Gender and Sexuality Studies

The program in Gender and Sexuality is an interdisciplinary Bi-College program that can be integrated with certain majors or pursued independently. Students graduate from the program with a high level of fluency and rigor in their understanding of the different ways issues of gender and sexuality shape our lives as individuals and as members of larger communities, both local and global

The program offers several different options. Students majoring in certain disciplines may complete a concentration Gender and Sexuality Studies via Haverford College. Students majoring in any discipline can complete a minor in Gender and Sexuality via Bryn Mawr College. Students at either campus can petition with the special committee on their respective home campus (CSSP at Haverford and the Committee on Independent Majors at Bryn Mawr) to design an Independent Major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Learning Goals

Students in the Program in Gender and Sexuality will:

  • understand how social hierarchies related to gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity have developed historically, cross-culturally, and transnationally.
  • develop a high level of fluency and rigor in understanding how issues of gender and sexuality shape our lives as individuals and as members of larger communities, both local and global.
  • gain competence in applying theory to practical experience for social transformation and citizenship.
  • become critically conversant with theories of gender and sexuality, and their intersectionality with issues of race and class.
  • draw upon and speak to feminist theory; women’s studies; transnational and third-world feminisms; womanist theory and the experiences of women of color; the construction of masculinity and men’s studies; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender studies; and theories of gender as inflected by class, race, religion, and nationality.

Curriculum

Students choosing a concentration (via Haverford, in association with certain majors), minor (via Bryn Mawr, regardless of major) or independent major in gender and sexuality plan their programs in consultation with the Gender and Sexuality coordinator on their home campus. Members of the Gender and Sexuality steering committee serve as their individual mentors. All students in the program take the core course, “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sex and Gender.” Other courses in the program allow them to explore a range of approaches to gender and sexual difference: critical feminist theory; women’s studies; transnational and third world feminisms; the experiences of women of color; gender and science; the construction of masculinity; gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, and transsexual studies; the history and representation of gender and sexuality in a global context.


Major Requirements

Students wishing to construct an independent major in Gender and Sexuality Studies should file a petition with the Committee on Student Standing and Programs (Haverford College) or make a proposal to the Committee on Independent Majors (Bryn Mawr College).


Minor Requirements

Six courses distributed as follows are required for the minor at Bryn Mawr College:

  • An introductory course (including equivalent offerings at Swarthmore College or the University of Pennsylvania).
  • The junior seminar: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sex and Gender (alternating fall semesters between Bryn Mawr and Haverford).
  • Four additional approved courses from at least two different departments, two of which are normally at the 300 level. Units of Independent Study (480) may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Concentration Requirements

Six courses distributed as follows are required for the concentration at Haverford College:

  • An introductory course (including equivalent offerings at Swarthmore College or the University of Pennsylvania).
  • The junior seminar: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sex and Gender (alternating fall semesters between Bryn Mawr and Haverford).
  • Four additional approved courses from at least two different departments, two of which are normally at the 300 level. Units of Independent Study (480) may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • Of the six courses, no fewer than two and no more than three will also form part of the student’s major.

Neither a senior seminar nor a senior thesis is required for the concentration or minor; however, with the permission of the major department, a student may choose to count toward the concentration a senior thesis with significant content in gender and sexuality.


Steering Committee

Faculty from Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges collaborate to build an integrated program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

At Haverford

Anne Balay
Visiting Asst. Professor of Writing; Coordinator of Gender & Sexuality Studies

Juli Grigsby
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Roberts Hall 103

Anne McGuire
Associate Professor; Kies Family Associate Professorship in the Humanities or Social Services; Coord., Gender & Sexuality Studies
Gest 202

Christopher Roebuck
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator for Health Studies

Department of Anthropology; Co-Coordinator, Health Studies

Link 102
Assistant:

Gustavus Stadler
Assoc. Professor of English
Woodside Cottage 102

Susanna Wing
Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Political Science Department
Hall 12

At Bryn Mawr

  • Gregory Davis
    Associate Professor of Biology

  • H. Rosi Song
    Associate Professor of Spanish, Acting Director
    of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bryn Mawr

  • Sharon Ullman (on leave Fall 2016)
    Professor of History