Chair: Associate Professor Tilburg
Professors: Dietz, Kaufman, Maiz-Peña, McMillen, Mills
Associate Professors: Fox, Tilburg, Wills
Assistant Professors: Fackler, Good, Gonzalèz, Taft
Professors: S. Campbell, Churchill, Stanback, Serebrennikov, Shaw, Slawy-Sutton
Associate Professors: Green, Hillard, Kietrys, Lozada, Mangan, Roberts, McCarthy
Assistant Professors: Fache, Kelly, Park
Visiting Assistant Professor: Ruhlen
(I) The Gender and Sexuality Studies major requires TEN courses, no more than five from one department, comprised of the following:
(a) GSS 101 GSS 101 - Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
(b) Theory course: Majors must complete ONE but not BOTH of the following courses (only one of these may count toward the major)
(c) Methods Course: Majors must complete at least ONE course which involves training in methodology. This course should be completed by the end of the junior year, and must be selected from those courses related to the major track chosen. Courses that serve both as methods classes and fall within one of the tracks listed below can only count for one of the requirements within the major, either methods or one of the tracks.
(d) Upper Level Courses: SIX additional elective courses, with at least four at the 300 or 400 level. Within these six courses, at least three should be within one of the following three tracks: Society & Politics; Literary & Cultural Representations; Histories & Genealogies. Students are required to take at least one course in each of the two remaining tracks.
(e) Senior Capstone: This senior research project involves a self-designed gender and sexuality studies topic from an interdisciplinary perspective. The capstone is taught as an independent study with the close guidance of a GSS-affiliated faculty member.
(i) GSS Honors: Students who qualify during their junior year with a minimum GPA and an approved research proposal will be eligible to complete a year-long thesis (GSS 498/499) by way of which honors in the major can be earned, and which serves as the capstone for those students. These courses are taught as independent studies. To qualify for honors at graduation, candidates must earn an average of 3.5 or above in the major, an overall average of 3.2 or above, and earn an A- or higher on their final thesis paper.
(II) Sexuality Studies Requirement: At least ONE of the ten courses taken by each GSS major should deal primarily with the study of sexuality. Examples of courses which count for this requirement are: BIO 263/ENG 285 Representations of HIV/AIDS; BIO 363 Biology of HIV/AIDS; HIS 228 The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Politics in France; COM 390 U.S. Rhetorics of Sexuality; ENG 488 Modern Poetry: Queer America; SPA 403 Latino American Sexualities. Other courses may count with the chair’s approval.
(III) Partial-Content Courses: Only ONE elective course (whether at the introductory or upper level) can be taken from a list of approved partial-content courses (courses which deal in a substantial way with questions related to gender and sexuality, but do not have Gender and Sexuality Studies as their primary focus). Some examples of partial-content courses are: ENG 231 Young Adult Literature; ENG 282 African American Literature; FRE 223 Childhood and Adolescence; HIS 215 Magic and Witchcraft in Pre-Modern Europe.
Note: Students may not choose both the GSS major and the Gender Studies Concentration [see Gender Studies Concentration].
Note: Courses other than those listed may count toward the major with the approval of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Chair.
Society and Politics Track
- ANT 343 - Gender, Power, and Culture
- ANT 380-385 - Seminars in Anthropology
Only ANT 389, Contradictions in Contemporary Motherhood: Culture, Bio-Medicine, Political Economy, will count towards the Gender and Sexuality Studies Major.
- ECO 227 - Gender and Economics
- EDU 260 - Social Diversity and Inequality in Education (=SOC 261)
- PSY 350-380 - Advanced Seminars in Psychology
Only PSY 353, Psychology of Prejudice, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- POL 205 - Family and Justice
- POL 450-459 - Political Theory
Only POL 453, Liberalism, Feminism and ‘Manliness’, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- POL 460–469 - American Politics
Only POL 460, Politics of Reproduction, will count towards the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- SOC 246 - American Families
- SOC 310 - Gender, Race, and Sports
- SOC 381 - Gender & Globalization
- SOC 382 - Men and Masculinity
- SOC 388 - Fatherhood
Approved Methods Courses for Society and Politics Track
Histories and Genealogies Track
Approved Methods Courses for Histories and Genealogies Track
Literary and Cultural Representations Track
- ART 222 - Painted Women, Women Painting
- BIO 261-267, 361-367 - Seminars
Only BIO 263/ENG 285, Representations of HIV/AIDS, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- CHI 207 - Engendering Chinese Cinema
- CHI 226 - In the Name of Religion: Love and Gender in Chinese Fiction and Film
- COM 390 - Special Topics in Communication Studies
Only COM 390, U.S. Rhetorics of Sexuality, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- ENG 231 - Young Adult Literature
- ENG 282 - African American Literature
- ENG 295 - Forbidden Rooms, Found Lives
- ENG 360 - Desire
Only ENG 360, Desire, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- ENG 392 - Studies in Literature by Women
- ENG 443 - Premodern Women Writers
- ENG 400-494 - Seminars
Only ENG 465, Contemporary American Feminism & Theatre, ENG 472, Fallen Women, ENG 488, Modernism: Space, Place, Gender, ENG 488, Modern Poetry: Queer America, and ENG 492, Gossip will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- FRE 220 - Portraits of Women
- FRE 223 - Childhood and Youth
- FRE 320 - Husbands, Wives and Lovers
- GER 243, 343 - Special Topics in Film (in translation)
Only GER 243, Gender in Film, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- PSY 350-380 - Advanced Seminars in Psychology
Only PSY/CIS 352, Gender Identity: Psychological Theories and Literary Representations, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- SOC 312 - Gender, Race and Class in Media
- SPA 375 - Latin American Women Writers
- SPA 401-410 - Seminar on Special Topics
Approved Methods Courses for Literary and Cultural Representations Track