MUSI 4519 (Topic: Trauma,Shame)

The course, “Trauma, Shame, and Mourning,” addresses relations between music and concepts drawn from psychology and sociology. We often associate music with pleasure and entertainment, but many kinds of music have strong connections with painful, complicated psychological states and life events.

SAST 3300

This class will focus on cinema produced by the industry in Mumbai, popularly called Bollywood. Topics will include the relationship between fiction and documentation, between melodrama and realism, music and affect.  Students will be taught the tools of film analysis and will be expected to watch and unpack films each week.  They will also be expected to consider films in the social, political and economic contexts in which they were made.  

ENCR 4500 - 001(Fem Theory)

An introduction to American feminist criticism and theory.  This course pairs novels and other works by women with theoretical essays in order to contrast diverse feminist approaches.

WGS 4998

Majors in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) are encouraged to become Distinguished Majors. Students complete a two-semester written thesis (approximately 30-50 pages in length) in their fourth year under the supervision of a WGS faculty member. The thesis allows students to pursue their own interests in depth and have the intellectual satisfaction of defining and completing a sustained project.  Please see for more information.

WGS 4350

Examines gender stratification - the relative level of equality of men and women in a given group -  in comparative and cross-historical perspective.  Several theories are presented to explain the variations, from gender-egalitarian to highly patriarchal groups.

This course fulfills the global requirement.

WGS 3993

Individual student research on topics in women, gender and/or sexuality. A WGS faculty member mentors the student with whom the requirements are agreed upon prior to enrollment. Independent Study classes must be taken for a grade in order to count the credits toward the major.  If you are interested in designing an independent study please approach faculty well in advance.

WGS 3810

This course provides an overview of the historical bases and contemporary developments in feminist theorizing and analyze a range of theories on gender, including liberal, Marxist, radical, difference, and postmodernist feminist theories. We will explore how feminist theories apply to contemporary debates on the body, sexuality, colonialism, globalization and transnationalism. Throughout the course we will incorporate analysis of race, class, and national differences as well as cross-cultural perspectives.

WGS 3200

This course traces the history of American female athletes from the late 1800s through the early 21st century. By gaining an historical understanding of the contributions of female athletes, we will explore the social, political, economic, and cultural constraints that have been placed on sportswomen, and their attempts to transcend such limitations.

WGS 2891

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills through involvement in academic service learning. Students will explore the psychological, social, and cultural issues affecting adolescent girls and apply this understanding through service with the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP), a mentoring program that pairs middle school girls with college women for a year.


Selected Publications:
Blumberg, Rae Lesser (with Robert F. Winch, Maria-Pilar Garcia, Margaret T. Gordon and Gay C. Kitson). Familial Organization: Quest for Determinants. New York: The Free Press, 1977.
Blumberg, Rae Lesser, Stratification: Socioeconomic and Sexual Inequality. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown, 1978.