Chair: Rebecca Jordan Young (Professor)

Professors: Elizabeth Bernstein,  Janet Jakobsen, Rebecca Jordan-Young, Neferti Tadiar

Associate Professors: Manijeh Moridian

Assistant Professors: Marisa Solomon

Requirements for the Major

The WGSS major requires a minimum of 11 core courses distributed as follows:

1) Introductory course: Select one course from any of three emphases (gender, ethnicity and race, or sexuality)
WMST UN1001Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
or SOCI UN3302 Sociology of Gender
WMST BC2150Practicing Intersectionality: The interdisciplinary study of race, gender, and ethnicity3
or CSER UN1040 Critical Approaches to the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Pleasures and Power: An Introduction to Sexuality Studies
The Sociology of Sexuality
2-5) Four core foundation courses:
WMST BC2140Critical Approaches3
WMST UN3311FEMINIST THEORY4
WMST BC3514HIST APPROACHES FEMINIST QUES4.00
WMST UN3915Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective (OR other approved course in transnational gender/feminist studies, e.g. HIST BC4999 Transnational Feminism.)4
6-10) Electives: Select five electives, at least two of these must be at an advanced level and require a research paper assignment; one of the advanced electives may be the Advanced Writing-Intensive Research Seminar (Honors Thesis). *
11) Sr. Seminar:
WMST UN3525SEN SEM:KNWLDG PRCTCE POWER4

Notes:

  • Electives – WGSS majors are required to take 5 electives; at least of two of these electives must be advanced seminars (4 credits) and require a research paper assignment. One of the advanced electives may be the Advanced Writing-Intensive Research Seminar (Senior Seminar II: Honors Thesis).
  • WMST BC 3903 Senior Seminar I: Knowledge, Practice, Power – offered in the fall; restricted to WGSS Seniors

Requirements for the Combined Major

The Combined Major Requirements Eight Courses, distributed as follows:

1) One Introductory Course (choose one out of three theoretical emphases): gender, race & ethnicity, or sexuality:
WMST UN1001Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
or SOCI S3302Q Sociology of Gender
WMST BC2150Practicing Intersectionality: The interdisciplinary study of race, gender, and ethnicity3
or CSER UN1040 Critical Approaches to the Study of Ethnicity and Race
WMST BC3125Pleasures and Power: An Introduction to Sexuality Studies3
or SOCI V3318 The Sociology of Sexuality
2-5)
WMST BC2140Critical Approaches3
WMST UN3311FEMINIST THEORY4
WMST BC3514HIST APPROACHES FEMINIST QUES4.00
WMST UN3915Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective (OR other approved courses in transnational gender/feminist studies, e.g. HIST BC4999 Transnational Feminism.)4
6-7)
Select two electives, at least one of these elective should be at an advanced level and require a research paper assignment
8)
Select one semester of Senior Seminar, taken either through Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies or the other department or program

*NOTE: Students combining WGSS with Human Rights must complete the FULL WGSS major (11 courses); use the ‘WGSS Major Checklist’ instead.

Students combining WGSS with Africana Studies must either complete the FULL WGSS major OR the FULL Africana Studies major. If the student chooses to complete the full Africana Studies major, you may use this checklist. Students choosing the ‘combined major’ option for Africana Studies (7 Af Studies courses) must use the ‘WGSS Major Checklist’ instead, and complete 11 WGSS courses.

Requirements for the Minor

Minor Requirements Five courses, distributed as follows:

1. One introductory course (from the same list as applies to majors):
WMST UN1001Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
or SOCI UN3302 Sociology of Gender
WMST BC2150Practicing Intersectionality: The interdisciplinary study of race, gender, and ethnicity3
or CSER UN1040 Critical Approaches to the Study of Ethnicity and Race
WMST BC3125Pleasures and Power: An Introduction to Sexuality Studies3
or SOCI V3318 The Sociology of Sexuality
2-3. Two of our four 'foundations' courses:
WMST BC2140Critical Approaches3
WMST UN3311FEMINIST THEORY4
WMST BC3514HIST APPROACHES FEMINIST QUES4
WMST UN3915Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective (OR One other approved course in transnational gender/feminist studies (e.g. HIST BC4999 Transnational Feminism))4
4-5. Two WGSS electives (from the same list that applies to WGSS majors)

FALL 2020

WMST BC1050 WOMEN AND HEALTH. 3.00 points.

Combines critical feminist and anti-racist analyses of medicine with current research in epidemiology and biomedicine to understand health and health disparities as co-produced by social systems and biology. (Prerequisite for Spring A course “Racism is a Pre-Existing Condition”)

Fall 2020: WMST BC1050
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 1050 001/00277 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Rebecca Young 3.00 101/100

WMST BC2140 Critical Approaches. 3.00 points.

Combines critical feminist and anti-racist analyses of medicine with current research in epidemiology and biomedicine to understand health and health disparities as co-produced by social systems and biology. (Prerequisite for Spring A course “Racism is a Pre-Existing Condition”)

Fall 2020: WMST BC2140
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 2140 000/00768 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Alexander Pittman 3.00 17
WMST 2140 001/00767 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Alexander Pittman 3.00 6/40

WMST UN3311 FEMINIST THEORY. 4.00 points.

Prerequisites: LIMITED TO 20 BY INSTRUC PERM; ATTEND FIRST CLASS
Understanding gender as produced by the relations of domination of colonialism, the transatlantic slave trade, and indigenous genocide

Fall 2020: WMST UN3311
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 3311 001/00293 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Marisa Solomon 4.00 20/18

WMST UN3312 Theorizing Activism. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Critical Approaches or Feminist Theory or permission of instructor.

Considering local, national, and international activist case studies through social movement theories, we work together to understand what activism looks like, the people who engage in it, how activist messages are constructed, and how visions of transformation are developed.

WMST UN3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions. 4 points.

This class is an introduction to the debates on women that played a dominant role in both the philosophical and literary traditions of the European/Atlantic world from the classical period through the seventeenth-century. Beginning with the works of ancient political theory that actively debated women’s political, social, and ethical position in society (chiefly Aristotle, Plato, and Plutarch), the course will address the pan-European books of “Good Women” that served as exemplary case studies, the querelle des femmes (or debate on women) that dominated political and humanist discourse of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the crucial importance of the political analogies between the household and the state and the marital and social contracts in the premodern world (and, indeed, in our own).  We will study works from ancient Greece and Rome and medieval and early modern Italy, Spain, France, England, Ethiopia and Mexico, and topics ranging from domestic violence and political resistance theory to transvestitism and lesbianism.

WMST BC3518 STUDIES IN U.S. IMPERIALISM. 4.00 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students.
Historical, comparative study of the cultural effects and social experiences of U.S. imperialism, with attention to race, gender and sexuality in practices of domination and struggle

Fall 2020: WMST BC3518
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 3518 001/00298 W 11:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Neferti Tadiar 4.00 21/18

WMST UN3813 COLLOQUIUM ON FEMINIST INQUIRY. 4.00 points.

Prerequisites: WMST V1001 and the instructor's permission.
A practical and multi-disciplinary exploration of research methods and interpretive strategies used in feminist scholarship, focusing on larger questions about how we know what we know, and who and what knowledge is for

Fall 2020: WMST UN3813
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 3813 001/00302 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Rebecca Young 4.00 10/25

WMST UN3525 SEN SEM:KNWLDG PRCTCE POWER. 4.00 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to senior majors.
Student-designed capstone research projects offer practical lessons about how knowledge is produced, the relationship between knowledge and power, and the application of interdisciplinary feminist methodologies

Fall 2020: WMST UN3525
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 3525 001/00301 F 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Manijeh Moradian 4.00 11/15

SPRING 2021

WMST BC2140 Critical Approaches. 3.00 points.

Combines critical feminist and anti-racist analyses of medicine with current research in epidemiology and biomedicine to understand health and health disparities as co-produced by social systems and biology. (Prerequisite for Spring A course “Racism is a Pre-Existing Condition”)

Fall 2020: WMST BC2140
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 2140 000/00768 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Alexander Pittman 3.00 17
WMST 2140 001/00767 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Alexander Pittman 3.00 6/40

WMST BC2150 Practicing Intersectionality: The interdisciplinary study of race, gender, and ethnicity. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

This introductory course for the Interdisciplinary Concentration or Minor in Race and Ethnicity (ICORE/MORE) is open to all students. We focus on the critical study of social difference as an interdisciplinary practice, using texts with diverse modes of argumentation and evidence to analyze social differences as fundamentally entangled and co-produced. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this course, Professor Jordan-Young will frequently be joined by other faculty from the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS), who bring distinct disciplinary and subject matter expertise. Some keywords for this course include hybridity, diaspora, borderlands, migration, and intersectionality.

WMST BC3132 Gendered Controversies: Women's Bodies and Global Conflicts. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).

Investigates the significance of contemporary and historical issues of social, political, and cultural conflicts centered on women's bodies. How do such conflicts constitute women, and what do they tell us about societies, cultures, and politics? - D. Ko

WMST BC3530 Feminist Media Theory. 4 points.

The integration of contemporary media and social practices of all types is intensifying. This seminar examines media theory and various media platforms including Language, Photography, Film, Television, Radio, Digital Video, and Computing as treated by feminists, critical race and queer theorists, and other scholars and artists working from the margins.

WMST W4301 Early Jewish Women Immigrant Writers: 1900-1939. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
Enrollment limited to 15.

Prerequisites: students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then.

Covers significant pre-Holocaust texts (including Yiddish fiction in translation) by U.S. Ashkenazi women and analyzes the tensions between upholding Jewish identity and the necessity and/or inevitability of integration and assimilation. It also examines women's quests to realize their full potential in Jewish and non-Jewish communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

WMST BC4303 Gender, Globalization, and Empire. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Study of the role of gender in economic structures and social processes comprising globalization and in political practices of contemporary U.S. empire. This seminar focuses on the ways in which transformations in global political and economic structures over the last few decades including recent political developments in the U.S. have been shaped by gender, race, sexuality, religion and social movements.

WMST G4000 Genealogies of Feminism: The Subject(s) of Rights. 4 points.

N/A  

WMST V3526 Senior Seminar II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to senior majors.

Individual research in Women's Studies conducted in consulation with the instructor. The result of each research project is submitted in the form of the senior essay and presented to the seminar.

 Summer 2021

WMST BC3138 Affect and Activism. 4 points.

Course Description


From love to anger to disappointment to hope, political activism mobilizes emotions towards certain ends but also generates new affective states and feelings along the way. This advanced seminar will familiarize students with feminist, anti-racist and queer scholarship on affect, feelings and emotion as intrinsic to politics and as crucial for understanding how political thought and action unfold in contingent and often unexpected ways. Mixing theoretical and cultural texts with case studies, we will look at how affect permeates structures of power and domination, embodiment and identity, and collective activist projects concerned with gender and sexual liberation. Students will have an opportunity to read theories of affect as well as to “read” activist movements for affect by working with archival documents (such as zines, manifestos, and movement ephemera) and other primary sources (such as memoir, photography and documentary film).

WMST BC3512 Art/Work: Sex, Aesthetics, and Capitalism. 4 points.

Prerequisites: none

How can performances, theatrical texts, and other art/media objects illuminate the operations of gender, sexuality, and race in global capitalism? Drawing from a range of artistic media and critical traditions, we explore how aesthetic thought can help us analyze the sexual, racial, and national character of contemporary labor and life.

WMST GU4317 Advanced Topics: Bodily Disruptions. 4 points.

At once material and symbolic, our bodies exist at the intersections of multiple competing discourses, including the juridical, the techno-scientific, and the biopolitical. In this course, we will draw upon a variety of critical interdisciplinary literatures—including feminist and queer studies, science and technology studies, and disability studies—to consider some of the ways in which our bodies are both constituted by such discourses, and themselves serve as the substratum for social and political life. Our point of departure will be the precariousness of embodied existence, in which precarity is understood as both an existential condition and as the socially uneven culmination of neoliberal political and economic trends. Within the context of current pandemic crises relating to both public health and to political economy, we will also consider appeals to the beneficence of science, technology, medicine, and the rational governance of disease. What can critical histories of plagues, epidemics, and quarantines teach us about emergent forms of biopolitics? We will conclude by considering the interventions of contemporary disability and social justice activists, and the alternative possibilities that they have posited for self-care and mutual aid.

Cross-Listed Courses

Africana Studies (Barnard)

Anthropology

Art History (Barnard)

Classics

Classics (Barnard)

Comparative Literature (Barnard)

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

Dance (Barnard)

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Economics (Barnard)

Economics

English (Barnard)

French (Barnard)

History

History (Barnard)

Music

Psychology (Barnard)

Religion (Barnard)

Sociology (Barnard)

Spanish and Latin American Cultures (Barnard)

Theatre (Barnard)