Academic Programs

Interdivisional Concentrations

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Overview

The Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS) concentration embraces the importance of gender as a fundamental category of analysis across disciplines. The concentration seeks to explore how gender and sexuality are intertwined with structures of power and inequality. It is committed to the study of issues specific to women and the LGBT community, with added emphasis on understanding disciplinary models of knowledge. GSS considers masculinity and femininity, sexuality, and transgender issues in relation to other analytical frameworks such as race, class, age, and sexual orientation.

Requirements

GSS is a concentration, not a primary program of study. In consultation with GSS faculty and program advisers, students may declare a concentration in GSS at the time of their Moderation into their primary program or thereafter at a separate Moderation. Students must fulfill the Moderation requirements of both the primary program and the GSS concentration, which requires at least two courses cross-listed with GSS before Moderation. After Moderation students must take at least one advanced gender studies seminar or tutorial taught by GSS faculty. The Senior Project should focus on some issue related to gender and sexuality studies.

Courses

Course offerings are subject to change. Sample courses include: Queer Subjects of Desire; Queer Theory; Perspectives in LGBT Studies; Sociology of Gender; Women Artists of the Surrealist Movement; Feminism and American Art; Gender and Social Inequalities in Latin America; Feminist Economics; Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Modern China; A History of European Women; The History of Sexuality; Feminist Philosophy; Women and Islam; Sociology of Marriage and Family; The Tragic Heroine in Western Imagination; Developments in Lesbian Fiction; Sexuality and the Media.