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Gender Studies

 

Gender Studies is an 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, a discipline-based core, and auxiliary courses. 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 one discipline. 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.

 

The Gender Studies Minor
Course Descriptions

 

The Gender Studies Minor
(18 semester hours)

Required:
GNDR 102    (3)    Introduction to Gender Studies

Choose 1 of the following 3 course discipline-based cores (9 credits):
History of Art
ARTH 116    (3)    Survey of Art History II
ARTH 303    (3)    Seminar on Women Artists
And choose one ARTH course chosen from the auxiliary course list below.

OR

English
Choose 3 of the following courses, of which one can be at the 100-level:
ENGL 108    (3)    Women and Literature
ENGL 126    (3)    Forbidden Love
ENGL 332    (3)    Modern and Contemporary Women Writers
ENGL 339    (3)    Women in 19th-Century Literature
ENGL 344    (3)    Women in the Renaissance

OR

History
HIST 228    (3)    Women in America
HIST 234    (3)    Manhood and Masculinity in America
And choose 1 additional HIST course at the 300-level from the auxiliary course list below.

Choose 2 additional 3-credit courses from those listed above or from the following auxiliary course list or substitute other approved seminars, internships, or independent studies (6 credits):
ANTH 233    (3)    Cultural Perspectives on the Family and Society
ANTH 241    (3)    Gender and Society
ARTH 253    (3)    Early 20th-Century Art: Fauvism to Surrealism
ARTH 255    (3)    Contemporary Art
ARTH 336    (3)    Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture (when content is appropriate)
ARTH 341    (3)    Seminar: Art and Theory in Renaissance Italy
ARTH 354    (3)    Later 20th Century Art: Post World War II to the Present
CLAS 207    (3)    The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic
CLAS 208    (3)    Society and Culture in the Roman Empire
CLAS 307    (3)    Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient Mediterranean
ENGL 140    (3)    Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters
ENGL 302    (3)    Ways of Reading (Topic must have approval of the GNDR Director)
ENGL 329    (3)    American Romanticism
ENGL 330    (3)    African-American Literature
ENGL 331    (3)    The 19th-Century American Novel
ENGL 393    (3)    Modern Poetry
ENGL 394    (3)    Contemporary Poetry (when content is appropriate)
ENGL 397    (3)    Becoming Modern
FREN 217    (3)    Francophone Cinema
FREN 250    (3)    Masterpieces of French Culture
GNDR 272    (3)    Topics in Gender Studies
GOVT 232    (3)    Women, Law, and Politics
HIST 221      (3)    Spirituality and Religious Institutions in U.S. History
HIST 258      (3)    History of Crime and Punishment in the West
HIST 315      (3)    Illness and Healing in America
HIST 321      (3)    Studies in Medieval History
HIST 322      (3)    Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 339      (3)    Slavery and Emancipation in America
INTD 112      (3)    Writing Wrongs: Gender and Power in Antiquity
INTD 113      (3)    Women and Power
INTD 114      (3)    Global Girlhoods
LAST 302     (3)    Special Topics in Latin American Studies (when content is appropriate)
PHIL 129       (3)    Introduction to Political Philosophy
PSYC 222     (3)    Social Psychology
PSYC 359     (3)    Self and Identity
RELG 177     (3)    Introduction to the Study of Religion
RELG 241     (3)    Judaism
RELG 244     (3)    Christianity
SOCI 100      (3)    Introduction to Sociology: The Sociological Perspective
SOCI 330      (3)    Social Stratification
SPAN 367      (3)    Contemporary Artistic Expression in Spain (when content is appropriate)

Notes:
At least 2 courses taken for the minor must be at the 300-level or above.

In order to count an auxiliary course or independent study towards the minor, a student must complete a major term paper, project or the appropriate equivalent which focuses on gender issues in that course. The Gender Studies Advisory Committee may ask to review the work before granting credit toward the minor.


Course Descriptions

ANTH 233

| Cultural Perspectives on the Family and Society

ANTH 241

| Gender and Society

ARTH 116

| Survey of Art History II

ARTH 253

| Early 20th-Century Art: Fauvism to Surrealism

ARTH 255

| Contemporary Art

ARTH 303

| Seminar on Women Artists

ARTH 336

| Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture

ARTH 341

| Seminar: Art and Theory in Renaissance Italy

ARTH 354

| Later 20th-Century Art: Post World War II to the Present

CLAS 207

| The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic

CLAS 208

| Society and Culture in the Roman Empire

CLAS 307

| Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient Mediterranean

ENGL 108

| Women and Literature

ENGL 126

| Forbidden Love

ENGL 140

| Passion and Romance: Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters

ENGL 302

| Special Topic

ENGL 329

| American Romanticism

ENGL 330

| African-American Literature

ENGL 331

| The 19th-Century American Novel

ENGL 332

| Modern and Contemporary Women Writers

ENGL 334

| Fiction Workshop: Research and the Fiction Writer

ENGL 339

| Women in 19th-Century Literature

ENGL 344

| Women in the Rensaissance

ENGL 393

| Modern Poetry

ENGL 394

| Contemporary Poetry

ENGL 397

| Becoming Modern

FREN 217

| Francophone Cinema

FREN 250

| Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation

GNDR 102

| Introduction to Gender Studies

GNDR 272

| Topics in Gender Studies

GOVT 232

| Women, Law, and Politics

HIST 221

| Spirituality and Religious Institutions in U.S. History

HIST 228

| Women in America

HIST 234

| Manhood and Masculinity in America

HIST 258

| History of Crime and Punishment in the West

HIST 315

| Illness and Healing in America

HIST 321

| Studies in Medieval History

HIST 322

| Renaissance and Reformation

HIST 339

| Slavery and Emancipation in America

INTD 112

| Writing Wrongs: Gender and Power in Antiquity

INTD 113

| Women and Power

INTD 114

| Global Girlhoods

LAST 302

| Special Topics in Latin American Studies

PHIL 129

| Introduction to Political Philosophy

PSYC 222

| Social Psychology

PSYC 359

| Self and Identity

RELG 177

| Introduction to the Study of Religion

RELG 241

| Judaism

RELG 244

| Christianity

SOCI 100

| Introduction to Sociology: The Sociological Perspective

SOCI 330

| Social Stratification

SPAN 367

| Contemporary Artistic Expression in Spain: 1920-Present