Associate Professors: Coralynn V. Davis, Susan A. Reed

Coordinating Committee: Coralynn V. Davis, Stephanie Larson, Sheila Lintott (Chair), Susan A. Reed, James Shields, Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown, Ann Tlusty, Nikki Young

Women's and Gender Studies is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature. The two central goals of Women's and Gender Studies at Bucknell University are the examination of history, society, science, and culture from feminist theoretical perspectives, and the strengthening of analytical thinking and inquiry through special attention to women's experiences, the construction of femininity and masculinity, the relations between women and men, and the differential power structures that create these social categories. The major and minor in Women's and Gender Studies are designed to provide the breadth of exposure, critical perspective, and research tools necessary for understanding the social construction of gender in its relation to race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability, and age both in the past and present. The program of study frames questions of gender and feminisms in ways that connect the local to the global and promote an understanding of the relations of power among nations and cultural constituencies.

A major in Women's and Gender Studies at Bucknell may provide the first stage for graduate work in a number of disciplines. (Some departments at Bucknell offer courses at the graduate level in Women's and Gender Studies.) It also offers a background for careers in local and state agencies addressing the needs of girls and women, and in fields such as journalism, law, medicine, international affairs, teaching, and personnel management, as well as in public and private corporations.

The minimum requirement for a major in Women's and Gender Studies is eight courses. Students majoring in Women's and Gender Studies must distribute their courses as follows:

  • WMST 150: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • One of the following courses:
    WMST 220: Introduction to Feminist Theory in Practice
    WMST 230: Feminist Philosophy (crosslisted as PHIL 230)
  • One of the following courses:
    WMST 221: Passion and Perversion in Japanese Film (crosslisted as EAST 222)
    WMST 232: Gender and Sexuality in South Asia (crosslisted as ANTH 232)
    WMST 233: Global Feminism and Religion (crosslisted as RELI 233)
    WMST 241: Women in Chinese Literature (crosslisted as EAST 241)
    WMST 248: Religions of the African Diaspora (crosslisted as RELI 248)
    WMST 251: Women and Development
    WMST 271: Dance and Culture (crosslisted as ANTH 271)
    WMST 273: Women Writing Culture (crosslisted as ANTH 273)
    EAST 232: Romance in Chinese Literature
    ENGL 227: Contemporary Caribbean Literature: Voyage of Discovery
    GEOG 323: Gender and Geography
    SPAN 295: Escritoras Hispanoamericanas
  • One of the following courses:
    WMST 212: Southern Exposure (crosslisted as ENGL 211)
    WMST 219: Contemporary Religion: Race, Gender, Sexuality (crosslisted as RELI 219)
    WMST 222: Queer Studies
    WMST 236: Unemployment and Poverty (crosslisted as ECON 236)
    WMST 239: Queering (Christian) Theology (crosslisted as RELI 239)
    WMST 315: Unsettling Memories (crosslisted as ENGL 315)
    WMST 318: Economic History of Women in the United States (crosslisted as ECON 319)
    WMST 328: Mating and Marrying in America (crosslisted as SOCI 328)
    WMST 332: Women and the Penal System (crosslisted as SOCI 332)
    ENGL 235: Gender and Film
    ENGL 392: Contemporary African-American Novels
    SOCI 280: Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean/African-American Thought
    SOCI 327: Race, Citizenship and Human Rights
    SOCI 433: Seminar in Law and Society
  • Three courses from the Women's and Gender Studies approved course list selected in consultation with a Women's and Gender Studies adviser.
  • WMST 400: Advanced Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies.
  • WMST 400 serves as the Culminating Experience (CE) for majors. Organized on a "workshop" model, the seminar will focus on the production of an independent research project by each student, with common readings on the practice of feminist scholarship. The seminar will take students through the steps of defining a question, producing an extensive bibliography and literature review on the topic, constructing an argument of their own that is grounded in feminist theory, and supporting it with evidence drawn from primary or secondary materials. Students will develop and give formal presentations of their projects.

No more than two 100-level courses can count toward the major.

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies urges majors to take WMST 150 as early as possible in their major coursework, as this requirement is designed to introduce students to a number of important subject areas that may be studied in greater depth in subsequent courses. This course includes formal instruction in information literacy within the major.

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies urges majors to take WMST 220 or WMST/PHIL 230 relatively early in their major coursework, as this requirement is designed to introduce students to a number of theoretical developments in the field that will be explored further in subsequent courses. These courses include formal instruction in writing within the major.

Women's and Gender Studies majors may participate in the honors program, subject to the general guidelines of the University Honors Council. Applications should be made to the Women's and Gender Studies Coordinating Committee, after selecting an honors adviser from among the Women's and Gender Studies faculty.

The minor in Women's and Gender Studies requires five courses:

  • WMST 150: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • One of the following courses:
    WMST 220: Introduction to Feminist Theory in Practice
    WMST 221: Passion and Perversion in Japanese Film (crosslisted as EAST 222)
    WMST 230: Feminist Philosophy (crosslisted as PHIL 230)
    WMST 232: Gender and Sexuality in South Asia (crosslisted as ANTH 232)
    WMST 233: Global Feminism and Religion (crosslisted as RELI 233)
    WMST 241: Women in Chinese Literature (crosslisted as EAST 241
    WMST 248: Religions of the African Diaspora (crosslisted as RELI 248)
    WMST 251: Women and Development
    WMST 271: Dance and Culture (crosslisted as ANTH 271)
    WMST 273: Women Writing Culture (crosslisted as ANTH 273)
    EAST 232: Romance in Chinese Literature
    ENGL 227: Contemporary Caribbean Literature: Voyage of Discovery
    GEOG 323: Gender and Geography
    SPAN 295: Escritoras Hispanoamericanas
  • One of the following courses:
    WMST 212: Southern Exposure (crosslisted as ENGL 211)
    WMST 219: Contemporary Religion: Race, Gender, Sexuality (crosslisted as RELI 219)
    WMST 222: Queer Studies
    WMST 236: Unemployment and Poverty (crosslisted as ECON 236)
    WMST 239: Queering (Christian) Theology (crosslisted as RELI 239)
    WMST 315: Unsettling Memories (crosslisted as ENGL 315)
    WMST 318: Economic History of Women in the United States (crosslisted as ECON 319)
    WMST 328: Mating and Marrying in America (crosslisted as SOCI 328)
    WMST 332: Women and the Penal System (crosslisted as SOCI 332)
    ENGL 235: Gender and Film
    ENGL 392: Contemporary African-American Novels
    SOCI 280: Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean/African-American Thought
    SOCI 327: Race, Citizenship and Human Rights
    SOCI 433: Seminar in Law and Society
  • Two courses from the Women's and Gender Studies approved list.

No more than two of the five courses for the minor may share a departmental designation other than WMST.

Study off campus and/or abroad is strongly encouraged for both majors and minors in Women's and Gender Studies. Internships and field experience also are possible for course credit but should be planned and approved at least six months in advance of the semester in which they are to be taken.

Students wishing to declare a Women's and Gender Studies major or minor should contact a Women's and Gender Studies adviser.

Women's and Gender Studies Course List

The following courses are approved for the Women's and Gender Studies major and minor.

WMST 150: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WMST 211: Women in Judaism (crosslisted as RELI 211)
WMST 212: Southern Exposure (crosslisted as ENGL 211)
WMST 219:
Contemporary Religion: Race, Gender, and Sexuality (crosslisted as RELI 219)
WMST 220: Introduction to Feminist Theory in Practice
WMST 221: Passion/Perversion: Japan Film (crosslisted as EAST 222)
WMST 222: Queer Studies
WMST 224: African Political Economy (crosslisted as ECON 224)
WMST 227: Race and Sexuality
WMST 228: Gender and Sexuality in America (crosslisted as ENGL 228 )
WMST 230: Feminist Philosophy (crosslisted as PHIL 230)
WMST 231: Psychology of Women (crosslisted as PSYC 232)
WMST 232: Gender and Sexuality in South Asia (crosslisted as ANTH 232)
WMST 233: Global Feminism and Religion (crosslisted as RELI 233)
WMST 236: Unemployment and Poverty (crosslisted as ECON 236)
WMST 237: Ethnicity, Gender and Identity in Antiquity (crosslisted as CLAS 237)
WMST 238: Women and Politics (crosslisted as POLS 229 and POLS 238)
WMST 239: Queering (Christian) Theology (crosslisted as RELI 239)
WMST 241: Women in Chinese Literature (crosslisted as EAST 241)
WMST 248: Religions of the African Diaspora (crosslisted as RELI 248)
WMST 251: Women and Development
WMST 253: Gender and Migration (crosslisted as ECON 253)
WMST 254: Sex and Social Order (crosslisted as POLS 254)
WMST 263: Sex and the Single Heroine (crosslisted as ENGL 263)
WMST 265: Controversies in Art (crosslisted as PHIL 265 and ARTH 265)
WMST 270: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
WMST 271: Dance and Culture (crosslisted as ANTH 271)
WMST 273: Women Writing Culture (crosslisted as ANTH 273)
WMST 290: Gender Issues in Education (crosslisted as EDUC 290)
WMST 315: Unsettling Memories (crosslisted as ENGL 315)
WMST 318: Economic History of Women in the United States (crosslisted as ECON 319)
WMST 319: Independent Study - Women's and Gender Studies
WMST 320: Independent Study - Women's and Gender Studies
WMST 325: History of Sexuality (crosslisted as HUMN 320)
WMST 328: Mating and Marrying in America (crosslisted as SOCI 328)
WMST 332: Women and the Penal System (crosslisted as SOCI 332)
WMST 334: Women in Antiquity (crosslisted as CLAS 334)
WMST 341: Transnational Queer Identities (crosslisted as FREN 341 and HUMN 341)
WMST 370: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
WMST 390: Honors in Women's and Gender Studies
WMST 400: Advanced Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies

ARBC 150: Women in Islam and Middle East

ANTH 270: Sexuality and Culture

ARTH 319: Special Studies: English Renaissance

EAST 232: Romance in Chinese Literature

ENGL 219: The Novels of Toni Morrison
ENGL 227: Contemporary Caribbean Literature: Voyages of Discovery
ENGL 286: The Modern Novel: V. Woolf
ENGL 290: Women's Voices in Hip Hop Culture
ENGL 307: Emerson, Dickinson, Whitman
ENGL 370: Nineteenth-century Women Writers
ENGL 392: Contemporary African-American Novel
ENGL 393: Feminism and Theatre
ENGL 398: Gender Criticism

FREN 395: Ecrivaines Francophones
FREN 395: Women's Cinema

GEOG 123: Gender, Place and Culture
GEOG 323: Gender and Geography

HIST 238: Witchcraft and Magic in Europe
HIST 246: Medieval Heresies and Heretics
HIST 258: Topics in Women's and Gender History
HIST 279: Topics in the History of Science and Medicine: Women in Science and Technology
HIST 279: Topics in the History of Science and Medicine: Women, Health, and Medicine
HIST 330: Seminar in European History: Fairy Tales as Historical Documents
HIST 370: Women, Health and Medicine

HUMN 301: Enlightenment, Women and Gender
HUMN 330: Studies in Autobiography

PSYC 306: Advanced Abnormal Psychology: Psychology of Trauma
PSYC 373: Psychology of Race and Gender

SOCI 213: Race in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
SOCI 280: Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean and African-American Thought
SOCI 290: The Sociology of Caribbean Society
SOCI 327: Race, Citizenship and Human Rights

SPAN 295:
Escritoras Hispanoamericanas

 

150. 

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (I or II; 3, 0)

Interdisciplinary introduction to the major theories, themes, methodologies, and issues of women's and gender studies. Emphasis on the social sciences.

211. 

Women in Judaism (AII; 3, 0)

Survey of Jewish texts and films that focus specifically on women or use feminine imagery; considers feminist and historical-critical interpretations of the evolving role of Jewish women. Crosslisted as RELI 211.

212. 

Southern Exposure (I or II; 3, 0)

Twentieth-century literature of the American South. Probes the legacy of a culture that celebrated honor, but was built on slavery. Crosslisted as ENGL 211.

219. 

Contemporary Religion: Race, Gender, and Sexuality (I; 3, 0)

Through historical, political, and sociological analysis, this course will study how sexuality, race, and gender issues are affecting contemporary religious thought. Crosslisted as RELI 219.

220. 

Introduction to Feminist Theory in Practice (I or II; 3, 0)

Explore the broad range of work that lays the intellectual and theoretical groundwork for contemporary feminist theory and politics, while providing students opportunities to experience such work critically through service learning experiences in the community. Prerequisite: WMST 140 or WMST 150 or permission of the instructor.

221. 

Passion/Perversion: Japan Film (II; 3, 3)

A discussion class in which numerous modern Japanese films are used to explore the representation of desire, both passionate and perverse. WARNING: explicit sexual content. Crosslisted as EAST 222.

222. 

Queer Studies (AI; 3, 0)

This course examines social construction frameworks for analyzing contemporary sexualities, gendered identities, and the discourses and practices that maintain them. It introduces students to queer theory and its application to a variety of political and cultural fields.

224. 

African Political Economy (I; 3, 0)

Analysis of topics in films and novels by Ousmane Sembene: pre-colonial history, colonialism, post-colonial independence, racial and gender oppression, worker exploitation, religious conflict, and modernization. Prerequisite: ECON 103. Crosslisted as ECON 224.

227. 

Race and Sexuality (AI or AII; 3, 0)

This course explores the constructions of and intersections between race and sexuality. It also investigates the ways that these identities/locations have informed understandings of inequality in the U.S.

228. 

Gender and Sexuality in America (I or II; 3, 0)

Literature and popular culture exploring such topics as construction of gender identities, sexualities, GLBT cultures and gender-based violence. Crosslisted as ENGL 228.

230. 

Feminist Philosophy (I; 3, 0)

An examination of feminist philosophy primarily as it occurs in the U.S. from the late 18th century to the present. Prerequisite: PHIL 100 or WMST 140 or WMST 150 or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as PHIL 230.

231. 

Psychology of Women (I or II; 3, 0)

Considers experiences of girls and women, gender differences, attitudes toward women, and issues of particular concern to women such as domestic violence, body image, and sexual assault. Crosslisted as PSYC 232.

232. 

Gender and Sexuality in South Asia (I or II; 3, 0)

Explores issues of gender and sexuality in South Asia, primarily India and Sri Lanka. Topics include marriage, family, life cycle, religion, and nationalism. Crosslisted as ANTH 232.

233. 

Global Feminism and Religion (I; 3, 0)

This course examines the relationship between developments in feminist thought and movements in various parts of the world and the array of religious ideologies and practices in those societies. Crosslisted as RELI 233.

236. 

Unemployment and Poverty (I or II; 3, 0)

A study of the causes of unemployment and poverty in the United States and policies to generate full employment and eliminate poverty. Prerequisite: ECON 103 and/or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as ECON 236.

237. 

Ethnicity, Gender, and Identity in Antiquity (AI or AII; 3, 0)

Ancient Greek and Roman perceptions, both social and biological, of gender (including sexuality) and ethnicities. Includes discussion of the social position of women and other marginal members of society in antiquity. Crosslisted as CLAS 237.

238. 

Women and Politics (AII; 3, 0)

An analysis of women and politics generally with specific focus on feminism and its relationship to political discourse and political action. Crosslisted as POLS 229 and POLS 238.

239. 

Queering (Christian) Theology (AI or AII; 3, 0)

This course explores the relationship between queer theories, sexuality studies, and Christian theology. In addition to the concepts of gender, race and sexuality, it offers a survey of major topics in Christian thought, including God, love, justice, sin, and salvation. Crosslisted as RELI 239.

241. 

Women in Chinese Literature (I; 3, 0)

This course examines various modes of representation of women in Chinese literature to understand China's literary past from a women-centered point of view. Crosslisted as EAST 241.

248. 

Religions of the African Diaspora (II; 3, 0)

This course examines the historical development of African-derived or African-inspired religions in the African diaspora, including in the United States. It also examines the expansion and appropriation of major world religions into particular African diaspora communities. Crosslisted as RELI 248.

251. 

Women and Development (I or II; 3, 0)

This course examines the relationship between women and development, as an ideological economic, political, and social enterprise. Crosslisted as ANTH 251.

253. 

Gender and Migration (II; 3, 0)

Role of gender in internal and international migration flows; economic restructuring; state policies; transnational domestic laborers and sex workers; and migration effects. Prerequisite: ECON 103. Crosslisted as ECON 253.

254. 

Sex and Social Order (AI or AII; 3, 0)

Analysis of connections between sex and social structure to determine how our understanding of sexuality is implicated in our political system, economy, and cultural ideology. Crosslisted as POLI 254.

263. 

Sex and the Single Heroine (I or II; 3, 0)

Introduction to the 18th-century novel, focusing on issues of gender, sexuality, and class, in a wide range of novels and contemporary conduct books. Crosslisted as ENGL 263.

265. 

Controversies in Art (AI or AII; 3, 0)

An investigation of philosophical issues related to various controversies in the art world and in aesthetics more generally. Prerequisite: PHIL 100 or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as ARTH 265 and PHIL 265.

270. 

Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (I or II; R; 3, 0)

A course on special topics of interest to faculty members, offered occasionally. Subject varies.

271. 

Dance and Culture (I or II; 3, 0)

An exploration of dance as a cultural practice. Topics include: the body and movement; gender and sexuality; race and ethnicity; colonialism and nationalism; aesthetics; ritual and healing; globalization; representation. Crosslisted as ANTH 271.

273. 

Women Writing Culture (I or II; 3, 0)

This course explores the genre of ethnography as it has been used to examine women's lives and issues of gender around the world. Crosslisted as ANTH 273.

290. 

Gender Issues in Education (I; 3, 0)

An examination of how gender affects the teaching - learning process with an emphasis on theory, curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Prerequisite: EDUC 201 or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as EDUC 290.

315. 

Unsettling Memories (I or II; 3, 0)

Cultural analysis of unsettling, historically powerful racial ideas about purity and pollution written on the "lady's" and "black" bodies in 20th-century Southern fiction and photography. Crosslisted as ENGL 315.

318. 

Economic History of Women in the United States (I; 3, 0)

Examination of the history of women in the U.S. economy, with particular attention to racial-ethnic and class differences among women. Both neoclassical economics and political economy are utilized to analyze the economic status of women. Prerequisites: ECON 256 or ECON 257, or ECON 258, and permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as ECON 319. Preference given to ECON and ECMA majors.

319 . 

320. Independent Studies (I and II; R; 3, 0)

Independent study supervised by a women's and gender studies faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

325. 

History of Sexuality (I or II; 3, 0)

A cross-cultural and interdisciplinary examination of the signification of sexuality in literature, philosophy, scientific discourse, and the visual arts. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as ENGL 394 and HUMN 320.

328. 

Mating and Marrying in America (AI or AII; 3, 0)

This is a course on changing patterns in American courtship (dating), marriage, and family life from the 20th to the 21st century. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as SOCI 328.

332. 

Women and the Penal System (II; 3, 0)

This course offers an exploration into the interface between inequality, crime, punishment, and justice, with an emphasis on women in the United States; the course is populated by both Bucknell students and incarcerated students at a nearby women's prison. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Not open to first-year students. Crosslisted as SOCI 332.

334. 

Women in Antiquity (AI or AII; 3, 0)

Seminar-style examination of the lives of women in antiquity, both real and imagined, as attested in a variety of ancient media. Crosslisted as CLAS 334. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

341. 

Transnational Queer Identities (I; 3, 0)

This course examines, critiques and interrogates notions of what is Queer as constructed in, and through, France and North America. Readings and discussion in English. Crosslisted as UNIV 341.

370. 

Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (I or II; R; 3, 0)

Advanced course on special topics of interest to faculty members, offered occasionally. Subject varies.

390. 

Honors in Women's and Gender Studies (I or II; 3, 0)

Individual, special projects supervised by instructor, culminating in honors thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

400. 

Advanced Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (I or II; 3, 0)

The seminar will focus on the production of an independent research project by each student, with common readings on the practice of feminist scholarship. Students will develop and give formal presentations of their projects. Prerequisites: open to seniors, juniors by permission, WMST 150 and WMST 220 or WMST 230/PHIL 230.

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