There are a number of significant areas of studies in which Williams offers many relevant courses, yet no formal program. To alert students to the opportunity for integrating courses from diverse disciplines into a focus area and to encourage them to do so, the courses in this section are organized as lists of topic-related courses. For their full descriptions, see the respective departmental sections.

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies

Gay, lesbian, and bisexual studies focuses on the social construction of sexuality, past and present. Although, at present, Williams does not have a formal concentration in gay, lesbian, and bisexual studies, the College offers a number of courses which examine how social, cultural, and political institutions shape sexualities, as well as the responses and resistances thereto, through a variety of texts and contexts. The following courses include significant components on gay, lesbian, and bisexual studies (at least two weeks out of the semester).

Classics/History 222 Greek History

Classics 239/History 332 Women in Greece and Rome

English/Women's and Gender Studies 341 American Genders, American Sexualities

Greek 403 Poetry and Revolution in Archaic Greece

History 335 Class, Gender, and Race in Post-1945 Britain

History 378/Women's and Gender Studies 344 History of Sexuality in America

History 379 /Women's and Gender Studies 324 Women in the United States Since 1870

History 394 Comparative Masculinities: Britain and the United States Since 1800

History/Women's and Gender Studies 489T History and the Body

Religion 232/History 309 Women and Islam

Theatre 101 Introduction to Theatre

Women's and Gender Studies 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies 402 The Personal and the Political: Confessional Narrative and Feminist Politics

Medieval Studies

Classics 101/Comparative Literature 107 Greek Literature

Classics 103/Comparative Literature 223/Theatre 311 Greek and Roman Drama: Renewal and Transformation

Classics/ArtH 213 Greek Art and Myth

Classics/History 222 Greek History

Classics/History 223 Roman History

English 304/Comparative Literature 317 Dante

English 305 Chaucer

Mathematics 381 History of Mathematics

Political Science/Philosophy 231 Ancient Political Thought

Religion 203 Introduction to Judaism

Religion 211 Paul and the Beginnings of Christianity

Political and Economic Philosophy

Philosophy 101 Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy

Political Economy/Economics 301/Political Science 333 Analytical Views of Political Economy

Political Science 203 Introduction to Political Theory

Political Science 204(S) Introduction to Comparative Politics: Nationalism, Religion, and State Power

Political Science/Philosophy 231 Ancient Political Thought

Sociology 101 Invitation to Sociology

International and Global Studies

Anthropology 101 The Scope of Anthropology

Anthropology/Environmental Studies 209 Human Ecology

Anthropology 342 Dispute and Conflict, Settlement and Resolution: The Anthropology of Law

Economics 204/Environmental Studies 234 Economic Development in Poor Countries

Economics 215 The World Economy

Environmental Studies 101 Humans in the Landscape

Environmental Studies/Biology 203 Ecology

History 472 Slavery, Capitalism, and Revolution: The Impact of the New World on Europe, 1700-1900

History 475 Modern Warfare and Military Leadership

History of Science/Science and Technology Studies 101 Science, Technology, and Human Values

Music 125 Music Cultures of the World

Political Science 202 World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations

Political Science 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics: Nationalism, Religion, and State Power

Religion 101 Introduction to Religion

Religion 234/History 409 Religion and Revolution in Iran

Sociology 101 Invitation to Sociology

Sociology 387 Propaganda