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: CD, HU
Course Rules: Cultures and Communities Prog course; req'd service learning component.
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Fall 2022, Fall 2021, Fall 2020.

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 2019, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015.

WGS 199 Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Independent work supervised by Women's & Gender Studies faculty or staff member. Written proposal required prior to registration. For additional information, consult WGS prog asst dir.
Prerequisites: 2.0 GPA; writ cons instr, Women's & Gender Studies prog dir & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: May be retaken to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Spring 2023.

WGS 200 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Social Science Perspective
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Interdisciplinary class using gender as category of analysis, in relation to race, class, sexuality, and other categories of difference, to understand how power is structured and identities are socially constructed, from a social sciences perspective.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: May not be taken for cr if WGS 201 or L&S HUM 201 is also taken.
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Spring 2023, Fall 2022, Summer 2022.

WGS 201 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Humanities Perspective
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Interdisciplinary class using gender as a category of analysis, in relation to race, class, sexuality, and other categories of difference, to understand how power is structured and identities are socially constructed, from a humanities perspective.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Course Rules: May not be taken for cr if WGS 200 or L&S SS 200 is also taken.
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Summer 2023, Spring 2023, Fall 2022.

WGS 211 Foundations of Women's and Gender Studies Scholarship
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 200(P) or WGS 201(P).
Course Rules: Counts as repeat of WGS 290 with the same topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2023, Spring 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2020.

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 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018.

WGS 301 Queer Theory
3 cr. Undergraduate.
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of queer theory and the study of sexuality as a social construction related to gender, race, class, citizenship, and other categories of difference.
Prerequisites: none.
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Spring 2023, Spring 2022, Spring 2021.

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: junior standing or consent of instructor.
Course Rules: May be retaken with change in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2022, Fall 2021, Fall 2020, Summer 2020.

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: junior standing or consent of instructor.
Course Rules: May be retaken with change in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Fall 2022, Fall 2018, Fall 2013.

WGS 380 Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected topics in women's and gender studies from a social science perspective.
Prerequisites: sophomore standing; HONORS 200(P); and consent of Honors College director.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: May be retaken wtih change in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2020, Spring 2017.

WGS 381 Honors Seminar in the Humanities:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected topics in women's and gender studies from a humanities perspective.
Prerequisites: sophomore standing; HONORS 200(P); and consent of Honors College director.
General Education Requirements: HU
Course Rules: May be retaken with change in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2023.

WGS 401 Global Feminisms
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Interdisciplinary feminist study of women's rights movements and issues relating to gender and sexuality globally; study of international feminisms, women of color feminisms, and postcolonial feminisms in historical and contemporary contexts.
Prerequisites: junior standing and WGS 200(P) or WGS 201(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Fall 2022, Fall 2021, Fall 2020.

WGS 410 Feminist Theory
3 cr. Undergraduate.
An interdisciplinary survey of foundational feminist theories interrogating gender oppression in relation to race, class, sexuality, and other identities.
Prerequisites: junior standing and WGS 200(P) or WGS 201(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Fall 2022, Fall 2021, Fall 2020.

WGS 411 Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Interdisciplinary course with focus on feminist methodologies, epistemologies, and research methods across the humanities and social sciences.
Prerequisites: junior standing, WGS 200(P) or WGS 201(P); WGS 211(P); and WGS 410(P) or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
Course Rules: May not be retaken for credit.
Last Taught: Spring 2023, Spring 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2020.

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: junior standing; WGS 200 or WGS 201; 2.0 GPA and consent of Women's and Gender Studies Department Chair.
Course Rules: May be retaken to 6 cr max. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship.
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Spring 2023, Fall 2022, Spring 2022.

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: junior standing and acceptance for Study Abroad Program.
Course Rules: May be retaken with change in topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Fall 2019.

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: junior standing and acceptance for Study Abroad Program.
Course Rules: May be retaken with change in topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2023, Fall 2019.

WGS 500 Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An advanced seminar in feminist research and theories, focusing on various topics and approaches in the social sciences.
Prerequisites: junior standing and 6 credits in women's and gender studies.
Course Rules: May be retaken with change in topic to 9 cr combined max for WGS 500 and WGS 501.
Last Taught: Spring 2023, Spring 2022.

WGS 500G Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An advanced seminar in feminist research and theories, focusing on various topics and approaches in the social sciences.
Prerequisites: junior standing and 6 credits in women's and gender studies.
Course Rules: May be retaken with change in topic to 9 cr combined max for WGS 500 and WGS 501.
Last Taught: Spring 2023, Spring 2022.

WGS 501 Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An advanced seminar in feminist research and theories, focusing on various topics and approaches in the humanities.
Prerequisites: junior standing and WGS 200 or 201.
Course Rules: May be retaken with change in topic to combined max of 9 cr for WGS 500 and WGS 501.
Last Taught: Fall 2023.

WGS 501G Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An advanced seminar in feminist research and theories, focusing on various topics and approaches in the humanities.
Prerequisites: junior standing and WGS 200 or 201.
Course Rules: May be retaken with change in topic to combined max of 9 cr for WGS 500 and WGS 501.
Last Taught: Fall 2023.

WGS 699 Independent Reading
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Advanced independent work under supervision of a WGS faculty or instructional academic staff member. Students must submit study proposal. For more information, consult Women's and Gender Studies Chair.
Prerequisites: junior standing, 2.0 GPA, and consent of instructor and Women's & Gender Studies Program Chair.
Course Rules: May be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Fall 2021, Spring 2021, Spring 2020, Fall 2019.