Gender History: Europe and America, 1650-1850

Winter 2020
Freshman - Sophomore
Class Size: 12
16 Credits per quarter
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This program covers the history of gender in Western Europe and the United States during the 17th and 18th centuries. Emphasis is on understanding shifting gender roles in light of larger socio-cultural, political, economic, legal, and religious histories. Common women and men, like artisans, soldiers, peasants, and nuns, are the focus of our study, and their daily experiences will be contrasted with gendered expectations for elites and portrayals of gender in literature, religious texts, and art. Special areas of attention include the gendered realities of early American colonists and enslaved people in the United States, as well as the impacts of the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the American and French Revolutions on gender roles and expectations. Program readings and writing assignments are extensive; you will practice text analysis, seminar skills, and academic essay writing. This program is a continuation of the yearlong gender history sequence that began in fall, but both students from the fall program and students new to gender history are welcome to join.


Enrollment Conditions

New students accepted in winter.

Winter 2020 Registration

Signature Required

Interested students should contact the faculty for a signature override. 

Course Reference Numbers

So (16): 20209
Fr (16): 20210

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies and careers in

history, gender studies, humanities, and the social sciences.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing


Time Offered
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First Meeting

SEM 2 B2109 - Seminar


Date Revision
2019-11-20 Signature requirement added