The Feminist, Gender, and
Sexuality studies program is administered by the chair and other members of the
program's core faculty. Core faculty are those who are actively involved in the
program, who teach FGSS courses, advise FGSS majors and senior
theses, and may serve as program chair. The program sponsors an annual
symposium, the FGSS Salon, and the Diane Weiss Memorial Lecture.
Major program. The prerequisite for becoming a
major is taking one of the gateway courses. These courses are designated
ordinarily take a gateway course during either semester of the sophomore year
and declare the major in the spring semester. At this point students are
assigned to faculty advisors and should
familiarize themselves with requirements for writing a senior honors thesis,
since these may affect curricular choices for the junior year. In the fall
semester of the junior year, the student ordinarily takes Feminist Theories (FGSS209).
During this semester the student, in consultation with the advisor, develops a
major proposal that lists the courses that will compose the student's major
course of study, including a written rationale for the student's chosen concentration
within the major. The Major Proposal Form, approved by the advisor and with the
concentration rationale attached, is submitted to the Feminist, Gender, and
Sexuality Studies Program office by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.
The concentration rationale is a
brief explanation (one or two pages) of the student's chosen concentration
within the major and, describing the courses the student has chosen to
constitute it. The major as a whole consists of 10 courses as follows: Three
core courses (a gateway course, FGSS209 and FGSS405), two
distribution courses (one each from an area outside the concentration), the four
courses comprising the concentration, and senior research in the form of the
senior essay or senior honors thesis. The senior year is devoted to completion
of the course work for the concentration, work on a senior essay or thesis, and
participation in the senior seminar. Only two credits transferred from another
institution may be applied to the major.
Every major must take the following courses:
- One gateway course.
These are designated
annually and serve as introductions to the interdisciplinary field of
feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. Gateway courses examine gender as a
factor in the politics and practices of the production of knowledge and of
social and cultural life,
with particular attention to the intersection of gender with other identity
categories and modes of power―race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity.
- Feminist Theories (FGSS209).
This course traces contemporary developments in feminist
theory and considers how feminism has been articulated in relation to
theories of representation, subjectivity, history, sexuality, technology,
and globalization, among others, paying particular attention to the unstable
nexus of gender, sexual, racial, and class differences.
- Senior Seminar (FGSS405).
Set up as a
workshop, the goal of this course is to develop an enabling and challenging
intellectual environment for majors to work through intensively the
theoretical, methodological, and practical concerns connected with their
senior research projects.
- Gateway courses. In 2011-2012, these include FGSS244/ANTH243 (Gendered
Movements: Migration, Diaspora, and Organizing in a Transnational Perspective),
and FGSS269/HIST179 (Sophomore Seminar: Gender and History)
- FGSS209 (Feminist
Theories) and FGSS405 (Senior Seminar)
A distribution requirement of two FGSS courses,which must be from two different
disciplines and should not overlap in their content with courses that make up
the student's concentration in the major.
courses forming the area of concentration should represent a coherent inquiry
into some issue, period, area, discipline, or intellectual approach related to feminist, gender and/or sexuality studies. Normally
the courses will be drawn from various departmental offerings and will be
selected in consultation with an advisor.
Completion of a senior essay (one credit) or an honors thesis (two credits) on a
theme or topic related to the student's area of concentration within the major
is required. Rising seniors wishing to write a senior honors thesis must have an
average of B+ all courses that count toward the major, including the
gateway course, FGSS209 (Feminist Theories), and three of the four courses from the student's area of
concentration. Prospective thesis writers must submit to the Feminist, Gender,
and Sexuality Studies Program chair by the last Friday in April in the second
semester of the junior year a statement indicating the topic of the thesis and
name of the thesis tutor, together with a transcript reflecting that they have
met this requirement (or will meet it by the end of the semester). Beginning
with the class of 2012, students wishing to write an honors thesis must also
have taken an FGSS research or research option course (consult Wesmaps for a
listing of these courses), in which they write a semester-long research paper.
(Research and research option courses may also be taken to satisfy
distribution or concentration requirements.)