Minoring

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 200: Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Society

T/TH 1:50 – 3:20

K. Brodkin

Interdisciplinary exploration of gender and sexuality in connection with race, class, and ethnicity in the United States. Investigation of social and cultural ideas about difference and equality in the past and present. Materials include literature, film, memoir, poetry, feminist philosophy, political tracts, and queer theory, as well as classic and recent scholarly work in history, sociology, economics, communication, psychology, and other fields. Topics may include mass media and consumer culture, work, law and social policy, family, political activism and social movements, sexuality and the body, public health, medical research, violence, and theories of privilege and oppression.

GEND 300: Gender & Aesthetic Expression

M/W 3:00 – 4:30

T. Augst

An exploration of ways gender informs the theory, history, and creation of literature and art. The role gender norms and constructs play in establishing, reproducing, or contesting aesthetic values, traditions, and hierarchies; feminist perspectives on subjects such as the gaze, the self-portrait, autobiography, and costume; gender and its relationship to theories of beauty, taste, and the body. Materials may be drawn from literature, art, film, cultural studies, art history, theatre, dance, and queer studies. Emphasis on an interdisciplinary topic to be chosen by the professor. Recent topics have included 20th-century experimentation in novels, films, and photography; the Victorian crisis in gender roles from the sensation heroine and Pre-Raphaelitism to the dandy; gender and self as artistic and theoretical constructs from the Enlightenment to the present.

GEND 345: Gender Studies Symposium Chair

TBD

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. Students are expected to commit to Fall and Spring in the same academic year.

Electives:

 

ART 113: Sculpture I

M/W 9:10 – 11:40 OR 12:40 – 3:10

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.

ENG 100-01: Topics: Gothic Literature

M/W/F 11:30 – 12:30

W. Pritchard

Emphasis on a particular theme, genre, or movement in literature. Topic will be announced each time the course is offered. Recent topics have included literary representations of childhood, Gothic literature, experimental fiction, and films adapting fiction. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic.

ENG 100-02: Topics: Modernist Nature Writing

M/W/F 9:10 – 10:10

R. Zimring

Emphasis on a particular theme, genre, or movement in literature. Topic will be announced each time the course is offered. Recent topics have included literary representations of childhood, Gothic literature, experimental fiction, and films adapting fiction. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic.

ENG 240: The Brontës: Legends and Legacies

M/W/F 10:20 – 11:20

A. Hibbard

Exploration of the mythology that has attached itself to Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë, including how they simultaneously contributed to and distanced themselves from mid-Victorian literary culture, as well as negotiated cultural expectations and anxieties about the growing feminization of the novel. Includes reading of their novels, letters, journal entries, poems, and juvenilia.

ENG 258: Women and Film

T/TH 1:50 – 3:20

R. Zimring

Survey of key chapters in the history of women and film, through the analysis of films as texts and a survey of written works examining the representation of women in film and their role in, or exclusion from, the film industry and independent filmmaking. Topics include stardom, actresses in genres such as screwball and melodrama, women directors, and women in world cinema. Readings include guides to film form, feminist film theory and criticism, historical scholarship, memoirs, and biographies. Class meetings will combine discussion, lecture, and film analysis, and students will write analytically and creatively in a series of commentaries and longer essays. All films must be viewed in full either at scheduled group screenings or individually in preparation for class discussion.

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 9:40 – 11:10

K. Puente

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.

RELS 335: Gender, Sex, Jews, and Christians

M/W/F 12:40 – 1:40

R. Kugler

Study of the genesis of modern Jewish and Christian attitudes toward gender and sexuality, exploring the ways in which Greek and Roman attitudes toward gender and sexuality shaped Judaism and Christianity at their origins. Assessment of the extent to which the two religious traditions shaped broader cultural attitudes and practices relating to gender and sex, using the study of sex and gender in early Judaism and Christianity to take a critical look at how we define “religion” in the premodern world.

SOAN 236: Reproductive Justice

M/W/F 11:30 – 12:30

J. Carathers

Reproductive justice as a framework for analyzing issues of bodily autonomy and human rights. With emphasis on contemporary U.S. society, the course will survey the medicalization of birth, the spectrum of birth work, and the rights of pregnant and parenting people, acknowledging that reproduction is an experience that goes beyond the gender binary. The course centers scholarship and narratives of historically marginalized identities, particularly the sociocultural context of Black/African American women in reproductive politics. Reproductive justice is also a social movement that seeks equity beyond birth through the alleviation of social ills linked to institutional racism and other mechanisms of oppression, including heterosexism. This course situates the body and reproductive experience as one that is socially constructed and shaped by social location (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, citizenship status, age, ability, or religion) to regulate bodily autonomy.

SOAN 262: Gender and Sexuality in South Asia

T/TH 9:40 – 11:10

S. Kamran

This course explores contemporary dynamics related to gender and sexuality in South Asia at the level of the family, community, market, and the state in contemporary South Asia. While these scales of analysis will inform the course on the whole, the course will explore these thematic areas: work, marriage, media and cultural production, politics, contemporary social movements, global mobility, embodiment, the city, and climate change. We will explore the political economy of gender and sexuality through these thematic areas and pay special attention to the interaction of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and caste in different cultural and religious contexts in South Asia.

SOAN 359: Topics in Medical Anthropology

M/W 3:00 – 4:30

S. Bajracharya

Focused examination of contemporary and seminal theoretical and ethnographic topics in the subfield of medical anthropology. Each semester will explore a given topic, e.g., structural violence, intersectionality, kinship and care, death and dying, body and pain, addiction, pharmaceuticalization, medical techniques and
technologies, illness narratives. Particular emphasis on how subjective and phenomenological experiences of illness shape and are shaped by structural (sociocultural, political, historical, physical, material) contingencies. Students will engage in a semester-long ethnographic project. Topics will always be health-studies-related.

TH 106: Fundamentals of Movement

M/W 11:30 - 1:00  OR  T/TH 9:40 - 11:10

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 382: American Theatre and Drama: 19thC to Present

T/TH 11:30 - 1:00

J. Tamimi

Readings in modern and contemporary American theatre. Topics include the origins of realism, American expressionism, noncommercial art theatre, African American playwriting, women in theatre, canonical family plays, the Federal Theatre Project, the musical, Broadway comedy, filmed adaptation of stage drama, the advent of experimental and postmodern theatre, and the evolution of theatrical forms and themes in relation to historical and social change.


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.