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Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

Global Gender and Sexuality Studies Director: Linda White
Freeman International Center 221 - Telephone: 802-443-5680
E-mail: lwhite@middlebury.edu 

Concerns pertaining to gender and sexuality, as well as how feminism is articulated around the world, have become central to the interdisciplinary project of international and global studies. The thematic cluster will be comprised of five courses, through which students can gain the knowledge and tools to bring feminist epistemologies to bear on their analyses of international and global issues. Scholars in feminist and queer studies—and in the subfields of postcolonial feminism and transnational queer studies, for example—have centralized the construction of space and place in ways that will be useful to IGS students. The cluster reflects the rigor of feminist and queer analyses of the global and international and is flexible enough to permit choices among students. The core GSFS courses will offer students the theory and methods needed for an engagement with global concerns, while the courses in the breadth requirements will enable an analysis of specific national/transnational issues. Since GSFS is an interdisciplinary program, the track reflects an interdisciplinary approach to questions of gender and sexuality.

Track Requirements

  1. Introductory course
    One of the following: GSFS 0191, 0200, 0289
  2. Feminist Theory: GSFS 0320
  3. One course pertaining to the intersection of race and gender, taken from the Critical Race Studies breadth requirement.
  4. Two courses pertaining to transnational concerns taken from the Transnational/National Feminism breadth requirement: one of these courses should be taken during the study abroad semester.

Language Study
Students must become proficient in one of the languages that Middlebury College teaches. Individual language departments determine what level of study constitutes proficiency, and students are expected to do advanced work in their target language. All majors must take at least one advanced course in the language of study upon returning from abroad and are encouraged to take more than one. Students who, upon declaring the IGS major, have been determined proficient in one of their region’s languages will continue to take this language at the advanced level and are strongly recommended to take one year or equivalent of another language.  The additional language should be chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Regional Focus
To contextualize their studies, students will take three courses focusing on one of the following regions: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and East Europe, or South Asia.

Study Abroad
Students must study abroad for at least one semester (and preferably two) on a Middlebury-approved study abroad program in their region of focus. Study abroad must be in the language of study at Middlebury. Effective for the class of 2021, students who study abroad for one semester may count up to two courses and those who study abroad for a full year may count up to four courses toward the major. Major credit will be granted, pending approval, upon the student’s return from abroad. For regional courses, approval is granted by the track director and for global courses by the IGS director. Students should share the syllabi and all written work for all courses they wish to count with the track or program director, respectively.

Because issues relating to global gender and sexuality transcend countries and regions, majors may learn any language taught at Middlebury. Students wishing to study in programs that focus on Global Gender and Sexuality in an English-speaking country may do so, provided that they also study at least one semester on a Middlebury program in the region corresponding to their language.

There is no recommended study abroad site. However, at least one study abroad course should transfer as a GSFS elective that meets the national/transnational feminism breadth requirement. In the semester prior to studying abroad, the student should consult with the track director to confirm the proposed courses that might be appropriate transfering credits, but the determination will be made after seeing the work.

For the class of 2022 and 2022.5 only: in lieu of study abroad, students will take, at a minimum, two language courses (at 300 level and above).

Other Requirements
All students are required to take an IGST 101 course, an IGST senior seminar and an advanced language course (upon returning from abroad).

Course offerings for GSFS Breadth Requirements
The courses offered in the breadth requirements vary from semester to semester; these courses are posted on the GSFS website and here.

Program in International and Global Studies

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