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).

CLAS/HIST 222 Greek History

CLAS 239/HIST 332 Women in Greece and Rome

ENGL/WGST 341 American Genders, American Sexualities

CLGR 403 Poetry and Revolution in Archaic Greece

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

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

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

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

HIST/WGST 489T History and the Body

REL 232/HIST 309 Women and Islam

THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre

WGST 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

WGST 402 The Personal and the Political: Confessional Narrative and Feminist Politics

Medieval Studies

CLAS 101/COMP 107 Greek Literature

CLAS 103/COMP 223/THEA 311 Greek and Roman Drama: Renewal and Transformation

CLAS/ArtH 213 Greek Art and Myth

CLAS/HIST 222 Greek History

CLAS/HIST 223 Roman History

ENGL 305 Chaucer

MATH 381 History of Mathematics

PSCI/PHIL 231 Ancient Political Theory

REL 203 Introduction to Judaism

REL 211 Paul and the Beginnings of Christianity

Political and Economic Philosophy

PHIL 101 Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy

POEC/ECON 301/Political Science 333 Analytical Views of Political Economy

PSCI 203 Introduction to Political Theory

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

PSCI/PHIL 231 Ancient Political Theory

SOC 101 Invitation to Sociology