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Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) - Archived


The MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, providing an academic framework and broad-based community for scholarly inquiry focusing on women, gender, and sexuality. Exploring gender with the tools of different, and often multiple, disciplines, Women's and Gender Studies subjects strive to help MIT students better understand how knowledge and value take different forms depending on a variety of social variables. In the course of their inquiry, students not only learn how to use gender as a category of analysis, but also reflect on the manifestation of gender in their own lives, leading to a range of personal and intellectual discoveries. Although gender is a central component of every subject, the study of gender requires attention to connections between gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, nationality, and other social categories; different subjects shed light on different aspects of such connections. The Program is also an important resource for faculty with an advanced knowledge of gender studies within particular disciplines who are interested in learning more across disciplinary lines; it also welcomes faculty who have an emerging interest in the field of Women's Studies. The Program in Women's and Gender Studies offers an undergraduate curriculum consisting of core classes and cross-listed subjects from several departments. Students may concentrate, minor, and petition for a major departure in WS. There are more than 30 faculty members who are affiliated with the Program from fields as diverse as architecture, history, comparative media studies, brain and cognitive sciences, literature, and political science, for example. The Program in Women's and Gender Studies offered 22 subjects during the academic year 2002-2003, with approximately 300 students enrolled. Visit the MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies home page at:

Recent Submissions

  • Faery, Rebecca Blevins (2007-06)
    In The Souls of Black Folk (1903), the great cultural critic W. E. B. Du Bois wrote that "...the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line." A century after Du Bois penned those words, most Americans ...
  • Maes, Patricia (2004-06)
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  • Maher, Frinde; Bergland, Renee (2009-06)
    Feminist Inquiry starts with questions: What is feminism? What is feminist scholarship? Is feminist scholarship inherently interdisciplinary? Must feminist work interrogate disciplinarity? Must feminists collaborate? Our ...
  • Wood, Elizabeth A. (2000-12)
    This course focuses on a range of theories of gender in modern life. In recent years feminist scholars in a range of disciplines have challenged previously accepted notions of political theory such as the distinctions ...
  • Staffilani, Gigliola; Vasy, Andras (2004-12)
    This course analyzes initial and boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations and the wave and heat equation in one space dimension. It also covers the Sturm-Liouville theory and eigenfunction expansions, ...