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Women's & Gender Studies, M.A.

Fall Semester
Women's & Gender Studies, M.A. 01/15
School/College: College of Letters and Science

Department Links: Degrees Conferred:
  • M.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies
Related Certificates Overview
The M.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies is designed for students who intend to pursue additional academic degrees and students who seek graduate credentials to further their career goals. The degree combines advanced Women’s & Gender Studies courses in feminist theory, research methods, global feminisms, and selected topics with graduate-level courses in many disciplines. Over forty faculty members at UWM are Women’s & Gender Studies affiliates and offer graduate courses that are cross-listed with Women’s & Gender Studies.

Students completing an M.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies will:
  • Gain an understanding of Women’s & Gender Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study and research.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of feminist theory and research methods.
  • Develop critical thinking skills that will enable them to analyze competing perspectives and integrate various bodies of knowledge across academic boundaries, paying particular attention to gender-based assumptions and their consequences on individuals, social and cultural groups, and institutions.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of women’s diverse experiences based on factors such as age, race, sexuality, gender identity, class, religion, and ability status.
  • Acquire the background necessary for entry into Ph.D. programs in Women’s & Gender Studies. The M.A. also prepares students for further graduate studies in many fields of the humanities, social sciences or professions, as well as career fields that require an advanced degree.

Graduate Faculty

Professor
Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (Women’s & Gender Studies/History)

Associate Professors
Eichner, Carolyn J., Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles (Women’s & Gender Studies/History) (Chair)
McGinty, Anna Mansson, Ph.D., Lund University, Sweden (Women’s & Gender Studies/Geography)
Westlund, Andrea, Ph.D., University of Michigan (Women’s & Gender Studies/Philosophy)
Gwynne Kennedy, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Women’s & Gender Studies/English)

Assistant Professors
Huang, Xin, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

M.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies

Admission
In addition to satisfying Graduate School requirements for admission, applicants must provide these materials to be considered for admission:
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional work.
  • A sample of the applicant’s written work that demonstrates the applicant’s critical thinking, research, and writing skills.
  • A letter of intent explaining the applicant’s reasons for graduate study (the Graduate School Reasons Statement may be used).
These materials should be sent to: Director, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201. GRE scores are recommended, but not required. GRE scores are required to apply for UWM fellowships or awards.

Applicants may be admitted with course deficiencies provided that the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses. Students are expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters. The deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and the program. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted toward the degree.

Financial Aid
Women’s & Gender Studies offers a graduate teaching assistantship. To apply, prospective students should include a statement describing previous teaching experience and/or reasons for teaching with application materials sent to the Women’s & Gender Studies Program. Women’s & Gender Studies also has two need-based scholarships for which graduate students are eligible. Scholarship decisions are made each spring. Contact the program for applications.

The UWM Graduate School offers AOP (Advanced Opportunity Program) and Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships.

Advising
Graduate advising is the responsibility of the Chair of Women’s & Gender Studies, who provides initial advising for students until they choose an advisor.

Credits and Courses
To earn an M.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies, students must complete 30 credits. Fifteen credits are in required Women’s & Gender Studies courses (15 with thesis option): WGS 401: Global Feminisms (U/G), WGS 700: Feminist Issues and Scholarship; WGS 710: Advanced Feminist Theory; and WGS 711: Advanced Women’s & Gender Studies Research Methods, and another G or U/G WGS course (excluding 497, 599, 700, 990, and 999). The remaining fifteen credits are in graduate-level courses chosen in consultation with the Graduate Chair. No more than six credits may be in undergraduate/graduate (U/G) courses, and no more than six transfer credits may apply. Students may not count more than three credits of WGS 999 Independent Study toward the degree.

Thesis, Paper or Project, or Examination
Students complete the degree with a written thesis, paper or project, or comprehensive examination. All options include an oral defense.

The thesis is an academic research paper that demonstrates the student’s ability to carry out an independent investigation, to analyze data (qualitative and/or quantitative), and to present the results in a clear, systematic form. The thesis includes a review of relevant scholarship and makes a contribution to the field.

The master’s paper is a more limited, shorter scholarly product that often takes the form of a scholarly essay of publishable quality. The master’s paper demonstrates the student’s ability to formulate an argument, analyze data, present results in a clear, systematic form, and show familiarity with relevant scholarship.

The master’s project may be a creative or artistic project that is research-based or a research-based practical project.

The examination is a comprehensive written examination that addresses central texts and issues in the field of Women’s & Gender Studies.

Time Limit
Students must complete the M.A. within five years of enrollment, in compliance with Graduate School time-to-degree requirements.

Master of Arts in Women’s & Gender Studies/Master of Social Work

The College of Letters and Science and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to evolving professional practice and the field of feminist research and scholarship. Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.

Admission
Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately, and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the M.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies program in the College of Letter and Science, and the M.S.W. in Social Work of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Credit and Courses
Students accepted into this M.A./M.S.W. program complete the following courses:

Women’s & Gender Studies

WGS 401 Global Feminisms, 3 cr. U/G
WGS 700 Feminist Issues and Scholarship. 3 cr. G.
WGS 710 Advanced Feminist Theory. 3 cr. G.
WGS 711 Advanced Women’s & Gender Studies Research Methods. 3 cr. G.
WGS G or U/G course (excluding 497, 599, 700, 990, 999), 3 cr

Electives WGS courses or cross-listed courses with Women’s & Gender Studies (excluding Soc Wrk), 9 cr.

Total WGS credits: 24 (maximum of 6 U/G cr; and maximum 3 cr of WGS 999)

Social Work Foundation Curriculum

Soc Wrk 604 Social Systems and Social Work Practice. 3 cr. U/G.
Soc Wrk 662 Methods of Social Welfare Research. 3 cr. U/G.
Soc Wrk 665 Cultural Diversity and Social Work. 3 cr. U/G.
Soc Wrk 705 Individual Behavior and Social Welfare. 3 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 708 Social Work Methods I: Individuals and Families. 3 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 709 Social Work Methods II: Groups, Organizations and Communities. 2 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 721 Field Instruction I. 3 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 750 Social Welfare Policy Development and Implementation. 2 cr. G.

Social Work Advanced Practice Curriculum

Practice courses (711 or 713; 811 or 915; one additional practice course)

Soc Wrk 711 Direct Social Work Practice I. 3 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 713 Community Organization, Planning and Human Service Administration I. 3 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 811 Direct Social Work Practice II: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 915 Human Services Administration II. 3 cr. G.

Additional Social Work practice course, 2 cr. G.

Field Courses

Soc Wrk 722 Field Instruction II. 3 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 821 Field Instruction III. 4 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 822 Field Instruction IV. 4 cr. G.

Human Behavior Content (753 or 771 or 685)

Soc Wrk 753 Adult Psychopathology. 3 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 771 Development of the Family Over the Life Span. 3 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 685 Social Gerontology. 3 cr. U/G.

Research

Soc Wrk 793 Evaluation of Practice. 2 cr. G.
Soc Wrk 794 Evaluation of Programs. 2 cr. G.

Social Policy

Soc Wrk 851 Social Issue and Policy Analysis: (Subtitled). 2-3 cr. G.
Electives (6 cr) Selected from Women’s & Gender Studies courses in consultation with faculty advisor.

Minimum Total Credits for Coordinated Program: 52 (for those admitted to the M.S.W. Social Work Advanced Curriculum).

Time Limit
Students in the coordinated M.A./M.S.W. degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.

Master of Arts in Women’s & Gender Studies/Master of Library and Information Science

The College of Letters & Science and School of Information Studies collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to evolving information retrieval and organization, and the field of feminist research and scholarship. Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.

Admission
Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the M.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies program in the College of Letter & Science, and the MLIS program of the School of Information Studies.

Credit and Courses
Students accepted into this M.A./MLIS program complete the following courses:

Women’s & Gender Studies
WGS 401 Global Feminisms, 3 cr. U/G
WGS 700 Feminist Issues and Scholarship. 3 cr. G.
WGS 710 Advanced Feminist Theory. 3 cr. G.
WGS 711 Advanced Women’s & Gender Studies Research Methods. 3 cr. G.
WGS G or U/G course (excluding 497, 599, 700, 990, 999), 3 cr.

Electives WGS courses or cross-listed courses with Women’s & Gender Studies (excluding InfoSt), 9 cr.

Total WGS credits: 24 (maximum of 6 U/G cr; and maximum 3 cr of WGS 999)

Library and Information Science
InfoSt 501 Foundations of Library and Information Science; 3 cr. U/G
InfoSt 511 Organization of Information; 3 cr. U/G
InfoSt 571 Information Access and Retrieval; 3 cr. U/G
InfoSt 799 Research Methods in Information Studies; 3 cr. G

Electives (18 cr.) selected in consultation with faculty advisor. (Six credits taken in WGS also count as electives for a total of 24 crs electives.) It is recommended that students take the following two courses as electives:

InfoSt 861 (820) Seminar in Intellectual Freedom. 3 cr. G.
L&I SCI 891 Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science (with appropriate topic, such as Feminism, Librarianship and Information). 3cr. G.

Total MLIS Credits: 30 (min of 33 with SOIS thesis option)

Total Credits for Coordinated Program: 54 (57 with thesis)

The credits for the coordinated program would typically be completed in both programs at the same time, rather than one program after the other. A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements for an individual program in order to receive a degree.

Time Limit
Students in the coordinated M.A./MLIS degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.

Schedule of Classes

The Schedule of Classes is a list of classes offered by term.

Courses

Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

401 Global Feminisms. 3 cr. U/G.
Interdisciplinary study of women and gender in international perspective, including topics such as work, religion, ideology, and UN conferences. Prereq: jr st & WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P); or grad st.

410 Feminist Theory. 3 cr. U/G.
Interdisciplinary survey of theories that shape and inform women's studies and feminist scholarship. Prereq: jr st; WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P); or grad st.

411 Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Interdisciplinary course with focus on women's and gender studies research methods, explored through selected topics such as 'Gendered Bodies.' Not retakable. Prereq: jr st, WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P), & WGS(Wmns) 410(P) or equiv; or grad st.

497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work levels, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially-prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.

500 Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Theoretical foundations of feminist research and exploration of the tools, methodology and analytical skills employed in interdisciplinary women's and gender studies scholarship. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr combined max for WGS(Wmns) 500 & 501. Prereq: jr st; 6 cr in women's and gender studies.

501 Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Theoretical foundations of feminist research and exploration of the tools, methodology, and analytical skills employed in interdisciplinary women's and gender studies scholarship. Retakable w/chg in topic to combined max of 9 cr for WGS(Wmns) 500 & 501. Prereq: jr st; 6 cr in women's and gender studies.

535 Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Study of selected feminist theorists with an emphasis on past or contemporary thinkers. Attention will be paid to the philosophical importance of the problems raised. Retakable w/chg in topic to a 6 cr max. Philos 535 & WGS(Wmns) 535 are jointly offered; with same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; a course in philos or women's and gender stds.

599 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. U/G.
Specific topics, cr, and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.

700 Feminist Issues and Scholarship. 3 cr. G.
Advanced introduction to feminist scholarship and research in multiple disciplines and introduction to the disciplinary history of Women's Studies. Prereq: grad st.

701 Advanced Global Feminisms. 3 cr. G.
Interdisciplinary graduate-level course focusing on women, men, and gender relationships in international perspective, including the social and cultural conditions within which they live. Prereq: grad st

710 Advanced Feminist Theory. 3 cr. G.
Interdisciplinary graduate-level seminar on introductory themes, issues, and conflicts in feminist theory. Prereq: grad st

711 Advanced Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods. 3 cr. G.
Interdisciplinary graduate-level course with focus on Women's and Gender Studies research methods. Not retakable. Prereq: grad st.

799 Advanced Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Advanced examination and analysis of selected Women's and Gender Studies issues and topics for graduate students. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.

820 Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Practicum. 3 cr. G.
Internship, field experience, or related practical experience that provides students the opportunity to apply feminist theories and research methods in a practical context. Prereq: grad st; WGS 710(P) & 711(P).

888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirements. Enroll for 1 cr; fee for 1 cr assessed. Student schedule will show 1N cr; this will be changed to 0 cr for grade report & permanent record. Prereq: grad st.

990 Research and Thesis. 1-3 cr. G.
Reserved for research in connection with master's thesis. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

999 Advanced Independent Work. 1-6 cr. G.
Independent reading or project; topic selected in agreement with supervising professor. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st; cons Wmns dir.