The Women's Studies Major

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The Women's Studies major requires 36 credits drawn from Women's Studies core and cross-listed courses.

  • Of the 36 required credits, students must complete six humanities credits and six social science credits in coursework approved for Women's Studies credit.
  • At least 15 credits in the major must be taken in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in residence at UWM.
  • Students must maintain a GPA in the major of at least 2.5, and they should consult regularly with their advisor in Women's Studies about their course of study.

Majors must complete the following courses:

  1. WMNS 200: Introduction to Women's Studies: A Social Science Perspective, 3 credits *
    OR
    WMNS 201: Introduction to Women's Studies: A Humanities Perspective, 3 credits **
  2. WMNS 211: Foundations of Women's Studies Writing and Research, 3 credits
  3. WMNS 401: Global Feminisms, 3 credits *
  4. WMNS 410: Feminist Theory, 3 credits **
  5. WMNS 411: Women's Studies Research and Methods: (Subtitled), 3 credits *
  6. Any upper-division (i.e., 300-level or above) 3-credit WMNS or Women's Studies Related (i.e., cross-listed) course approved by the Women's Studies Assistant Director or Director (including, WMNS 489: Internship in Women's Studies, 3 credits, and/or WMNS 699: Independent Reading, 3 credits)
  7. WMNS 500: Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's Studies, 3 credits *
    OR
    WMNS 501: Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's Studies, 3 credits **
    OR
    WMNS/PHILOS 535: Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory: (Subtitle), 3 credits **

An additional 15 credits, to reach a total of 36 credits. The additional 15 credits must be selected from courses that have been approved for Women's Studies credit.

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

Although not required, Women’s Studies students are encouraged to complete at least three credits in the Natural Sciences and three credits in the Fine Arts that count toward Women’s Studies. See the online Schedule of Classes for the list of core (i.e., WMNS) and additional (i.e., cross-listed) Women's Studies courses offered in any given semester.

To declare your Major in Women's Studies, contact Kathy Miller-Dillon.

Kathy Miller-Dillon, Undergraduate Advisor
Northwestern Quadrant B, Room 7594
Phone: 414-229-5382
e-mail: kmdillon@uwm.edu