Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Program

The Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (RHRJ) certificate provides undergraduate students at the Five Colleges with an opportunity to develop a strong understanding of the social, economic, legal, and political conditions that influence reproduction in the U.S. and transnationally.

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About

Founded in 2015, the Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ) Certificate aims to provide undergraduates from across the Five Colleges with a strong foundation in the field of reproductive politics.  Reproductive health, rights, and justice scholarship examines the impact of reproductive policies not only on individuals, but also on communities, with particular attention to communities that have been historically marginalized. The field also includes study of the history of social movements for reproductive empowerment, including the movements for women's liberation, disability rights, racial justice, economic justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and the women's health, reproductive freedom, and reproductive justice movements.  By taking six courses across a range of disciplines and completing a special final project, RHRJ certificate graduates are prepared for graduate school, as well as careers in law, science, medicine, health, politics, social work, and community organizing.

Information Session

Every semester the RHRJ Certificate holds an information and advising session via zoom for interested Five College students. The next information and advising session will be Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at noon.

Please register here:  https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kdeiorz0qH9EeLwJ5mKcXBTIeNscvVDU3

Questions or need more info?  Contact jlnye@umass.edu

Flyer for RHRJ's Information Session and Advising Workshop

Courses

RHRJ Certificate Course Requirements

Number of Courses Required:  Students must take six sources from across three categories— one foundational course, one transnational/global course, one upper-level course (300 level or above) and three additional courses from any of the below categories.

  • No course may satisfy more than one certificate distribution requirement (i.e. one course cannot count as both a foundational AND transnational/global course).
  • Courses counted toward satisfaction of campus-based major, minor or another Five College Certificate’s requirements may also be counted toward the RHRJ Certificate.
  • Courses may be in-person, on-line, hybrid, taken during any time of year, and must be 3-credits or more

Types of Courses that Count:  Courses must be from the approved RHRJ Certificate course list OR be a non-listed course that is approved by the student’s RHRJ Certificate advisor as counting toward the Certificate because the course meets the below category standards. Examples of non-listed courses that may count toward the Certificate with advisor approval:

  • Study abroad courses
  • Courses from other colleges/universities
  • Five College courses that are enhanced with additional RHRJ content / assignments
  • Evaluation of Non-Listed Courses:  Students should provide their advisor with (1) a short paragraph explaining why they believe the course meets the Certificate requirements and (2) a copy of the syllabus and relevant completed assignments (if possible). 

Course Category Descriptions

A foundational course has 90–100% reproductive health, rights, and justice content, as reflected in the course title and description. Foundational courses introduce students to reproductive politics, including the reproductive health, rights and justice frameworks; introduce students to thinking intersectionally about reproductive issues, for example, how gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability and nationality intersect to shape women’s experiences of reproductive oppression, and their resistance strategies; and teach students to think systemically about reproductive issues, rather than just individually, that is, about the impact of reproductive politics not only on individuals, but also on communities, and how social, economic, legal and political conditions impact reproduction. The material may be covered through any disciplinary or interdisciplinary lens, including history, sociology, legal studies, public policy, women, gender and sexuality studies, political science, journalism, religious studies, American studies, transnational studies, etc. 

A transnational/global course has 25% reproductive health, rights, and justice content, as defined above, with a transnational/global (i.e. non-U.S.) focus. 

An additional course has 25% reproductive health, rights, and justice content, as defined above.

Note that if you don't see classes from all campuses currently listed, they will appear as the campuses release their course schedules for the semester. The five campuses release their schedules on different dates. Visit this page for specific dates.

Spring 2024 RHRJ Courses: Foundational

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
BLST 309 01 Island Bodies Jallicia Jolly Amherst College TU/TH | 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
CSI 0225 1 Reproductive Justice Jina Fast Hampshire College 10:30AM-11:50AM TU;10:30AM-11:50AM TH
NS 0224 1 Sexual/Repro Health & Tech Cory Gatrall Hampshire College 09:00AM-10:20AM W;09:00AM-10:20AM F
BIOL 321PR 01 Pregnancy and the Placenta Sarah Bacon Mount Holyoke College TTH 09:00AM-10:15AM
SOC 232 01 World Population Leslie L. King Smith College TU TH 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM
SWG 271 01 Colq: Reproductive Justice Loretta Ross Smith College TU TH 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
SWG 300ah 01 Sem:T-AbortionHistory Carrie N. Baker Smith College TH 1:20 PM - 4:00 PM
HISTORY 378R 01 ST-Hist/ReproductiveRightsLaw Jennifer Nye UMass Amherst TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM
NURSING 325 01 Maternal-Newborn Nursing Katharine Green UMass Amherst F 12:20PM 2:00PM
NURSING 398I 01 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Katharine Green UMass Amherst 1:00AM 1:00AM
NURSING 398I 02 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Lindsay DuBois UMass Amherst 1:00AM 1:00AM
NURSING 398I 03 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Maud Low UMass Amherst 1:00AM 1:00AM
NURSING 398I 04 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Suzanne Starling UMass Amherst 1:00AM 1:00AM
NURSING 398I 05 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Suzanne Starling UMass Amherst 1:00AM 1:00AM
PUBHLTH 444 01 Reproductive Justice Aline Gubrium UMass Amherst TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM
WGSS 205 01 Feminist Health Politics B Aultman UMass Amherst M W 2:30PM 3:45PM

Spring 2024 RHRJ Courses: Transnational/Global

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
AMST 309 01 Island Bodies Jallicia Jolly Amherst College TU/TH | 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
AMST 313 01 Black Feminist Health Jallicia Jolly Amherst College TU | 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM
GNDST 241PH 01 Pharmocracy Christian Gundermann Mount Holyoke College MW 01:45PM-03:00PM
JUD 217 01 Motherhood in Early Judaism Sari Fein Smith College TU TH 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
SOC 232 01 World Population Leslie L. King Smith College TU TH 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM
SWG 238 01 Women, Money, Transnat Soc Mov Ana Del Conde Smith College W 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM; M 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM
WGSS 205 01 Feminist Health Politics B Aultman UMass Amherst M W 2:30PM 3:45PM

Spring 2024 RHRJ Courses: Additional

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
AMST 221 01 Active Citizenship Molly Mead Amherst College W/F | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
AMST 240 01 Rethinking Pocahontas Kiara Vigil Amherst College TU/TH | 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
POSC 160 01 Sexualities in IR Manuela Picq Amherst College M/W | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
SWAG 160 01 Sexualities in IR Manuela Picq Amherst College M/W | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
HACU 0202 1 Communicating Climate Change Dhardon Sharling Hampshire College 01:00PM-02:20PM TU;01:00PM-02:20PM TH
GNDST 101 01 Intro to Gender Studies Niamh Timmons Mount Holyoke College MW 11:30AM-12:45PM
GNDST 101 02 Intro to Gender Studies Niamh Timmons Mount Holyoke College MW 07:15PM-08:30PM
GNDST 101 03 Intro to Gender Studies Sandra Russell Mount Holyoke College MW 01:45PM-03:00PM
POLIT 387FX 01 The Feminist Sex Wars Kevin Henderson Mount Holyoke College W 07:15PM-10:05PM
SOCI 216FM 01 Families, Kinship, & Sexuality Samantha Leonard Mount Holyoke College TTH 09:00AM-10:15AM
ESS 340 01 Sem: Women's Health Barbara Brehm-Curtis Smith College M W 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
SWG 150 01 Intro Women & Gender Carrie N. Baker Smith College TU TH 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
SWG 150 02 Intro Women & Gender Jennifer M. DeClue Smith College M W 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM
SWG 150 03 Intro Women & Gender Jennifer M. DeClue Smith College M W 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
SWG 241 01 White Supremacy/ Age of Trump Loretta Ross Smith College TU TH 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
HISTORY 378 01 Sex and the Supreme Court Jennifer Nye UMass Amherst TU 1:00PM 3:30PM
LEGAL 394FI 01 Family & The State Diane Curtis UMass Amherst TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM
PHIL 371 01 Philosophical Perspctvs/Gender Eleonore Neufeld UMass Amherst M W 4:00PM 5:15PM
WGSS 201 01 Gender&Diff: Critical Analyses Reyna Orellana UMass Amherst TU TH 11:30AM 12:45PM
WGSS 201 02 Gender&Diff: Critical Analyses Debadatta Chakraborty UMass Amherst TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM
WGSS 205 01 Feminist Health Politics B Aultman UMass Amherst M W 2:30PM 3:45PM
WGSS 286 01 History/Sexuality&Race/US Kirsten Leng UMass Amherst M W 10:10AM 11:00AM
WGSS 286 01AA History/Sexuality&Race/US UMass Amherst F 9:05AM 9:55AM
WGSS 286 01AB History/Sexuality&Race/US UMass Amherst F 10:10AM 11:00AM
WGSS 286 01AC History/Sexuality&Race/US UMass Amherst F 11:15AM 12:05PM
WGSS 286 01AD History/Sexuality&Race/US UMass Amherst F 12:20PM 1:10PM
WGSS 286 01AE History/Sexuality&Race/US UMass Amherst F 1:25PM 2:15PM
WGSS 286 01AF History/Sexuality&Race/US UMass Amherst F 11:15AM 12:05PM
WGSS 393S 01 S-Feminism&SocJusticeActivism Laura Briggs UMass Amherst TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM

Contact Us

Program Chair:

Jennifer L. Nye, Senior Lecturer II in History, Law & Social Justice, Department of History, UMass Amherst

Five College Staff Liaison:

April Shandor, Academic Programs Coordinator

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