The Academic Program
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Co-Chairs: Kendrick Brown (Psychology) Jane Rhodes (American Studies)
Core Faculty: Corie Hammers, Sonita Sarker
Steering Committee: Joanna Inglott (Art and Art History), Mahnaz Kousha (Sociology), Beth Severy-Hoven (Classics)
Contributing Faculty: Devavani
Chatterjea (Biology), Adrienne Christiansen (Political Science), Beth Cleary (Theatre and Dance), Paula Cooey
(Religious Studies), Andrea Cremer (History), Erik Davis (Religious Studies), Julie Dolan (Political
Science), Paul Dosh (Political Studies), Susanna Drake (Religious Studies), Daniel Gilbert (American Studies), Ruthann Godollei (Art and Art History),
Birgitta Hammarberg (German and Russian Studies), Duchess Harris (American Studies), Lynn Hudson (History),
Joanna Inglot (Art and Art History), Elizabeth
Jansen (Biology), Zornitsa Keremidchieva (Political Science), Mahnaz
Kousha (Sociology), Theresa Krier (English), Ruthann Kurth-Schai (Educational Studies), Teresa
Mesa Adamuz (Hispanic and Latin American Studies), Karine Moe (Economics),
Lara Nielsen (Theatre and Dance), Joan Ostrove (Psychology), Roopali Phadke (Environmental Studies), Peter Rachleff
(History), Khaldoun Samman (Sociology),
Christopher Scott (Asian Languages and Cultures), Beth Severy-Hoven
(Classics), Dianna Shandy (Anthropology), Clay Steinman (Media and Cultural Studies), Jaine Strauss (Psychology), Satoko Suzuki (Asian Languages and Cultures), Joëlle Vitiello (French and Francophone
Studies), Wendy Weber (Political Science), Christine Willcox (Art and Art History), Xin Yang (Asian Languages and Cultures).
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major | Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor
General Distribution Requirement
WGSS 105, WGSS 210, WGSS 220, WGSS 310, and WGSS 315 count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities. WGSS 101, WGSS 102, WGSS 305, and WGSS 405 count toward the social science distribution requirement. WGSS 252 and WGSS 262 count toward the general distribution requirement in fine arts. WGSS 117 counts toward the math/natural science distribution requirement. Courses in the department numbered WGSS 200, WGSS 300 and WGSS 400 will count toward either the humanities or social science distribution requirement, depending on the subject matter. Any topics courses (WGSS 194, WGSS 294, WGSS 394, WGSS 494) require approval by the department to qualify for general distribution credit. Courses approved for women's, gender, and sexuality studies offered through other departments meet the general distribution requirements of that department.
General Education Requirements
Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism, and multiculturalism will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester.
Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.
The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department participates in the honors program and strongly encourages its majors to consider doing an honors project for their senior year. Eligibility requirements, application procedures, and specific project expectations for the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department are available on the department website (http://www.macalester.edu/wgs) or from the Director of Academic Programs.
WGSS 194, WGSS 294, WGSS 394, WGSS 494
Examination of special topics of interest to faculty and students. Occasionally offered. (4 credits)
The department offers independent study options in the form of independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major
The women’s, gender, and sexuality studies major consists of at least 12 courses (48 credits) of which at least 6 courses (24 credits) are WGSS core courses taught by core faculty.
- At least one 100-level (introductory) core course;
- WGSS 200 - Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies;
- One course in historical depth in women's/gender/sexual politics and culture (Criteria for Core Courses apply to this course when taught by non-core faculty);
- Four courses from College-wide offerings that must include approved cross-listed courses and may include WGSS core courses, planned with the WGSS advisor and the WGSS chair, and taken in one of the following thematic groupings: a) (Trans)National Women's/LGBTQI Histories and Genealogies OR b) Gender/Sexuality/Race/Class/Culture and Representation OR c) Theories and Philosophies OR d) Feminisms and Social or Political Change OR e) Gender/Sexuality/Race/Class/Culture and the Science/Technologies;
- Remaining electives may be from Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies core courses and/or cross-listed courses;
- WGSS 300 - Advanced Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies;
- WGSS 400 - Senior Seminar: Linking Theory and Practice or WGSS 405 - Senior Seminar: Topics;
- The major may include up to the equivalent of 4 credit hours from a study-away or study-abroad program; and
- The major may consist of no more than 8 credit hours of independent studies and 4 credit hours of internship. The department strongly recommends civic engagement and other community work.
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor
The women’s, gender, and sexuality studies minor consists of six (6) courses (24 credits or more), in a combination of 3 or more CORE courses from Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and 3 or more courses from other departments, planned in consultation with the student's WGSS advisor and the WGSS chair. The latter courses may be organized in the form of one of the thematic groupings described for the WGSS major.
- One Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 100-level (introductory) core course;
- WGSS 200 - Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies;
- Minors are encouraged to take one 300-level (advanced) WGSS core course;
- Minors who have taken the necessary prerequisites may enroll in WGSS 400 - Senior Seminar: Linking Theory and Practice or WGSS 405 - Senior Seminar: Topics or a 600-number project (excluding preceptorships) with prior approval from the department; and
- Up to 4 credit hours of internship are highly recommended.