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Program in the Study of Women and Gender


Jill S. Dolan

Executive Committee

Elizabeth M. Armstrong, Woodrow Wilson School, Sociology

Wallace D. Best, Religion, African American Studies

Amy B. Borovoy, East Asian Studies

Margot Canaday, History

Angela N. Creager, History

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

Tera W. Hunter, History, African American Studies

Claudia L. Johnson, English

Rena S.  Lederman, Anthropology

Gaetana Marrone-Puglia, French and Italian

Sara S. Poor, German

Rebecca A. Rix, History

Daniel I. Rubenstein, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Gayle M. Salamon, English

Valerie A. Smith, English, African American Studies

Judith L. Weisenfeld, Religion

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

Associated Faculty

April Alliston, Comparative Literature

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

Anne A. Cheng, English, African American Studies 

Maria A. DiBattista, English

Brigid Doherty, German, Art and Archaeology

Su Friedrich, Lewis Center for the Arts, Visual Arts 

Diana J. Fuss, English

Elizabeth Harman, Philosophy, University Center for Human Values

Melissa V. Harris-Lacewell, Politics, African American Studies 

Hendrik A. Hartog, History

Wendy Heller, Music

Brooke A. Holmes, Classics 

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

Deborah E. Nord, English

Jeff E. Nunokawa, English

Christina H. Paxson, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics

Imani Perry, African American Studies 

Deborah A. Prentice, Psychology

Jennifer L. Rexford, Computer Science

Carolyn M. Rouse, Anthropology, African American Studies

Esther H. Schor, English

Alexandra T. Vazquez, English, African American Studies

Tamsen O. Wolff, English

Virginia Zakian, Molecular Biology

Sits with Committee

Mary J. Harper, Society of Fellows

Beth K. Jamieson, PACE Center

The Program in the Study of Women and Gender is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of sex roles, gender, and sexuality across cultures and global geographies both past and present. The program's courses, which are open to all students, examine gender 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.

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 women and gender studies must take six courses: WOM 201 or 202, the introductory course; WOM 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 science, humanities, and science. Students may take gender-related courses in their major departments for certificate credit. In addition, certificate students are urged to incorporate issues related to feminism, women, gender, and/or sexuality into their senior thesis.

Certificate of Proficiency

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

A list of gender-related courses across the University may be found on the program website. These courses may be used to satisfy the program's requirements with the director's approval.


WOM 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

WOM 202 Women in Politics, Media, and Contemporary U.S. (also POL 222)   Fall

An introduction to the various roles and experiences of women in contemporary American politics, media, and society. The course explores changing definitions of womanhood and women's identity during the late 20th and early 21st century. The class will discuss women who hold positions of leadership and relative privilege, and women who find themselves in the most powerless and difficult circumstances in contemporary America. It also explores cross-cutting issues of class, race, sexuality, gender identity, and faith to help understand the many experiences of women in America. One 90-minute lecture, one 90-minute preceptorial. M. Harris-Perry

WOM 212 Classical Mythology (see CLA 212)

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

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

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

WOM 302 Topics in the Study of Gender   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

WOM 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

WOM 309 Topics in Judaic Studies (see JDS 301)

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

WOM 311 Gender, Crime, Media, and Culture (also SOC 311)   Fall SA

The study of culture involves myriad approaches and methods, and attracts researchers in and outside sociology. This course aims to explore scholarship that draws, in different ways, on combined contributions from gender studies, criminology and deviance, media studies, and the growing field of cultural studies. Its goals are to increase your knowledge of issues in each of these sociological subfields; to explore theories and methods used by scholars in these areas; and to assist students in developing their own research projects. One three-hour seminar. L. Chancer

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

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

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

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

WOM 329 Psychology of Gender (see PSY 329)

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

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

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

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

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

WOM 360 Women and American Religion (see REL 360)

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

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

WOM 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

WOM 399 The Female Literary Tradition (see ENG 388)

WOM 400 Contemporary Feminist Theory   Spring

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

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

WOM 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

WOM 451 Special Topics in Public Affairs (see WWS 452)