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General Education Requirements

The Program offers various courses that meet General Education requirements including the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, both domestic and international (WGSS 203, 246, 305, 364, 365, 367, 357 and 482. In addition, a number of WGSS courses fulfill Writing Intensive and Research requirements.

The Major

Students majoring in WGSS must complete:

  • Eight courses in the following tracks with the following breakdown:
    • Four courses in a primary track
    • Two courses in each of two secondary tracks
  • One Writing Intensive course
  • One Research Intensive course
  • WGSS 481 Internship
  • WGSS 487 Senior Demostrative Project
  • WGSS 488 Senior Capstone Experience

Historical Track

This track focuses on how the concepts of women, gender and sexuality have changed over time. Courses that count toward the historical track include but are not limited to:

  • HIST 246 European Women’s and Gender History
  • HIST TBD Women, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Africa
  • HIST 357 Readings in African American Women’s History
  • HIST 367 History of Women, Gender and Sexuality in the United States
  • HIST 372 Asian American History through the Media
  • REL 232 Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition
  • ANCS 357 Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World

Social Science Track

This track focuses on how the concepts of women, gender and sexuality are socially, culturally, politically and economically constructed. Courses that count toward the social science track include but are not limited to:

  • PAGS 351 Workplace Justice
  • SOAN 118 Inequalities, Power and Society
  • SOAN 215 Identity and Social Movements
  • SOAN 365 Women, Gender and Sexuality
  • POLS TBD Women and Politics in the United States
  • POLS 333: Gender and Sexuality in the Muslim Middle East and North Africa
  • WGSS 305: Radical Queeries

Humanities Track

This track focuses on how the concepts of women, gender and sexuality grow out of representation practices in media, performance, film, literature and visual art. Courses that count toward the humanities track include but are not limited to:

  • WGSS 382 Feminist Art and Theory – 1970 to Present
  • ENG 203 Women and Literature
  • ENG 206 Literature and Identity
  • ENG 309 Prophetic Black Women
  • ENG 358 Gender and Sexuality in Literature
  • ENG 364 Postcolonial Literature

 Psychology and Health Studies Track

This track focuses on how ideas about the mind, consciousness, neurobiology, health, genetics and disease produce the concepts of women, gender and sexuality. Courses that count toward the psychology and public health track include but are not limited to:

  • PSYC 230 Human Development
  • PSYC 344 Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 353 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 356 Psychology of Prejudice
  • PSYC 364 Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 368 Human Sexuality
  • BIOL 112 Cells, Genetics and Inheritance
  • BIOL 200 Epidemiology
  • BIOL 351 Human Genetics and Genomics
  • SOAN 335 Health, Medicine and Society

Writing Intensive

Note that any of these courses may also count toward the eight courses required in the primary or secondary tracks.

  • ENG 203 Women and Literature
  • ENG 206 Literature and Identity
  • HIST 367 History of Women, Gender and Sexuality in the United States
  • PAGS 351 Workplace Justice
  • PSYC 368 Human Sexuality
  • WGSS 305 Radical Queeries

Students may fulfill the writing intensive requirement by taking other writing intensive courses that are offered on a semester‐by-­semester basis with the permission of their WGSS adviser.

Research Intensive

Note that any of these courses may also count toward the eight courses required in the primary or secondary tracks.

  • BIOL 455 Population and Community Ecology
  • ENG 401 Junior Research Seminar
  • HIST 240 History Research Seminar
  • SOAN 309 Sociology of Social Media
  • SOAN 345 Social Research Methods
  • SOAN 346/7 Ethnographic Research Practicum I and II
  • PSYC 354 Interviewing and Field Research
  • PSYC 356 Psychology of Prejudice Any Collaboratove Research Project

Students may fulfill the research intensive requirement by taking other research intensive courses that are offered on a semester-­by-­semester basis with the permission of their WGSS adviser.

Internship

An internship must be completed before the student's final semester at Earlham. The internship enables students to apply theoretical approaches raised in WGSS courses to practical situations beyond the classroom. Internships can be done on an off-campus program, during the summer, or in Richmond during the academic year. The convener of WGSS must approve the internship.

Senior Demonstrative Project

The demonstrative project is to be completed in the first semester of the senior year. Students should meet with their WGSS adviser no later than the spring of their Junior year to discuss plans for this project. The project requires students to synthesize theory and practice and demonstrate a nuanced understanding of an issue or problem relevant to the Earlham community. Students present their demonstrative project to the Earlham community in Spring semester of the senior year.

Senior Capstone Project

Students take a research project that they began in their primary track of focus, and to turn it into a 30-­page senior research paper or equivalent document for the discipline in which the project is produced.

 

The Minor

Students minoring in WGSS must complete a total of five courses:

  • Three or more classes in a primary track
  • One course in two other tracks