2009-2010 Undergraduate 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 Coordinator at Bryn Mawr College
Theresa Tensuan, Assistant Professor and Coordinator at Haverford College


Gina Velasco, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies

Steering Committee

Dana Becker, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
Ann Dalke, English
Elly Truitt, History
Elizabeth McCormack, Physics
Theresa Tensuan, English (Haverford)
Sharon R. Ullman, History (on leave semester I)
Gina Velasco, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies
Amanda Weidman, Anthropology (on leave semesters I and II)

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 Gender and Sexuality

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 Bryn Mawr and Haverford professors from different disciplines, this course is offered yearly on alternate campuses. (Dalke, Lindgren, 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
ARCH B234 Picturing Women
ENGL B210 Renaissance Literature: Performances of Gender
ENGL B270 American Girl: Childhood in U.S. Literature 1690-1935
ENGL B367/HART B367 Asian American Film,Video and New Media: The Politics of Pleasure
FREN B201 Le Chevalier, la dame, le pretre
GERM B245 Approaches to German Literature and Culture: Post-War Austria
GERM B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: Picturing Gender
GNST B290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality
HIST B292 Women in Britain since 1750
PHIL B252/POLS B253 Feminist Theory
PSYC B340 Women's Mental Health
SOCL B217 The Family in Social Context
SOCL B225 Women in Society
SPAN B218 Border Crossing Narratives
SPAN B265 Escritoras espanolas
SPAN B309 La mujer en la lit Siglo Oro
SPAN B310 Modernidad y Lit Mexicana

Courses in gender and sexuality currently offered at Haverford:

ANTH H204 Anthropology of Gender
ANTH H244 Anthropology of China
ENGL H206 American Autobiography
ENGL H278 Contemporary Women Writers
ENGL H301 Topics in Medieval English Literature
ENGL H363 Topics in American Literature
HIST H204 History of Gender and U.S. Women to 1870
ICPR H305 African Masculinities
PHIL H106 The Philosophy of Consciousness and the Problem of Embodiment
PHIL H332 Topics in 20th-century Continental Philosophy: Jacques Derrida
POLS H123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination
POLS H229 Latino Politics in the U.S.
RELG H221 Women and Gender in Early Christianity
RELG H301 The Letters of Paul in Cultural Context
SPAN H334 Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing