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.

ART-113: Sculpture 1

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-324: Roman Women

T/Th 11:30 – 1:00
G. Kelly

The lives of women in Roman culture and society from the Early Republic into late antiquity: education, religion, marriage, divorce, family life, reproductive issues, and social status with an emphasis on actual ancient sources such as funeral epitaphs, medical texts, inscriptions, archaeological evidence, letters, historical writings, and poetry.

ENG-125: Jane Austen

M/W/F 11:30 – 12:30
W. Pritchard

Close study of Jane Austen’s six major novels (Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion), with some attention as well to her early or apprentice works (the “juvenilia”).

ETHS-200: Intro to Ethnic Studies

M/W/F 12:40 – 1:40
M. Rabasa

Introduction to the academic field of ethnic studies. Students will grapple with classic and contemporary literature in the field to develop the tools for approaching race and ethnicity as categories of analysis. Exploration of the social production of conceptions of racial and ethnic difference rather than discussion of specific ethnic and racial groups. Examination of the origins, uses, and mutations of ideologies of race and ethnicity; analysis of how these ideologies intersect with empire and nationalism, sexuality and gender, capitalism and labor relations, and scientific knowledge. How methods from different disciplines contribute to an understanding of ethnic studies.

FREN-350: Topics: Women and Their Freedoms

T/Th 11:30 – 1:00
M. Robinson

In this course, we will examine the history of women writers in France from the Middle Ages through the present day. We will read texts by auteures both better and lesser known, and consider the question of how women found freedom within systems that were working to deny their subjecthood and suppress their voices . Some authors we will read are: Marie de France, Christine de Pisan, Louise Labé, Madame de Sévigné, Gabrielle de Villeneuve, George Sand, Simone de Beauvoir, Hélène Cixous, and Marie Ndiaye.

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
A. Hibbard

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

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.

HIST-231A: U.S. Women’s History 1600-1980

T/Th 9:40 – 11:10
R. Hillyer

The history of women and gender in the United States from the colonial period to the present, with a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries as influenced by class, race, and region. Topics include the transformation of a household economy to an industrial economy; the influence of slavery and emancipation on the experience of women, bound and free; women’s movement into low-paid “women’s work” and their designation as the primary consumers in a consumer society; women’s involvement in social reform; changing notions of women’s (and men’s) sexuality; the conflicted history of women’s suffrage; the relationship between ideologies of gender and imperialism; suburbanization and the “feminine mystique”; and the rights revolutions of the 20th century.

PSY-230: Infant and Child Development

T/Th 9:40 – 11:10 n OR 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.

PSY-360: Psychology of Gender

T/Th 11:30 – 1:00
J. Ruckert

Theory and data in the psychological development of females, their attitudes, values, behaviors, and self-image. Alternative models for increasing gender-role flexibility and allowing all humans to explore their full potential. Research methodology, changing roles, androgyny, gender schema, extent and validity of gender differences. Influence of culture, socialization, and individual differences on women and men. Relationship between the psychology of gender and principles of feminism.

PSY-440: Social Construction of Madness

T/Th 9:40 – 11:10

Scrutiny of historical and contemporary Western conceptions of madness. Theoretical position of social constructionism used to understand how professional taxonomies and public stereotypes of insanity are reflections of culture. Analysis of movies, fiction, poetry, drama.

RHMS-406: Race, Rhetoric, & Resistance

M 3:00 – 4:30, Th 3:30 – 5:00
K. Chirindo

Role of rhetoric in social conflicts regarding issues of race. Theories and strategies of resistance and the implications for political action. Examination of major race and resistance texts.

SOAN-236: Reprod. Justice: Bodies, Health, & Society

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-266: Social Change in Latin America

M/W/F 12:40 – 1:40
S. Warren

Focus on historic and current forms of social change across a range of Latin American countries. Exploration of when and how social change occurs and the importance of mobilization for creating meaningful change. How global factors influence societal changes, with attention to immigration, violence and alternatives to capitalist expansion.

TH-106: Fundamentals of Movement

T/Th 8:00 – 9:30 OR T/Th 1:50 – 3:20
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-108: Contemporary Dance Forms

T/Th 9:40 – 11:10
T. Mills
Introduction to modern and postmodern dance forms, physical techniques, and principles. Emphasis on the conceptual nature of contemporary dance since the 1960s. Movement skills and perspectives in relation to historic and aesthetic ideas that fostered them. Development of sound body mechanics, strength, flexibility, control, momentum, movement quality, musicality, personal movement resources. Viewing live and videotaped performances. Short readings on dance history and theory. Live music accompaniment.

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.