Gender Studies is a dynamic interdisciplinary field of academic study and research that begins from interrogating “gender” as a social and cultural concept that has real impact on human lives, practices, and institutions. Drawing on continuing scholarly developments, Gender Studies invites you to question assumptions about how gender and associated issues impact the social and political world and inform academic study and practice across the Natural and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.
Gender Studies, recognized as an interdisciplinary academic program at New College since 1995, draws on curricula across the campus (and beyond) to serve students pursuing the Area of Concentration and to introduce students working in other AOCs to the complex focal problem of “gender.”
Faculty throughout the College address issues related to Gender Studies in their courses, research and creative work, and tutorials. They also offer courses explicitly cross listed under Gender Studies, and in some cases may be willing to allow a particularly interested student to use the lens of gender and related issues to adapt noncross-listed coursework for credit in the Gender Studies Program.
The AOC in Gender Studies complies with the New College Academic Learning Compact, which ensures that graduates have demonstrated the requisite levels of ability in oral and written communication, appropriate content knowledge, and creative and critical thinking skills for the Bachelor of Arts degree. These skills are assessed in each academic and service-learning component. The senior thesis project and the baccalaureate examination are the final capstone requirement, demonstrating the student’s achievement of the required skills and abilities for the Gender Studies portion of the AOC.
At New College, students may choose either:
A good choice for many, the Joint-Disciplinary option enhances students’ interdisciplinary focus on gender and its intersections with a solid grounding in a complementary discipline (e.g. biology, literature, sociology, etc.).
In addition to the requirements laid out by the Gender Studies Program students are responsible for fulfilling the AOC requirements of their paired discipline in consultation with appropriate faculty in that field. Students wishing to pair their work in Gender Studies with a Divisional AOC (Humanities, Natural or Social Sciences) must file for a “Special Area of Concentration” (i.e., “Gender Studies in the Humanities”) and complete both the requirements for the Joint-Disciplinary Gender Studies AOC and all the requirements for the Divisional AOC.
For more explicitly focused students, especially those who want to complete a senior project that is solidly within the interdisciplinary fields of Gender Studies, the stand-alone AOC may be a better choice. (Requirements for both the Gender Studies AOC and the Joint-Disciplinary option may be on our curriculum page.)
Gender Studies pulls from faculty across the entire campus. Faculty who affiliate with Gender Studies are choosing to make themselves available to students with broad interests rather than insular disciplinary ones, so these faculty tend to be particularly generous, interested in student learning and personal development, and willing to step outside their own comfort zone.
For instance, faculty trained as laboratory scientists have been willing to help students interested in learning more about the struggles of women scientists and shared their personal knowledge and sponsored students researching women’s contributions to the sciences. Faculty with expertise in women writers have worked with students interested in African American masculinity to learn more about ongoing masculinity and critical race studies, or faculty focused on labor issues have been willing to help students interested in learning more about the particular challenges facing African women.
Faculty with expertise in gender and feminist theory have worked with students to explore the full range of thinking about sexual identity and the non-identitarian field of queer theory.
Sometimes faculty have been willing to collaborate with each other to create a kind of composite and comparative group tutorial, offering a short two- to three-week unit of a course in an area they know well so that students can get a good overview of how “gender” impacts fields from classics to anthropology, from tropical botany to philosophy.
In addition to the staff of the Gender Studies Program, faculty throughout the College address issues related to Gender Studies in their courses, research and tutorials.
View the requirements for a “Joint Disciplinary” Area of Concentration, or a full AOC in Gender Studies.Read more here
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