Gender & Women's Studies

Dr. Ken McGraw                              Dr. Meeta Mehrotra                 


About the Program

Gender & Women's Studies is born of the historical effort to retrieve from obscurity the realities of women's lives and to advocate for equality for all genders in the modern world. This interdisciplinary field investigates the cultural categories of masculinity and femininity (and the various mixtures of the two) which have developed in and through complex socio-historical processes, and which face the possibility of future transformation. Gender & Women's studies courses approach the relationship of gender to sex, class, race, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and language in a critical and self-critical spirit.

Spring 2023 Course Offerings


Students from any major may earn a concentration in Gender & Women's Studies by successfully completing (with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0) at least six units. Of these six units one must be GNDR 150. The other five units must come from at least two different disciplines from the course list below.  In accordance with the general rules for concentrations, the six courses taken for the concentration must include at least three units which are not used to satisfy the student's major requirements. While GNDR 150 is not a prerequisite to the other courses, taking GNDR 150 as early as possible is recommended.  Students should see the concentration coordinator(s) for additional special topics courses, INQ courses, and independent studies that can be counted toward the concentration.  No more than two INQ courses may be applied toward the concentration.

Required Course:

GNDR 150 Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies

Elective Courses: (five from at least two disciplines)

ENGL 212 Connections: Social Justice and Literature

ENGL 213 Connections: Gender and Literature

ENST 371 Sex and Earth

HIST 235 The Witch-hunts of Early Modern Europe

HIST 262 U.S. Women’s History

SOCI 226 Intimate, Marital, and Family Relationships

SOCI 229 Sociology of Sex and Gender

SOCI 329 Global Perspective on Families

SOCI 338 Women’s Lives Around the World: Global Perspectives

SPAN 312 Civilization and Culture: Spanish America

SPAN 323 Introduction to Literature: Spanish America

Special Topics courses with concentration-appropriate content and permission of program coordinators, especially.

ENGL 202 Foundations in Fiction

ENGL 203 Foundations in Oral Traditions

ENGL 220 Special Topics

ENGL 301 Focus: Special Topics

ENGL 308 Focus: The Author Studies

ENGL 356 Focus: Film Studies

PHIL 111 Contemporary Issues

Disciplinary courses, Special Topics courses in disciplines not indicated above, Internships, INQ and Intensive Learning courses, and Honors courses where applicable and with permission of the program coordinators.

Gender and Women Studies Checklist