Gender & Sexuality Studies Courses

Course Code Credits

First-Year Seminar: Women Reimagining History

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 US 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 Se

AMS110 4

Scientific Methods: Women's Health Issues

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. Does not count as a course towards Biology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience majors. Limited to 24.

BIO296 3


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. Three hours of laboratory per week. (FUNCTIONAL ORGANISMIC) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 and BIO 211. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 20.

BIO324 4

Gender & Communication

Examines the impact of gender, or male-female perspectives, on the communication process. Topics discussed within a variety of contexts. Limited to 25.

COM313 3

Race, Class & Gender in the Criminal Justice System

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. Pre-requisite: CRM 201 and at least one additional Criminology course. Limited to 30.

CRM430 3

Critical Theory

Introduction to contemporary theory - its origin and framework - by examining literary criticism as an institutional discourse. Pre-requisite: ENG 200. Limited to 15.

ENG300 3

Film & Ideology

A critical study of films representing the images, myths, and rituals that reflect commonly held beliefs and attitudes regarding sex, gender, race, and class. Limited to 25.

ENG325 3

Film & Gender

The study of gender issues on both sides of the camera: the representation of gender in film and the participation of women and men in film production. Texts include classic and contemporary cinema and critical readings.

ENG328 3

Topics in Gender & Sexuality Studies

A study of issues of gender, race, and class as they emerge in critical and literary texts. Course may be taken twice.

ENG391 3

Sexuality and Textuality

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

ENG394 3

Gender Construction in Francophone Culture

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. Pre-requisite: FRN 332. Limited to 25.

FRN342 3

Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies

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. Limited to 30.

GND101 3

First-Year Seminar: Is Sex Destiny?

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. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the Literature Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 16.

GND110 4

First-Year Seminar: American Women Poets

In this course, we will read poetry written by American women during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. We will consider how gender identity is constructed by, and interacts with, race, class, history, geography, politics, and socio-economic realities in America in an attempt to arrive at an understanding of a vision (or visions) American women poets seek to articulate and how this understanding of our culture(s) and lives helps inform American literature as a whole. Limited to 16.

GND111 4

Topics in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Introductory seminars that investigate a timely topic from the perspective of gender and / or sexuality studies. Topics vary from semester to semester. Course may be taken three times. Limited to 25.

GND300 3

Internship in Gender & Sexuality Studies

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 Directors before beginning the internship (more details are provided on the "Student Proposal for Capstone Project" form on the program website).

GND475 3

Directed Study

An in-depth study of an original research question regarding gender and/or sexuality, culminating in a major project. The directed study is supervised by a committee consisting of two or three faculty members. Students must obtain project approval from the program Directors before beginning the directed study (more details are provided on the "Student Proposal for Capstone Project" form on the program website).

GND490 3

Women & Gender in Early Modern Europe

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. Limited to 25.

HIS229 3

History Sexuality in America

This course traces the history of sexuality in America from colonial times to the present. It explores the relationship between history and sexuality by examining the changing meanings of sexuality and its relationship to ideologies, economy, family and other historical forces. Limited to 25.

HIS230 3

Women in America: 1630-1890

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. Limited to 25.

HIS285 3

Women in Modern America: 1865-1975

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. Limited to 25.

HIS287 3

United States Seminar: Topical

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. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Course may be repeated under different topics. Limited to 15.

HIS330 3

The Modern Girl in China and Japan

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. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 25.

HIS374 3

Topics in US Women's History

This course moves beyond a broad overview of the role of women in eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. History to examine specific topics such as education, reform, labor, culture, and political organization in depth. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

HIS385 3

Psychology of Women

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. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Open to Criminology, Education, Gender Studies, Healthcare, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Psychology and Sociology majors and Psychology minors. Limited to 18.

PSY315 3

Women's Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World

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. Pre-requisite: One Religious Studies Cornerstone Course or permission of the instructor. Limited to 25.

REL263 3

Violence & Sex in the Bible

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. Pre-requisite: One Religious Studies Cornerstone Course. Limited to 25.

REL302 3

The Virgin Mary & Visions of the Feminine in Christianity

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. Pre-requisite: One Religious Studies Cornerstone Course. Limited to 25.

REL303 3

Women in the Islamic Tradition

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.

REL336 3

Sex & God: Jewish & Muslim Erotic Love Poetry

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 hetero-erotic and homoerotic secular poems and what messages were thus embedded. Pre-requisite: One Religious Studies Cornerstone Course. Limited to 25.

REL338 3

Sociology of Marriage & Family

Concepts of marriage and family as social institutions; intimate relationships; human sexuality; roles, functions, change, and problems of American family. Pre-requisite: SOC 101. Open to first-years, sophomores and juniors. Seniors must obtain permission of the instructor. Limited to 25.

SOC205 3

Gender and Popular Culture

This course will introduce students to the role popular culture has in creating gender norms and expectations. Viewing gender as "socially constructed" this course seeks to critically investigate how ideas about gender are created and resisted through popular culture. The course focuses on how cultural understandings of masculinity and femininity circulate in popular culture. Various pop culture genres are considered including advertizing, television, film, and children's media. Limited to 25.

SOC214 3

Images & Power: Popular Culture

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. Limited to 25.

SOC218 3

Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective

An examination of concenpts of marriage and family as social institutions from a cross-cultural 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. Limited to 25.

SOC230 3

Sociology of Gender

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. Limited to 25.

SOC237 3

Seminar: American Inequality

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. Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC415 3

Seminar: Love, Intimacy & Human Sexuality

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. Pre-requisite: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC416 3

Seminar on Oppression

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) Pre-requisite: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC421 3

Art & Gender

Issues of gender as explored by artists throughout the centuries. Notions of femininity and masculinity, sexual identity, and challenges facing women artists are among the TOPICS discussed. Limited to 20.

VPH316 3