Men's Studies



The Men's Studies program offers an intellectually rigorous and coherent explanation of men's lives, focusing on theories of masculinity, the history and sociology of men's experience, gender and sexuality as organizing categories of men's identity and experience, and ways of knowing and teaching about these matters.

Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with a thorough exploration of men's lives, identities, and experiences.

Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Men's Studies a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in Men's Studies or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.

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Requirements for the Minor

interdisciplinary, 5 courses

An introductory course: either FSEM 196 Theories of Masculinity or another course approved by the coordinator; BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity; one theory course; one course on sexual minorities; and one course on gender. The five courses of the minor must include two courses from each of two divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine and performing arts).


CLAS 230 Gender in Antiquity


Trace the roots of attitudes toward gender...all the way back to the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. You might even be surprised by the amount of influence the expectations of these ancient cultures have on society - and expectations toward men and women - today. Is your interest in the history of ancient Greece piqued? Enroll in EUST 101 Foundations of European Studies I to learn more.

POL 238 Sex and Power


American politics has always had a male bias, but with the feminist movement, the American political system has been altered. What does this say about the idea of equality and justice in our system? Critique the American political system from feminist perspectives and examine issues such as the sexual revolution and its effects. Still want to know more about the feminist movement? Take HIST 317 Women's Rights Movements in the U.S.

BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity


How is Masculinity problematic - for both men and women? You'll study masculinity in American society and its many incarnations through race, ethnicity, and sexuality. Through discussion, you'll come to a deeper understanding of men as men, or perhaps even re-think the male experience completely. Discuss male sexuality further by enrolling in AMST 254 American Masculinities: Cultural Construction and Gay Men.



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