First-year students ordinarily begin with WGS 111:The Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. This wide-ranging interdisciplinary course helps students develop a critical framework for thinking about questions relating to gender. Drawing on both scholarly and personal texts, visual as well as written artifacts, the course emphasizes diverse women's significant contributions to knowledge and culture; it explores topics in gender studies including men's studies, family studies, and the study of sexuality, as well as the intersections of various forms of oppression both within and outside of the U.S. Students will consider how racism, heterosexism, and homophobia intersect with the cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity, as well as ways to promote more egalitarian gender relations.
General Education & Diversification Requirements
Courses in the Women's and Gender Studies Program may count toward students' collegiate diversification requirements in either social sciences or humanities.
WGS 111 (Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies) plus one other WGS course would count for either the social sciences requirement or the humanities requirement, based on the combination of courses. Pairings and their designations are as follows:
WGS 111 and WGS 121: Human Sexualities ( Social Sciences)
WGS 111 and WGS 221: Gender and Film (Humanities)
WGS 111 and WGS 330: Feminist Theory (Social Sciences)
WGS 111 and WGS 331: Gender, Power and Knowledge: Research Practices (Social Sciences)
WGS 111 and WGS 232: Topics in Masculinity (Social Sciences)
WGS 111 and WGS 233: Transnational Feminism (Social Sciences)
The Program offers both a major and a concentration. In each case students will take courses not only in the Women's and Gender Studies Program but also in other academic departments. The courses from these other departments that count toward the major or concentration vary from year to year.
Women's and Gender Studies majors and concentrators study aboard in a wide variety of programs, including Anticoch College's Women's and Gender Studies program in Europe.
The Women's and Gender Studies Program is governed by an advisory board that welcomes student participation in the administration of the program.
The program participates in activities sponsored with both the Crozier Center for Women and Unity House. Both offer opportunities for students to make connections between their academic program and the co-curriculum.