We examine feminist and queer thought in a variety of global and historical contexts. Faculty specialize in literature, history, anthropology, classics, medicine, film, politics, and rhetoric.
The midterms, the Kavanaugh hearings, #MeToo: What’s the state of women’s movements today? Political scientist Amrita Basu offers her context.
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Congratulations to Alisa Bajramovic '18!
Professor Basu looks back to the early days of her time at Amherst College and compares them to today.
The SWAGS Department recognizes the need to balance academic freedom of thought and choice of material with the sensitivities of our teachers and students.
Upon graduation a SWAGS major should have mastered an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to the creation, meaning, function, and perpetuation of gender in human societies, both past and present.
This course challenges the idea that trans people are a "new" twenty-first century phenomenon and introduces students to examples of gender non-conformity and transgender identities across time and cultures.
Study of LGBT history, politics, and culture and strengthen student research skills in four overlapping areas: archival research, close-reading, performance analysis, and community engagement-as-activism.
This course explores the ways in which African American female characters, writers, and artists have challenged ideals of stoicism and submission.