Apr 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Gender and Sexuality Studies Program


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Program Director: Michael Bosia

                 

Affiliated Faculty:

                  Michael Bosia (Political Science)
                  Maura D’Amore (English) 
                  Crystal L’Hôte (Philosophy)
                  Shefali Misra (Political Science)
                  Kerry Shea (English)
                  Alexandra Garrett (History)

The Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Saint Michael’s College focuses on questions of gender and difference, the body and sexuality. As students investigate power relations, social inequalities, and modes of resistance, they consider how normative and non-normative constructions of gender and sexuality shape the production of knowledge in given fields at particular moments and locales.

An interdisciplinary program, Gender and Sexuality Studies draws from a wide range of faculty and courses, including fine arts, liberal arts, humanities, social and natural sciences and pre-professional programs. Since much of culture is grounded in constructions of gender, issues examined in courses may encompass sexual identities and orientations, intersex and transgender issues, social practices, gender-influenced cultural productions and historical change. Courses across the curriculum may consider such matters as how biology intersects with culture, how gender creates and maintains structures of power, how aspects of the humanities are gender-inflected, and how gendered identities affect personhood. The purpose of such academic exploration is to expand curricular possibilities that enable students to comprehend more fully the complex factors that shape their experiences of themselves, others and the world. Service learning and active engagement in contemporary gender issues are essential aspects of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

Students can take a variety of courses at Saint Michael’s or, with permission of the coordinator, take courses through our exchange program in Women’s Studies at the University of Vermont.

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