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Curriculum Overview

Women's and Gender Studies

Feminist theory and practice are transforming the world. This program seeks to understand these ongoing changes through a broad interdisciplinary framework. Taken together, the courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program offer a gendered perspective on the diversity of human, and particularly women’s, experiences in historical, global and cross-cultural contexts. Attention is paid throughout to the interconnections between gender and other social institutions, such as class, ethnicity, nationality, race and sexual orientation.

A major in Women’s and Gender Studies may be arranged through the Special Studies Program described in the front of this Catalog or as a Joint Major. For a Joint Major, see the chairperson of Women’s and Gender Studies for advice in designing a program of study and choosing an adviser.

A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies consists of six courses, chosen in consultation with the chairperson: four courses in Women’s and Gender Studies chosen from at least two different divisions (humanities, natural sciences and social sciences); WGS 210; and an advanced seminar or an independent study.

Joint Majors and minors in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program have studied abroad in the following programs in recent years: Advanced Studies in England Program in Bath, England; Butler University (IFSA) National University of Ireland in Galway; SIT Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development, SIT Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender, and SU Abroad Florence, Italy.

The program also encourages students to consider IFSA Argentina: Advanced Argentine Universities Program (Concentration in Diversity, Minority and Gender Studies) and DIS: Prostitution and the Sex Trade Program. See the International Programs section of the Catalog for further information.