The Program in Gender Studies offers students an integrated approach to the study of gender in human culture. Drawing upon courses in art history, English, French, history, psychology, religion and sociology, the program encourages students to pursue interests across several disciplines. It culminates in an independent capstone project designed to integrate learning from two areas of study.
The program in Gender Studies is not a major. Courses applied toward requirements for Gender Studies may also be counted toward requirements in other programs, majors, or minors.
Fifteen hours (five three-hour courses) as follows:
1. One theory course: Either English 345, Gender Theory and Literature; Philosophy 303, Feminist Philosophy; or History 389, Topics in Modern Intellectual History.
2. Three more courses from the following list:
(with not more than two, including the theory course, from the same department).
Art 241. African Art: Gender, Power , and Life Cycle Ritual
Art 412. Women in Renaissance and Baroque Art
Chinese 299. The Image of Women in Chinese Literature
English 338. Early Women Writers
English 339. Race, Gender, Empire
English 345. Gender Theory and Literature
English 352. Sexuality in Film
French 412. Francophone Women Writing on "Other" Cultures
History 319. History of American Women
History 385. Women in European History
History 389. Topics in Modern Intellectual History
Philosophy 216. Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy 303. Feminist Philosophy
Psychology 260. Human Sexuality
Sociology 250. Sex and Gender Across Cultures
Sociology 315. Sex, Gender, and the Family
Spanish 308. Modern Writers of the Hispanic World (with approval of Coordinators)
Special or advanced topics courses in Art History, English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Religion, or Sociology approved by the Coordinators.
3. Senior Capstone Project
448. Capstone Project: Gender Studies
Designed by the student, the Capstone Course combines an understanding of gender theory with study in two disciplines. The product of the project may take the form of a traditional research paper of 20-30 pages, but works of fiction or drama, field studies, multi-media presentations, or other formats are acceptable, subject to the approval of the coordinators. Products other than research papers must be accompanied by bibliography of sources and a 5-10 page statement explaining goals, results, and research methods. Students will work closely throughout the semester with two faculty advisors and will defend the results of their projects before a committee of three faculty members: two who teach courses in the program and one outside reader. At least one committee member will be a program coordinator. The defense will be open to the Wofford community.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Coordinators.