Course Clusters

To help students move through the GSF major or minor, we have identified three clusters that reflect shared interests among the core faculty (and link to those of other faculty who regularly teach for the Program). We offer these clusters so students can build upon their interests (and the research interests of the faculty) and create a sustained narrative of increased depth and specificity.


Designed for students interested in the arts and their connections to social change, this series of courses explores the ways in which orders of representation--whether literary, visual or performative—frame and reflect upon social hierarchies and their relationships to power and desire. Putting creative acts in their historical contexts, these courses will address how gender, sexuality, and race are imaginatively and materially represented and the effects of these representations in both consolidating and contesting social values. Students taking courses in this cluster will acquire concepts and frameworks that will enable them to address both the autonomy of artistic and representational practices and their connections with the social world beyond them.

Sample courses
  • Feminism, Signs, and Representations
  • Gender and Popular Culture
  • Girls Go Global (first-year seminar (FYS))
  • Space-Body-Image
  • Interpreting Bodies
  • Feminist Art from the 1970s to the Present
  • Gender, Sexuality, and the Image

Global + Politics + Inequality

This cluster of GSF courses considers forms of hierarchy that exist across the world and within the United States, including those based on gender, sexuality, race, and class. The courses address how such hierarchies are made or potentially unmade by governments, corporations, and advocacy groups. They focus on developing students' vocabulary, frameworks, and analytical skills related to the politics of inequality and social transformation. Students who take courses in this cluster will be able to connect configurations of gender & sexuality with political and economic currents around the world. The courses will also improve students’ ability to contribute effectively to debates about the sources of enduring inequalities. This cluster fits particularly well with interests in public policy, international comparative studies, economics, law, non-profit advocacy, and social justice.

Sample courses
  • Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
  • Global Men & Masculinities
  • Feminist Activism, Social Movements
  • Transnational (Global) Feminism
  • Money, Sex, Power
  • Sex Work: Politics of Sexual Labor
  • Gender & Sexuality in MENA (FYS)
  • Girls Go Global (FYS)

STEM: Science + Technology + Environment + Medicine

The classes in this cluster explore dialogues between feminism and science from a range of perspectives.  Examining assumptions about scientific objectivity and empiricism, these classes consider different ways of viewing the human body, the environment, and the animal body. Using race, class, gender, sexuality, among other rubrics, classes in this cluster will ask how feminism might expand the scope of ecology, human and animal medicine, and the life sciences.  

Sample courses
  • Reproductive Ethics
  • Nature, Culture and Gender
  • Call the Midwife: The Politics of Birth and Death
  • Animals and Ethics
  • Food, Farming, Feminism
  • Transnational (Global) Feminism