Coordinated Degree: MA/MLIS

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

Graduate School – MLIS Program Information

The Master of Arts in Women’s & Gender Studies / Master of Library and Information Science Coordinated Degree Program consists of combined Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS prefixed or cross-listed) and Library and Information Science coursework. Candidates for the coordinated degree program will be expected to fulfill the degree requirements of both programs within seven years, in compliance with Graduate School policies. Degrees will be awarded simultaneously.

Students will acquire skills in information organization and retrieval and will be prepared to handle the information sources and services in the area of Women’s & Gender Studies. Students will become knowledgeable about relevant information seeking behavior and broader policy issues, and familiar with research, issues, and scholarship in the interdisciplinary fields of Women’s & Gender Studies.

The Master of Arts in Women’s & Gender Studies / Master of Library and Information Science program prepares students for positions as information specialists in institutions of higher learning, libraries and research centers which frequently require a subject masters in addition to an MLIS.


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

Required WGS Courses

  • WGS 401 – Global Feminisms
  • WGS 700 – Feminist Issues and Scholarship
  • WGS 710 – Advanced Feminist Theory
  • WGS 711 – Advanced Feminist Research Methods
  • One additional 3-credit G or U/G WGS course, excluding: 497, 599, 700, 990, and 999.
  • 15 elective credits selected in consultation with the WGS Director of Graduate Studies, of which 6 credits may be taken in L&I SCI.

Required SOIS Courses

  • L&I SCI 501 – Foundations of Library and Information Science
  • L&I SCI 511 – Organization of Information
  • L&I SCI 571 – Information Access and Retrieval
  • L&I SCI 591 – Research in Library and Information Science
  • 18 elective credits selected in consultation with a SOIS faculty advisor. Note: Six credits taken in Women’s & Gender Studies also count as electives for a total of 24 elective credits.

It is recommended that students take the following two courses as electives:

  • L&I SCI 861 (820) – Seminar in Intellectual Freedom
  • L&I SCI 891 – Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science (with appropriate topics such as Feminism or Librarianship and Information)

For more information about the Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate Program contact Gwynne Kennedy.

Gwynne Kennedy, Director of Graduate Studies
Curtin Hall 518
Phone: 414-229-5918

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