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 Cross-Cultural and Transnational Inquiry Focus Area. In some cases a course may count in two focus areas, but may only be taken for credit toward the major in one focus area.
- 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)
- WGS 300: Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (depending on topic)
- WGS 302: Global Feminism (when not taken as a feminist theory core course)**
- WGS 319 (SOC/ANT 319): Gender Variation and Sexual Orientation Across Cultures*
- WGS 347 (ENL 347): Special Topics in Women’s Literature (depending on topic)***
- WGS 350 (SOA 350): Readings in Sociological and Anthropological Literature (depending on topic)
- WGS 371 (POR 371/571): Gender and Society in Brazilian Cinema* ***
- WGS 391 (HST 391): Topics in African History (depending on topic)* ***
*May also be taken for the Intersectional Gender Studies Focus Area
**May also be taken for the Politics, Justice and Policy Focus Area
***May also be taken for the Politics of Cultural Representation Focus Area