Cross-Cultural Inquiry

The construction of gender, sex, and sexuality varies within and across cultures. Similarly, conceptual boundaries of masculinity and femininity are not fixed throughout time and place but are deeply dynamic and porous, becoming increasingly more complex as the global intertwines with the local. This cross-cultural perspective offers students the opportunity to examine critically how gender is intrinsically intertwined with larger movements of people, cultures and commodities. This comparative lens enables students to recognize inter-connections and to challenge normative conceptions of gender derived from their own cultural repertoires. Courses in this area include (but are not limited to) areas of inquiry dedicated to the study of peoples, culture, visual and material culture, and history (oral and written) from diverse cultures from multiple regions in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, such as: comparative literature, African history, African-American history, anthropology, political science, crime and justice studies.

The following courses will form the area of concentration in Cross-Cultural Inquiry. In some cases a course may count in two areas of concentration, but may only be taken for credit in one.

200-level Courses:

  • WGS 200: Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (depending on topic)
  • WGS 210: Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (depending on topic)
  • WGS 208: Global Perspectives of Women
  • WGS 260 (POR 260): Gender and Sexuality in Lusophone Literatures
  • WGS 270 (HST 270): Latin American Civilizations (4)

300-level Courses:

  • WGS 300: Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (depending on topic)
  • WGS 302: Global Feminism (when not taken as a core course) (2) 
  • WGS 317 (HST 317): History of European Women (4)
  • WGS 319 (SOC/ANT 319): Gender Variation and Sexual Orientation Across Cultures (1)
  • WGS 333: Mothers and Daughters
  • WGS 347 (ENL 347): Special Topics in Women’s Literature (depending on topic) (4)
  • WGS 350 (SOC/ANT 350): Readings in Sociological and Anthropological Literature I (depending on topic)
  • WGS/ANT 351: Anthropology of Women
  • WGS 364 (HST 364): Social and Cultural History of Russia (4)
  • WGS 371 (POR 371/571): Gender and Society in Brazilian Cinema (1)
  • WGS 391 (HST 391): Topics in African History (depending on topic) (4)

400-level Courses:

  • WGS 402 (AAS 402, HST 402, JST 402): Seminar in European History (depending on topic) (4)
  • WGS 403 (AAS 403, HST 403, JST 403): Seminar in World History (depending on topic) (4)
  • WGS 490: Advanced Special Topic in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WGS 495: Independent Study

(1) May also be taken for the concentration in Gender Studies
(2) May also be taken for the concentration in Politics, Justice and Policy
(4) May also be taken for the concentration in Arts and Letters