Selecting Courses

The department’s course offerings (Bulletin and Course Catalog for Gender Studies and or search for classes at Mount Holyoke) 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. 

GNDST 290 Internship or Field Project

Majors are required to take GNDST 290, Internship or Field Project, during the junior or senior year.

This course presents an opportunity for students to apply feminist theory and to synthesize their work in gender studies. The connections between the academy and the community, and between scholarship and social action, are emphasized. Permission to have a course other than Gender Studies 290 fulfill the field placement/community-based learning requirement is given by the department chair. This course may not be fulfilled by an internship or an independent study

  • Students either design their own field project or arrange for a placement at an agency, institution, or place of work that deals with the concerns of women. The Community-Based Learning center can also help with 
  • Visit our Study Abroad and Internships pages for information on internships, study abroad, and other opportunities.
  • The Community-Based Learning center can also help you identify opportunities to engage in community and social justice work. 

A weekly seminar with other students engaged in 290 work provides a structured setting in which to analyze these experiences and share works-in-progress. Frequent writing assignments are required.

Examples of internships over the past years are listed below:

  • F.R.E.S.H. Start, South Hadley, MA
  • Pioneer Pathways: A Health Crisis Resource Center
  • ACTV, Amherst, MA
  • International Language Institute, Northampton, MA
  • S.H.E. (Sexual Health Educators), Mount Holyoke College
  • Tapestry Health, Northampton, MA
  • Girls, Inc., Holyoke, MA
  • The Evergreens, Amherst, MA
  • Springfield District Court, Springfield, MA
  • Care Center, Holyoke, MA
  • AIDS CARE/Hampshire County, Northampton, MA
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Springfield, MA
  • G.L.A.S.S. - Gay, Lesbian and Straight Society, Greenfield, MA
  • Nueva Esperanza, Holyoke, MA
  • Queer Teen, Pioneer Valley
  • Western Massachusetts Food Bank, Hatfield, MA
  • Youth Assessment Facility, Springfield, MA
  • Media Education Foundation, Northampton, MA

First-Year Students

Fall Gender Studies courses recommended for first-year students:

  • 101-01: Introduction to Gender Studies
  • 101-02: Introduction to Gender Studies
  • 101-03: Introduction to Gender Studies
  • 101-04: Introduction to Gender Studies

Spring Gender Studies courses recommended for first-year students:

  • 101-01: Introduction to Gender Studies
  • 101-02: Introduction to Gender Studies
  • 101-03: Introduction to Gender Studie