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Women's & Gender Studies

Women's & Gender Studies



Women's and gender studies is an interdisciplinary major in human societies, both past and present. It is also an inquiry into women's material, cultural and economic production, their collective undertakings and self descriptions. The women's and gender studies major seeks to provide opportunities for:

  • acquiring breadth of learning and integrating knowledge across academic disciplines.
  • developing an understanding and respect for the integrity of self and others.
  • learning to communicate effectively.
  • developing the knowledge, abilities, appreciation and motivations that liberate men and women.
  • seriously encountering with the values dimensions of individual growth and social interaction.

Majors develop integrative skill competencies in bibliographic instruction, writing excellence, close reading of texts, creative problem-solving, small group communication, oral communication, and expressive awareness.

Students majoring in women's and gender studies must take a minimum of ten courses, including WG 201H, and then nine courses in three disciplines in consultation with their Mentors. Five of these courses must be at the 300 level or above. Majors must successfully pass a Senior comprehensive examination or, if invited by the faculty, write a Senior thesis.

For a minor in women's and gender studies, students take five courses including WG 201H. Three of the five courses must be at the 300 level or above.

Descriptions of the following courses in the major are found in the disciplinary listings:


    AM 307H Rebels with a Cause: Radicals, Reactionaries and Reformers (Directed Study available)
    AM 308H Becoming Visible: Sex, Gender and American Culture (Directed Study available)


    AN 289S Gender: Cross-cultural Perspective


    CN 208G Gender/Sexuality in Asian Literature
    CN 228G Chinese Martial Arts in Literature and Film
    CN 268A Love & Justice/Chinese Theater
    CN 301H Hero/Anti-Hero in Chinese Literature
    CN 302H East Meets West: Chinese Cinema


    CL 203H Women and Gender in the Ancient World


    CM 221A Media and Society
    CO 122 Analytical and Persuasive Writing: Writing and Gender


    EC 281S Principles of Microeconomics


    ES 345H Environmental Ethics and Justice


    FR 404 Themes in French Literature
    FR 406 French Theatre on Stage


    HI 206H Making History
    HI 210 European Women
    HI 321H Women in Modern America: The Hand that Cradles the Rock (Directed Study available)
    HI 324G Native American History
    HI 366H Inside Nazi Germany
    HI 307H Sex and Power: European Thought


    HD 204 Socialization: A Study of Gender
    HD 209 Childhood Roles and Family Systems


    LI 205H Woman as Metaphor
    LI 244G Postcolonial Literature
    LI 425 Seminar on Shakespeare (with permission


    MN 312S Women and Leadership (Directed Study)
    MN 371 Organizational Behavior & Leadership
    MN 387S Interpersonal Managerial Competencies (Directed Study)


    PL 101H Introduction to Philosophy
    PL 243E Environmental Ethics
    PL 244H Social and Political Philosophy
    PL 246H Philosophy and Film
    PL 312H American Philosophy
    PL 342H 20th Century Philosophical Movements


    PO 103G Introduction to International Relations
    PO 315 Theories of War and Peace
    PO 316G Women and Politics Worldwide
    PO 342S Hunger, Plenty, and Justice


    PS 202 Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence


    RE 206H The Bible, Gender, and Sexual Politics
    RE 220H Bible and Culture: American Film
    RE 234H Regional Goddesses in Asia
    RE 291H Apostle Paul-Religion and Politics
    RE 323 Christianity, Canon and Controversy
    RE 343H Prophets and Justice, Then and Now
    RE 345H Jesus in Ancient and Modern Media
    RE 361H Contemporary Christian Thought
    RE 373H Women and Religion
    RE 381E Ecotheology
    RE 440 Seminar: Bible, Theory, Method


    SO 210 Social Stratification
    SO 326 The Family
    SO 335 Social Interaction


    SP 407H Hispanic Women Writers

Life After Eckerd

Some graduates have continued their study in graduate school such as Yale, Sarah Lawrence and the University of South Florida. Others have pursued careers in business, nonprofit organizations and law.