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Courses

Courses Required for the Major

Introductions (Choose 1)

  • GSS 1150: Sex and Gender in Everyday Life
  • GSS 1160: Sex and Society

International/Global Feminism Requirement (Choose 1)

  • ASIA 2609W: Writing and Gender in Traditional China
  • ENGL 3658: Latino-American Literature
  • ENGL 3670W: Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 3742: Feminist Theory
  • FREN 3223: The Querelles des Femmes (in French)
  • FREN 4320: French Feminist Thought (in French)
  • GSS 1273: Gender and the City
  • GSS 2234: Women in Judaism
  • GSS 2235: Women in Israel
  • GSS 2244: The Body, Culture, and Feminism
  • GSS 2610: Womanism in Global Context
  • GSS 3201: Women and Gender in Transnational Context
  • GSS 3273: Seminar on Psychoanalysis and Feminism
  • GSS 3281: Globalization and Policy Making
  • GSS 3308: Gender, Race, and Urban Mobilities
  • PHIL 3007: French Feminism
  • PSCI 3264W: Global Feminisms
  • RUSS 2600: Women and Resistance in Russia
  • SOC 3711: Women, Gender, and Globalization
  • SPAN 2990: Images of the Feminine in Spanish Cinema

History/Social Movements Requirement (Choose 1)

  • AADS 1204: Diaspora Feminisms
  • AADS 2214: History and Myth: Black Women in the US
  • AADS 3214: Black Masculinity: Social Imagery and Public Policy
  • CMST 3110: Women, Rhetoric, and Social Change
  • ENGL 3622: 19th Century Women Writers
  • GSS 2244: The Body, Culture, and Feminism
  • GSS 2249: Women and Humor in the Age of TV
  • GSS 2270: Ecofeminism: Theory, Practice, and Action
  • GSS 3030: Feminist Disability Studies
  • GSS 3246/W: Women’s Rights, Women’s Wrongs
  • GSS 3250/W: Contemporary Women’s Movements
  • GSS 3265: Human Rights in Activism
  • GSS 3305: Gender and Sexuality in Times of Pandemic
  • GSS 3405: Mass Incarceration and Abolition Feminism
  • GSS 3892: Special Topics: Topics in Gender, Society, and Political Economy
  • HIST 2835: Sexuality and Gender to 1700
  • HIST 2840: Sexuality and Gender since 1700
  • HIST 2855: Women and Gender in the US to 1865
  • HIST 2860: Women and Gender in the US since 1865
  • ITA 3740: Gangsters, Lovers, Madonnas, and Mistresses
  • PHIL 3891: Feminist Philosophy
  • RLST 3926: Ancient Goddesses
  • RLST 3930: Women and Religion
  • SOC 3722: Gender and Society

Sex, Sexuality and Society Requirement (Choose 1)

  • AADS 2104: Popular Culture and Black Sexual Politics
  • ANTH 3145: Sexuality, Gender, and Culture
  • CLAS 3100: Women, Sexuality, and the Family in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • CMST 3270: Communicating Gender
  • FREN 4322: Adultery and Transgressions in Literature (in French)
  • GSS 2243: Sociologies of Men and Masculinity
  • GSS 2252: Sex and Scandals in Literature
  • GSS 2256: Literary Lesbians
  • GSS 2612: LGBT Studies
  • GSS 2613: Compulsory Couplehood
  • GSS 2614: Cowboys, Gangsters, and Drag Kings: Introduction to Critical Masculinity
  • GSS 2615: Transgender Lives in Literature and Film
  • HART 3228W: Gender and Sexuality in Greek Art
  • HIST 2240: Sex Law
  • HIST 2810: Women, Health, and Sexuality
  • HIST 3209: Sex, Marriage, and the Body in Islamic Law
  • JS 2710W: Jewish Sexual Ethics
  • LAS 4550: Gender, Sexuality, and Family in Latin America
  • MUSL 3150: Music, Gender, and Sexuality
  • PHIL 3604: Gender and Sexuality
  • RLST 1820: Religion, Sexuality, Power
  • RLST 3225: Sexuality in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East
  • SOC 3723: Gender, Sexuality, and the Body

Senior Seminar

  • GSS 4960: Senior Seminar

Elective Courses

Within the department

  • GSS 1001: Commons Seminar (Topics Vary)
  • GSS 1111: First-Year Writing Seminar (Topics Vary)
  • GSS 1272: Feminism and Film
  • GSS 2225: Women in Popular Culture
  • GSS 2226: Gender, Race, and Class
  • GSS 2240: Introduction to Women’s Health
  • GSS 2242: Women Who Kill
  • GSS 2243: Sociologies of Men and Masculinity
  • GSS 2249: Women and Humor in the Age of Television
  • GSS 2252: Sex and Scandals in Literature
  • GSS 2254: Feminist Fictions
  • GSS 2256: Literary Lesbians
  • GSS 2259/2259W: Reading and Writing Lives
  • GSS 2262: Gender and Ethics
  • GSS 2267: Seminar on Gender and Violence
  • GSS 2268: Gender, Race, Justice, and the Environment
  • GSS 2612: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
  • GSS 2613: Compulsory Couplehood
  • GSS 2614: Cowboys, Gangsters, and Drag Kings: Introduction to Critical Masculinity Studies
  • GSS 2615: Transgender Lives in Literature and Film
  • GSS 3030: Feminist Disability Studies
  • GSS 3246W: Women’s Rights, Women’s Wrongs
  • GSS 3250/3250W: Contemporary Women’s Movements
  • GSS 3265: Human Rights in Activism
  • GSS 3271: Feminist Legal Theory
  • GSS 3305: Gender and Sexuality in Times of Pandemic
  • GSS 3307: Racial Justice
  • GSS 3405: Mass Incarceration and Abolition Feminism
  • GSS 3850: Independent Study
  • GSS 3880: Internship Training
  • GSS 3882: Internship Research
  • GSS 3883: Internship Reading
  • GSS 3891: Special Topics: Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation (Topics vary)
  • GSS 3892: Special Topics: Topics in Gender, Society, and Political Economy (Topics vary)
  • GSS 3893: Selected Topics (Topics vary)
  • GSS 4950: Capstone Colloquium
  • GSS 4970: Sexing the Archive: Research Methods in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • GSS 4998: Honors Research
  • GSS 4999: Honors Thesis

From other departments

*Also listed on the College of Arts and Science Course Inventory online.

*Requires Approval for Individual Class. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Approval.

AFRICAN AMERICAN AND DIASPORA STUDIES

  • 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*
  • 1204, Diaspora Feminisms
  • 2104, Popular Culture and Black Sexual Politics
  • 2214, History and Myth: Black Women in the United States
  • 3214, Black Masculinity: Social Imagery and Public Policy
  • 4262, Black Diaspora Women Writers

CLASSICAL STUDIES

  • 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*
  • 3100, Women, Sexuality, and the Family in Ancient Greece and Rome

COMMUNICATION STUDIES

  • 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*
  • 2950, Rhetoric of Mass Media
  • 3100, Rhetoric of Social Movements
  • 3110, Women, Rhetoric, and Social Change
  • 3720, Communicating Gender
  • 3890, Selected Topics in Communication Studies*

ENGLISH

  • 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*
  • 1111.19, Growing up Latina and Latino
  • 1230W, Literature and Analytical Thinking*
  • 1260W, Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis*
  • 3622, Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers
  • 3658, Latino-American Literature
  • 3670, 3670W, Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature*
  • 3674, Caribbean Literature
  • 3742, Feminist Theory
  • 3890, 3890W, Movements in Literature*
  • 3894, 3894W, Major Figures in Literature*
  • 3898, 3898W, Special Topics in English and American Literature*

FRENCH

  • 3223, The Querelles des Femmes
  • 3230, French and Francophone Cinema
  • 4320, French Feminist Thought: Literary and Critical
  • 4322, Adultery and Transgressions in Literature

GERMAN

  • 2444, German Fairy Tales: From Brothers Grimm to Walt Disney
  • 3344, Women at the Margins: German-Jewish Writers
  • 4535, German Romanticism
  • 4537, Women and Modernity

HISTORY

  • 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*
  • 2240, Sex Law
  • 2810, Women, Health, and Sexuality
  • 2835, Sexuality and Gender in the Western Tradition to 1700
  • 2840, Sexuality and Gender in the Western Tradition since 1700
  • 2855, Women and Gender in the U.S. Since 1865
  • 2860, Women and Gender in the U.S. Since 1865
  • 3010, Pornography and Prostitution in History
  • 3209, Sex, Marriage, and the Body in Islamic Law
  • 4960, Majors Seminar*

HISTORY OF ART

  • 2765, Art since 1945
  • 3228W, Gender and Sexuality in Greek Art
  • 3840, Directed Study*
  • 4960, Advanced Seminar in History of Art*

ITALIAN

  • 3740, Gangster, Lovers, Madonnas, and Mistresses

JEWISH STUDIES

  • 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*
  • 2710W, Jewish Sexual Ethics

MEDICINE, HEALTH, AND SOCIETY

  • 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*
  • 3890, Special Topics*

MUSICOLOGY

  • MUSL 3150 Music, Gender, and Sexuality

PHILOSOPHY

  • 3007, French Feminism
  • 3604, Gender and Sexuality
  • 3891, Special Topics*

POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • 2209, Issues in Political Theory
  • 2236, The Politics of Global Inequality
  • 3264W, Global Feminisms
  • 3271, Feminist Theory and Research
  • 3893, Selected Topics in American Government*

PSYCHOLOGY

  • 3705, Human Sexuality

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

  • 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*
  • 1820, Religion, Sexuality, Power
  • 2220, Ethics and Ecology
  • 3225, Sexuality in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East
  • 3926, Ancient Goddesses
  • 3930, Women and Religion
  • 4834, Post-Freudian Theories and Religion
  • 4938, Marriage in the Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible
  • 4554, The Qur’an and Its Interpreters

RUSSIAN

  • 2600, Women and Resistance in Russia

SOCIOLOGY

  • 3221, The Family
  • 3304, Race, Gender, and Health
  • 3306, Gender and Medical Work
  • 3603, Women and Social Activism
  • 3604, American Social Movements
  • 3611, Women and the Law
  • 3616, Women and Public Policy in America
  • 3704, Race, Gender, and Sport
  • 3711, Women, Gender, and Globalization
  • 3722, Gender in Society
  • 3723, Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
  • 3724, Gender Identities, Interactions, and Relationships

SPANISH

  • 2990, Images of the Feminine in Spanish Cinema
  • 3893, Special Topics in Hispanic Literature*
  • 4755, Latin and Latin American Women Writers

THEATRE

  • 2781, The History of Fashion: Sex and Propaganda
  • 3741, Elements of Basic Design: Costuming and Makeup

All GSS Courses

  • GSS 1001: Commons Seminar. Topics Vary.
  • GSS 1111: First-Year Writing Seminar. Topics Vary.
  • GSS 1150: Sex and Gender in Everyday Life. Sex and gender roles in culture and society. Gender, race, and class. Women and men in literature, art, culture, politics, and institutions.
  • GSS 1150W: Sex and Gender in Everyday Life. Sex and gender roles in culture and society. Gender, race, and class. Women and men in literature, art, culture, politics, and institutions.
  • GSS 1160: Sex and Society. Historical, cultural, and social contexts of sexual diversity, discrimination, and sexual violence. Understanding the centrality of sexuality to identity; challenging harmful modes of sexual expression; developing critical awareness of sex and sexuality.
  • GSS 1160W: Sex and Society. Historical, cultural, and social contexts of sexual diversity, discrimination, and sexual violence. Understanding the centrality of sexuality to identity; challenging harmful modes of sexual expression; developing critical awareness of sex and sexuality.
  • GSS 1272: Feminism and Film. Images of gender and race; techniques, sound, lighting, cinematography in relation in gender.
  • GSS 2225: Women in Popular Culture. Gender differentiation in popular culture and consumer products. Portrayal of women in movies, print, music, and the Internet. The sources and effects of these portrayals. Women as both consumers and consumed.
  • GSS 2226: Gender, Race, and Class. How different societies use the categories of gender, race, and class to make distinctions among their members. How these categories intersect and mediate one another and contribute to inequalities in the distribution of political power, social well-being, and material and symbolic resources.
  • GSS 2234: Women in Judaism. Judaism and feminism. Women in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish law, natural philosophy, and history. Case studies in Jewish medieval and modern contexts; problems of assimilation and cultural specificity in modern society.
  • GSS 2235: Women in Israel. Status and experiences of Jewish and non-Jewish women living in Israel. Religion and the law; Jewish and non-Jewish minorities; women and the military; women’s health; violence against women; the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
  • GSS 2240: Introduction to Women’s Health. How culture influences women’s health, body image, self esteem. Issues include fertility control and child bearing, medical innovations to detect disease, alternative therapies, psychological well-being, sexuality, physical and sexual abuse. Impact of politics on health options for women.
  • GSS 2242: Women Who Kill. Comparison between classical and contemporary views. Adjudication of women who kill.
  • GSS 2243: Sociologies of Men and Masculinity. Traditional and emerging perspectives on masculinity and male gender-roles. Emphasis on relationship between social forces and males’ everyday experiences across the life span.
  • GSS 2244: The Body, Culture, and Feminism. The body as a cultural, social, and historical construction. Western culture and narratives of “normalcy” and their impact on identity and representation. Body image and eating disorders. Cultural politics of size, weight, and shape. Disability. Cosmetic surgery.
  • GSS 2249: Women and Humor in the Age of Television. The period 1950 to present. Television variety shows, sitcoms, and stand-up comedy as media for promoting women’s humor and feminism.
  • GSS 2252: Sex and Scandals in Literature. From the eighteenth century to the present. Women’s and men’s disorderly conduct as represented in literary texts. Charlotte Rowson, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Henry James, and Toni Morrison.
  • GSS 2254: Feminist Fictions. From the nineteenth century to the present. Feminist ideas and ideals as represented in literary texts. Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker, and Margaret Atwood.
  • GSS 2256: Literary Lesbians. From the nineteenth century to the present. How girls’ and women’s intimacies are monitored and policed in literature and culture. Impact of race, class, religion, and disability on expression and reception of relationships.
  • GSS 2259: Reading and Writing Lives. Interdisciplinary exploration of life- stories as narratives. Strategies of self-representation and interpretation, with particular attention to women. Includes fiction, biography, autobiography, history, ethnography, and the writing of life-story narratives.
  • GSS 2259W: Reading and Writing Lives. Interdisciplinary exploration of life- stories as narratives. Strategies of self-representation and interpretation, with particular attention to women. Includes fiction, biography, autobiography, history, ethnography, and the writing of life-story narratives.
  • GSS 2262: Gender and Ethics. Religious worldviews connected to moral traditions. Epistemological and ethical systems and their relationship to gender and patriarchy. Social construction of gender; violence against women; feminism; and difference.
  • GSS 2267: Seminar on Gender and Violence. In-depth study of violence against women, with a service learning component in a community setting. Topics include domestic abuse, rape, sexual harassment, pornography, and global violence. Focus on problems and potential solutions, examining violence on a societal, institutional, and individual level, interrogating the “personal as political,” and exposing power structures that shape our communities.
  • GSS 2268: Gender, Race, Justice, and the Environment. Gender and racial aspects of environmental degradation. Risk, activism, health and illness, policy and politics.
  • GSS 2270: Ecofeminism: Theory, Politics, and Action. Interconnections among the exploitation of nature, the oppression of women, and the abuse of resources that have led to the current global ecological crisis.
  • GSS 2610: Womanism in Global Context. Survey of global Womanist (Black Feminist) theory and praxis. Race, class, sexuality, spirituality, and activism. Controversies over female bodies.
  • GSS 2612: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. Introductory study of sexual identity, queer theory, relationships, politics.
  • GSS 2613: Compulsory Couplehood. From the nineteenth century to the present. Legal and societal implications of marriage. Marginalization of the single person. Different gendered stereotypes of the uncoupled adult, including the bachelor and the spinster. Non-normative forms of kinship and relationships. Primarily United States with global perspectives. Scholarly and pop-cultural texts.
  • GSS 2614: Cowboys, Gangsters, and Drag Kings: Introduction to Critical Masculinity Studies. Critical examination of representations of masculinity in patriarchal societies. Constructed nature of masculinity in relation to race, sexuality, class, national, and religious identifications. Historical, sociological, literary, cinematic, and visual art analyses.
  • GSS 2615: Transgender Lives in Literature and Film. Global study of transgender representation in film and literature. Cultural theory approach, utilizing work from the fields of transgender, queer, feminist, and disability studies.
  • GSS 3030: Feminist Disability Studies. Disability through a feminist lens. Changes in the meaning of disability over time and across cultures. Intersectional focus on gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, and nationality. Embodiment, eugenics, performance, social movements, and violence.
  • GSS 3201: Women and Gender in Transnational Context. Gender as a social construction. Feminist critiques of knowledge, family and work, sexuality, health and medicine, and the women’s movement. The future of feminism in global context.
  • GSS 3246W: Women’s Rights, Women’s Wrongs. Intellectual and theoretical foundations for contemporary feminist theory and politics in the United States, based upon works by nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors.
  • GSS 3250: Contemporary Women’s Movements. Recent feminist history. The origins and parameters of women’s movements from the 1960’s to the present.
  • GSS 3250W: Contemporary Women’s Movements. Recent feminist history. The origins and parameters of women’s movements from the 1960’s to the present.
  • GSS 3265: Human Rights in Activism. Role of human rights in struggles against injustice. Identification of key problems of injustice addressed by a human rights framework. Problems with human rights as a tool for activism. Discussion in contemporary politics. Intellectual and legal traditions that have developed around human rights.
  • GSS 3271: Feminist Legal Theory. Theoretical issues about the interaction between law and gender. Application of feminist analysis and perspective to law relating to family, work, criminal law, reproductive freedom, pornography, and sexual harassment.
  • GSS 3273: Seminar on Psychoanalysis and Feminism. Historical and contemporary perspectives on the ling and ambivalent relationship between psychoanalysis and feminism. Trauma, hysteria, narcissism, gender, and the family.
  • GSS 3281: Globalization and Policy-Making. Western historical conceptualizations of the state. Socio-political contexts.
  • GSS 3305: Gender and Sexuality in Times of Pandemic. Integration of science and medicine to the social construction of race, gender and identity. Interconnections with national security, economic growth, and natural risks: sex, death and illness. Challenges to gender and sexual justice by infectious diseases. Historical and literary research; sex, sexuality and gender during times of dis-ease. Expressions, regulations, and resistance of sex, sexuality, and gender during medical/scientific crises.
  • GSS 3307: Racial Justice. Major contemporary racial justice debates. Theories of racial justice; inclusion of women of color, LGBT, and trans persons of color. Articulations of race, racism and pathways to racial justice. Intersectional feminist thinkers and queer theorists.
  • GSS 3405: Mass Incarceration and Abolition Feminism. Feminists as theorists and activists in prison abolition. Decentering the male as the embodiment of mass incarceration. Sexual assault to prison pipeline. Effects of carceral gendering on black women’s lives. Economic, psychological, and physiological costs of the emotional labor women provide to men in prison. Nexus of interpersonal and state violence in black women’s lives. Kimberle Crenshaw’s concept of intersectionality as illuminating the carceral power formation.
  • GSS 3850: Independent Study. A program of reading and research for advanced students in an area of women’s and gender studies arranged in consultation with an adviser.
  • GSS 3880: Internship Training. Under faculty supervision, students gain experience combining theoretical and practical work in a project related to social change and focused on women, feminism, or gender. Legislative, community, educational, or non-profit settings. Internship plan developed between student and faculty sponsor, with approval of Women’s and Gender Studies program director. A thorough report and research paper are submitted at the end of the semester.
  • GSS 3882: Internship Research. Under faculty supervision, students gain experience combining theoretical and practical work in a project related to social change and focused on feminism, sexuality, or gender. Legislative, community, educational, or non-profit settings. Internship plan developed between student and faculty sponsor, with approval of Women’s and Gender Studies program director. A thorough report and research paper are submitted at the end of the semester.
  • GSS 3883: Internship Reading. Under faculty supervision, students gain experience combining theoretical and practical work in a project related to social change and focused on feminism, sexuality, or gender. Legislative, community, educational, or non-profit settings. Internship plan developed between student and faculty sponsor, with approval of Women’s and Gender Studies program director. A thorough report and research paper are submitted at the end of the semester.
  • GSS 3891: Special Topics: Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation. Topics vary.
  • GSS 3892: Special Topics: Topics in Gender, Society, and Political Economy. Topics vary.
  • GSS 3893: Selected Topics. Topics vary.
  • GSS 4950: Capstone Colloquium. Seminar and workshop intended for immersion enrichment culminating in individual projects.
  • GSS 4960: Senior Seminar. Advanced reading and research.
  • GSS 4970: Sexing the Archive: Research Methods in Women’s and Gender Studies. Conducting research through a feminist and queer lens. Archival research; examining oral histories using specialized Vanderbilt resources, as well as other local and online archives.
  • GSS 4998: Honors Research. Reading and research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
  • GSS 4999: Honors Thesis. Open only to seniors in the Honors Program.