorporating historical and contemporary perspectives on the study of gender and sexuality into the program of study.

Highlight of Spring 2022 Courses

Course flyer for English 047C Asian American Gender/Sexuality/Species

Through an examination of the representation and performance of gender and sexuality in Asian American literature and culture, this course considers the intertwined constitution and contradictions of race, gender, and sexuality while keeping an eye on the animal that serves as their limits.

Course flyer for Russian 063 Roots of Feminism & Radicalism in Russia

In this writing intensive course we will trace interlocking questions of social transformation and gender equality through literary and philosophical works by authors including: Tolstoy, Nikolai Chernyshevsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Alexandra Kollontai, Emma Goldman, and many others. 

Course flyer for Environmental Studies 043 Race, Gender, Class, and the Environment

This course explores how ideologies and structures of race, gender, sexuality, and class are embedded in and help shape our perceptions of and actions in the “environment.” 

Through an examination of the representation and performance of gender and sexuality in Asian American literature and culture, this course considers the intertwined constitution and contradictions of race, gender, and sexuality while keeping an eye on the animal that serves as their limits.

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