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The department provides an interdisciplinary and transnational analysis of the historical, theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of women and gender. Innovative teaching and research experiences help students analyze social and cultural differences, transform their understanding of traditional areas of study and develop their ability to interact with the world in personal and intellectual ways.

About the Major

Women’s and gender studies will provide you with a powerful perspective on cultural and world history by putting women at the center of its analysis. You may be inspired to pursue a grant to conduct summer research with a professor. Women’s and gender studies students at Hamilton have, for instance, researched women day laborers, feminism and sexual assault on college campuses and the identities of contemporary Cuban women.

I find so many intersections between science and feminism and women studies, and (women's studies) really colors all the other things that I do in terms of my perspectives that I take on the world, on science, on life.

Rachel Sobel ’15 — Women's studies major

Women’s and gender studies at Hamilton certainly is not for women only. It is not even exclusively about women. Who are we as individuals and as members of a society? Who shapes those identities, and how? How do gender, power, race and class affect the interactions of women and men? These are issues that every thoughtful person must address. Above all, women’s studies is about personal and intellectual growth.

Careers After Hamilton

  • Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Program Officer, Building Movements, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Nurse Midwife, URMC Midwifery Group
  • 4th Grade Teacher, The IDEAL School of Manhattan
  • Attorney, Laskoff & Associates
  • Mental Health Counselor/Play Therapist, Integrative Counseling Services
  • Physician, Rhode Island Hospital

Contact Information


Women's and Gender Studies Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4702 315-859-4253 womensstudies@hamilton.edu

Meet Our Faculty

A Sampling of Courses

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Women and Madness 190


Examination of historical, cultural, literary, artistic and psychological constructions and representations of women as “mad.” Uses feminist sociopolitical perspectives to explore how these representations are connected to topics such as anger, violence, sexuality, race, class, conformity and resistance to female roles, and the psychiatric and psychological communities.

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Introduction to Feminist Thought 201S


An interdisciplinary examination of the history and contemporary practice of feminist thought. Topics include the history of feminist thought in Western culture, the broadening and complication of that canon to include examinations of race, class, gender, sexuality, ableism and ageism, and the implications of global feminist thought. Writing-intensive.

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Women, Law, Public Policy and Activism in the Contemporary United States 225S


An examination of feminist analysis of legislation and legal theory; public, educational and social policy; and legal/policy activism in the U.S. Opportunity for law or public policy research and/or internship in area. Writing-intensive.

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The Straight Story?: Rethinking the Romance 278


A study of the ways in which various forms of sexual desire (overt or closeted) drive the plot of literary works. How is desire constructed? How have authors used, manipulated and resisted the marriage plot for aesthetic and political ends? Special attention to works by gay and lesbian authors. Readings, which include works of theory as well as imaginative texts, to include such authors as Austen, Diderot, Balzac, Zola, Wilde, Baldwin.

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Feminist Methodological Perspectives 301F


An interdisciplinary exploration of feminist methods of social analysis. Emphasis on how feminist inquiry has transformed how we think about and study gender in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Writing-intensive.

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Kitchen Culture: Women, Gender and the Politics of Food 334S


A cultural studies examination of women’s long-standing association with the private space of the home, in particular the kitchen, and the production and consumption of food. Grounded by feminist theoretical discussions of domesticity, the class analyzes how notions of family, community and cultural practices connected to food are differentiated by race, class, ethnicity and nationality.

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