The Department of Gender Studies participates in a Five College Gender Studies Program which includes sexuality, women's and gender studies at Amherst College, feminist studies at Hampshire College, the study of women and gender at Smith College and women, gender, sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Majors are introduced to the foundations of the field in courses on women and gender, feminist theory, and methodology. Drawing on courses offered across the Mount Holyoke curriculum and in the Five Colleges, majors then explore topics such as women’s literary and artistic production; gender in imperial and postcolonial contexts; feminist antiracism; women’s health; women and labor; violence against women; feminist science studies; queer studies; men and masculinity; transgender politics; U.S. women of color politics; women immigrants and refugees; transnational feminisms. A field-study seminar, taken in the junior or senior year; and a senior capstone course bring majors together to think through connections among the diverse intellectual and creative approaches they have encountered as well as between scholarship and social action. Our website provides guidance on selecting courses and all courses are also designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s Learning Goals.

Gender Studies Major

Students who major in gender studies begin by taking introductory courses on women and gender, feminist theory, and methods and practices.

The major requires a minimum of 36 credits, which may be taken at Mount Holyoke and at the other Five Colleges. All majors undertake a field-study project in the junior or senior year and a senior capstone course connecting scholarship and social action.

Please refer to the gender studies major checklist in planning your major. 

See the Gender Studies chapter of the course catalog for more information. 

Gender Studies Minor

The minor in gender studies requires a minimum of 20 credits, beginning with Gender Studies 101, Introduction to Gender Studies. 

Please refer to the minor checklist for planning your course of study. 

See the Gender Studies chapter of the course catalog for more information.