Courses Offered

Please note that Women’s Studies has been changed to Women’s & Gender Studies. The courses prefix on the following list have been changed (from WMNS) to WGS to reflect the name change.

WGS 150 - Multicultural America (3 units; U)
Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study of U.S. ethnic and racial identities and experiences, with special attention paid to women's and gender issues. Cultures and Communities Prog course; req'd service learning component. Prereq: none.
WGS 192 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
WGS 193 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
WGS 199 - Independent Study (1-3 units; U)
Independent work supervised by Women's Studies faculty or staff member. Written proposal required prior to registration. For additional information, consult Wmns Stds prog asst dir. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, Women's & Gender Studies prog dir & assoc dean for SAS.
WGS 200 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Social Science Perspective (3 units; U)
An interdisciplinary course with focus on social science approaches to the situation of women. May not be taken for cr if WGS(Wmns) 201 or L&S-Hum 201 is also taken. Prereq: none.
WGS 201 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Humanities Perspective (3 units; U)
An interdisciplinary course with focus on humanities approaches to the situation of women. May not be taken for cr if WGS(Wmns) 200 or L&S SS 200 is also taken. Prereq: none.
WGS 211 - Foundations of Women's and Gender Studies Writing and Research (3 units; U)
Introductory exploration of the meaning and practice of feminist research, with an emphasis on critical reading, writing, and analytical skills. Counts as repeat of Wgs (Wmns) 290 w/same topic. Prereq: WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P).
WGS 290 - Selected Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: (3 units; U)
Selected women's and gender studies issues and topics, limited to undergraduates. Specific topics and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: none.
WGS 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
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: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
WGS 299 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
WGS 300 - Gender and Spirituality: (3 units; U)
Ways in which gender informs spiritual teachings and practices globally and historically; relationship between spiritual beliefs and the constructions of social, cultural, and political realities. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
WGS 301 - Queer Theory (3 units; U)
Queer theory and its contributions to the study of gender and sexuality. Prereq: jr st.
WGS 302 - Gendered Bodies: (3 units; U)
Feminist interdisciplinary approach to the human body; its life changes as socially constructed and conditioned by cultural ideas and practices of gender and other differences. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
WGS 303 - Feminist Activism and Movements: (3 units; U)
Feminist activism and women's social and political movements in a global and historical context. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
WGS 380 - Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences: (3 units; U)
Selected topics in women's studies from a social science perspective. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
WGS 381 - Honors Seminar in the Humanities: (3 units; U)
Selected topics in women's studies from a humanities perspective. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
WGS 401 - Global Feminisms (3 units; 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.
WGS 402 - Capstone Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: (3 units; U)
Capstone course for women's and gender studies majors and certificate students, focusing on student research on various topics pertaining to women such as 'Gender and Power.' Not retakable. Prereq: sr st; 6 cr in women's and gender studies, including WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P).
WGS 410 - Feminist Theory (3 units; 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.
WGS 411 - Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods: (3 units; 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.
WGS 489 - Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (1-3 units; U)
Application of advanced principles of Women's and Gender Studies in an appropriate organizational, educational, business, or political setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; WGS(Wmns) 200(P), 201(P), 500(P), or 501(P); 2.50 gpa & cons Women's and Gender Studies Prog dir.
WGS 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; 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.
WGS 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
WGS 500 - Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: (3 units; 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.
WGS 501 - Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: (3 units; 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.
WGS 535 - Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory: (3 units; 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.
WGS 599 - Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: (1-3 units; 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.
WGS 699 - Independent Reading (1-3 units; U)
Advanced independent work under supervision of a Wmns Stds faculty or instructional academic staff member. Students must submit study proposal. For more information, consult Wmns Stds Prog asst dir. Retakable. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, WGS*(Wmns) Stds Prog dir & assoc dean for SAS.