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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


College of Letters and Science


Women's Studies


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    Andrea Westlund, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, Director

    Women's Studies is an academic discipline that critically evaluates gender from an interdisciplinary perspective and challenges many traditional assumptions and theories about women that have excluded them from positions of power. It examines the practice and expression of gender in different societies and at different historical moments; it explores the various origins and articulations of gender differentiation; it traces the influence of gender expectations on individuals and it studies the interactions of gender and other differences in social, political, and cultural contexts. The feminist pedagogy used in Women's Studies courses empowers all students to become active learners and social change agents through discussion, written work, collaborative projects, and practical involvement beyond the classroom.

    Students completing a BA with a major in Women's Studies will be able to analyze competing perspectives and integrate various bodies of knowledge across traditional academic boundaries. They learn to identify and assess gender-based assumptions and biases and to recognize their consequences on an individual, social, and cultural level. Students develop critical thinking skills as they examine the process of acquiring knowledge and learn to question not only the answers, but the questions as well. Women's Studies courses complement and enhance the training students receive in liberal arts and the professions. They may be taken to fulfill General Education requirements or as part of the offerings in many departments.

    Women's Studies prepares students for careers in nonprofit organizations, business, the creative arts, education, government and public policy, journalism, law, medicine, publishing, science, the social sciences, social work, and many other fields. Students who major or minor in Women's Studies are equipped for graduate study in many fields, including the social sciences, humanities, and professions. They may combine their interest in Women's Studies with many of the certificate programs offered at UWM or with another departmental major.

    Students who are interested in the major or minor should consult with the Women’s Studies Program to make a formal declaration. For additional information, please contact the Women's Studies Program, located in NWQ B 7585, by phone at (414) 229-5918 or on the web at http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/womensstudies/.

    Course of Study: Major

    The Women’s Studies major requires 33 credits drawn from women’s studies core and cross-listed classes. Students must complete six credits in humanities courses and six credits in social sciences courses approved for women’s studies credit. It is recommended that students also complete three credits in the natural sciences and three credits in the fine arts. At least 15 credits in the major must be taken in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in residence at UWM. Completion of Wmns 411 and either Wmns 500 or 501 satisfies the L&S research requirement. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in UWM major courses attempted. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.5 GPA in all major courses attempted, including any transfer work. Majors should consult regularly with their advisor in women’s studies about their course of study.

    The major requires completion of the following courses offered through Women’s Studies:

    Wmns 200* Introduction to Women's Studies: A Social Science Perspective 3
    or    
    Wmns 201** Introduction to Women’s Studies: A Humanities Perspective 3
    Wmns 401*  Global Feminisms 3
    Wmns 410** Feminist Theory 3
    Wmns 411 (400)*   Women's Studies Research and Methods: (Subtitle) 3
    Wmns 489* Internship in Women's Studies 1-3
    or    
    Wmns 699 Independent Reading (taken in the senior year) 1-3
    or    
    Any upper-level (numbered 300 and above) Wmns or Women's Studies-related course approved by the Women's Studies director or assistant director (undergraduate advisor)
    Wmns 500* Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's Studies 3
    or    
    Wmns 501** Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's Studies 3
    or    
    Philos/Wmns 535 Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory: (subtitle) 3

    *Counts toward the major’s social science requirement
    **Counts toward the major’s humanities requirement

    An additional 15 credits, to reach a total of 33-34 credits, selected from Wmns courses and/or crosslisted courses offered by other departments are required.  Numerous courses in a wide variety of disciplines have been approved for cross-listing with Women's Studies. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, Africology; anthropology; art history; biological sciences; communication; comparative literature; economics; English; ethnic studies; film studies; Hebrew studies; history; Italian; journalism, advertising, and media studies; linguistics; philosophy; political science; psychology; sociology; Spanish; urban planning; nursing; business administration; art; music; criminal justice; social work, and education. For information about courses that currently are cross-listed, please contact the Women's Studies Program.

    Honors in the Major

    Women's Studies majors who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA overall, 3.5 GPA in courses taken for the major, and a 3.5 GPA in advanced-level (numbered 300 and above) courses that count toward the major are eligible to graduate with honors in the major. Students who believe they may qualify to graduate with honors in the major should apply to the Assistant Director of the Women's Studies Program.

    Course of Study: Minor

    Students who minor in Women’s Studies are required to take 18 credits drawn from women’s studies and crosslisted courses, at least 9 credits of which must be completed in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in residence at UWM. Students are required to complete six credits in humanities courses and six credits in social science courses approved for women’s studies credit. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA in all minor courses attempted, including any transfer work.  The following courses are required for the minor:

    Wmns 200* Introduction to Women’s Studies: A Social Science Perspective 3
    or    
    Wmns 201**  Introduction to Women’s Studies: A Humanities Perspective 3
    Wmns 401*  Global Feminisms 3
    Wmns 410**  Feminist Theory 3

    *counts toward the minor’s social science requirement
    **counts toward the minor’s humanities requirement

    Courses: Women's Studies (WMNS)

    Cross-Listed Courses

    Numerous courses in a wide variety of disciplines have been approved for crosslisting with women's studies. For information about currently crosslisted courses, please contact the Women's Studies Program.

    Faculty and Teaching Staff

    Carolyn Eichner, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., History
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Casey Gerhart, Lect., ABD, English
    Univ
    ersity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Cheryl Kader, Senior Lect., Ph.D., English
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Anna Mansson McGinty, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Geography
    Lund University, Sweden

    Kathleen Miller-Dillon, Assistant Director

    Andrea Westlund, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Philosophy
    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


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