Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor and Concentration

For students interested in studying the category of gender, the partnership between Haverford and Bryn Mawr offers a minor in gender and sexuality studies.

Our highly interdisciplinary program brings together students and faculty from a wide range of departments to investigate the many dimensions of gender and sexuality. We offer students an academic experience that cuts across traditional academic boundaries and thrives on diverse perspectives and approaches.

Students can opt to pursue gender and sexuality studies as a minor; a concentration linked to their major; or as an independent major. No matter which course of study you choose, you emerge from our program with a deep understanding of the many ways in which issues of gender and sexuality shape all of us.

Curriculum & Courses

Students receive a solid grounding in the central concepts and theories that have shaped gender and sexuality studies through a required introductory-level course and through our junior seminar, Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Gender and Sexuality. Beyond that, they have great freedom to shape their course of study. While we require them to take four additional approved courses on gender and sexuality, our menu of approved classes is extraordinarily broad. Based in departments throughout both colleges, they cover a range of topics and bring an array of approaches and methodologies to bear on their study of gender and sexuality.

For students pursuing the minor, none of the courses they take to fulfill the minor requirements can overlap with courses they take to fulfill their major requirements; this is not the case for students pursuing the concentration, where a single course can fulfill requirements for both.

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

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

    • An introductory course (ICPR H190 at Haverford, GNST B108 at Bryn Mawr, or equivalent offerings at Swarthmore College or the University of Pennsylvania).
    • The junior seminar: GNST B290, 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.
    • No more than two of the six minor credits may come from institutions outside of the Bi-Co.
  • Concentration

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

    • An introductory course (ICPR H190 at Haverford, GNST B108​ at Bryn Mawr, or equivalent offerings at Swarthmore College or the University of Pennsylvania).
    • The junior seminar: GNST B290, 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.
    • No more than two of the six concentration credits may come from institutions outside of the Bi-Co.

    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.

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