The department’s course offerings encompass investigations into the nature of gender; its intersection with other forms of difference and power, such as class, race, nation, and sexuality; and its intimate connection with forms of knowledge and social practice. In addition to introductory courses in gender studies and methods and practices of feminist scholarship, the department offers 200- and 300-level courses on women and gender in the study of culture, history, philosophy, and science; feminist theory; and numerous seminars on particular topics such as anthropology and sexualities, gender and war, and gender and class in literature. The Five College consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) have a wealth of courses related to gender and sexuality, many of which can be counted toward the Gender Studies major and minor at Mount Holyoke. Students are encouraged to explore the resources available on the other campuses through the Five College Course Catalogue.
Martha Ackmann's Gender Studies 390 course recently joined some local MHC alums for a tour of the place where Mary Lyon formed her groundbreaking lesson plan.