A multidisciplinary analysis of gender from historical and cross-cultural perspectives. This course examines the relevance and impact of gender-related issues in terms of historical and contemporary culture. The goal of this course is to help students develop a critical framework for thinking about gender and sexuality, with special attention to issues of class, race and ethnicity. Topics include birth control, the social construction of beauty, masculinity and race.
Prerequisite: 12 hours completed in Women and Gender Studies.
Students who have completed all other coursework in the Women and Gender Studies program will be eligible to complete their women’s studies thesis project. Students may complete their thesis either in the junior or the senior year. Each student, in working closely with a faculty mentor and with the director of the women’s studies program, will select one paper or project the student has completed in one of her or his other women’s studies classes. The student will then develop this project as a thesis in Women and Gender Studies. The thesis must exhibit high standards of scholarship and must address a question related to the study of women and/or gender issues. Students participating in the seminar will meet occasionally to share their research with other participants. At the end of the semester, students will present their research in a public forum. Students participating in the Senior Honors Colloquium cannot use their honors theses as their women’s studies theses, though students may choose projects that relate to each other. Offered spring semester.