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Gender and Sexuality

Students may complete a minor or concentration in Gender and Sexuality. Students may submit an application to major in Gender and Sexuality through the independent major program.


Katherine Rowe, Department of English
Debora Sherman , at Haverford College

The Bi-College Program in Gender and Sexuality is committed to the interdisciplinary study of a range of different questions raised by the category of gender. The program includes courses that interrogate 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 gender and sexuality plan their programs in consultation with the program coordinator on their home campus. 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.

Minor and 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 Sex and Gender ( alternating fall semesters between 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 courses in gender and sexuality 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 content in gender and sexuality. Students wishing to construct an independent major in gender and sexuality should make a proposal to the Committee on Independent Majors.

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

Courses in gender and sexuality currently offered at Bryn Mawr:

ANTH B266/ARTD B266 Dancing Desire in Bollywood
ANTH B312 Anthropology of Reproduction
ANTH B341 Cultural Perspectives on Sex, Marriage and the Family
ARCH B303 Classical Bodies
BIOL B233 Biopsychology of Sex Differences
CITY B319/COML B321/GERM B321/HART B348 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: Vienna 1900
COML B220/CSTS B220 Writing the Self
COML B223/GERM B223/HART B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies: Global Masculinity: Male Body
ENGL B210 Renaissance Literature: Performances of Gender
ENGL B227/HIST B227 American Attractions: Leisure, Technology and National Identity
ENGL B254 Subjects and Citizens: Female Subjects
ENGL B263 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
ENGL B284 Women's Poetry
ENGL B379 The African Griotte
GERM B305 Modern German Drama: Masculinity in German Drama
GNST B224 Gender and Science
HART B108 Women, Feminism and History of Art
HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History: Film, Propaganda and Power
PHIL B221 Ethics
PHIL B344 Development Ethics
PHIL B368/POLS B368 Enlightenment and Its Critics
POLS B375 Women, Work and Family
PSYC B323 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience: Biopsychology of Sex Differences
PSYC B340 Women's Mental Health
SOCL B262 Sociology of Public Opinion: Who Believes What and Why
SPAN B223 La identidad feminina en la novela del siglo XIX

Courses in gender and sexuality currently offered at Haverford:

ECON H224 Women in the Labor Market
ENGL H263 19th-Century American Women's Narrative
ENGL H278 Contemporary Women Writers
ENGL H286 Arts of the Possible: Literature and Social Justice Movements
ENGL H347 Spectacle and Spectatorship in 18th-Century London
ENGL H381 Textual Politics: Marxism, Feminism, and the Deconstruction
GNPR H290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
HIST H229 Gender, Sex and Power in Europe , 1550-1800
HIST H354 Topics in Early Modern Europe
PHIL H105 Love, Friendship, and the Ethical Life
PHIL H106 The Philosophy of Consciousness and the Problem of Embodiment
PHIL H258 Philosophy of the Body
POLS H235 African Politics
RELG H301 Seminar A: Religion and Magic


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