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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, at Bryn Mawr
Theresa Tensuan, Department of English at Haverford College

The Program in Gender and Sexuality is an interdisciplinary, bi-college program that can be integrated with any major or pursued independently. Students graduate from the program with a high level of fluency and rigor in their understanding of the different ways issues of gender and sexuality shape our lives as individuals and as members of larger communities, both local and global.

Students choosing a concentration, minor or independent major in Gender and Sexuality plan their programs in consultation with the Gender and Sexuality coordinator on their home campus. Members of the Gender and Sexuality steering committee serve as their individual mentors. All students in the program take the core course, “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sex and Gender.” Other courses in the program allow them to explore a range of approaches to gender and sexual difference: critical feminist theory; women's studies; transnational and third-world feminisms; the experiences of women of color; gender and science; the construction of masculinity; gay, lesbian, queer, transgender and transsexual studies; the history and representation of gender and sexuality in Western and non-Western cultures.

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.

GNST B290: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sex and Gender

This course offers a rigorous grounding for students interested in questions of gender and sexuality. Bringing together intellectual resources from multiple disciplines, it also explores what it means to think across and between disciplinary boundaries. Team-taught by a Haverford and a Bryn Mawr professor from different disciplines, this course is offered yearly on alternate campuses. (Beltran, Schneider, Division III).

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 B101 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH B102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH B227 Ragas to Rap: Music and Performance in South Asia
ANTH B312 Anthropology of Reproduction
ENGL B205 Introduction to Film
ENGL B214 Here and Queer: Placing Sexuality
ENGL B239 Women and Cinema
ENGL B270 American Girl: Childhood in U.S. Literature 1690-1935
ENGL B273 Masculinity in English Literature
ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature
ENGL B293 Introduction to Critical Feminist Studies
ENGL B297 Terror, Pleasure and the Gothic Imagination
ENGL B306 Film Theory
ENGL B369 Women Poets: Brooks, Rich and Plath
ENGL B378 Eating Culture: Food and Britain 1798-1929
FREN B201 Le Chevalier, la dame, le prêtre
GERM B245 Approaches to Germ Literature and Culture: Sexualities and Gender in Literature and Film
GERM B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: Kafka's Prague
GNST B224 Gender and Science
GNST B290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sex and Gender
HART B108 Women, Feminism and History of Art
HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art: Book of Hours, Art of Devotion
HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art: Gender Issues in Middle Ages
HART B340 Topics in Baroque Art: Costume and Consumer Culture
HART B348 Topics in German Art: Vienna 1900
HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History: Urbanization in Africa
HIST B303 Topics in American History: Cold War Political Culture
HIST B325 Topics in Social History: Sexuality in America
ITAL B304 Il Rinascimento: Italian Women Writers
PHIL B221 Ethics
PHIL B252 Feminist Theory
PHIL B344 Development Ethics
POLS B253 Feminist Theory: Gender and Division of Labor
POLS B374 Gender and Power in Comparative Context: Patriarchy Across Cultures
PSYC B340 Women's Mental Health
SOCL B225 Women in Society
SOCL B262 Sociology of Public Opinion: Who Believes What and Why
SOCL B310 Sociology of AIDS
SOCL B315 Sociology of AIDS Internship
SOCL B350 Movements for Social Justice

Courses in gender and sexuality currently offered at Haverford:

ENGL H278 Contemporary Women Writers
ENGL H284 Sex, Gender, Representation: An Introduction to Theories of Sexualities
ENGL H301 Topics in Medieval English: The Hundred Years War and the Production of Literary Culture
ENGL H362 Genius & Gender in American Culture
ENGL H364 After Mastery: Trauma, Reconstruction, and the Literary Event
ENGL H383 American Autobiography: Life During War Time
HIST H204 History of American Women to 1870
PHIL H234 Continental Feminist Philosophy
POLS H123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination
POLS H229 Latino Politics in the U.S.
POLS H263 Women and Politics
RELG H221 Women and Gender in Early Christianity
RELG H301 Jerusalem : History and Representation
RELG H330 Seminar in the Religious History of African-American Women
SPAN H334 Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing
SPAN H352 Evita and Her Sisters


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