CONCENTRATION in the BA SOCIOLOGY / ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR

What You’ll Study

We’ve all heard phrases like “a real man” or “not very ladylike” — but what is a “real” woman or man? These concepts are endlessly negotiated in everyday situations. Gender is created in large part by the social processes of culture — processes that involve power and intersect with sexuality, race, and class in complex ways. Feminine and masculine roles are the ideological territory both of violence and opportunity.

Our program will introduce you to a critical perspective on the social construction of gender as well as to women’s cultural contributions and experiences, emphasizing the challenges that women face locally and globally.

Our program prepares you to:

  • understand a range of disciplinary approaches to the study of gender and women.
  • analyze the ways women contribute to and transform social life.
  • compare social gender norms across history and cultures.
  • analyze how power and privilege function where gender intersects with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

Explore Classes in This Program

GDS 366

Feminist Thought

Feminist thought is not one unified body, but has many influences and debates within it. Through primary source readings, discussion, and written work, you will explore the development of feminist thought, examine major feminist theoretical approaches and the key debates among feminists, and see how theory is applied to action.

GDS 305

Arab Women’s Literature and Film

This course focuses on contemporary literature and film by women in the Arab World. You’ll see how authors and filmmakers work to subvert stereotypes that long prevail in the West. This course examines issues of gender, class, education, nationalism, and religion. The main focus is reading and discussion of texts and films, as well as research in theory, criticism, history, religious studies, current events, and popular culture.

GDS 380

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

This course guides students through an anthropological examination of gender as a social construct across cultures. You’ll begin with an examination of how gender has been defined as a category within anthropology and how gendered experiences effect fieldwork and research. You’ll examine connections between gender, identity, and the body, as well as how gender plays out in the arenas of kinship, sexuality, ritual, and performance in order to reveal the diversity of expressions of gender across time and cultures.

Meet Our Faculty

At Warren Wilson College, knowledge and ideas are not confined to the classroom. My students are intelligent, engaged, and dedicated, and their energy and commitment inspire me to work hard to consistently connect learning and skills with meaningful applications.

Laura Vance, Ph.D.
Laura Vance
Laura Vance, Ph.D.
As one of Indonesia’s “Traveling World Class Professors,” Warren Wilson College professor Siti Kusujiarti is building a collaborative research partnership with Jenderal Soedirman University faculty members.

Warren Wilson students are poised to learn and to expand their horizons.

Siti Kusujiarti, Ph.D.
As one of Indonesia’s “Traveling World Class Professors,” Warren Wilson College professor Siti Kusujiarti is building a collaborative research partnership with Jenderal Soedirman University faculty members.
Siti Kusujiarti, Ph.D.
Ben Feinberg

At Warren Wilson, we have the time we need to know our students as real, complete, complicated human beings, not just a butt in a seat and a name on a paper.

Ben Feinberg, Ph.D.
Ben Feinberg
Ben Feinberg, Ph.D.
Christey Carwile

I love that Warren Wilson allows me to be my own quirky self both in and outside of the classroom. If I cannot be honest and true to who I am while teaching and learning, then what's the point? The kinds of connections I am able to make with students here are invaluable; I am always learning from them, always being challenged and always growing along with them.

Christey Carwile, Ph.D.
Christey Carwile
Christey Carwile, Ph.D.

Work, service, learning… I fell in love with the college, the farm, and the triad. Working with students who share the college vision with such passion and dedication is a daily inspiration.

David G. Moore, Ph.D.
David G. Moore, Ph.D.
Laura Vance