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 cr. Undergraduate.
Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study of U.S. ethnic and racial identities and experiences, with special attention paid to women's and gender issues.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU, CD
Course Rules: Cultures and Communities Prog course; req'd service learning component.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017.
WGS 192 First-Year Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Course Rules: Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014.
WGS 193 First-Year Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194).
Last Taught: Fall 2010, Fall 2002, Spring 2001, Fall 2000.
WGS 199 Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, Women's & Gender Studies prog dir & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: May be retaken to 6 cr max.
WGS 200 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Social Science Perspective
3 cr. Undergraduate.
An interdisciplinary course with focus on social science approaches to the situation of women.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: May not be taken for cr if WGS(Wmns) 201 or L&S-Hum 201 is also taken.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
WGS 201 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Humanities Perspective
3 cr. Undergraduate.
An interdisciplinary course with focus on humanities approaches to the situation of women.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Course Rules: May not be taken for cr if WGS(Wmns) 200 or L&S SS 200 is also taken.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018.
WGS 211 Foundations of Women's and Gender Studies Writing and Research
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introductory exploration of the meaning and practice of feminist research, with an emphasis on critical reading, writing, and analytical skills.
Prerequisites: WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P).
Course Rules: Counts as repeat of Wgs (Wmns) 290 w/same topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015.
WGS 290 Selected Topics in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected women's and gender studies issues and topics, limited to undergraduates.
Prerequisites: none.
Course Rules: Specific topics and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2013.
WGS 297 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
WGS 299 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2013.
WGS 300 Gender and Spirituality:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2015, Spring 2012, Spring 2008.
WGS 301 Queer Theory
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Queer theory and its contributions to the study of gender and sexuality.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016.
WGS 302 Gendered Bodies:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2012.
WGS 303 Feminist Activism and Movements:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Feminist activism and women's social and political movements in a global and historical context.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2009.
WGS 380 Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected topics in women's studies from a social science perspective.
Prerequisites: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2017, Fall 2009, Spring 2002, Fall 2001.
WGS 381 Honors Seminar in the Humanities:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected topics in women's studies from a humanities perspective.
Prerequisites: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
WGS 401 Global Feminisms
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Interdisciplinary study of women and gender in international perspective, including topics such as work, religion, ideology, and UN conferences.
Prerequisites: jr st & WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P); or grad st.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2017.
WGS 401G Global Feminisms
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Interdisciplinary study of women and gender in international perspective, including topics such as work, religion, ideology, and UN conferences.
Prerequisites: jr st & WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P); or grad st.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2017.
WGS 402 Capstone Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.'
Prerequisites: sr st; 6 cr in women's and gender studies, including WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P).
Course Rules: May not be retaken for cr.
WGS 410 Feminist Theory
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Interdisciplinary survey of theories that shape and inform women's studies and feminist scholarship.
Prerequisites: jr st; WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P); or grad st.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2017.
WGS 410G Feminist Theory
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Interdisciplinary survey of theories that shape and inform women's studies and feminist scholarship.
Prerequisites: jr st; WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P); or grad st.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2017.
WGS 411 Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Interdisciplinary course with focus on women's and gender studies research methods, explored through selected topics such as 'Gendered Bodies.'
Prerequisites: jr st, WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P), & WGS(Wmns) 410(P) or equiv; or grad st.
Course Rules: May not be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018.
WGS 411G Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Interdisciplinary course with focus on women's and gender studies research methods, explored through selected topics such as 'Gendered Bodies.'
Prerequisites: jr st, WGS(Wmns) 200(P) or 201(P), & WGS(Wmns) 410(P) or equiv; or grad st.
Course Rules: May not be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018.
WGS 489 Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of advanced principles of Women's and Gender Studies in an appropriate organizational, educational, business, or political setting.
Prerequisites: jr st; WGS(Wmns) 200(P), 201(P), 500(P), or 501(P); 2.50 gpa & cons Women's and Gender Studies Prog dir.
Course Rules: One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. May be retaken to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018.
WGS 497 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2017.
WGS 497G Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2017.
WGS 499 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2008, Spring 2001.
WGS 500 Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Theoretical foundations of feminist research and exploration of the tools, methodology and analytical skills employed in interdisciplinary women's and gender studies scholarship.
Prerequisites: jr st; 6 cr in women's and gender studies.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr combined max for WGS(Wmns) 500 & 501.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2017.
WGS 500G Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Theoretical foundations of feminist research and exploration of the tools, methodology and analytical skills employed in interdisciplinary women's and gender studies scholarship.
Prerequisites: jr st; 6 cr in women's and gender studies.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr combined max for WGS(Wmns) 500 & 501.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2017.
WGS 501 Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Theoretical foundations of feminist research and exploration of the tools, methodology, and analytical skills employed in interdisciplinary women's and gender studies scholarship.
Prerequisites: jr st; 6 cr in women's and gender studies.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to combined max of 9 cr for WGS(Wmns) 500 & 501.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2015.
WGS 501G Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Theoretical foundations of feminist research and exploration of the tools, methodology, and analytical skills employed in interdisciplinary women's and gender studies scholarship.
Prerequisites: jr st; 6 cr in women's and gender studies.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to combined max of 9 cr for WGS(Wmns) 500 & 501.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2015.
WGS 535 Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; a course in philos or women's and gender stds.
Course Rules: May be retaken 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.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
WGS 535G Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; a course in philos or women's and gender stds.
Course Rules: May be retaken 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.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
WGS 599 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Specific topics, cr, and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2006, Fall 2005.
WGS 599G Topics in Women's and Gender Studies:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Specific topics, cr, and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2006, Fall 2005.
WGS 699 Independent Reading
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, Womens & Gender Studies Prog dir & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: May be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Summer 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.