First-year students interested in the major are encouraged to take Women’s Studies 130, Introduction to Women’s Studies, a team-taught course offered each semester that serves as a foundation for future study. Women Studies 130 introduces students to multidisciplinary methodologies, feminist history, and theoretical debates, with a particular focus on the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Beyond the introductory level, regularly offered courses include Introduction to Queer Studies (Women’s Studies 201), Gender in American Popular Media (Women’s Studies 240), Topics in the Construction of Gender (Women’s Studies 241), Making Waves: Topics in Feminist Activism (Women’s Studies 245), Feminist Theory (Women’s Studies 250), and Global Feminism (Women’s Studies 251). A full list of courses can be found in the catalogue. A full list of courses can be found in the catalogue.
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 advisor or advisors 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 advisor or advisors and the director of the program.
Courses and Requirements
Academic requirements and courses are available in the Vassar College Catalogue.