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Area of Concentration in Gender Studies
Wabash College is committed to preparing its students for leadership and service in a diverse and changingsociety. As part of that commitment, the Area of Concentration in Gender Studies affords students the opportunity to gain a firm grounding in an interdisciplinary field that investigates the social, cultural, and biological factors that constitute femininity, masculinity, and sexual identity. Gender Studies explores the similarities and differences between the experiences, perspectives, and voices of women and men by analyzing variations in gender roles that occur across cultures and over time, examining relationships between biological differences and social power, and investigating the complex interaction of gender with race, class, and culture. Gender Studies also involves a critical investigation of strategies that aim to transform unjust or coercive social systems based on gender. Through coursework and an independent senior project, students undertake a systematic and critical analysis of gender issues across academic disciplines. The program is administered by the Gender Issues Committee.
Wabash College students who participate in the Area of Concentration in Gender Studies will enhance their preparation for careers in a wide variety of areas. These include, but are not limited to, human services, law, government, teaching, the arts, clinical work, social work, public relations, advertising, and journalism. Some graduates with expertise in gender studies may also pursue further study of gender as graduate students in a wide range of academic fields.
Students are encouraged to declare the area of concentration in Gender Studies by the end of their sophomore year (although they are free to declare any time before fall semester of their senior year). To declare, the student should submit a written proposal to the Gender Issues Committee, presenting a rationale for the courses selected for the area of concentration. Area of Concentration forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.
The following regularly offered courses focus primarily on gender and may be included in an area of concentration in Gender Studies, so long as they do not conflict with the student’s major or minor:
|English 360||Studies in Multicultural/National Literature: Toni Morrison the African American Novel|
|English 497||Seminar in English Literature: Sexualties, Textualities, and Queer Theory|
|History 300||Advanced Topics: World and Comparative History: Prostitution in Modern World History|
|Philosophy 219||Ethics & Social Philosophy|
|Psychology 102||Human Sexual Behavior|
|Psychology 212||Sex, Gender, and Masculinity|
|Religion 273||Topics in Theology: Religion and Masculinity|
|Rhetoric 360||Gender and Communication|
|Theater 103||Seminars in Theater (Frequent Topics with Primary Focus on Gender)|
Regularly offered courses with substantial relevant content include, but are not limited to the following:
|English 214||British and Irish Lit. after 1900|
|English 219||Introduction to American Literature before 1900|
|English 220||Introduction to American Literature after 1900|
|English 397||Critical Reading|
African History to 1885
African History from 1885
|History 497||Philosophy and Craft of History|
|Philosophy 109||Perspectives on Philosophy: Friendship|
|Psychology 211||Cross-Cultural Psychology|
|Psychology 220||Child Development|
|Psychology 221||Adult Development|
|Religion 270||Theological Ethics|
|Religion 370||Contemporary Theology|
|Rhetoric 240||Communication Theory|
|Theater 213||The American Stage|
The Modern Stage
Occasional courses (Special Topics or other courses of particular relevance to Gender Studies) may also count toward this requirement with the approval of the Gender Issues Committee. Interested students should consult with a member of the Gender Issues Committee for advice regarding relevant courses and the frequency of offerings. Students should also consult the Academic Bulletin and semester-by-semester information from the Registrar's office regarding when courses are offered.