Gender History: Europe and America, 1650-1850

Winter Open
Class Standing
Stacey Davis

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. This "Entry" program will provide a solid foundation in the humanities for students wishing to follow the Humanities: Culture, Text, and Language in World Societies Path.

This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s in-person 2-quarter introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First-year students who register for 14 credits in this program will be placed into Greener Foundations for an additional 2 credits, totaling 16 credits. Once first-year students have been placed into Greener Foundations, they will receive an email confirming their registration status.


Course Reference Numbers
So (14): 20008
Fr (14): 20009

Academic Details

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



In Person (W)

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Schedule Details
SEM 2 D3107 - Seminar