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Major Overview
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Our aim is to provide you with a coherent and comparative study of gender and sexuality within the social sciences and the humanities. Drawing from psychology, feminism, literary theory, sociology, politics, visual culture, and other fields of inquiry, you will develop an informed understanding of the fundamental concepts, theories, issues, and debates that surround gender and sexuality from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. This will lay the foundation for a comparative investigation of interdisciplinary epistemologies and will prepare you for more focused topical, theoretical, and region-specific explorations within three fields of specialization. 

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Gender and Sexuality: Global Perspectives
Interrogates gender & sexuality from a global perspective, drawing from multiple disciplines...
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No matter your specialization, you will examine larger social, cultural, and political explorations that involve subjects like the representation and construction of gender, the teaching of sexuality in schools, feminist rights within the workplace, gender and sexuality within colonial and post-colonial studies, and LGBT activism. Your studies will prepare you to interpret and critically analyze the scientific, biological, artistic, and poetic articulations of gender and sexuality at the center of contemporary social, cultural, and political debates.

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Major Components
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With every single one of our majors, you’ll find a carefully curated medley of core courses and electives, which will provide you with the tools you need to establish an unshakeable foundation in the principles and concepts fundamental to your growth within your disciplines of choice. Many majors also enable you to specialize further within the broader area of study.

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Core Courses

We aim to help you develop a range of skills, capacities, and modes of inquiry that will be crucial for your future since employers and graduate schools are looking for the critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills that are associated with a liberal arts education, including sophisticated writing abilities, willingness to pose difficult questions, and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding a topic or decision.

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Electives

You will be required to take at least six elective courses from within the GSS major, including at least three courses from the specialization you choose and two courses from a different specialization, in order to ensure you a well-rounded base from which to pursue your own path. 

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Specialization

The Gender, Sexuality and Society major offers courses in the following three specializations: 

  • Politics of Gender and Sexuality: Representations, Rights & Social Justice
  • Psychological and Psychoanalytic Foundations of Gender and Sexuality
  • Constructions of Gender and Sexuality: Global and Historical Perspectives

See the Specializations' Requirements

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The Gender, Sexuality and Society core courses, which you must take as part of the major requirements, will provide you with the tools you’ll need to ground your present and future studies. Your introduction to the fundamentals of Gender, Sexuality and Society will help pave the way for your successful completion of other GSS courses.

 
GS2010 Psychology & Gender

Surveys major issues concerning gender and the science of psychology in an attempt to answer the question: why is there such a gender gap when women and men share more psychological similarities than differences? Topics include: developmental processes and gender; gender roles and stereotypes, biology and gender; cross-cultural perspectives of gender; social-cultural theories of gender; language and gender, emotions and gender, health and gender.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
GS2006 Contemporary Feminist Theory

Introduces the methodology of Gender Studies and the theory upon which it is based. Examines contemporary debates across a range of issues now felt to be of world-wide feminist interest: sexuality, reproduction, production, writing, representation, culture, race, and politics. Encourages responsible theorizing across disciplines and cultures.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
GS2016 Gender And Sexuality: Global Perspectives

Interrogates the concepts of ‘gender’ and ‘sexuality’ from a comparative, global perspective, drawing from multiple disciplines such as anthropology, ethnography, philosophy, sociology and history. Engages with questions of inequality, social justice and diversity as they are mapped onto gender and played out in institutional, political and socio-cultural power relations.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
GS4095 Senior Project
 
 

One of the following social science methods courses:

PY2020 Research Methods In Psychology Lab

This LAB is a co-requisite for PY 2020. It will take place every second week. RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY LAB A and B are therefore scheduled at the same in the same room.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
CM2051 Communication Theory & Research Meth.

The skills learned in this course will prepare students for upper-division communication courses, and provide students with basic research methods in the field of communication. Students will become familiar with a range of research methods (survey, interview, ethnography, discourse, and political economy.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
PO2050 Political Analysis

This course examines the nature of knowledge claims in political science: how we know what we know and how certain we are. Research schools, the nature of description and explanation in political science, and basis issues of quantitative analysis will form the core elements of this course, while substantive themes may vary each year.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
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Major Overview

Our aim is to provide you with a coherent and comparative study of gender and sexuality within the social sciences and the humanities. Drawing from psychology, feminism, literary theory, sociology, politics, visual culture, and other fields of inquiry, you will develop an informed understanding of the fundamental concepts, theories, issues, and debates that surround gender and sexuality from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. This will lay the foundation for a comparative investigation of interdisciplinary epistemologies and will prepare you for more focused topical, theoretical, and region-specific explorations within three fields of specialization. 

Featured Course

Gender and Sexuality: Global Perspectives

Interrogates gender & sexuality from a global perspective, drawing from multiple disciplines...

Learning Environment

No matter your specialization, you will examine larger social, cultural, and political explorations that involve subjects like the representation and construction of gender, the teaching of sexuality in schools, feminist rights within the workplace, gender and sexuality within colonial and post-colonial studies, and LGBT activism. Your studies will prepare you to interpret and critically analyze the scientific, biological, artistic, and poetic articulations of gender and sexuality at the center of contemporary social, cultural, and political debates.

Emilie

Alumna '15

With the support I received from my professors, I was offered some amazing opportunities...

Major Components
Build Your Degree

With every single one of our majors, you’ll find a carefully curated medley of core courses and electives, which will provide you with the tools you need to establish an unshakeable foundation in the principles and concepts fundamental to your growth within your disciplines of choice. Many majors also enable you to specialize further within the broader area of study.

Core Courses

Core Courses

We aim to help you develop a range of skills, capacities, and modes of inquiry that will be crucial for your future since employers and graduate schools are looking for the critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills that are associated with a liberal arts education, including sophisticated writing abilities, willingness to pose difficult questions, and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding a topic or decision.

Scroll to Core Courses

Electives

Electives

You will be required to take at least six elective courses from within the GSS major, including at least three courses from the specialization you choose and two courses from a different specialization, in order to ensure you a well-rounded base from which to pursue your own path. 

See all Major Electives

Specialization

Specialization

The Gender, Sexuality and Society major offers courses in the following three specializations: 

  • Politics of Gender and Sexuality: Representations, Rights & Social Justice
  • Psychological and Psychoanalytic Foundations of Gender and Sexuality
  • Constructions of Gender and Sexuality: Global and Historical Perspectives

See the Specializations' Requirements

Core Curriculum

The Gender, Sexuality and Society core courses, which you must take as part of the major requirements, will provide you with the tools you’ll need to ground your present and future studies. Your introduction to the fundamentals of Gender, Sexuality and Society will help pave the way for your successful completion of other GSS courses.

 
GS2010 Psychology & Gender

Surveys major issues concerning gender and the science of psychology in an attempt to answer the question: why is there such a gender gap when women and men share more psychological similarities than differences? Topics include: developmental processes and gender; gender roles and stereotypes, biology and gender; cross-cultural perspectives of gender; social-cultural theories of gender; language and gender, emotions and gender, health and gender.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
GS2006 Contemporary Feminist Theory

Introduces the methodology of Gender Studies and the theory upon which it is based. Examines contemporary debates across a range of issues now felt to be of world-wide feminist interest: sexuality, reproduction, production, writing, representation, culture, race, and politics. Encourages responsible theorizing across disciplines and cultures.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
GS2016 Gender And Sexuality: Global Perspectives

Interrogates the concepts of ‘gender’ and ‘sexuality’ from a comparative, global perspective, drawing from multiple disciplines such as anthropology, ethnography, philosophy, sociology and history. Engages with questions of inequality, social justice and diversity as they are mapped onto gender and played out in institutional, political and socio-cultural power relations.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
GS4095 Senior Project
 
 

One of the following social science methods courses:

PY2020 Research Methods In Psychology Lab

This LAB is a co-requisite for PY 2020. It will take place every second week. RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY LAB A and B are therefore scheduled at the same in the same room.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
CM2051 Communication Theory & Research Meth.

The skills learned in this course will prepare students for upper-division communication courses, and provide students with basic research methods in the field of communication. Students will become familiar with a range of research methods (survey, interview, ethnography, discourse, and political economy.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
PO2050 Political Analysis

This course examines the nature of knowledge claims in political science: how we know what we know and how certain we are. Research schools, the nature of description and explanation in political science, and basis issues of quantitative analysis will form the core elements of this course, while substantive themes may vary each year.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >