Students interested in a Gender Studies minor should meet with the director and/or one of the sponsoring faculty.

For complete information about minoring, see the online catalog.

GEND 231: Genders and Sexualities in Global Perspective

M/W/F 12:40 – 1:40
S. Kamran

Gender as it has been socially, culturally, and historically constituted in different times and places. Theoretical developments in the anthropology of gender. Cross-cultural exploration using examples from a wide range of societies, past and present. The relationship between cultural definitions of gender and the social
experience of women, men, and alternative gender roles, such as the Native American two-spirits, the hijra of India, and global perspectives on contemporary transgender experiences.

GEND 345: Gender Studies Symposium Chair

K. Brodkin

Student chairs perform substantive analytic work related to this interdisciplinary field of study, conducting extensive research to explore speakers, develop panels, identify important issues, and develop the program of events. Working closely with each other, the planning committee, and the faculty director, chairs also develop leadership and professional responsibilities. Preference given to minors in gender studies, but students with relevant coursework or other experience will be considered. Spring registration limited to those students who have completed GEND 345 in the fall of the same academic year.

GEND 440: Feminist Theory

T/TH 11:30 – 1:00
K. Brodkin

Advanced course exploring concepts and debates that have animated feminist and queer theorists from a range of political traditions, disciplinary perspectives, and philosophical approaches (such as existentialism, Marxism, liberalism, poststructuralism, and postcolonialism). Readings examine topics such as patriarchy, capitalism, labor, family, the state, the body, and identity in exploring how ideas about gender, sex, and sexuality have been produced and transformed.



ART 113: Sculpture I

M/W 9:10 – 11:40
J. Perlitz

Form and space explored through a variety of media and techniques such as wood, plaster, found object, and assemblage. Short exercises to explore materials and techniques, opening up a broader discussion about the possibilities and complexities of the three-dimensional form. Readings, critiques, and more involved assignments leading to in-depth discussions and approaches to understanding and exploring sculpture.

CLAS 266: Health and Healing in the Ancient World

M/W/F 9:10 – 10:10
R. Kugler

Examination of ancient Greek, Roman, and early Christian and Jewish understandings of medicine, health, and healing. A survey of social, philosophical, psychological, religious, and scientific perspectives on health, sickness, and healing with an emphasis on the Hippocratic tradition, Hellenistic philosophers, Galen, and early Judaism and Christian understandings. A look at the influence of ancient imagination on contemporary ideas and practice in medical and mental health care.

ENG 100: Topics: Adventure!

T/TH 9:40 – 11:10
A. Hibbard

How are adventure and storytelling related? This class surveys some of the forms that adventure takes in literature and film, from boy’s adventure novels to travel journals, from Arthurian legend to coming out novels, from road trips to action movies. Adventure heroes and heroines light out, court danger, and endure hardship in search of treasure, excitement, and self- knowledge. What do these texts suggest about adult stakes in childhood? How do they represent empire and the “other”? How do they imagine nature and construct “the wild”? Is the myth of male flight available to girls and women? What anxieties do adventure narratives express and what fantasies do they satisfy? Authors may include Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad, Eli Clare, Jeanette Winterson, Marilynne Robinson, John Krakauer, and Tomi Adeyemi.

ENG 315: The Victorians: Heroes, Decadents, and Madwomen

T/TH 1:50 – 3:20
A. Hibbard

The Victorians revered sages, scientists, explorers, detectives, and self-made men. This course is organized around the study of literary representations of these nineteenth-century heroes and their “others” (costermongers, criminals, colonial subjects, dandies, and women). We will juxtapose fictional and non-fictional depictions of urbanization and class conflict. We will consider how the information explosion, the industrial revolution, and the resulting commodity culture created new anxieties about the meaning of art. We will examine the tensions between Darwinian scientific theory and religious faith. We will explore the gender politics of Victorian sensation fiction and children’s fiction. Finally, we will study the way imperial expansion informed the literature of the period. Authors may include Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Florence Nightingale, and Oscar Wilde.

HIST 297: Gender and Family in East Asia

M/W 3:00 – 4:30
S. Glosser

Introduction to the practice and research methods of history. Reading and critical analysis of primary sources and scholarship organized around themes or problems in history. Focus varies depending on areas of the instructor’s teaching and/or research. Assignments are organized around a substantial final project and/or several smaller projects. May be taken twice with change of topic.

PSY 230: Infant and Child Development

T/TH 1:50 – 3:20
J. Ruckert

Psychological development in domains including perception, cognition, language, personality, social behavior. How psychological processes evolve and change. Emphasis on infancy and childhood.

PSY 260: Social Psychology

M/W/F 12:40 – 1:40
D. Leonard

The effects of social and cognitive processes on the ways individuals perceive, influence, and relate to others. Person perception, the self, prejudice and stereotyping, social identity, attitudes and attitude change, conformity, interpersonal attraction, altruism, aggression, group processes, intergroup conflict.

PSY 330: Adolescent and Adult Development

T/TH 11:30 – 1:00
J. Labounty

Adolescence, emerging adulthood, and adult development in areas including physiology, emotion, cognition, personality and social behavior. How psychological processes evolve and change with age. Emphasis on adolescence through late adulthood and death.

RHMS 375: Queer Film and TV

M 3:00 – 4:30 and 6:00 – 9:00, TH 3:30 – 5:00
M. Kohnen

Exploration of how LGBTQ identities and communities have become visible in American film/TV. Addressing both history and the present, topics include classical Hollywood cinema, AIDS, activism, race/intersectionality, contemporary TV, family, and fandom. Projects include papers and video essays. This course counts toward the gender studies minor (instructor permission required).

SOAN 225: Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective

T/TH 1:50 – 3:20
S. Warren

Sociological and anthropological analysis of how the notions of racial and ethnic groups, nations and nationalities, indigenous and nonindigenous groups, and states and citizenships have evolved cross-culturally. How they might be reconfiguring in the present context of economic globalization, mass migrations, and diasporic formations. Causes and consequences of the recent resurgence of ethnicity and the content, scope, and proposals of ethnic movements.

SOAN 255: Medicine, Healing, and Culture

T/TH 9:40 – 11:10
S. Bajracharya

Culturally patterned ways of dealing with misfortune, sickness, and death. Ideas of health and personhood, systems of diagnosis and explanation, techniques of healing ranging from treatment of physical symptoms to metaphysical approaches in non-Western and Western Traditions.

SOAN 285: Culture/Power in the Middle East

M/W 3:00 – 4:30
O. Kosansky

Introduction to the anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis on the relationship between global and local forms of social hierarchy and cultural power. Topics include tribalism, ethnicity, colonialism, nationalism, gender, religious practices, migration, the politics of identity.

SOAN 390: Cyborg Anthropology

T/TH 1:50 – 3:20
K. Heimsath

Cultural practices surrounding the production and consumption of technoscientific and biomedical knowledge. Articulation between different constituencies, both inside and outside the scientific community, and the asymmetries that shape their relations. Heterogeneity of science, including contrasts between disciplinary subcultures and different national traditions of inquiry. Political economy of science, including the allocation of material and symbolic resources. Networks of associations that link human and nonhuman allies, such as medical prosthesis, robotics, information. Representation of science and technology in popular culture.

SOAN 398: Queer Theory

M/W/F 10:20 – 11:20
J. Carathers

Interrogation of the category of “normal” by examining the political economy of a/sexuality. Drawing on poststructuralist scholarship, this course stimulates critical thinking about a/sexuality and heteronormative assumptions that shape our daily lives and structure the social world. Close reading of texts that reveal the main questions, concepts, and concerns of contemporary queer theory; query of transnational issues of respectability, resistance, and revolution in order to situate social inequalities across identities, experiences, place, and space.

SPAN 375: 

Topics in Latin American Culture: Narrating Social Change

T/TH 11:30 – 1:00
M. Rabasa

¿Cómo se narra el cambio social en América Latina? ¿Qué formas de representación se han usado para contar las experiencias de diversos pueblos durante la larga y turbulenta historia de América Latina desde la colonización? Tomando una perspectiva transnacional, transhistórica, y transdisciplinaria, este curso examina diversos procesos de cambio social en América Latina a través del análisis de diferentes medios (literatura, arte visual, cine, música, cultura digital). El curso se enfocará en la representación de grupos marginados en la historia de América Latina, para pensar críticamente la relación entre poder y cultura.

TH 106-01: Fundamentals of Movement

M/W 11:30 – 1:00
S. Davis

Use of guided movement explorations, partner work, readings, and discussion to explore structural and functional aspects of the body and anatomy with the goal of increasing efficiency of movement and physical coordination. Use of imagery supports dynamic alignment, breath, mobility/stability, relaxation, and partner work including massage, with a main focus on the skeletal system and elements of muscle and organ systems, as well as the relationship between the body and psychological/emotional patterns. Extensive journal writing.

TH 106-02: Fundamentals of Movement

T/TH 8:00 – 9:30
E. Nordstrom

Use of guided movement explorations, partner work, readings, and discussion to explore structural and functional aspects of the body and anatomy with the goal of increasing efficiency of movement and physical coordination. Use of imagery supports dynamic alignment, breath, mobility/stability, relaxation, and partner work including massage, with a main focus on the skeletal system and elements of muscle and organ systems, as well as the relationship between the body and psychological/emotional patterns. Extensive journal writing.

TH 201: Contact Improvisation

T/TH 9:40 – 11:10
E. Nordstrom

Physical investigation into gravity, momentum, and weight sharing between two or more bodies. Specific skills such as falling, perching, and rolling point of contact; readings and video assignments help to place CI in a historical, social, and artistic context.

A minimum of 24 semester credits, distributed as follows:  

  • GEND 200 Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Society
  • GEND 231 Genders and Sexualities in Global Perspective OR an approved alternative from the following list of courses with a focus beyond the US:

CLAS 324 Roman Women

ENG 319 Postcolonial Literature

HIST 311 History of Family, Gender, & Sexuality in China

HIST 345 Race and Nation in Latin America

SOAN 261 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America

SOAN 266 Social Change in Latin America

SOAN 285 Culture and Power in the Middle East

SOAN 262 Gender and Sexuality in South Asia

Additional courses may count. Contact director for approval.

At least 16 credits applied to the minor cannot be used for another minor or major program. In addition, at least four of the courses for the minor must be taken at Lewis & Clark.