Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Coordinator: Charles A. Dana Professor of History Joan Hedrick (Women, Gender, and Sexuality)

The program in women, gender, and sexuality takes gender and sexuality as its critical terms of inquiry, exploring them as social constructs and analyzing their impact on the traditional disciplines. The program draws on the liberal arts and sciences to examine a wide range of topics relating to gender and sexuality, including women’s varied experiences in different historical periods and cultures, as well as their contributions to culture in all its forms; the relationship among sex, gender, and sexuality; lesbian, gay, and transgender subcultures, and their histories and politics; and the institutional and discursive regulation of gender and sexuality. Recognizing that gender and sexuality cut across most fields of knowledge and that race, class, and nation are crucial components of gender and sexual identities, the program has both an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural focus.

Course requirements:

The minor consists of six courses: two required core courses in women, gender, and sexuality; three other women, gender, and sexuality courses; and a senior seminar.