All gender and sexuality studies minors complete "Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies" and a Capstone course.
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SC210)
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies provides a broad overview of the role of gender in society. An interdisciplinary approach--ranging across history, psychology, art, economics, literature, philosophy, sociology, political science, biology, and anthropology--is used to address questions such as: How does biology contribute to gender differences? What role does culture play in the construction of gender? The myriad of ways gender, race/ethnicity, and social class intersect is a unifying course theme. Although the main focus is on the sex/gender system of contemporary U.S. society, cross-cultural and historical perspectives are incorporated.
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A Capstone course (sometimes a seminar) that rotates through disciplines is offered each spring term. Senior Gender and Sexuality Studies minors with varied majors come together to focus on a substantive issue and all benefit from the variety of perspectives. Instructors are eager to work with such an invested group. The schedule of upcoming Capstone courses includes:
Spring 2022: History 478, Global Histories of Sexuality (taught by Andrew Ross)
Can sex have a history? If so, what kind? This course takes a comparative and transnational perspective to the history of sexuality in pursuit of this question. It examines how societies from around the world and across time have regulated, constructed, and policed sexual behaviors and identities. The course asks how race, gender, class, and ability have inflected and shaped people's diverse sexualities and sexual experiences. In doing so, it showcases the ways that the history of sexuality reshapes our understanding political, and cultural history more broadly. Topics vary by semester, but may include male homosexuality, lesbianism, (trans) gender identity and transsexuality, heterosexuality, sexual knowledge, regulation and policing, reproduction, sexual violence and crime, sex work and prostitution, queer and feminist politics, and health and medicine. (Written or electronic permission of the instructor.)
Recently offered Capstone courses include the following
- Spring 2021: Modern Language 309, Gender, Peace and Justice in East Asia: Texts and Contexts (taught by Dr. Yu Stearns)
- Spring 2020: Philosophy 337, Philosophy of Feminism (taught by Mavis Biss)
- Spring 2019: History 390, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (taught by David Carey)
- Spring 2018: Modern Language 309, Gender, Peace and Justice in East Asia: Texts and Contexts (taught by Dr. Yu Stearns)
- Spring 2017: English 367.01, American Feminist Public Intellectuals (taught by Dr. Brian Norman)
- Spring 2016: Sociology 430, Gender and Justice (taught by Dr. Amanda Konradi)
- Spring 2015: Sociology 361, Social Inequality (taught by Dr. Barbara Vann)