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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

College of Letters and Science

Women's and Gender Studies

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    Course of Study: Major


    Course of Study: Minor


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    Courses: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)

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

    Women's and Gender 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 and Gender 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 and Gender 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 and Gender 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 and Gender Studies prepares students for careers in non-profit 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 and Gender Studies are equipped for graduate study in many fields, including the social sciences, humanities, and professions. They may combine their interest in Women's and Gender 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 Women’s and Gender Studies to make a formal declaration. For additional information, please contact Women's and Gender Studies, located in NWQ B 7585, by phone at (414) 229-5918 or on the web at www4.uwm.edu/letsci/womensstudies.

    Course of Study: Major

    The Women’s and Gender Studies major requires 36 credits drawn from Women’s and Gender 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 and Gender 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 WGS 411 and either WGS 500 or 501 satisfies the L&S research requirement. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.500 in UWM major courses attempted. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.500 GPA in all major courses attempted, including any transfer work. Majors should consult regularly with their advisor in Women's and Gender Studies about their course of study.

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

    WGS 200*

    Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: A Social Science Perspective

    3

    or

     

     

    WGS 201**

    Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: A Humanities Perspective

    3

    WGS 211

    Foundations of Women’s and Gender Studies Writing and Research

    3

    WGS 401*

    Global Feminism

    3

    WGS 410**

    Feminist Theory

    3

    WGS 411 (400)*  

    Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods

    3

    WGS 489*

    Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

    1-3

    or

     

     

    WGS 699

    Independent Reading (taken in the senior year)

    1-3

    or

     

     

    Any upper-level (numbered 300 and above) WGS or Women's and Gender Studies-related course approved by the Women's and Gender Studies Chair or Assistant Chair (undergraduate advisor)

    WGS 500*

    Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies

    3

    or

     

     

    WGS 501**

    Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies

    3

    or

     

     

    Philos/WGS 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 36 credits, selected from WGS courses and/or cross-listed courses offered by other departments are required. Numerous courses in a wide variety of disciplines have been approved for cross-listing with Women's and Gender 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 Women's and Gender Studies.

    Honors in the Major

    Women's and Gender Studies majors who have maintained at least a 3.000 GPA overall, 3.500 GPA in all courses attempted for the major, and a 3.500 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 Chair of Women's and Gender Studies.

    Course of Study: Minor

    Students who minor in Women’s and Gender Studies are required to take 18 credits drawn from Women’s and Gender Studies and cross-listed 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 and Gender studies credit. In addition, students must attain a 2.500 GPA in all minor courses attempted, including any transfer work. The following courses are required for the minor:

    WGS 200*

    Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: A Social Science Perspective

    3

    or

     

     

    WGS 201**

    Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: A Humanities Perspective

    3

    WGS 401*

    Global Feminism

    3

    WGS 410**

    Feminist Theory

    3

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

    Courses: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)

    Cross-Listed Courses

    Numerous courses in a wide variety of disciplines have been approved for cross-listing with Women's and Gender Studies. For information about currently cross-listed courses, please contact Women's and Gender Studies.

    Faculty and Teaching Staff

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

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

    Xin Huang, Asst. Prof., PhD, Women's Studies
    University of British Columbia

    Cheryl Kader, Sr. Lect., PhD, English
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Anna Mansson McGinty, Assoc. Prof., PhD, Geography
    Lund University, Sweden

    Kathleen Miller-Dillon, Assistant Chair

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


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