Gender in North American History - Online history courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

Gender in North American History

HIST 280/6.0

A survey of the history of gender in North America. Examines topics such as patriarchy and the unequal status of women, masculinity, racial and ethnic relations, and sexuality. Also considers the impact of gender on historical events and phenomena such as industrialization, class conflict, World War II and the Cold War. 

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall and/or winter term 

Learning Outcomes

After completing HIST 280, students will be able to:

  1. Define and explain ideas of gender, femininity, masculinity, and transgenderedness
  2. Interpret historical changes in how North American societies constructed gender identities
  3. Connect broad social patterns of gender expectations with the many lived experiences of gender
  4. Assess current and past scholarship on the histories of gender
  5. Collaborate on discussions of and multimedia projects related to the gender history of North America


The course will consider what gender history is and explore how it relates to the history of North America “Gender” refers to the socially constructed ideas of femininity and masculinity and ideas of “gender” prescribe how a woman or a man in a particular time should act or perform and how they should look. Class and racial identities also influence such expressions of a gendered identity. Gender ideas significantly change over time and across place and are not static, and our own ideas about gender in the present should not be applied to the past. Ideas of “gender” come from and are passed down by governments, religion, social elites, popular culture, media, or parents. Drawing on examples that span North American history from the idea of Turtle Island that existed before Europeans invaded the continent to gender in the colonial era to how such identities changed through the Victorian Era, industrialization, westward expansion, two world wars and the civil rights era, the course will considers how ideas of gender are embedded in historical experiences and intersect with other kinds of identities such as race, class, location, or age.


Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

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System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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