Examine the cultural and historical production of sexual difference, the impact of feminist research, and the intersection of gender with race, sexuality, class and colonialism.
The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) major and minor are rigorous inquiries into multiple forms of sexual difference as constructed by culture and history, and the ways these forms intersect with social forces like race, sexuality, class and colonialism.
Studying GWS challenges conventional cultural assumptions about women, sexuality and gender roles. It promotes the development of new ideas and research in feminist scholarship within an open, supportive environment.
Majors can either emphasize the theoretical focus of recent feminist interdisciplinary scholarship or pursue a joint major that links feminist research and theory to disciplines like art history, economics, English, French, history, media studies, politics, psychology, religious studies, theatre, or science, technology and society.
What You'll Study
- Four core gender and women’s studies courses
- Two courses in feminist theory
- One course cross-listed with an ethnic studies program
- Senior thesis
Learning at Pomona
Justice for South Asian American Survivors
Sagarika Gami '18 wrote her thesis about the sexual violence within the South Asian American community. She focused on alternative modes of justice, ranging from direct service organizations which provide culturally and linguistically accessible services to survivors to pre-violence educational models.
"Quantam Feminist Theories" Grace Shipton '17
For Prof. Kyla Tompkins' Queer Feminist Theories class, Shipton created a course with annotated bibliographies of proposed readings as well as introductory essays outlining the narratives of the course, which was on speculatively combining quantum and feminist theories to pull apart notions of objectivity, multiplicity and construction of meaning.
I find that applying a GWS framework to other disciplines is extremely valuable and heightened my understandings of queer theory, intersectionality, and feminist praxis.
Faculty & Teaching
The Gender and Women’s Studies faculty offers truly interdisciplinary approaches to questions surrounding how gender, sexuality and race intersect with other formations of power, such as class, nationality, ability and religion. Their broad areas of expertise will bring these questions into sharp focus as you examine these issues together.
We train students to think expansively, drawing from a variety of perspectives such as law, literature, history, art, media and ethnography. You should take our courses because they offer critical thinking skills that help us examine local and global events. Our goal for students is to prepare them to think creatively and across disciplines and, most importantly, to engage with the communities around us.