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Gender Studies

About

The Gender Studies program at Saint Michael’s College focuses on questions of gender and difference, the body and sexuality. As students investigate power relations, social inequalities, and modes of resistance, they consider how social constructs shape the production of knowledge in given fields at particular moments and locales.

Our courses also examine the ways in which naturalized gender norms influence everyday practices and manifest in the words we use, the clothing we wear, the popular culture we create or consume, the family structures we inhabit, and the laws and public policies we obey or defy. Our program pays particular attention to how gender and sexuality intersect with race, class, ethnicity, national belonging, and transnational movement(s).

Sample 4 Year Plan

Fall

GS 101 Gender Studies Foundations
Foreign Language I
First Year Seminar
Liberal Studies course

Spring

AN 109 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Foreign Language II
Liberal Studies course
Liberal Studies course

Fall

HI 215 Women in American Society
Liberal Studies course
Electives

Spring

AN 217 Social Inequalities
Liberal Studies course
Electives

Fall

EN 325 Critical Theory
Gender Studies elective
Junior Seminar
Elective

Spring

PH 352 Philosophy and Feminism
Gender Studies elective
Elective
Elective

Fall

PO 371 Feminist Political Thought
Electives

 

Spring

Senior Seminar**
Electives

In Depth

The Gender Studies Program fosters awareness of the relationship between gender and culture — that is, between the ways in which culture shapes perceptions of femininity and masculinity, and how these perceptions interact with other aspects of culture. Gender Studies examines these processes in their historical and contemporary manifestations.

An interdisciplinary program, Gender Studies draws from a wide range of faculty and courses, including fine arts, liberal arts, humanities, social and natural sciences and pre-professional programs. Since much of culture is grounded in constructions of gender, issues examined in courses may encompass sexual identities and orientations, intersex and transgender issues, social practices, gender-influenced cultural productions and historical change. Courses across the curriculum may consider such matters as how biology intersects with culture, how gender creates and maintains structures of power, how aspects of the humanities are gender-inflected, and how gendered identities affect personhood. The purpose of such academic exploration is to expand curricular possibilities that enable students to comprehend more fully the complex factors that shape their experiences of themselves, others and the world. Service learning and active engagement in contemporary gender issues are essent ial aspects of the Gender Studies Program.

Students can take a variety of courses at Saint Michael’s or, with permission of the coordinator, take courses through our exchange program in Women’s Studies at the University of Vermont.

Special Opportunities

We encourage our student to be actively involved in contemporary gender issues and many of our students chose to do this through service learning opportunities. Some of our students intern and volunteer at places like Women Helping Battered Women, the Lund Family Center, and Women’s Rape Crisis Center in Burlington.

Another way to get involved is to visit the Saint Michael’s Center for Women and Gender. Located on the Saint Michael’s campus, the Center for Women and Gender often hosts discussions on gender issues as well as pancake breakfasts for the Saint Michael’s community throughout the academic year.

We also offer an exchange program with the University of Vermont. With permission of the program coordinator, you have the opportunity to take class in UVM’s Women’s Studies department.

In Depth

The Gender Studies Program fosters awareness of the relationship between gender and culture — that is, between the ways in which culture shapes perceptions of femininity and masculinity, and how these perceptions interact with other aspects of culture. Gender Studies examines these processes in their historical and contemporary manifestations.

An interdisciplinary program, Gender Studies draws from a wide range of faculty and courses, including fine arts, liberal arts, humanities, social and natural sciences and pre-professional programs. Since much of culture is grounded in constructions of gender, issues examined in courses may encompass sexual identities and orientations, intersex and transgender issues, social practices, gender-influenced cultural productions and historical change. Courses across the curriculum may consider such matters as how biology intersects with culture, how gender creates and maintains structures of power, how aspects of the humanities are gender-inflected, and how gendered identities affect personhood. The purpose of such academic exploration is to expand curricular possibilities that enable students to comprehend more fully the complex factors that shape their experiences of themselves, others and the world. Service learning and active engagement in contemporary gender issues are essent ial aspects of the Gender Studies Program.

Students can take a variety of courses at Saint Michael’s or, with permission of the coordinator, take courses through our exchange program in Women’s Studies at the University of Vermont.

Special Opportunities

We encourage our student to be actively involved in contemporary gender issues and many of our students chose to do this through service learning opportunities. Some of our students intern and volunteer at places like Women Helping Battered Women, the Lund Family Center, and Women’s Rape Crisis Center in Burlington.

Another way to get involved is to visit the Saint Michael’s Center for Women and Gender. Located on the Saint Michael’s campus, the Center for Women and Gender often hosts discussions on gender issues as well as pancake breakfasts for the Saint Michael’s community throughout the academic year.

We also offer an exchange program with the University of Vermont. With permission of the program coordinator, you have the opportunity to take class in UVM’s Women’s Studies department.