Clusters

Each Cluster contains a minimum of twelve credits of coursework, which is equivalent, in most cases, to three courses. Each Cluster falls within one of the three academic divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Engineering. In each of these three divisions, students will be expected to complete a formal set of coursework: a major, a minor, or a Cluster.

Humanities Clusters

Race and Gender Cluster—#H1WST001

This cluster focuses on the intersections of race and gender, with special emphasis on African-American history, literature, and writing.

Required:

  • WST 200 Colloquium in Women’s Studies

Choose two of the following:

  • WST 155/ENG 156 Intro to African American Literature
  • WST 224/AH 276 Gender and Representation in Native American Art
  • ENG 230 Contemporary Black Women Writers
  • WST 243/ENG 243 Major Authors: The Radical Narratives of Toni Morrison
  • WST 287/SP 282 US Latinos/Latinas

Gender, Culture, and Representation—Cluster #H1WST002

This cluster enables students to study a broad range of representations of gender across the arts and media, as well as exploring the situation of women artists and writers.

Required:

  • WST 200 Colloquium in Women's Studies

Choose two of the following

  • WST 129/MUR 128 Women and Music
  • WST 214/AH 210 Women as Image and Text
  • WST 240/ENG 126 Writing Women’s Lives
  • WST 271/GER 220 Sexuality & Gender
  • WST 260/AH 213 Race & Gender in Popular Film
  • WST 272/GER 272 Gender and Sexuality in the 20th Century
  • WST 288/GER 288 Mothers, Comrades and Whores

Gender and Literature—Cluster #H1WST003

The courses in this cluster deal with gender and literature. Students will explore both the representation of women (and men) in writing, and the situation and practice of the women authors.

Required:

  • WST 200 Colloquium in Women's Studies

Choose two of the following:

  • ENG 230 Contemporary Black Women Writers
  • WST 240/ENG 126 Writing Women’s Lives
  • WST 243/ENG 243 Major Authors: Jane Austen
  • WST 243/ENG 243 Major Authors: The Brontes
  • WST 256/SP 260 Latin American Women Writers
  • WST 273/JPN 273 Japanese Women Writers

Gender and SexualityCluster #H1WST004

The focus of this cluster is the relationship between gender and sexuality.

Required Courses:

  • WST 103/LIN 103: Language & Sexuality
  • WST 271/GER 220: Sexuality & Gender
  • WST 272/GER 272: Gender and Sexuality in the 20th Century

LGBTQ Studies in the Humanities #H1WST005

Women's Studies cluster in art, literature, and related areas explored through the lens of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies

Choose one of the following:

  • WST 281/AH 281 Art and the City: NY 70's
  • WST 351/AH 240 Art and Criticism: Warhol

Choose one or two of the following:

  • WST 271/GER 220 Sexuality & Gender
  • WST 272/GER 272 Gender and Sexuality in the 20th Century

You may choose one of the following:

  • WST 103/LIN 103 Language and Sexuliaty
  • WST 200 Colloquium in Women's Studies
  • WST 210 LGBTQ Experiences in American History
  • WST 212 Queer Theory
  • WST 290/EDE 440 LGBTQ Issues in Education and Human Development

Theory and Philosophy of Feminism #H1WST006

This cluster provides an in-depth exploration of the theory and philosophy of feminism.

Required:

  • WST 200 Colloquium in Women’s Studies

Choose two of the following:

  • WST 204/AH 355 Feminist Film Theory
  • WST 205/PHL 171 Philosophical Foundations of Feminism
  • WST 267/ENG 267 Changing Genres of Erotica

Social Science Clusters

Gender and Social Issues—Cluster #S1WST001

This cluster introduces students to a range of approaches to gender, primarily based in the social sciences, and covering a variety of cultures.

Required:

  • WST 200 Colloquium in Women’s Studies

Choose two of the following:

  • WST 103/LIN 103 Language and Sexuality
  • WST 206 Feminism, Gender, and Health 
  • WST 227/HIS 222 Children, Family and the State 
  • WST 296/HIS 314 International Human Rights

History and Theory of Feminism—Cluster #S1WST002

This cluster provides an in depth exploration of the history and theory of feminism, through a range of approaches, including philosophy, literary criticism, history, religion, and political theory.

Required:

  • WST 200 Colloquium in Women’s Studies
  • WST 205/PHL 171 Philosophical Foundations of Feminism 
  • WST 206 Feminism, Gender, and Health

Gender, Science, and Health—Cluster #S1WST003

This cluster focuses on the intersections of gender, science and human health. Students will explore the ways in which scientific and medical knowledge and institutions affect women and gender relations.

Required

  • WST 200 Colloquium in Women’s Studies

Choose two of the following

  • WST 115/ANT 102 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • WST 206 Feminism, Gender, and Health 
  • CSP 267 Psychology of Gender

Gender and Public Policy—Cluster #S1WST004

This cluster deals with gender and women’s issues in the context of politics, law, and public policy.

Required

  • WST 200 Colloquium in Women’s Studies

Choose two of the following:

  • WST 205/PHL 171 Philosophical Foundations of Feminism 
  • WST 206 Feminism, Gender, and Health 
  • WST 296/HIS 314 International Human Rights

Note: Students who have started pursuing a cluster in Gender and Women’s Studies prior to 2001-02 will need to access the cluster search engine to determine the history of courses offered in our clusters.

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