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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2016-17


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Chair: Susan Ackerman

Professors S. Ackerman (Religion, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), L. Baldez (Government, Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies), F. E. Beasley (French and Italian), R. E. Biron (Comparative Literature, Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, Spanish and Portuguese), C. E. Boggs (English, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), L. E. Boose (English), S. J. Brison (Philosophy), A. Cohen (Art History), M. H. Darrow (History), M. Desjardins (Film and Media Studies), C. M. Dever (English), M. R. Dietrich (Biological Sciences), M. Domosh (Geography), S. Heschel (Jewish Studies, Religion), L. A. Higgins (Comparative Literature, Film and Media Studies, French and Italian), I. Kacandes (Comparative Literature, German Studies), A. Lawrence (Comparative Literature, Film and Media Studies), K. J. Lively (Sociology), B. E. Moreton (History), R. Ohnuma (Religion, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), A. Orleck (History), G. Parati (Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), I. T. Schweitzer (English, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), W. P. Simons (History), S. D. Spitta (Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature), R. L. Stewart (Classics), M. R. Warren (Comparative Literature), D. Washburn (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Literature, Film and Media Studies), B. E. Will (English); Associate Professors T. Aguado (Spanish and Portuguese), R. M. Baum (African and African-American Studies, Religion), D. J. Brooks (Government), L. A. Butler (History), N. L. Canepa (French and Italian), M. T. Clarke (Government), M. K. Coffey (Art History, Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies), A. A. Coly (African and African-American Studies, Comparative Literature), S. R. Craig (Anthropology), L. Edmondson (Theater), V. Fuechtner (German Studies), R. J. Johnson (History), D. K. King (Sociology), E. B. Lim (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), C. H. MacEvitt (Religion), A. Martín (Comparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), J. McCabe (Sociology), C. K. Quaintance (French and Italian), I. Reyes (Comparative Literature, Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, Spanish and Portuguese), A. Tarnowski (Comparative Literature, French and Italian), S. A. M. Vásquez (English), P. Voekel (History), M. J. Williams (Film and Media Studies), M. Williamson (Classics, Comparative Literature), M. F. Zeiger (English); Assistant Professors Z. Ayubi (Religion), A. S. Bahng (English), T. C. Ellison (Geography, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), R. N. Goldthree (African and African-American Studies, Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies), I. Mayorga (Theater), E. C. Walton (Sociology); Senior Lecturers S. J. Billings (Anthropology), G. J. Munafo (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), K. O'Rourke (Art History, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), V. Palmer (Native American Studies), J. Rabig (English, History, Liberal Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), J. Sargent (Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies); Lecturers A. S. Aldea (Philosophy, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), F. M. A'Ness (Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), A. P. Hernandez (Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, Liberal Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies); Visiting Professor R. L. Bergland (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies); Visiting Associate Professor Nikhil Rao (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies); Visiting Assistant Professor K. Smith (Sociology).

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program offers all students at Dartmouth a course of study that systematically examines the construction of gender and sexuality and the historical, economic, political, social, and cultural experience of women. As such, it is an interdisciplinary program drawing on resources in the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and the Sciences.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies may be undertaken as a program for a major, a minor, or a modified major.

To view Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses, click here.

 

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers a range of interdisciplinary courses as well as an extensive list of associated courses, offered by other departments and programs, that have a central focus on gender, women, or sexuality. The major is administered by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Steering Committee. Students design their major plans in consultation with the Chair. Only the Chair may sign major cards or approve majors in DegreeWorks. Students interested in becoming majors should consult the Chair well in advance of their intended declaration of a major.

Prerequisite: WGSS 10: Sex, Gender, and Society.

Requirements: (9 additional courses)

1. WGSS 15: Roots of Feminism

2. WGSS 16: Contemporary Issues in Feminism

3. WGSS 80: Feminist Theory and Methodology

4. Three additional Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Courses

5. Three additional courses selected from Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offerings or from associated courses

6. Concentration. In consultation with the Chair, each student will include within the list of required courses an area of concentration consisting of at least three related courses. Some examples of possible areas of concentration are Gender in Literature; Women in the Third World; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Women's History; or Sex and Gender in Science.

7. Diversity. Each student's major plan must include at least two courses that are clearly outside the area of concentration to provide diversity to the major.

    Requirement 3 constitutes the culminating experience in the major and minor.

    WGSS 7 (First-Year Seminar) may not count towards the major or minor.

    Honors Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors will be invited to participate in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Honors Program if, after completing seven Dartmouth terms, WGSS 10, and four graded courses in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major, they have achieved an overall College grade point average of 3.0 and a major average of 3.3.

    The Honors Program consists of a two-term thesis project, WGSS 98 and WGSS 99. Students will design their projects in consultation with the adviser who has agreed to direct the thesis. A student must submit a preliminary proposal, with support from their advisor, to the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Faculty Steering Committee during spring term of the junior year. After doing reading and research over the summer term, a student must submit a final thesis proposal for the approval of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Faculty Steering Committee by the second week of the fall term of the senior year. WGSS 98 and WGSS 99 carry two credits toward degree requirements but count as only one credit toward major requirements.

    Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

    The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor consists of six courses: WGSS 10 (prerequisite); WGSS 15 or WGSS 16; WGSS 80; one other Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course; and two additional courses selected from the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offerings or from associated courses.

    Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Modified Major

    The modified major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies combines gender- or sexuality-related interdisciplinary coursework taken under the auspices of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Program with courses that are specific to a given discipline.  Students will design a coherent program of study as they combine their interest in gender or sexuality studies with knowledge and skills provided by their secondary interest.  

    The courses in the secondary discipline should not be WGSS cross-listed or associated courses; they should instead be courses necessary for students to gain proficiency in their chosen secondary discipline, i.e., courses that count for the major or minor in that discipline.

    Students wishing to pursue a modified major in WGSS must submit a written proposal that will be reviewed by the WGSS Faculty Steering Committee; approval by the chair or other appropriate faculty member in the secondary discipline is also required.

    Requirements for the Modified Major: (11 courses)

    Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (7 courses: 4 Core + 3 Electives)

    1. WGSS 10: Sex, Gender, and Society

    2. WGSS 16: Contemporary Issues in Feminism

    3. WGSS 80: Feminist Theory and Methodology

    4. Three additional upper-level courses from the WGSS course offerings. One of these courses may be an associated course.

    Secondary Discipline (4 courses from a single discipline)

    1. Four upper-level courses that count towards the Major/Minor in that discipline.

    Modifying Another Major with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    When Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies becomes the secondary part of a modified major, five courses are required: WGSS 10 (prerequisite) and four additional courses selected from the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offerings. Only two of these courses can be associated courses. A modified major should be planned to form a coherent program of study with the major. Students must file a written statement with each department and the Registrar explaining the rationale for the courses selected for the modified major.

    Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Foreign Study Program

    The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, in partnership with the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, offers an interdisciplinary Foreign Study Program in Hyderabad, India during the Winter term. Hyderabad is one of India’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities, reflecting the intersection of North and South Indian cultures as well as both Hindu and Muslim influences. It is a center of many important academic institutions, of a dynamic economy increasingly based upon high-technology firms, and of an extensive Telugu film industry. It also possesses a rich tradition of political and social activism that is reflected in a wide range of social movements and non-governmental organizations. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students also benefit from Anveshi, a research institute and library devoted to Women’s Studies with an active, and activist, community of scholars.

    The Program is based at the University of Hyderabad. Students live in an international student dormitory on the University of Hyderabad campus and have a chance to get involved in campus activities and interact with Indian and other foreign students. Students take three academic courses: one course taught by the Dartmouth faculty director and two courses taught by local faculty. Students will automatically receive WGSS credit for WGSS 91/AMES 27, Foreign Study in WGSS II, "Gender and the Modern Media in India."  Depending on the topic, students may receive WGSS credit for WGSS 90/AMES 29, the Director's Course. WGSS credit for WGSS 92/AMES 28 can also be awarded if students choose an elective course from the Hyderabad curriculum that has appropriate WGSS content.

    Prerequisite:  The minimum prerequisite will be two courses, one taken from lists of courses approved by WGSS and the other from a list approved by AMES (some courses appear on both lists), with a grade of B or higher.  Applicants should consult with either the WGSS or AMES program offices and/or websites for an up-to-date list of approved courses. Applications are made online through the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education.

     

    For an application or further information, visit the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education, 44 North College Street, or go to the Institute's web site.