Gender Studies is a multidisciplinary field of knowledge and inquiry whose purpose is to study the significance of gender and other primary categories of identity (e.g., ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religion) for the social construction of reality and everyday life. The Gender Studies Program at Sweet Briar consists of an introductory course and electives to be chosen from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and, where possible, Fine and Performing Arts and Natural Sciences. This approach familiarizes students with a variety of avenues through which to examine and explore gender issues and provides them with the opportunity to become practiced at studying gender through the particular modes of inquiry, theoretical frameworks, and methodologies of various disciplines. Relevant topics of interest in all disciplines tend to include: sex, gender, identity formation, and the implications of gendered systems of power. A Gender Studies minor is an excellent supplement to any major within which students want to explore the implications of gender more deeply. The Gender Studies curriculum fosters an understanding of how gender affects everyday experiences and is particularly suited for students preparing for graduate study and careers in social and community work, government and international relations, the arts and humanities, law, medicine, counseling, business, public relations, and many other professional and human-service fields.
Choose two courses at the 200-level or above.
Choose two courses at the 300-level or above.
Choose one course at any level.
NOTE: When possible, students should choose at least one course from each of the following disciplinary groupings: Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts, and Natural Sciences. With their remaining electives, students may choose to focus their study of gender within a particular department of discipline.
List of Approved Course:
ANTH 233 (3) Cultural Perspectives on the Family and Society
ANTH 241 (3) Gender and Society
ARTH 264 (3) Women Artists: A Global Perspective
ARTH 303 (3) Seminar on Women Artists
CLAS 208 (3) Society and Culture in the Roman Empire
CLAS 307 (3) Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient Mediterranean
ENGL 108 (3) Women and Literature
ENGL 126 (3) Forbidden Love
ENGL 140 (3) Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters
ENGL 332 (3) Modern and Contemporary Women Writers
ENGL 315 (3) Gender Politics in the Medieval Heroic Epic
ENGL 339 (3) Women in 19th-Century Literature
ENGL 344 (3) Women in the Renaissance
ENGL 386 (3) Fatal Attractions: Death and Sex in the 19th-Century Novel
GNDR 216 (3) A College of their Own
GNDR 272 (3) Topics in Gender Studies
GOVT 232 (3) Women, Law, and Politics
HIST 228 (3) Women in America
HIST 234 (3) Manhood and Masculinity in America
HNRS 309 (3) Sacraments and Civil Unions: The History of Marriage
PSYC 257 (3) Special Topics in Psychology (The Psychology of Sex and Gender when offered)
Where applicable, courses from other programs and special topics courses may be applied towards the minor with the approval of the Gender Studies Advisory Committee.