Chair, Professor JANA SAWICKI

Advisory Committee: Professors: I. BELL, BUNDTZEN, SAWICKI. Associate Professors: ROSEMAN, WATERS. Assistant Professors: BUELL, CARTER-SANBORN, DIGGS, KENT. Lecturer: MATTHEWS. Affirmative Action Officer: MCINTIRE. Librarian: STEVENS. Health Educator: DENELLI-HESS.

Women's and Gender Studies can be defined as the study of how gender is constructed, how it is inflected by differences of race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, etc., how gender affects the experiences and situations of men and women, and how assumptions about gender influence the construction of knowledge and experience. The program in Women's and Gender Studies is therefore open to students majoring in a wide variety of disciplines who wish to focus in a coherent way on gender issues. The program is designed to introduce students to scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies, which has brought neglected material into established fields and raised important methodological questions about sex and gender that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge established intellectual frameworks.

To fulfill the requirements for a concentration in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, students will take five courses. Women's and Gender Studies 101, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, introduces students to major works in the development of modern feminist thought and to issues central to Women's and Gender Studies. Students are encouraged to take Women's and Gender Studies 101 in their first or second year. In addition, students elect three Women's and Gender Studies courses from at least two departments. Electives will vary according to the course offerings each year. Students may develop a student-initiated course as an elective. In order to confront the breadth of issues raised by Women's and Gender Studies as an interdisciplinary mode of inquiry, students are advised to distribute their choices as widely as possible. In their junior or senior year, after taking Women's and Gender Studies 101 and two electives, one of which may be taken concurrently, students are required to take a Women's and Gender Studies seminar, in which they will write a substantial essay or develop a project in an area of special interest. This seminar explores topics in Women's and Gender Studies. The topic varies from year-to-year. Under exceptional circumstances, the chair can allow an independent study to substitute for the seminar. Students may take more than one seminar, space permitting.

Students are urged to declare a concentration in the Women's and Gender Studies Program by the Fall semester of their junior year. To do this, or to obtain further information about the Program, contact the Women's and Gender Studies Chair, Stetson D13, X2305.


In consultation with the Chair of Women's and Gender Studies, students may develop a contract major proposal in women's or gender studies. Interested students should meet with the Chair in the first semester of the sophomore year. Students proposing a contract major should take WOST 101 and plan to take WOST 402 in their junior or senior year. Contract major proposals must be approved by the Committee on Educational Policy.


Honors in Women's and Gender Studies may be granted to concentrators or contract majors after an approved candidate completes a thesis (493-W031, W031-494) or honors project (491-W030, W030-492), delivers a public presentation of the work, and is awarded an honors grade by her/his adviser and one other reader from the Women's and Gender Studies program.

The honors project may be one semester (plus Winter Study) or a year-long project. It may consist of a conventional research thesis of 40-70 pages or of other modes of presentation (e.g., art, music, poetry, theater, fiction). Proposals for non-thesis projects may include evidence of experience and competence in the chosen mode.

A student may become a candidate for honors in Women's and Gender Studies after the following criteria are met:

1) in April of the junior year, submission and Women's and Gender Studies Committee approval of a 4- to 6-page project proposal, in which the ideas, aim, general methodology, and preliminary bibliography for the project are outlined and a faculty adviser is named;

2) at the end of the junior year, cumulative grade point average of B+ from courses in two of the three academic divisions (Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science);

3) on the first day of classes of the senior year, submission and approval by the faculty adviser of a 5- to 10-page prospectus for the project.

All honors work, including the public presentation will be graded by at least two faculty members-a third will be consulted if there is a significant discrepancy between the first two graders. Readers' grades will be averaged and honors will be awarded as follows: A+/A Highest Honors; A-/B+ Honors.


[ ] Courses not offered in 1998-99 are listed in brackets.

* An asterisk indicates that the course meets the Peoples and Cultures distribution requirement.

Sequence Courses

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

Women's and Gender Studies 402 Women's Health: Global and Domestic Issues

Elective Courses

Students will elect three Women's and Gender Studies courses from at least two different departments. See department listings for full descriptions.

American Studies 350 Jazz, the City, and the Gender of Race*

[Anthropology 266 Gender in Social Life*]

ArtH 216/Classics 226 Body of Evidence: Greek Sculpture and the Human Figure

ArtH 361 The Power of Stereotypes (Deleted 1998-99)

[ArtH 371 Goddesses in Asian Art*]

ArtH 443 Baroque Art: Images of Men and Women

[ArtH 451 Ideal Bodies: The Modern Nude and its Dilemmas]

[ArtS/Political Science/Women's and Gender Studies 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism]

[Chinese 243 Gender Issues in Traditional Chinese Literature*]

Classics 226/ArtH 216 Body of Evidence: Greek Sculpture and the Human Figure

[Classics/History 239 Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity]

[Classics/Religion 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World]

[Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 203 Gender in Economic Analysis]

Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 223 Gender and Economic Development

[Economics 355 Feminist Economics]

English 328 Jane Austen and George Eliot

English/Women's and Gender Studies 219 Introduction to Literature by Women

English 336 Femme Fatales and New Women (Deleted 1998-99)

English 341 American Genders, American Sexualities

English 350 Reading Wright to Morrison*

English 367 Latina Feminisms in the United States* (Deleted 1998-99)

English 369 Language, Gender, and Power (Deleted 1998-99)

English 371 Feminist Theory and the Representation of Women in Film

English 377 Suicides and Survivors

[English 389 The Fiction of Virginia Woolf]

French 406 The Female Prison: Convents and Brothels

[History/Classics 239 Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity]

[History 278/Religion 232 Women and Islam*]

History 310 Women in the Traditional West: Ideal and Reality

[History 316 Class, Gender, and Race in Post 1945 Britain]

[History 320 Adolescence in America]

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

[History 338 Victorian Psychology]

[History/Women's and Gender Studies 344 The History of Sexuality in America]

History 345 Women in Chinese History*

History 361 Salem Witchcraft

[History 385T Inventing Gender: America 1600-1850]

History of Science 216 Gender, Science, and Technology

Literary Studies 402 Issues in Literary and Cultural Theory: The Fashioning of Fashion: Theory and Practice

[Music 131 Gender, Class, and Race in Western Musical Society]

Music 133 Men, Women, and Pianos

[Philosophy 206/Political Science 336 Morality and Law]

[Philosophy 327 Foucault: Gender, Power, and the Body]

Political Science 208 The Politics of Family Policy

[Political Science 209 Poverty in America]

Political Science/Women's and Gender Studies 237 Feminist Political Theory

Political Science 238 Political Thinking About Women (Deleted 1998-99)

[Political Science/ArtS/Women's and Gender Studies 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism]

Political Science 311 Gender Gaps in American Politics: Women, Men, and Political Action (Deleted 1998-99)

[Political Science 336/Philosophy 206 Morality and Law]

[Political Science 337 The Politics of Contemporary Theory: Power and Political Imagination]

Religion 213 The Bible, Ethics, and Sexuality (Deleted 1998-99)

[Religion 232/History 278 Women and Islam*]

[Religion/Classics 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World]

Religion/Women's and Gender Studies Feminist Approaches to the Study of Religion

[Spanish 213 Women Writers in Contemporary Spain]

Theatre 304 The Peacock and the Doll (Deleted 1998-99)

Theatre 323 Theatre of Images

[Women's and Gender Studies/ArtS/Political Science 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism]

Courses of Related Interest

Students are encouraged to consider the following courses of related interest. These do not ordinarily fulfill the elective requirement. However, depending on the topic(s) of their course papers and their ability and willingness to do supplemental reading, students can transform some of these courses into electives. Anyone who is interested in such an option must consult the Program Chair at the beginning of the semester in order to sign a course "contract."

American Studies 201 Introduction to American Studies

American Studies 302 American Studies in Theory

ANSO 221 An Introduction to India*

[ANSO 330 Language in Society]

Anthropology 245 Theory in Africa: Topics in the Anthropological Study of Africa* (Deleted 1998-99)

[ArtH/Classics 213 Greek Art and Myth]

ArtH 241 Dutch Art of the 1600s: Hals to Vermeer

ArtH 253 European Painting, 1760-1860

[ArtH 265 I Love My Time: Survey of Contemporary Art]

ArtH 531 Alfonso d'Este Camerino d'Alábastro (Deleted 1998-99)

Biology 132 Human Biology and Social Issues

Biology/Environmental Studies 134 The Tropics: Biology and Social Issues*

Biology 204 Animal Behavior

Chemistry 113 Chemistry and Crime: From Sherlock Holmes to Modern Forensic Science

Chemistry 115 AIDS: The Disease and Search for a Cure

Chinese/Literary Studies 333 China's Greatest Novel*

[Classics 103/Theatre 311 Greek and Roman Drama]

Classics 104/Literary Studies 224 Greek Literature and Myth

[Classics/ArtH 213 Greek Art and Myth]

Classics/History 216 Greek History

[Classics/History 218 Roman History]

Economics 209 Labor Economics

[Economics 375/516 Households in the Development Process*]

English 204 The Feature Film

English 208 Introduction to American Literature (Deleted 1998-99)

English 216 Introduction to the Novel

English 217 Introduction to Chicana/o Literature* (Deleted 1998-99)

English 218 Introduction to U.S. Latina and Latino Writing*

English 220 Introduction to African-American Writing*

English 306 Introduction to Medieval Literature (Deleted 1998-99)

English 326/Theatre 314 Restoration Comedy in Context

English 333 Nineteenth-Century British Novel

English 337 Victorian Culture (Deleted 1998-99)

English 345 Black Aesthetics* (Deleted 1998-99)

English 354 Contemporary American Poetry

English/Literary Studies 355 Theorizing Whiteness*

English 366 Modern British Fiction

English 373 Modern Critical Theory

Environmental Studies/History 116 Environmental History of Africa*

Environmental Studies/Biology 134 The Tropics: Biology and Social Issues*

[French 401 Order and Adventure: Twentieth-Century French Poetry]

Geosciences 101/Environmental Studies 105 Biodiversity in Geologic Time

Greek 403 Greek Lyric Poetry

History 114 Families and Social Change: An Introduction to the Study of Private Life

History/Environmental Studies 116 Environmental History of Africa*

History/Classics 216 Greek History

[History/Classics 218 Roman History]

[History 227 Comparative American Immigration History]

History 232 Muscovy and the Russian Empire

[History 233 The Rise of the Soviet Union]

[History 246 Cultural Encounters in the American West]

History 262 African-American History From Reconstruction to the Present*

History 269 A Survey of Modern African History, 1800-Present*

History 284 Modern China, 1800-Present: Continuity and Change*

[History 317 Intellectual Traditions of Chicano Nationalism]

History 325/AMES 402 South Africa and Apartheid*

[History 331 Comparative Asian-American History, 1850-1965*]

[History 332 Contemporary Issues in Recent Asian-American History, 1965-Present*]

[History 358 The Chinese American Experience*]

[History 363/Religion 234 Religion and Revolution in Iran*]

[History 386 The American Revolution]

[Linguistics 101 Introduction to Linguistics]

Literary Studies 111 Traveling Fictions: Encountering the Other Through Tourism, Time Travel, Exile

Literary Studies 202 The Nature of Narrative

[Literary Studies 205 Literature and Psychoanalysis]

Literary Studies 207 (formerly 213) The Poetry of Being/The Being of Poetry

Mathematics 143 Elementary Statistics and Data Analysis

[Mathematics 381 History of Mathematics]

Music 106 Opera

Philosophy 101 Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy

Philosophy 201/Political Science 236 Continental Philosophy: From Hegel to Post-Structuralism

[Philosophy 229 Existentialism]

Political Science 203 (formerly 130) Introduction to Modern Political Philosophy

[Political Science/Philosophy 231 Ancient Political Philosophy]

Political Science 236/Philosophy 201 Continental Philosophy: From Hegel to Post-Structuralism

Political Science 332 Fugitive Identities: Slavery and the Boundaries of American Politics*

Psychology 232 Developmental Psychology

Psychology 312 Drugs and Behavior

Psychology 341 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination*

[Psychology 354T Social Interaction and Psychopathology]

[Religion 234/History 363 Religion and Revolution in Iran*]

Religion 252 The Tao in Body: An Introduction to East Asian Religions*

Religion 281 Conflicts of Identity in Late Modern Literature: Gender, Religion, Ethnicity, Politics

[Russian 203 Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature in Translation]

[Russian 208/ArtH 266 Russian Revolutionary Art]

Theatre/ArtS 310T Sited, Scripted Public Acts

[Theatre 311/Classics 103 Greek and Roman Drama]

Theatre 321 American Minstrelsy*