GWS Courses



Gender and women's studies students and faculty studyingWe offer a major and minor in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) at Connecticut College. The course descriptions may be found in the online course catalog. 

Core requirements for the major include: (Minimum 11 courses)

  1. GWS 103 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies: A Transnational Feminist Approach (4 credit hours) offered in the fall semester
  2. GWS 224 Transnational Women’s Movements (4 credit hours) offered in the spring semester
  3. GWS 295 Training for Transformation (2 credit hours, offered pass/fail) (offered in the fall or spring semesters)
  4. GWS 312 Feminist Social Research Methods (4 credit hours) offered in the spring semester
  5. GWS 306 Advanced Readings in Feminist Theory (4 credit hours) offered in the fall semester
  6. GWS 400 Senior Seminar (4 credit hours) offered in the spring semester *

Additional requirements: 5 courses (offered in other departments but cross-listed with GWS and/ or GWS electives. Not more than 2 courses from a double major can count towards the GWS major).

Core requirements for the minor include: (Minimum 5 courses)

  1. GWS 103 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (4 credit hours) offered in the spring semester
  2. GWS 306 Advanced Readings in Feminist Theory (4 credit hours) offered in the fall semester

Additional requirements: 3 courses (offered in other departments but cross-listed with GWS and/or GWS electives)

*Past seminars have included “Eye of the Storm: Hurricane Katrina and the Culture of the Gulf Coast,” “Gender and Human Rights,” and “Sweatshop Warriors.”

The double major

Many GWS students double major. The College allows students to count courses cross-listed between major departments for both majors. If women's issues and the study of gender and sexuality are your primary passion, you might want to combine a GWS major with a minor in family policy offered by the human development department; or, for a focus in gender and human rights, a minor in international relations. 

GWS courses as General Education requirements

GWS courses are popular as a part of the General Education program of the College, especially for students who want to deepen their understanding of gender and sexuality, or hone their skills in feminist and LGBT activism. All GWS students gain a rigorous general education through academic work outside of the department.

Contact Information:
Phone
860-439-5379
Fax:
860-439-5333
Email Shubhra Sharma, ssharma@conncoll.edu

Department of Gender & Women's Studies
Connecticut College
Box 5266
740 Williams Street
New London, CT 06320