Professors: Dietz (History), Kaufman (Sociology), Serebrennikov (Art), Tilburg (History)
Associate Professors: Boyer (Hispanic Studies), Fackler (English), Good (Psychology), González (Hispanic Studies), Roberts (Political Science)
Assistant Professors: Martinez (Communication Studies and Sociology), Stremlau (History), Utkin (Russian Studies), Waheed (History)
Visiting Assistant Professors: Horowitz (Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Professors: Campbell (English), Churchill (English), Fox (English), S. Green (Theatre), Hillard (Rhetoric), Kruger (French and Francophone Studies), Maiz-Pena (Spanish), Stanback (Biology), Serebrennikov (Art), Shaw (Political Science)
Associate Professors: Fache (French and Francophone Studies), Joubin (Arab Studies), Kietrys (Hispanic Studies), Mangan (History), McCarthy (German Studies), Sample (Digital Studies), Wills (Religion)
Assistant Professors: Baron (Health & Human Values), Benson (Latin American Studies, Africana Studies), Bertholf (English, Africana Studies), Bory (Dance), Bowles (Anthropology), Crowder-Meyer (Political Science), Delia Deckard (Sociology), Garcia Peacock (Environmental Studies), Sockol (Psychology), Utkin (Russian Studies), Waheed (History), Wiemers (History)
Visiting Professors: Botros (Arab Studies), Luna (Latin American Studies), Ruhlen (Anthropology)
Major Requirements (A.B. Degree)
(I) The Gender and Sexuality Studies major requires 10 courses, no more than five from one department, comprised of the following:
(a) GSS 101 - Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
(b) GSS 201 - Feminist and Queer Theories
Students will become familiarized with the different theoretical traditions that inform contemporary gender analysis, and examine scholarly definitions of gender and sexuality. We discuss the means by which gender and sexuality are produced and reproduced at the individual and institutional levels, their intersection with other dimensions of social difference, as well as various related approaches to and interpretations of equality, justice, and freedom.
(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. At least one course must be an Upper-Level seminar.
(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 GSS 498.
(f) 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. GSS 499 will be taught as an Independent Study with the close guidance of a GSS-affiliated faculty member. 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. In the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis of exceptional quality, the department may confer high honors.
(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 that count for this requirement are: BIO 263/ENG 285 Representations of HIV/AIDS; BIO 363 Biology of HIV/AIDS; DAN 282 Dance, Gender & Sexuality; ENG 360 Desire; GSS 220 Topics in Queer Studies; GSS 320 Sex Outside the City; GSS 431: Sciences of Sex; HIS 228 The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Politics in France; HIS 389: Women, Gender & Sexuality in Japan; COM 390 U.S. Rhetorics of Sexuality; ENG 488 Modern Poetry: Queer America; SPA 403 Latino American Sexualities; MUS 221 Queer Perspectives on Popular Music. 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 that 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; ENG 360B British Literature since 1945; FRE 223 Childhood and Adolescence; GER 341 Performance, Sex and Gender (this course only), GSS 390 Rhetoric and Law (this course only); HIS 475 Drugs and Drink in East Asia.
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 219 - Reproduction and Childrearing: Biology and Culture
- ANT 319 - Contradictions in Contemporary Motherhood: Culture, Biomedicine, Political Economy
- ANT 343 - Feminist Anthropology
- ARB 250 - Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
- ARB 340 - Gender and Politics in Contemporary Syrian Literature
- ARB 341 - Gender Studies in the Arab World
- COM 218 - Gendered Communication in Society (= SOC 218)
- EDU 260 - Oppression & Education (=SOC 260)
- GSS 321 - Sex Outside the City
- GSS 340 - Transnational Sexualities Studies
- GSS 350 - Sex Radicals!
- GSS 360 - Transgender Studies
- GSS 431 - The Science of Sex
- GSS 440 - Matters of Life and Death: Biopower, Necropolitics, Sex
- LAS 240 - Introduction to Latinx Studies
- LAS 243 - Sex, Drugs, & Money on the Mexico/US Border
- POL 207 - Family and Justice
- POL 424 - Women in American Politics
- SOC 102 - Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality
- SOC 217 - Gender and Society
- SOC 218 - Gendered Communication in Society (= COM 218)
- SOC 237 - Boys and Men in Society
- SOC 246 - American Families
- SOC 260 - Oppression & Education (=EDU 260)
- SOC 310 - Gender, Race, and Sports
- SOC 382 - Men and Masculinities
- SOC 388 - Marriage in the Age of Trump
- SOC 488 - 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
- AFR 250 - Black Women in Contemporary Performance
- ART 222 - Painted Women, Women Painting
- CHI 207 - Engendering Chinese Cinema
- CHI 226 - In the Name of Religion: Love and Gender in Chinese Fiction and Film
- DAN 282 - Dance, Gender, & Sexuality
- DIG 340 - Gender and Technology
- ENG 110 - Course list for Introduction to Literature
- ENG 242 - Women's Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights (=THE 242)
- ENG 271 - Disability in Literature and Art
- ENG 288 - Contemporary American Multicultural Drama
- ENG 294 - Harlem Renaissance
- ENG 295 - Women Writers
- ENG 363 - History of the Novel
- ENG 388 - Contemporary Theatre
- ENG 394 - Studies in Modern Literature: The Avant-Garde (Fall 2017)
- ENG 409 - Television: Queer Representations (=GSS 401)
- ENG 495 - Seminar: Cleopatra
- FRE 220 - Literature and Madness
- FRE 223 - Childhood and Youth
- FRE 320 - Husbands, Wives, and Lovers
- GER 243 - Special Topics in Film (in trans.)
Only GER 243, Gender in Film, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- GSS 220 - Topics in Queer Studies
- GSS 324 - Sex, Law, Modernity (= HIS 324)
- GSS 390 - Sexuality and Public Discourses in the United States
- GSS 401 - Television: Queer Representations (=ENG 409)
- HIS 324 - Illicit Sexualities: Sex, Law, and Modernity = GSS 324
- PSY 350 - Advanced Seminars in Psychology (PSY 350-380)
Only PSY 352, Gender Identity: Psychological Theories and Literary Representations, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- RUS 292 - Queer Russia (=GSS 292)
- SOC 312 - Gender, Race and Class in Media
- SPA 344 - Latino Culture in the U.S.
- SPA 375 - Latin American Women Writers
- SPA 400 - Seminar on Special Topics, SPA 401-411
Only SPA 403, Latino American Sexualities, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Only SPA 406 Life-Writing, Gender, and Representation, will count toward the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- SPA 407 - Gender and Memory in Television and the Novel
- THE 242 - Women's Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights (=ENG 242)
Approved Methods Courses for Literary and Cultural Representations Track
- Satisfactory completion of six courses to include:
- A maximum of one elective may be an independent study, tutorial or practicum.
- No more than two courses in the minor may be in the student’s major field of study.
- A grade of C- or higher is required in all courses applied toward the minor.
- Courses taken pass/fail at Davidson College may not be counted toward the minor.
- At most two elective courses may be taken away from Davidson College.
- No more than three courses for the minor may be from the same department with the exception of courses with GSS designation.
The above list is not exhaustive. Please check with the GSS Chair or visit the GSS web site for the most current, complete listing of approved electives when planning course selection. If there is a course for which you would like to request GSS credit that is not listed, please check with the GSS Chair. If there is a question about when a particular elective will next be offered, please consult the department offering that course. If one of the proposed electives is an independent study, tutorial, practicum, or internship, the student shall provide to the GSS Chair for approval a complete description of that course prior to the term of enrollment. Certification of completion of the requirements for the minor is made by the Registrar upon the recommendation of the GSS Chair.