20109-2011 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.


Sharon Ullman, History


Jaime Javier Nasser, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

Steering Committee

Dana Becker, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
Anne Dalke, English
Gregory Davis , Biology
Lazaro Lima, Spanish (on leave semesters I and II)
Jaime Javier Nasser, History of Art
Hoang Tan Nyugen, English
Sharon Ullman, History

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.

Gender and Sexuality courses currently offered at Bryn Mawr include:

Fall 2010              
ANTH B101 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH B316 Gender in South Asia
COML B220 Writing the Self
COML B314 Troilus and Criseyde
CSTS B220   Writing the Self
EDUC B280 Gender, Sex, and Education
ENGL B314 Troilus and Criseyde
ENGL B334 Topics in Film Studies: Queer Cinema through a Transnational Frame
HART B108   Women, Feminism, and the History of Art
HART B334   Topics in Film Studies: Queer Cinema through a Transnational Frame
PHIL B225    Global Ethical Issues
POLS B375   Women, Work, and Family
SOCL B375 Women, Work, and Family

Spring 2011
ANTH B102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH B312 Anthropology of Reproduction
ANTH B350 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies
ARCH B303 Classical Bodies
CITY B293     Fragmented Media: Film, Television, and Gendered Identities
ENGL B257 Gender and Technology
ENGL B263 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
ENGL B269 Vile Bodies in Medieval Literature
ENGL B367 Asian American Film, Video and New Media
ENGL B369 Women Poets
GERM B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: Vienna 1900
HART B293   Fragmented Media: Film, Television, and Gendered Identities
HART B340   Topics in Baroque Art: Costume and Consumer Culture
HART B348   Topics in German Art
ITAL B235     Italian Women’s Movement:
PHIL B344    Development Ethics
POLS B282   Exotic Other: Gender in the Middle East
SOCL B262 Sociology of Public Opinion
SOCL B350 Movements for Social Justice
SPAN B223 Genero y modernidad en la narrativa del siglo XIX

Courses in Gender and Sexuality currently offered at Haverford include:

Fall 2010
ANTH H204 Anthropology of Gender
ENGL H278 Contemporary Women Writers
ENGL H383 Topics in American Literature
GERM H223         Writing Nations: Africa and Europe
HIST H310    Political Technologies of Race and the Body
ICPR H244    Quaker Social Witness
PHIL H105    Love, Friendship, and the Ethical Life
POLS H235 African Politics
RELG H301 Religious Polemics

Spring 2011
GERM H224         Visualizing Europe
ICPR H281    Violence and Public Health
ICPR H290    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
POLS H123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination
POLS H229 Latino Politics in the U.S.
RELG H330 Seminar in the Writings of Women of African Descent