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Feminist and Gender Studies

Anne Dalke
Debora Sherman, at Haverford College

The bi-college Feminist and Gender Studies Program is committed to the interdisciplinary study of a range of different questions raised by the category of gender. The program includes courses that interrogate experiences which call attention to matters of gender difference, gender roles, gender socialization and gender bias, considered historically, materially, and cross-culturally, and courses that engage sexual difference, sexual roles, sexual socialization and sexual bias.

Students choosing a concentration or minor in Feminist and Gender Studies plan their programs in consultation with the Feminist and Gender Studies coordinator on their home campus and members of the Feminist and Gender Studies steering committee. Courses in the program draw upon and speak to feminist theory and women’s studies; transnational and third-world feminisms; womanist theory and the experiences of women of color; the construction of masculinity; gay, lesbian, queer, transgender and transsexual studies; and gender as it is inflected by race, class, religion and nationality.

Concentration Requirements

Six courses distributed as follows are required for the concentration:
1. An introductory course (including equivalent offerings at Swarthmore College or the University of Pennsylvania).
2. The junior seminar: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender (taught in alternate years at Bryn Mawr and Haverford).
3. Four additional approved courses from at least two different departments, two of which are normally at the 300 level. Units of Independent Study (480) may be used to fulfill this requirement.
4. Of the six courses, no fewer than two and no more than three will also form part of the student’s major.

Requirements for the minor are identical to those for the concentration, with the stipulation that no Gender Studies courses will overlap with courses taken to fulfill requirements in the student’s major.

Neither a senior seminar nor a senior thesis is required for the concentration or minor; however, with the permission of the major department, a student may choose to count toward the concentration a senior thesis with significant Feminist and Gender Studies content. Students wishing to construct an independent major in Feminist and Gender Studies will have to make a proposal to the Committee on Independent Majors.

Courses in the Feminist and Gender Studies Program change from year to year. Students are advised to check the course guide at the beginning of each semester.

Feminist and Gender Studies courses currently available at Bryn Mawr (see descriptions under individual departments):

341. Cultural Perspectives on Marriage, Sex and the Family

210. Renaissance Literature: Performances of Gender
322. Love and Money
361. Transformations of the Sonnet from Petrarch to Marilyn Hacker
379. The African Griot(te)

French and French Studies
302. Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrevains des débuts

German and German Studies
245. Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture

292. Women in Britain Since 1750
303. Topics in Social History: Medicine and Society in America: Differences Across Gender, Class, Ethnicity and Culture
325. Topics in Social History: History of Sexuality in America

History of Art
108. Women, Feminism and History of Art

221. Ethics
344. Developmental Ethics

Political Science
375. Women, Work and Family

225. Women in Society: The Southern Hemisphere

Feminist and Gender Studies courses currently available at Haverford:

204b. Anthropology of Gender

Classics and Comparative Literature
217a. Male and Female in Ancient Greece
212b. The Classical Tradition in Western Literature

224a. Women in the Labor Market

281a. Fictions of Empire
302a. Topics in Medieval English Literature:
364a. Speaking in Tongues: Trauma, Reconstruction, and the Literary Event
278b. Contemporary Women Writers

General Programs
226a. Sex and Gender on Film: Screwballs, Devil Dames, and Closet Cases
290a. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
494a. Senior Conference in Science and Society

General Programs and Biology
252b. Women, Medicine and Biology

204b. History of American Women to 1870

105a. Love, Friendship, and the Ethical Life Political Science
235a. African Politics
123b. American Politics: Difference and Discrimination

330a. Seminar in the Religious History of African-American Women Sociology
155a. Foundations in Social Theory
155b. Foundations in Social Theory

Spanish and Comparative Literature
352a. Evita and Her Sisters
334b. Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing

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