Women's Studies

Director: Diane Harriford (Sociology); Steering Committee: Elisabeth Cardonne Arlyck (French), Rodica Diaconescu-Blumenfeld (Italian), Colleen Ballerino Cohen (Anthropology/Women's Studies), Janet Gray (Psychology), Annea Lockwood (Music), Ann Imbrie (English), Robin Hackett (Women's Studies), Seungsook Moon (Sociology), Uma Narayan (Philosophy), Christine Reno (French), Karen Robertson (English/Women's Studies), Jill Schneiderman (Geography/Geology), Patricia Wallace (English). Members of the Program: Elisabeth Cardonne Arlyck (French), Rodica Diaconescu-Blumenfeld (Italian), Patricia-Pia Celerier (French), Jennifer Church (Philosophy), Gabrielle Cody (Drama), Colleen Ballerino Cohen (Women's Studies/Anthropology), Miriam Cohen (History), Leslie Dunn (English), Dalila Hannouche (French), Diane Harriford (Sociology), Kathleen Hart (French), Donna Heiland (English), Ann Imbrie (English), Annea Lockwood (Music), Seungsook Moon (Sociology), Uma Narayan (Philosophy), Karen Robertson (Women's Studies/English), Jill Schneiderman (Geography/Geology), Molly Shanley (Political Science), Patricia Wallace (English), Susan Zlotnick (English). Participating Faculty: Rebecca Edwards (History), Luke Harris (Political Science), Katherine Hite (Political Science), Shirley Johnson (Economics), Susan Kassouf (German), Sarah Kozloff (Drama/Film), Eileen Leonard (Sociology), Lynn LiDonnici (Religion), Deborah Moore (Religion), Monica Rossi (Italian), Robin Trainor (Education), Silke von der Emde (German).

Students who wish to concentrate in the multidisciplinary program in Women's Studies or elect the correlate sequence should consult the director of the program. With an adviser or advisers in the program, applicants plan a course of study, tailored to their particular interests and needs in the field. The concentration or correlate sequence must be approved by the adviser or advisers and the director of the program.

Requirements for Concentration: 12 units elected from at least three disciplines, including: (1) Women's Studies 130, Introduction to Women's Studies; (2) 1 unit in feminist theory. Feminist theory courses include Philosophy 250, Political Science 278, Political Science 376; (3) 1 unit selected from Women's Studies 240, 241, or 251; (4) Women's Studies 300, a 1-unit essay or project in the senior year; (5) 3 additional units at the 300 level from the list of Approved Courses. These courses must be taken in at least two departments or one department and the Women's Studies Program; (6) 5 additional courses from the list of Approved Courses or the program's General List.

All courses should be chosen in consultation with the adviser or the director of the program. No required courses for a concentration in Women's Studies may be taken NRO, and no more than 3 units may be taken as ungraded work. The senior essay is graded.

Requirements for the Correlate Sequence: 6 graded units including: (1) Women's Studies 130, Introduction to Women's Studies; (2) 1 unit in feminist theory. Feminist theory courses include Philosophy 250, Political Science 278, Political Science 376; (3) 4 other courses from the list of Approved Courses, germane to the focus of the correlate sequence. No more than 2 units may be taken at the 100 level and at least 1 unit must be at the 300 level.

Courses taken in the major may also fulfill requirements in the correlate sequence, but the sequence must include courses from at least three departments. It is recommended that the correlate sequence adhere as closely as possible to the plan outlined below.

Freshman or Sophomore 130 Introduction to Women's Studies

Sophomore and Junior 200-level courses germane to the sequence

Junior a course in feminist theory

Senior 300-level course germane to the sequence


I. Program Courses

130a. and b. Introduction to Women's Studies (1)

Multidisciplinary study of the scholarship on women, with an introduction to feminist theory and methodology. Includes contemporary and historical experiences of women in private and public spaces. Examination of how the concept of woman has been constructed in literature, science, the media and other institutions, with attention to the way the construction intersects with nationality, race, class and sexuality.

181a. Issues in Feminism (1)

An introduction to issues in feminism with a focus on the body, the representation of the body, and textuality. Possible issues may include reproductive rights, pornography, anorexia, prostitution, women in popular cultures and the female voice. Specific attention is paid to the intersections of race, class, and gender. Ms. Zlotnick.

Open only to Freshmen.

Two 75-minute sessions.

220a. Medieval and Renaissance Culture: Women in Renaissance Culture (1)

(Same as Medieval and Renaissance Studies 220a) An interdisciplinary introduction to women in European culture twelfth through sixteenth centuries. Close scrutiny of primary sources including major literary texts. Some consideration of historiographical and theoretical issues. Ms. Reno, Ms. Robertson.

Two 75-minute periods.

230a. Women in Film (1)

(Same as Drama and Film 230) this course examines the representation of women in a genre aimed at female audiences and known for featuring female stars and foregrounding women's roles and desires. We concentrate on four different periods/styles: the silent era, the classical Hollywood film, French poetic realism, and contemporary reinterpretations of melodrama. We focus primarily on American and French films, directed by both men and women. Ms. Blumenfeld, instructor to be announced.

Prerequisites: Women's Studies 130 or Film 210.

Two 75-minute periods and required screenings.

[231b. Women Making Music] (1)

(Same as Music 231)

Prerequisites: one unit in music or women's studies, or by permission.

Not offered in 1999/00.

240a. Construction of Gender (1)

Topics vary from year to year. The topic for 1999/00 is Living Writing. The course focuses on fiction and autobiographical fiction by twentieth-century women writers of various racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds. Course work involves the writing of fiction as well as critical papers and the construction of an anthology produced by members of the class. Authors may include: Gloria Anzaldua, Mariama Ba, Simone de Bauvoir, Mary Crow Dog, Buchi Emecheta, Sheila Fugard, Bessie Head, Jamaica Kincaid, Audre Lorde, Nancy Mairs, Vilma Pollard, Nawal El Saadawi, and Christa Wolf. Ms. Celerier, Ms. Robertson.

241b. Feminist Approaches to Science and Technology (1)

(Same as Science, Technology, and Society 241) The course explores science as discourse and practice, looking specifically at the representations and roles of women in science and technology. There is attention to historical issues, but most of the semester is devoted to studying contemporary issues relevant to women living in a highly technological world. Readings are drawn from diverse fields including the natural sciences, literature, philosophy, and the history and sociology of science. Ms. Gray, Ms. Heiland.

Two 75-minute periods; one 2-hour laboratory/discussion period.

251b. Global Feminisms (1)

Building upon the multicultural emphases of Introduction to Women's Studies, this course focuses on issues pertinent to women's experiences in different cultural and national contexts, and on political formulations about the nature of feminist practice in these contexts. It illuminates the ways gender operates to structure women's activities and ideas locally, regionally and globally. The course presents a general review of relevant theoretical issues and debates and also allows for concentrated work on specific issues and in specific geographical areas, as determined by the interest and expertise of the teaching faculty. Instructor to be announced.

375a. Seminar in Women's Studies (1)

This course explores new thinking about gender, identity and political activism. It will focus on how women's bodies have been constituted historically and in popular culture, how the body is used to ground ideological and political positions and struggles, and how recent developments in science and technology affect the concrete and symbolic use to which bodies are put. The course draws on theoretical and historical texts, film fiction, poetry, and computer-mediated forms, and covers topics ranging from prostitution and militarism, to surgical alteration, to slavery, to passing. Ms. C. Cohen, Ms. Hackett.

Open to juniors and seniors majoring in women's studies, taking the correlate sequence, or concentrating in related fields.

One 2-hour meeting per week.

380b. Queer Theory (1)

This seminar is an exploration of queer theory and its lesbian feminist roots. Often queer theory and feminist theory are setup in opposition to one another, as are queer theorists and feminist theorists. This course will look for theoretical and historical links between these two modes of thinking that have practical implications for social activism on the street and in the academy. Readings will include gender, race and sexological theories of this century, as well as literature that has been part of late twentieth-century liberation movements including journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, and film. Ms. Hackett.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to English, and Women's Studies 200-level courses.

One 2-hour meeting per week.

381a. Women, Race and Writing (1)

This course explores the ways writer, from various ethnic and racial backgrounds and at different times and places, represent the challenges and dilemmas of interracial friendship between women. Readings include works by Mark Twain and James Baldwin, but the focus is on writing by women such as Cherrie Moraga, Harriet Jacobs, Toni Morrison, Paule Marshall, and Willa Cather. This course also discusses some contemporary popular culture representations of interracial friendship among women in television and film. Major concerns of the course are analyzing varying conceptions of race and friendship, as well as exploring the ways each writer imagines the possibilities for love and political alliance across differences. Ms. Gerzina, Ms. Hackett.

Prerequisites: One of the following courses: Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to English, or Introduction to Women's Studies.

One 2-hour meeting per week.

II. Reading Courses


Prerequisite for reading courses: Women's Studies 130 and one additional Women's Studies course or course from the list of Approved Courses. Permission of the director is required for all reading courses.

297.02. Lesbian Sex and Politics in the United States (1/2)

The program.

297.03. Constructing American Masculinities (1/2)

The program.