Gender & Women's Studies

How do the social and cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity affect gender roles within historic and contemporary society?

How have the diverse experiences and contributions of women advanced the way we think about gender and inequality? Learn to question assumptions on  gender equity, race, ethnicity, class, ability, religious affiliation and other categories of identity, and to challenge stereotypes in this dynamic and multidisciplinary program.

Minor Requirements

View the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a Minor in Gender and Women Studies

  • 1. IDS2113 Basic Issues in Women's Studies (SA) (SS) (DM) 

2-5. Four additional courses from the following list, or from approved offerings at other Colleges of the Fenway, selected in consultation with faculty coordinator:

  • ART2201 Visual Constructions of Gendered Identity (AI-A) (VCI) (SJ)
  • ENGL2321 Love and Gender in British Literature and Film (AI-L)
  • ENGL3303 Images of Masculinity
  • HIST2205 Women in American History (H) (HI) 
  • LANG2107 From Damsel in Distress to Femme Fatale: Parisian Women in Modern French Cinema and Literature (AI-L)
  • LANG3427 Contemporary Spanish American Women Novelists (AI-L)
  • PSYCH2211 Race, Gender and Sexuality: Intersection of Privilege and Oppression (SA) (SS) (DM) 
  • PSYCH3101 Seminar: Psychology of Women
  • SOC2115 Family and Gender Roles
  • THRS2131 Relationships and Sexuality: Christian Perspectives (RCT) (RICT) (SJ) 
  • THRS2217 Women in the World Religions (R)
  • THRS2219 Women in Christian Traditions (RCT) (RICT) (DM) 

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