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.
"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.
Congratulations to Margaret Banks '17 and Ayoung Kim '17!
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.
We will focus on key issues in feminist theory, such as the sex/gender debate, sexual desire and the body, the political economy of gender, the creation of the "queer" as subject, and the construction of masculinity, among others.
Study of LGBT history, politics, and culture and strengthen student research skills in four overlapping areas: in archival research, close-reading, performance analysis, and community engagement-as-activism.
Students will be encouraged to approach gender transition and gender non-conformity, and the role of the body in the production of sex and gender, through the synthesis of feminist, queer, and transgender theories.