Gender Studies Fast Facts
Gender Studies is a dynamic interdisciplinary field of academic study and research. Drawing on continuing scholarly developments in the Natural and Social Sciences and in the Humanities, Gender Studies invites us to consider and to question the assumptions and values that shape our individual self-image and our interactions with others in society.
Some students approach Gender Studies from the angle of Environmental Studies, others with the cross-cultural concerns of anthropology, or with an interest in how gender inflects the field of ethics; what joins them in conversation is a will to examine how human understandings of gender and sexual identity have changed over time and how they continue to shape our experience of the world.
Broadly defined at New College, Gender Studies encompasses work that could also be called women’s studies, masculinity studies, lesbian and gay studies, queer studies, or feminist studies; it also intersects with the issues raised in the various fields of ethnic studies.
30 disciplines represented
Joint-disciplinary and special area of concentrations: 59
Over 180 theses with titles including the words Gender, Women, Men, Feminist, Female, Male, Queer, Lesbian, Homosexual and Gay (between 1972-2010)
Sample titles of theses from 1972
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Some Perspectives on Marriage and the Nuclear Family from Participants in the Women's Movement
First listed in catalog as joint disciplinary area of concentration: 1995
Annual average of 4 declared GS AOCs, including Special Program AOCs in Women’s Studies: since 1996
First GS January Workshop: 1998
Program office opened with a part-time office assistant: 2004
Dr. Fatou Diop, Sociologist from the University of Gaston Berger, visited when GS was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Specialist in the Muslim World: 2005
Ruth Behar, Professor of Anthropology and McArthur Grant recipient, was hosted by GS and presented a public lecture on "The Ruth Room and My Search for the Jews of Cuba": 2006
Michael Messner, Professor of Sociology, USC, visited when GS was awarded Society of Women in Sociology Feminist Lecturer : 2007
Annual GS sponsorship of Sarasota/Manatee Women's Equity Celebration, commemorating women's right to vote, began: 2007
Xueping Zhang, Professor of Chinese History and Culture, Tufts University, hosted by GS: 2008
"Gender and the Body Image" Independent Study Project sponsored by GS in January: 2009
Joe Feagin presented "Racism and Anti-Racism" lecture hosted by GS: 2009
First joint disciplinary GS course "Same, Equal, Different: Gender Studies in the U.S." taught by Dr. Amy Reid: 2010
bell hooks visited New College in March and planned to return for three annual visits as a Senior Visiting Distinguished Professor: 2010
Contributions of GS to the campus recognized by the naming of Dr. Amy Reid as Director of Gender Studies Program: 2010