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.
Congratulations to Alisa Bajramovic '18!
“Our classrooms are a part of the larger society, and the kinds of divisions that exist and the kinds of scapegoating that exist spill over into our classrooms,” said Barbara Ransby, president of the National Women’s Studies Association. “It shouldn’t be surprising that a number of our colleagues around the country have experienced hostility.”
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 introduces students to the issues involved in the social and historical construction of gender and gender roles from a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective.
We will investigate how the U.S. military's production of new ideas about race and racialization, masculinity and femininity, and sexuality and citizenship impacted the lives of soldiers and civilians, men and women, at “home” and abroad.
This seminar explores children's gender and sexuality, focusing in particular on the lives of transgender, gender-creative, gender non-conforming, gay and queer children who are under 12 years old. Most importantly, we will listen to the voices of children and consider their own perspectives on matters of identity, expression and desire.