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COURSE CATALOGUE : MEN'S STUDIES

The Men’s Studies Program offers a minor that involves an intellectually rigorous and coherent exploration of men’s identity and experience, and of masculinity itself.  While the subject of the minor is men, all students, however gender identified, are strongly encouraged to pursue course work in this interdisciplinary field of study.

The minor is structured with an introduction to the field of Men’s Studies through a close-up look at the lives of college men.  It then offers additional course work in the history and sociology of men’s experience, gender and sexuality as organizing categories of men’s identity and experience, and theory, including a Senior Capstone course requirement—Theories of Masculinity.  The minor also addresses method, including ways of knowing and learning about these matters.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 6 courses
MNST 101 College Men: Campus Life and the Quest for Manhood
BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity 
MNST 301 Theories of Masculinity
ELECTIVES Three elective courses—one each from the following three fields listed below: LGBT or related fields, Gender, and Theory.  

THEORY COURSES
ARTH 211 Women and the Visual Arts in 19th Century Europe
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
ENG 304 Feminist Literary Theory
LGBT 209 Queer of Color Critique
LGBT 302 Trans* Studies
SOC 300 Classical Sociological Theory
WMST 300 Feminist Theory

LGBT AND RELATED COURSES
AMST 310 The History of Sexual Minorities in America
ENG 212 Literature of Sexual Minorities
LGBT 201 Transgender Identities and Politics
LGBT 206/306 Sexuality and Space
LGBT 207/307 Transnational Intimacies
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
REL 283 Que(e)rying Religious Studies

GENDER COURSES
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross Cultural Perspective
ASN 220 Male and Female in East Asian Societies
BIDS 286 Gender, Nature, and Literature in Latin America
BIDS 291 Middle Ages Art and Literature: The Vikings (only this topic applies)
CLAS 209 Alexander the Great
CLAS 230 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
CLAS 310 Sparta: Greece’s Warrior Society
ENG 330 Male Heroism In The Middle Ages
PHIL 152 Issues: Philosophy and Feminism
POL 238 Sex and Power
PSY 227 Introduction to Social Psychology
REL 236 Gender and Islam
REL 347 Gender and Globalization in the Muslim World
SOC 205 Men and Masculinities
SOC 225 Sociology of the Family
SOC 226 Sociology of Sex and Gender
WRRH 265 He Says, She Says: Language and Gender

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
MNST 101 College Men: Campus Life and the Quest for Manhood This course looks at the gendered lives of college men as they experience campus life in their quest for manhood.  It fulfills the introductory level requirement for the Men’s Studies minor.  Men’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field concerned with men’s identity and experience and the social construction of masculinity.  In that context, college occupies the critical social and developmental space between boyhood and manhood for many men.  College, then, is both a site of learning and a site of gender formation.  And, while college men are shaped by their learning environment, historically, they also have shaped their learning environment-- with consequences for themselves and all students, however gender identified.  This course begins with a historical introduction, outlining the creation of “campus life” more than a century ago by college men as they occupied residential colleges, including HWS.  It then moves forward to the present, encompassing critical issues in campus life today that are also woven into men’s quest for manhood: the social construction of gender in the college experience, athletics, curriculum, fraternities, sexualities, men’s health and wellness (including alcohol and substance use and abuse), violence, diversity among men (multiple, positive ways of being a man on campus), and campus activism. From the point of view of those issues, the course is an exploration of men’s social power on campus, but, also, an inquiry into the sense of personal powerlessness men sometimes feel.  All students-- however gender identified—will benefit from this learning experience as they increase their understanding of campus life and their own identities.  The course also introduces students to various interdisciplinary methods encompassed by the field of Men’s Studies.

BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity This course offers a reinterpretation of men’s and boys’ lives from the perspectives of history and sociology, informed by pro-feminist men’s studies. We assert that masculinity is problematic – for men and for women – but also, subject to change, since it is socially constructed and historically variable. We focus on men’s lives in American society from the late 19th-century to the present, and explore multiple masculinities in the intersectionalities of race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. This course allows all students, however gender identified, to develop a deeper understanding of men as men, and to re-think male experience. The course syllabus includes small-group discussions, guest lectures, and films. Course requirements typically include three bidisciplinary essays: a biography exploring the problematics of masculinity; an analytic of men in groups; and a speculative essay “solutions” and social change. Typical readings: Pollack, Real Boys; Johnson, The Gender Knot; Gonzales, Muy Macho; Monette, Becoming a Man; Kimmel, Men Confront Pornography; Coltrane, Family Man; Gerson, The Unfinished Revolution.

MNST 301 Theories of Masculinity This course is a Men’s Studies Senior Seminar/Capstone that looks at several theories, or general explanations, of men’s identity and experience and masculinity itself across multiple methodologies, ideologies, and schools of thought.  It is centered upon the three major ideological critiques of contemporary masculinity—conservative/traditional, feminist, and mythopoetic— but encompasses important writings of several authors who theorize masculinity from a variety of perspectives, including: psychoanalytic, neo-Marxist, postmodern, and critical race, including: Robert Bly, Harry Brod, Nancy Chodorow, R. W. Connell, Michel Foucault, George Gilder, Jeff Hearn, Shelia Jeffreys, Michael Kimmel, James Messerschmidt, James O’Neill, Samuel Osherson, and Victor Seidler.  This course is a required Senior Seminar/ Capstone Course for the Men’s Studies Minor.  It is open to other students with permission of the instructor.

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.