The Major in Gender, Sexuality and Society offers students a coherent and comparative study of gender and sexuality within the social sciences and the humanities. Drawing from psychology, feminism, literary theory, sociology, politics, visual culture and other fields of inquiry, students develop an informed understanding of the fundamental concepts, theories, issues and debates regarding gender and sexuality from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
The core involves two introductory courses: one emphasizing the social science perspective, and one representing the humanities perspective. Laying the foundation for a comparative investigation of disciplinary epistemologies, the twin complementary core prepares students to undertake more focused topical, theoretical and region-specific explorations within three fields of specialization:
- Politics of gender & sexuality: representations, rights and social justice
- Psychological and psychoanalytic foundations of gender and sexuality
- Constructions of gender and sexuality: global and historical perspectives
Through a choice of specializations, students will examine and engage larger social, cultural and political explorations involving: the development of sexual orientation, the representation and construction of gender, the teaching of sexuality in schools, feminist rights within the workplace, gender and sexuality within colonial and post-colonial studies, women in developmental contexts, sexual pluralities, queer studies, LGBT activism, masculinity studies, sex-trafficking and sex work etc.
Students engages in a comprehensive and intensive study of gender and sexuality which prepares them to interpret and critically analyze the scientific, biological, artistic and poetic articulations of gender and sexuality at the center of contemporary social, cultural and political debates.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline Fall Admission : Round 1 by 15 November; Round 2 by 1 February; Round 3 by 15 March; Round 4 by 1 June; Round 5 after 1 June; Spring Admission: Round 1 by 1 October; Round 2 by 15 November; Round 3 after 15 November Tuition fee
- EUR 26590 Year (EEA)
- EUR 26590 Year (Non-EEA)
Course ContentRequirements for the Major in Gender, Sexuality and Society
8 FirstBridge courses change every year
General Education Requirements
- Up to 8 EN 1010 College Writing, EN 2020 Writing and Criticism
- 8 French through FR 1200 Elementary French Language and Culture II
- 4 Comparing the World: Historical and Cross-Cultural Understandings
- 4 Mapping the World: Social Experience and Organization
- 4 credits from either of the above two categories
- Up to 8 Modelling thne World: Scientific and Mathematical Investigations
Required (40 credits)
Core requirements (16 credits)
- GS/PY 2010 Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Society
- GS/CL 2006 Contemporary Feminist Theory
- GS 4095 Senior Project
Choose one of the following social science methods courses:
- PY 2020 Research Methods in Psychology
- CM 2051 Communication Theory and Methods
- PO 2050 Political Analysis
Students must take at least six elective courses in GSS, including at least three courses in one primary area of concentration and two courses from a different concentration. In addition, at least two electives must be at the 3000 level or above.
Politics of gender and sexuality: representations, rights & social justice
- CL/GS 3081 Postcolonial Literature and Theories
- PO/PL 2003 Political Philosophy
- PO/GS 2005 Political Econ. of Developing Countries
- PO/GS 3024 Politics of Human Rights
- PO/GS 3086 Women and Politics
Psychological and psychoanalytic foundations of gender and sexuality
- PY/GS 2008 Gender-Identity, Sexual Orientation and the Cinema
- PY/GS 2039 Human Nature and Eros
- PY 2046 Cultural Psychology
- PY/GS 2061 Love, Sexuality and Cinema
- PY/GS 2051 Sexuality, Agression and Guilt
- PY/GS 2045 Social Psychology
- PY 3091 Topics as approved by the department
Constructions of gender and sexuality: global and historical perspectives
- CL/GS 3057 19th Century Women Writers
- CM/GS 3004 Communicating Fashion
- CM/GS 3053 Media and Gender
- ES/GS 2046 Culture in Victorian and Edwardian Britain
- FM 2097 European Cinema and the Body
- FM 2092 Women and Film
- FM 3034 Reel Paris: Perspective on the City of Lights
- FM/FR 3079 Prostitution and Film
- HI/GS 2013 Women in Paris: History and Art
- HI/GS 3026 Women in the French Renaissance
- VC/GS 3014 Art, Culture and Gender in Italian Renaissance
- VC/GS 3032 Power of Images in Western History
- CL/GS 3076 Modern Sexualities in the Process of Writing
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- Personal statements
- Extracurricular activites and work experience
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
- English language test
- SAT/ACT test scores (optional)
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