Women's and Gender Studies

Upon graduation, a major in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies department :

  • 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.
  • should be able to make specific inquiry into women's material, cultural, and economic productions, their self-descriptions and collective undertakings. (See Writing a SWAGS Thesis for Honors and Special Topics/Independent Study)

  • should be able to analyze the intersection of gender with other categories of difference.

In order to achieve these goals, students should be able to analyze women and gender in the context of:

  • forming an argument and using evidence to back that argument up in both written and oral form;

  • analyzing texts from a variety of disciplines and cultures;

  • producing a coherent narrative and critically evaluating the narratives of others;

  • understanding the historical development of social and political issues;

  • appreciating the interrelationship of activism and intellectual inquiry.


Contact Information

Amrita Basu, Chair spring 2014
301 Cooper House
Campus Box 2253
SWAGS Office
55 College St. / 14 Grosvenor House
Campus Box 2257 / PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Phone 413-542-5781
Fax 413-542-8291
Amy A. Ford, Academic Coordinator
14 Grosvenor House
Phoebe Harris, Office Assistant
14 Grosvenor House
Hours: Monday 9-2, Wednesday 9-2, Thursday 9-2

Class outside Grosvenor