Gender and Sexuality Studies, B.A. Requirements

As an interdisciplinary program, students seeking the Gender and Sexuality Studies Major are required to take ten courses from a variety of areas.

Required Courses

Code Course Credits

GND 101

Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course fosters critical thinking about sex and gender. It is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the key questions and debates surrounding the biological, psychological and sociological determinants of gender. This course examines historical and contemporary issues including systems of gender oppression, media, education, work, parenting, health and wellness, and violence.

3

GND 480

Gender & Sexuality Studies Capstone Research Methods

Offered: Spring Semester

This course guides students through the process of completing a capstone project, with instruction in developing topics, selecting materials and appropriate theoretical frameworks, and preparing for oral presentation.

Prerequisite(s): GND 101 , Junior Gender & Sexuality Studies majors.
It is optimal for students to take this course in their Junior year.

1

GND 475

Internship in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An internship with a focus on gender and/or sexuality, culminating in a critical reflection project. Possible internships include working in women’s organizations, domestic abuse shelters, rape crisis centers, law offices, women’s resource centers, gay and lesbian organizations, and political campaigns. The internship is supervised by a committee consisting of two or three faculty members. Students must obtain project approval from the Program Director before beginning the internship.

3

Additional Courses

Students select the remaining seven courses from any of the areas listed below:

American Studies

Code Course Credits

AMS 110

Women Reimagining History (LIT Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

In this course we will look at how women and in particular women of color writers and filmmakers have challenged and complicated our understanding of U.S. history, culture, and politics in the 20th century. In the context of immigration, slavery, and the lives of Native Americans, we will analyze what these stories of self and community tell us about how important race and gender are to our understanding of the past. Likely texts/films include: Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Louise Erdrich's Tracks, Lourdes Portillo's Señorita Extraviada (film), and Ursula Biemann's Performing the Border (film).

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar and Cornerstone Literature Requirements.Course may be applied to the Gender &Sexuality Studies program.

4

Biology

Code Course Credits

BIO 296

Scientific Methods: Women's Health Issues

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the history and epidemiology of medical issues of women and disease processes. Subjects of inquiry include female cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis, AIDS, domestic violence, and other issues having direct impact upon women; particular attention is focused on scientific studies, both past and present.

This course is open to all students but it will not count as a Biology, Biochemistry, or Neuroscience major course.Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Gender &Sexuality Studies program.

3

BIO 324

Endocrinology

Offered: Spring Semester

The endocrine system plays an integrative and regulatory role in the organism. Therefore endocrinology can be discussed in relation to complex biology and behavior. The role of hormones in a variety of topics, including reproductive biology, stress, and diabetes will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102and BIO 211.
This course fulfills the Molecular/Cellular requirement.Course may be applied to the Gender &Sexuality Studies program.

4

Communication

Code Course Credits

COM 313

Gender and Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examines the impact of gender, or male-female perspectives, on the communication process. Topics discussed within a variety of contexts.

Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender &Sexuality Studies program.

3

COM 323

Topics in Film     (when topic is Gender & Sexuality related)

Offered: Spring Semester

The topics of this seminar vary, but include a critical analysis of film-related subject matter.

Course may be taken twice, but Communication students may only count one toward the major or minor.Course may be applied to the American Studies program & Cinema Studies minor.

3

Criminology

Code Course Credits

CRM 430

Seminar: Race, Class and Gender in the Criminal Justice System

Offered: Offered Periodically

A comparative examination of women and minorities in the criminal justice system. Topics include: women and minority offenders; women and minority victims; women and minorities at different stages of the criminal justice process (police, courts, and corrections); women and minorities employed within the system; and societal attitudes toward women and minorities involved in the system.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201and one additional CRM course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender &Sexuality Studies program.

3

English

Code Course Credits

ENG 220

Introductory Topics in Literature     (when topic is Gender & Sexuality related)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introductory literary seminars that emphasize the development of writing and analytic skills necessary for upper-division English courses. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Priority given to first- and second-year students. Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

Specific topics and descriptions offered in a given semester can be found on the Registrar's website at www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/registrar/course-listings.Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

ENG 300

Critical Theory

Offered: Spring Semester

Introduction to contemporary theory - its origin and framework - by examining literary criticism as an institutional discourse.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 200.
Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender &Sexuality Studies programs.

3

ENG 306

Topics in British Literature, 1700-1900     (when topic is Gender & Sexuality related)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A critical analysis of various cultural and literary issues that emerge in British literature.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ. Specific topics and descriptions offered in a given semester can be found on the Registrar's website at www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/registrar/course-listings.

3

ENG 389

Alternative Modernisms

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

An examination of the anti-colonial, feminist, and queer foundations of literary modernism between 1890 and 1945.

Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

ENG 390

Topics in Modernism     (when topic is Gender & Sexuality related)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Critical study of representative literature from the modernist period.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ. Specific topics and descriptions offered in a given semester can be found on the Registrar's website at www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/registrar/course-listings.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

ENG 391

Topics in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Offered: Fall Semester

A study of issues of gender, race, and class as they emerge in critical and literary texts.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ. Specific topics and descriptions offered in a given semester can be found on the Registrar's website at www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/registrar/course-listings.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

ENG 394

Sexuality and Textuality

Offered: Fall Semester

A critical examination of the definitions of sexual orientation found in diverse texts.

Course may be applied to the American Studies & Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

Foreign Languages

Code Course Credits

FRN 342

Gender Construction in Francophone Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

The course examines how race, gender and sexuality are represented in literary works by French male and female authors and film directors and how they have used alterity as a mirror for self-reflection, as an example for social change, and as the locus of a threat to cultural homogeneity.

Prerequisite(s): FRN 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Code Course Credits

GND 110

Is Sex Destiny? (LIT Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

What is the relationship between biological sex and gendered social roles? What is "natural" behavior for men and women? How do concepts of nature evolve to offer different answers to that question? This course investigates different responses to these questions from the Classical Period to contemporary postmodernism.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar and Cornerstone Literature Requirements.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

4

GND 200

Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Offered: Spring Semester

Introductory seminars that investigate a timely topic from the perspective of gender and/or sexuality studies. Topics vary semester to semester. Course may be taken three times as long as topics differ.

3

GND 300

Advanced Topics in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Offered: Fall Semester

Advanced seminars that investigate a timely topic from the perspective of gender and/or sexuality studies. Topics vary semester to semester. Course may be taken three times as long as topics differ.

3

History

Code Course Credits

HIS 100

Heretics, Reformers and Radicals: Women & Power in American History (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course focuses on women who challenged the gendered hierarchies of their eras. We will examine a collection of women from the 17th to the 20th centuries who developed new modes of exercising power in American public life and overturned longstanding ideas about the weakness and subordination of women.

Prerequisite(s): HIS112 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a United States History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS112, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course may be applied to the American Studies & Gender & Sexuality Studies program.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 229

Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

Offered: Spring Semester

This history of women, men and gender in early modern Europe, between the Renaissance and the early nineteenth century. The course will consider philosophical, medical and religious beliefs about women and men, and the real and imagined roles that women played in early modern society: queens, scientist, healers, witches and saints.

Considered a European History.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 285

Women in America: 1630-1865

Offered: Spring Semester

The history of women from the colonial era through the end of the nineteenth century. Examines the diversity of experiences among women of different races and classes in America, focusing on issues central to female experience: reproduction and family life, work, religion and reform, and political struggles for civil rights.

Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 287

Women in Modern America: 1865-1975

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Survey course of U.S. Women's History from Reconstruction to 1975. Examines a diverse array of women's lives and experiences including women's rights activists, African-Americans, Native Americans and Immigrants. Topics will include civil rights, women in war, education, reform, marriage, family and reproduction, labor, consumer and popular culture.

Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 304

U.S. Popular Culture

Offered: Fall Semester

An investigation of U.S. popular culture focusing on its ability to illuminate important themes in the nation's social, economic, and political development. A special emphasis will be given to twentieth-century popular culture. Important questions and themes will include popular culture's role in perpetuating attitudes regarding race and gender.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 305

U.S. Popular Music

Offered: Spring Semester

In a seminar format, this course will analyze how American popular music reflected and shaped public notions about class, gender, and race. Topics will include jazz, rap, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, and folk music.

Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 330

United States Seminar: Topical     (when topic is Gender & Sexuality related)

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Offers an opportunity to study a specific area or problem in U.S. history in greater depth. Seminar format focusing on discussion of primary sources and secondary literature. Alternating topics to be announced prior to registration.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 374

The Modern Girl in China and Japan

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Explores the emergence of the Modern Girl, a revolutionary phenomenon in early twentieth-century China and Japan who defied social conventions regarding domesticity, sexuality, politics, commercial consumption, and nation-state ideals of the Female Citizen. Incorporating literature and film, this course examines global commercialization, marriage and family, education, feminism, and gendered nationalisms.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Standing and above.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

Philosophy

Code Course Credits

PHL 286

Genetics and Human Nature: Born that Way or Becoming Who We Are?

Offered: Spring Semester

This course explores the implications of modern biology, particularly genetics, for our understanding of human nature. How does the biological viewpoint change how we distinguish normal from abnormal, natural from artificial, health from disease? What is its impact on the debate concerning nature and nurture, as well as on questions about race, sexual orientation, altruism, and gender?

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy course.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

PHL 375

Foucault: Power, Truth, Subjectivity

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Michel Foucault, an influential French thinker of the 20th century, is best known for his analyses of the positive and productive relations between power and knowledge and his exploration of an ethics understood in terms of the care of the self and others. This course is intended to be an in-depth study of his thought, and the primary means of study will be a careful reading and evaluation of a selection of his key writings.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy course.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

Psychology

Code Course Credits

PSY 315

Psychology of Women

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examination of how and why women behave as they do, both from the perspective of cultural beliefs and scientific research. Topics include: contemporary psychodynamic and social constructionist theories of women's psychology; theoretical models of gender identity and gender roles as well as empirical bases for claims about gender differences; specific disorders associated with women; trends in current theory building; and language and communication bias.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

Religious Studies

Code Course Credits

REL 263

Women's Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This class will explore the critical roles played by women in the religious traditions of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as Judaism and earliest Christianity. It will introduce factors that led to the decline of women's influence as Christianity developed a more institutionalized religious system.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course, or Permission of Instructor.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

REL 302

Violence and Sex in the Bible

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Examines the dynamics of sex and violence in ancient Israel as they are presented in the biblical text. Topics include the construction of gender, the status of women and men in society and law, holy war, the characterization of physical violence as positive or negative, the gender of God and its implications.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

REL 303

The Virgin Mary and Visions of the Feminine in Christianity

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

The development of the Church's understanding of the Virgin Mary and of other feminine aspects of the transcendent in Christian spirituality. The course begins with Mary's ideological antecedents and the issue of the "historical Mary." It explores the relationship between images of the Virgin and theologies, controversies, and heresies, as well as contemporary feminist understandings of Mary and of the divine as feminine.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 336

Women in the Islamic Tradition

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

The treatment of women and women's issues in the Islamic tradition through both primary sources (in translation) and secondary sources: women in Muhammad's life and the role they played in Islamic society; the treatment of women and women-related issues in the Islamic tradition, including both legal and non-legal matters; and the writings of modern Muslim women scholars on Islam as they look at these same issues with a new perspective and present new interpretations.

Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

REL 338

Sex and God: Jewish and Muslim Erotic Love Poetry

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of the erotic love poetry penned by imams and rabbis of the 10th-13th centuries. We will explore the ways in which these pious standard-bearers of religion used sacred images and accounts from the Bible/Qur'an and exegetical traditions in their heteroerotic and homoerotic secular poems and what messages were thus embedded.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

Sociology

Code Course Credits

SOC 205

Sociology of Marriage and Family

Offered: Spring Semester

Concepts of marriage and family as social institutions; intimate relationships; human sexuality; roles, functions, change, and problems of American family.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 218

Images and Power: Popular Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course examines American popular culture as a site of cultural politics and explores representations of race, gender, sexuality and "success" that permeate our cultural space. Through a critical interrogation of a variety of pop culture forms, students will consider how norms and values are challenged, resisted, transformed and created through pop culture.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 230

Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of concepts of marriage and family as social institutions from a crosscultural perspective. Drawing on both classic and contemporary essays as well as in-depth ethnographic studies of marriage and family in several different cultures, we will examine the way in which intimate relationships are construed in different societies.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Gender & Sexuality Studies programs.

3

SOC 237

Sociology of Gender

Offered: Spring Semester

Course will distinguish between sex and gender and critically examine how social historical meanings about femininity and masculinity are socially constructed, reinforced, and challenged. Considers how gender differences and gender inequality play out in a variety of institutions including education, the economy, the family, politics, religion, the media and medicine. Critical perspectives, including feminist and multi-cultural approaches, will be employed.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 408

Seminar: Studying Culture

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2013, 2015

Students will be introduced to the practice of qualitative research from a theoretical and practical perspective. Students will be introduced to the qualitative methods: field research, interviewing, oral history, and content analysis. Student will gain exciting hands-on experience and learn how qualitative research is a unique form of knowledge building. (Previously Seminar: Qualitative Research)

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 415

Seminar: American Inequality

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

Survey of the range of stratification systems. Emphasis on the American stratification system – social caste and its relationship to race, age, sex, religion, and ethnicity.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional SOC course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 416

Seminar: Love, Intimacy and Human Sexuality

Offered: Alternate Years

Students will apply a socio-historical approach to examine how sexual meanings are derived and sexual activity/desire is organized. Treating homosexuality and heterosexuality as social categories, the course will look at how categories are structured, and will ‘denaturalize’ these categories and analyze the different institutional settings in which sexuality is constructed.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and at least one additional course.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 421

Seminar: Oppression

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2012, 2014

Introduces the concept of oppression. Conditions of oppression to be explored include exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence. Emphasis on the interaction among racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and ageism, to show the interconnections among oppressions in everyday life. Reading assignments will challenge/encourage the students to take action to end oppressive behaviors and to affirm diversity and social justice. (Previously Seminar on Racism)

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional SOC course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3