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Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies


Jill S. Dolan

Executive Committee

Elizabeth M. Armstrong, Woodrow Wilson School, Sociology

Wallace D. Best, Religion, African American Studies

Margot Canaday, History

Angela N. Creager, History

Jill S. Dolan, English, Lewis Center for the Arts, Theater

Brooke A. Holmes, Classics  

Tera W. Hunter, History, African American Studies

Sara S. Poor, German

Rebecca A. Rix, History

Daniel I. Rubenstein, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Gayle M. Salamon, English

Judith L. Weisenfeld, Religion

Stacy E. Wolf, Lewis Center for the Arts, Theater

Associated Faculty

April Alliston, Comparative Literature 

Kwame A. Appiah, Philosophy, University Center for Human Values

Leonard Barkan, Comparative Literature 

Wendy L. Belcher, Comparative Literature, African American Studies

John W. Borneman, Anthropology 

Daphne A. Brooks, English, African American Studies 

Michael W. Cadden, Lewis Center for the Arts, Theater 

Ellen B. Chances, Slavic Languages and Literatures 

Zahid R. Chaudhary, English 

Anne A. Cheng, English, African American Studies  

Jessica Delgado, Religion

Maria A. DiBattista, English, Comparative Literature

Brigid Doherty, German, Art and Archaeology 

Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Sociology

Su Friedrich, Lewis Center for the Arts, Visual Arts  

Diana J. Fuss, English 

Ruben Gallo, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures 

Alison E. Gammie, Molecular Biology

Elizabeth Harman, Philosophy, University Center for Human Values 

Hendrik A. Hartog, History 

Wendy Heller, Music 

Alison Isenberg, History 

Melissa S. Lane, Politics 

Russell J. Leo III, English

AnneMarie Luijendijk, Religion

Stephen J. Macedo, Politics, University Center for Human Values

Gaetana Marrone-Puglia, French and Italian

Deborah E. Nord, English 

Jeff E. Nunokawa, English 

Imani Perry, African American Studies  

Deborah A. Prentice, Psychology, Woodrow Wilson School

Jennifer L. Rexford, Computer Science 

Carolyn M. Rouse, Anthropology, African American Studies 

Esther H. Schor, English 

Alexandra T. Vazquez, English, African American Studies 

Wendy Warren, History

Tamsen O. Wolff, English 

Virginia Zakian, Molecular Biology 

Sits with Committee

Matthew L. Armstead, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students

Nicholas A. Barberio, Communications

Debra Bazarsky, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students

Alison L. Boden, Office of the Dean of Religious Life

Amy Campbell, Office of the Vice President for University Services

Kathleen Crown, Mathey College

Mary J. Harper, Society of Fellows

Nannerl O. Keohane, Woodrow Wilson School, University Center for Human Values

Jason R. Klugman, Program in Teacher Preparation 

Tey Meadow, Council of the Humanities 

Deirdre Moloney, Office of the Dean of the College

Janis Runkle, University Health Services

Amada Sandoval, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students 

The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender and sexuality, as well as their intersections with race, class, and ethnicity, across cultures and global geographies both past and present. The program's courses, which are open to all students, examine gender and sexuality from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The program offers core courses, seminars, and cross-listed courses, and also directs students to courses of interest that are based in other programs and departments. A current list of course offerings is available on the program website. The program also encourages summer internships in relevant community-based programs, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations with which the program's theoretical and historical inquiries can be applied in a practical setting.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the program is by application, available via program website, and/or consultation with the program director.

Program of Study

Students who wish to complete the requirements for the undergraduate certificate in gender and sexuality studies must take six courses: GSS 201 or 202, the introductory course; GSS 301 or 302, an advanced interdisciplinary seminar; and four additional courses chosen from among other gender- and sexuality-related departmental offerings in the program and across the University. Among these courses, at least one must be taken in each of three broad disciplinary areas: social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Students may take gender- or sexuality-related courses in their major departments for certificate credit. In addition, certificate students are required to incorporate issues related to feminism, women, gender, and/or sexuality into one junior paper and their senior thesis.

Certificate of Proficiency

Certificates of proficiency in the study of gender and sexuality are issued upon graduation to students who have completed the program and have met the requirements of their departments.

A list of gender- and sexuality-related courses across the University may be found on the program website. With the director's approval, these courses may be used to satisfy the program's requirements.


GSS 201 Introduction to the Study of Gender   Fall SA

The study of gender from a multidisciplinary perspective, examined in terms of social behavior and symbolic representation. Topics selected from historical, economic, political, and artistic realms. Open to all undergraduates. G. Salamon

GSS 212 Classical Mythology (see CLA 212)

GSS 221 Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender (see SOC 221)

GSS 225 Sex, Sexuality, and Gender (see SOC 225)

GSS 301 Evolution and the Behavior of the Sexes (see EEB 301)

GSS 302 Topics in the Study of Gender (also LAS 314/REL 300)   Spring SA

Advanced seminar; focus changes from year to year. In general the seminar uses contemporary and classic works of feminist theory to examine ideas about gender that have shaped modern culture. Topics have included feminism and liberalism, literature and ideology, and psychoanalysis and feminism. J. Delgado

GSS 306 Women and Film (also VIS 341)   Not offered this year LA

An exploration of the relationships between the idea of "woman'' and the art of film. Issues addressed will include the role of woman as performer and director, questions of film genre, the identification of the female image as constitutive of the cinematic image, the historical and social dimensions of the female image projected in films of different times and different cultures. Film screenings, one three-hour seminar. G. Marrone-Puglia

GSS 307 Theatre and Society (see THR 309)

GSS 308 Topics in Greek Literature (see CLG 310)

GSS 309 Topics in Judaic Studies (see JDS 301)

GSS 310 The Family in Jewish Tradition (see JDS 315)

GSS 312 Gender and Development in the Americas (see SOC 310)

GSS 313 An Introduction to Black Women's Studies (see AAS 311)

GSS 321 Topics in German Medieval Literature (see GER 321)

GSS 328 Women and Gender in Islamic Societies (see REL 328)

GSS 329 Psychology of Gender (see PSY 329)

GSS 330 The Invention of Literature and Culture in France (see FRE 321)

GSS 331 Sex and Gender in the Ancient World (see CLA 329)

GSS 337 Women, Gender, and Politics (see POL 335)

GSS 350 Topics in 19th-Century Art (see ART 343)

GSS 351 Law, Social Policy, and African American Women (see AAS 351)

GSS 352 Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century French Literature (see FRE 352)

GSS 359 Sexuality and Religion in America (see AAS 358)

GSS 360 Women and American Religion (see REL 360)

GSS 361 Culture, Power, and Inequality (see SOC 361)

GSS 363 Gender, Sexuality, and Contemporary U.S. Theatre and Performance (also ENG 363/THR 373/AMS 363)   Fall, Spring LA

Addresses contributions by women, LGBT people, feminists, and people of color to contemporary U.S. theatre and performance. Analyzes performance forms, contents, intents, contexts, and reception to ponder how people who straddle identity vectors influence American culture and help imagine our changing nation. Surveys significant U.S. human rights movements and the performance forms through which many were vitalized. Considers how some minority groups became central to theatre culture by the 21st century and whether or not forums like Broadway dilute the radical politics in which these struggles began. J. Dolan

GSS 365 Isn't It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim (also ENG 365/THR 369/AMS 365)   Spring LA

Song. Dance. Man. Woman. These are the basic components of the Broadway musical theatre. How have musical theatre artists, composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, choreographers, and designers worked with these building blocks to create this quintessentially American form of art and entertainment? This course will explore conventional and resistant performances of gender and sexuality in the Broadway musical since the 1940s. Why are musicals structured by love and romance? S. Wolf

GSS 384 Gender and Sexuality in Modern America (see HIS 384)

GSS 389 Women Writers of the African Diaspora (see ENG 389)

GSS 393 Gender and Science   Fall SA

An exploration of two aspects of the gender and science literature: the historical participation of women (and men) in scientific work and the feminist critique of scientific knowledge. The seminar will explore ways in which women have been systematically excluded from science and assess the problems with that thesis. One three-hour seminar. A. Creager

GSS 399 The Female Literary Tradition (see ENG 388)

GSS 400 Contemporary Feminist Theory   Spring SA

Addresses the question: What is feminism? Going back to the beginnings of contemporary feminist thought, the course will proceed through the variety of feminist approaches that have marked the study of art, literature, cinema and popular culture, history, politics, and society since the 1970s. One three-hour seminar. G. Salamon

GSS 401 Seminar. Types of Ideology and Literary Form (see COM 401)

GSS 420 Born in the U.S.A.: Culture and Reproduction in Modern America (also SOC 420)   Spring SA

Reproduction is a basic biological process, as well as a fundamental one for all societies. While the biology of human reproduction is universal across time and place, cultural norms and social institutions powerfully inflect and shape the experience of pregnancy and childbirth in every society. This course investigates the history and sociology of reproduction, focusing on the contemporary United States, but with an eye toward other societies for comparison. How, why, and for whom does birth matter? How do reproductive practices reflect gender, race, and class? The course examines the culture, politics, and economics of reproduction. E. Armstrong