2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog

2008-2009 Catalog

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.


Lázaro Lima, Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator
Theresa Tensuan, Assistant Professor at Haverford College, Co-Coordinator


Gina Velasco, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

Advisory Committee

Dana Becker, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (on leave semeser II)
Katherine Rowe, English
Sharon Ullman, History (on leave semester II)
Amanda Weidman, Anthropology
Neil Williams, Biology

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 (see page 22).

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). Offered at Haverford in 2008-09.

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 B312 Anthropology of Reproduction
ARCH B303 Classical Bodies
COML B321/GERM B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: Berlin in the 1920s
ENGL B201 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
ENGL B239/HART B239 Women and Cinema: Social Agency and Cultural Representation
ENGL B263 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
ENGL B269 Vile Bodies in Medieval Literature
ENGL B293 Critical Feminist Studies: An Introduction
ENGL B360 Women and Law in the Middle Ages
ENGL B362 African American Literature
HART B108 Women, Feminism, and History of Art
HART B348 Topics in German Art
HIST B357 Topics in British Empire: Race and Nation
ITAL B235 Italian Women’s Movement
POLS B282 The Exotic Other: Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
POLS B375/SOCL B375 Women, Work, and Family
SOCL B201 The Study of Gender in Society
SPAN B331 Trans Nation: Queer Diasporas

Courses in gender and sexuality currently offered at Haverford:

ANTH H204 Anthropology of Gender
ANTH H244 Anthropology of China
ECON H224 Women in the Labor Market
ENGL H254 Pre-Raphaelites, Aesthetes and Decadents: Gender and Sexuality in 19th-century Literature
ENGL H269 Another Country: Queer Sexualities in the American Novel
ENGL H286 Arts of the Possible: Literature and Social Justice Movements
ENGL H302 Speaking in Tongues
ENGL H347 Spectacle and Spectatorship in 18th-Century London
ENGL H363 The Awful Rehearsal: Traumas of Freedom in U.S. Literature
ICPR H190 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
ICPR H244 Quaker Social Witness
ICPR H290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
PHIL H105 Love, Friendship, and the Ethical Life
PHIL H332 Foucault on Sex and Power
POLS H123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination
POLS H235 African Politics
POLS H242 Women in War and Peace
RELG H221 Women and Gender in Early Christianity
RELG H301 The Letters of Paul in Cultural Context
RELG H330 Seminar in the Religious History of African-American Women

Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer