Requirements for the Major

Program in Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies

All students declaring a GSFS major, joint major, or minor beginning Fall 2017 will adopt the following requirements. Students who declared their major prior to Fall 2017 may choose whether to adopt these requirements or to complete their study following the old requirements (see below). 

The major requires a minimum of ten courses and comprises several discrete aspects, as outlined below
Major requirements (10 courses):

  • GSFS/SOAN 0191   
  • GSFS 0200  
  • GSFS 0289  
  • GSFS 0320  
  • GSFS 0400  

Breadth Requirements: 2 courses, one in each

  a. Critical Race Feminisms
  b. National/Transnational Feminism

  • Electives (2 courses) bearing the GSFS prefix
  • Senior Work (one-semester capstone or two-semester thesis)

Breadth Requirements (two courses): To ensure that students are conversant with and have some in-depth knowledge of the key concerns animating the field, they must take at least one course each from two breadth requirements. Courses meeting the breadth requirement can be found on the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies webpage.

  • Critical Race Feminisms
  • National/Transnational Feminisms

Senior Work:  All majors must enroll in GSFS 0700, a one-semester capstone, where they will complete a portfolio and an essay critically engaging with their accumulated knowledge about gender, sexuality and feminism. With permission, some majors may extend this to a two-semester thesis (GSFS 0710), conducting original research. In GSFS 0710, students produce a formal written document, but also have the flexibility to produce a multi-media project such as a movie, or a creative activity such as a performance or an installation project. 

 Senior work provides one of the primary means through which students demonstrate their critical thinking skills and their ability to communicate complex ideas effectively and persuasively. This is the primary means through which the program’s learning goals will be assessed; advisors will provide their assessment in writing to the students.  A public presentation is part of the senior work requirements.

Joint Major: The joint major is comprised of 7 courses each in the two disciplines/programs. For GSFS, the requirement includes:

  • GSFS 0191
  • GSFS 0200
  • GSFS 0320
  • Breadth Requirements, 2 courses, one each in:

          a. Critical Race Feminisms

          b. National/Transnational Feminisms

  • One elective bearing the GSFS prefix
  • Senior Work that combines both majors and is agreed upon by the advisers and department or program chairs (or designees) involved.
    Minor Requirements: The minor comprises five courses including:
  • Two of the following courses: GSFS 0191, 0200, 0289
  • GSFS 0320
  • Two additional GSFS courses at least one of which fulfills the Critical Race Feminisms  breadth requirement

Requirements prior to Fall 2017:

The major requires a minimum of ten courses and comprises several discrete aspects, as outlined below. Some of the courses can be double-counted if they fulfill different requirements within the major.

Major requirements (10 courses):

  • SOAN/GSFS 0191
  • One introductory course from the humanities, such as GSFS 0102, or GSFS 0234, or approved by the director
  • GSFS 0200
  • GSFS 0320
  • Two courses to fulfill the Breadth Requirements (explained below)
  • Three electives bearing the GSFS prefix, one of which must be at the 0300-level or higher and one that must be at the 0400-level or higher
  • Senior Work (one-semester senior essay or multi-semester thesis)

Joint Major: The joint major is comprised of 7 courses each in the two disciplines. For GSFS, the requirement includes:

  • SOAN/GSFS 0191
  • GSFS 0200
  • GSFS 0320
  • Breadth requirement 1
  • Breadth requirement 2
  • One elective
  • Senior Work

Breadth Requirements (two courses): To ensure that students are conversant with and have some in-depth knowledge of the key concerns animating the field, they must take at least one course each from two of three breadth requirements. Courses meeting the breadth requirement can be found on the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies webpage.

  • Intersectionality/Critical Race
  • Critical Sexuality Studies
  • Gender in National/Transnational Contexts

Senior Work: Majors are required to complete an independent project that applies feminist theory and methodology. The project may be either a one-semester senior essay or other creative work (GSFS 0700), or a multi-semester senior thesis (GSFS 0710).

Minor Requirements: The minor comprises five courses including:

  • one introductory course from among SOAN/GSFS 0191, ENAM/GSFS 0102, or PHIL/GSFS 0234
  • GSFS 0200
  • GSFS 0320
  • two electives bearing the GSFS prefix

Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

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Middlebury College
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