The minor consists of at least eighteen hours that include the two core courses described below and four other courses chosen from a number of options approved by the Gender Studies Committee. These other courses may explore the contributions made by women to society and culture, examine the experience of the two genders as a result of the cultural, social, psychological, and biological factors which influence their lives; they may look at revisions in the contents, methods, and assumptions of particular disciplines called for in light of recent scholarship. Courses in at least two departments outside the student's major field must be included in the minor, and at least six hours of these options must be in upper-division courses. Many different departments on campus offer course that count towards the Gender Studies minor.

Core Classes

  • GEND 100 - Studies in Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality
  • PHIL 309J - Feminist Philosophy
  • GEND 400 - Issues in Gender and the Environment

Fall 2014 Courses

GEND 100D Studies in Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

  • Kelly Smith
  • TR 10 - 11:15
  • TR 11:10 - 12:45

An interdisciplinary introduction to major categories that structure consciousness as well as social, intellectual, and personal experience. Emphasizes the extent to which analyses of gender must be simultaneous with those of race, class, and sexuality; demonstrates how intersecting categories of identity work historically and systematically to produce different experiences for members of various social groups. Focuses on structures of inequality and on the effects of power, privilege, and oppression on individuals and society.

GEND 300.50 D Women Behind the Camera

  • Susanne Eules
  • R 6 to 9 p.m. (six-week course)

The course introduces students to the tradition of Women filmmakers. We will ask questions about the relationship between film, politics and society and the role narrative and documentary films play as a form of social history and national imagery. We will focus on filmmakers who gained international attention: American filmmaker Maya Deren, German filmmakers Helke Sanders, Doris Dörrie and Sandra Nettelbeck, German-Italian filmmaker Angelina Maccarone and Belgian filmmaker Agnès Varda.

AFST 102H: Black Experience II: US Reconstruction to Present

  • Susan Pepper-Bates; Shawnrece Campbell (team taught)
  • MW 12-1:15 pm

This is an introductory course which investigates the history and invention of skin color based discrimination and racism during the ages of colonization and enlightenment in North America, as well as analyzing contemporary Euro-American racism against AFrican Americans and exploring their sturggles agingst this oppression. Paticuular attention will be givne to media, genetic hypostheses, visual images, black identity, and black nationalism.

AMST 359D JS (GEND): Sex, Gender, Sexuality, and Reality in Media

  • Andy Dehnart
  • MW 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Media shapes our lives: our values, our priorities, our politics, and our practices. And messages about sex, gender, and sexuality embedded in our popular culture are especially powerful and prevalent, although their ubiquity means they often go by unnoticed or unexamined. Meanwhile, our culture's increasing attention to reality-based media can have even stronger influence over what we know, think, and feel about ourselves and others. Nonfiction film, television, literature, journalism, and social media explore and explain our world, and from Jersey Shore to The New York Times, Facebook to memoir, they represent their subject matter as real, accurate, and true, however authentic or constructed it may be. That means we frequently give its messages, including those about gender, even greater weight.

In this seminar, we'll examine various kinds of nonfiction media and consider what it communicates, how it is constructed, and how sex, gender, and sexuality are represented. We'll consider what those forms of information, art, entertainment, and expression have to say about what it means to be male or female; how culture uses that media to respond to, and define, subgroups; and how we respond to the media we consume. We'll examine nonfiction texts from different cultural traditions and disciplines as we engage in vigorous discussion and written analysis, and apply these ideas in a capstone project.

GERM 304B: Modern German Culture

  • Elisabeth Poeter
  • TR 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The course offers a critical understanding of the complexity and diversity of modern German culture by investigating how Germans respond to the challenges and transformations of their nation in the modern and postmodern age. We will focus on the roles that art, literature, film, architecture, music and other forms of cultural practices play in affirming and/or challenging contemporary notions of national identity. Our understanding of these cultural products will be based on categories such as gender, race and ethnicity, and social class. These analytical tools will help us to move beyond a traditional focus on dominant cultural narratives in order to conceive of German culture as a space of conflicting, competing and/or consensual identifications that are continuously challenged in any given historical moment.

REL 446J: Slaves, Whores, and Poors: Religion and Oppression

  • Kandy Queen-Sutherland
  • TR 11:30-12:24

 A study of religion from the viewpoint of power and powerlessness exposes students to a broad spectrum of religious traditions that have been used to oppress and to liberate peoples. Slaves, Whores and Poors examines both historical and contemporary events and movements shaped by the interplay of religion with race-gender-class issues.

Attention will be given to the myths used to marginalize humans, justified by traditions of religious domination and oppression that result in racism, sexism and classism. Equally significant are religious voices that challenge these traditions, resulting in calls for liberation, freedom and equality. The challenges brought by Feminist Theology, Black Theology and Latin American – Liberation Theology as well as other views from non-western positions will be examined.