GWS students may take elective courses with our associated faculty, those professors who teach gender and/or use feminist methods in a range of other departments and programs, such as:

GWS230 - Gender in Communist and Post-Communist Societies
Examination of social policies, cultural artifacts, and gender politics in communist China and the Soviet Union. Topics include revolutionary movements, state feminism, labor and marriage laws, reproductive rights, and post-communist legacies. Comparative analysis of historical documents, literary texts, political posters, visual art, and film. This is the same course as East Asian Studies/Gender and Women's Studies 230.

GWS253 - Sexology and Activism in the Weimar Republic
An examination of the ground-breaking work of Magnus Hirschfeld, sexologist and founder of the Institute of Sexual Research in Berlin. Topics include the history of sexuality rights activism, as well as works of artists, filmmakers, and authors who engaged critically, creatively, and politically with questions of gender and sexuality during the Weimar Republic (1918-1933). This course may include an optional section that will meet for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in German. Students participating in the foreign language section will receive one additional credit hour, pass/not passed marking. This is the same course as German 253.

GWS258 - Women, Religion, and Modernity
An examination of modern discourses on women's roles, rights, and obligations in contemporary religious communities. Liberal, conservative, feminist, and fundamentalist treatment of myth, ritual, secular and religious law will be the focus of this course. The course also explores the question of global "sisterhood," its strengths, influence, and limitations. This is the same course as Religious Studies 258.

Students in any major may also earn a certificate from one of the College's innovative interdisciplinary academic centers. Requirements for the certificate programs include a challenging combination of coursework, in-depth research and a funded summer internship in the U.S. or abroad.

  • Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology (CAT)
  • Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment
  • Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
  • Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA)

A fifth center, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, is the hub for researching and teaching race and ethnicity across the disciplines.