Major Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the Women’s & Gender Studies major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements may vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

Women's and Gender Studies Major Requirements

The Women’s and Gender Studies major requires 36 credits drawn from Women’s and Gender Studies core and cross-listed classes. At least 15 credits in the major must be taken in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in residence at UWM. Completion of WGS 411 and either WGS 500 or WGS 501 satisfies the L&S research requirement. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in UWM major courses attempted. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.0 GPA in all major courses attempted, including any transfer work. Majors should consult regularly with their advisor in Women's and Gender Studies about their course of study.

The major requires completion of the following courses offered through Women’s and Gender Studies:

Select one of these two: 13
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Social Science Perspective
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Humanities Perspective
WGS 211Foundations of Women's and Gender Studies Writing and Research3
WGS 401Global Feminisms3
WGS 410Feminist Theory3
WGS 411Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods:3
Select one of the following:3
Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
Independent Reading (taken in the senior year)
Any upper-level (numbered 300 and above) WGS or Women's and Gender Studies-related course approved by the Women's and Gender Studies Chair or Assistant Chair (Undergraduate Advisor)
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory:
Select 15 credits (see below)15
Total Credits36


Students must take an additional 15 credits of elective courses to reach a total of 36 credits. Approved electives include WGS courses and courses offered by other programs and departments; see the list below.

Numerous courses in a wide variety of disciplines have been approved as electives for the WGS major. For information about whether a special topics course in another program might be approved as an elective for WGS, please contact Women's and Gender Studies.

WGS 150Multicultural America3
WGS 192First-Year Seminar:3
WGS 193First-Year Seminar:3
WGS 199Independent Study1-3
WGS 290Selected Topics in Women's and Gender Studies:3
WGS 297Study Abroad:1-12
WGS 299Ad Hoc:1-6
WGS 300Gender and Spirituality:3
WGS 301Queer Theory3
WGS 302Gendered Bodies:3
WGS 303Feminist Activism and Movements:3
WGS 380Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences:3
WGS 381Honors Seminar in the Humanities:3
WGS 402Capstone Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:3
WGS 497Study Abroad:1-12
WGS 499Ad Hoc:1-6
WGS 535Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory:3
WGS 599Topics in Women's and Gender Studies:1-3
AFRIC 250Black Women and White Women in the Contemporary United States3
AFRIC 344Global Black Social Movements3
AFRIC 350The Black Family3
AFRIC 351Sexuality, Gender, and Health in Africa and the Diaspora3
AFRIC 352Extended Families in Black Societies3
AFRIC 414The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 417Race, Class and Gender in Southern Africa3
AFRIC 418Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean3
ANTHRO 250Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective3
BIO SCI 206Biology of Women3
BUS ADM 441Diversity in Organizations3
COMMUN 401Communication in Marital and Family Relationships3
COMMUN 402Gender and Communication3
COMMUN 474Rhetoric of Women's Rights in the US3
CRM JST 385Women and Criminal Justice3
CRM JST 416Domestic Violence Research3
ECON 248Economics of Discrimination3
ED POL 624Gender and Education3
ENGLISH 243Introduction to Literature by Women:3
ENGLISH 295Women in Film, Television, and Digital Media3
ENGLISH 465Women Writers:3
ENGLISH 628Seminar in Literature by Women:3
ENGLISH 629Seminar in Literature and Sexuality:3
ETHNIC 255Migration and Gender: Starbucks, Sex Trafficking, and Nannies3
ETHNIC 275Queer Migrations3
ETHNIC 325Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Milwaukee:3
FILMSTD 669Screening Sexuality:3
GEOG 410Gendered Geographies3
HIST 141Global History of the Family, Gender, and Sexuality3
HIST 241Women and Gender in Europe: 1350 to 17503
HIST 242Women and Gender in Europe: 1750 to the Present3
HIST 243History of Women in American Society3
HIST 355Modern and Contemporary France3
HIST 373Topics in Gender and History:3
HIST 468The American Feminist Movement3
JAMS 111Gender and the Media3
JEWISH 332Women in the Bible3
LGBT 200Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies3
LGBT 275Queer Migrations3
LGBT 290Topics in LGBT Studies:3
LGBT 599Selected Topics in LGBT Studies:3
LINGUIS 212Language and Gender3
MUSIC 449Women in Music:3
NURS 204Global Maternal and Child Health: From Evidence to Action3
NURS 327Nursing Science III: Health Concepts-Women & Children4
NURS 620Global Food Security and Systems3
PHILOS 235Philosophical Aspects of Feminism3
PHILOS 535Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory:3
POL SCI 110Sex and Power3
POL SCI 368Gender and Politics in Developing Nations3
POL SCI 425Women in Politics3
POL SCI 464Sex, Gender, and the Law3
PSYCH 319Gay and Lesbian Psychology3
PSYCH 320Psychology of Women3
SOCIOL 250Sex and Gender3
SOCIOL 255Sociology of Sexuality3
SOCIOL 260Blood, Sex, Money, Power: Families and Intimate Relationships3
SOCIOL 442The Work-Family Intersection3
SOCIOL 444Sociology of the Body3
SOC WRK 630Families and Poverty2-3

Approved Electives

The following courses are approved to count toward the Women’s & Gender Studies Major. Additional courses may be found each semester in the Schedule of Classes. In addition, students are encouraged to consult the Program Coordinator and to petition for the inclusion of relevant courses as appropriate.

Course Listing Course Title Credits
AFRIC 344 Global Black Social Movements 3
AFRIC 351 Sexuality, Gender, and Health in Africa and the Diaspora 3
AFRIC 414 The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean 3
AFRIC 418 Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean 3
BIO SCI 206 Biology of Women 3
BIO SCI 545 Physiology of Reproduction 3
BUS ADM 441 Diversity in Organizations 3
COMMUN 401 Communication in Marital and Family Relationships 3
COMMUN 402 Gender and Communication 3
COMPLIT 233 Literature and Film: Selected topics 3 *
COMPLIT 365 Literatures and Cultures of the Americas: Selected topics 3 *
COMPLIT 464 Seminar in Comparative Literary Criticism: Selected topics 3 *
CRM JST 385 Women and Criminal Justice 3
CRM JST 416 Domestic Violence Research 3
ECON 248 Economics of Discrimination 3
ED POL 624 Gender and Education 3
ENGLISH 192 First-Year Seminar: Selected topics 3 *
ENGLISH 240 Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture: Selected topics 3 *
ENGLISH 243 Introduction to Literature by Women: Selected topics 3 *
ENGLISH 316 World Cinema: Selected topics 3 *
ENGLISH 465 Women Writers: Selected topics 3 *
ENGLISH 504 Studies in Literature, 1660-1800: 3 *
ENGLISH 547 Studies in Theory and Criticism: 3 *
ENGLISH 622 Seminar in Irish Literature: 3 *
ENGLISH 625 Seminar in Literary History: 3 *
ENGLISH 628 Seminar in Literature by Women: Selected topics 3 *
ENGLISH 631 Seminar in African-American Literature: 3 *
ENGLISH 685 Honors Seminar: 3 *
ENGLISH 878 Seminar in Feminist Critical Theory: 3 *
ETHNIC 255 Migration and Gender: Starbucks, Sex Trafficking, and Nannies 3
ETHNIC 275 Queer Migrations 3
ETHNIC 325 Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Milwaukee: City of Festivals, City of Division 3 *
FILMSTD 212 Intermediate topics in Film Studies: Film, TV and Masculinity 3 *
FILMSTD 690 Seminar in Contemporary Cinema and Media: 3 *
FRENCH 431 Seminar in Literature of the Francophone World: Ecritures de femmes subsahariennes 3 *
GEOG 381 Honors Seminar: Gendered Spaces 3 *
HIST 141 Global History of the Family, Gender, and Sexuality 3
HIST 241 Women and Gender in Europe: 1350 to 1750 3
HIST 242 Women and Gender in Europe: 1750 to the Present 3
HIST 243 History of Women in American Society 3
HIST 355 Modern and Contemporary France 3
HIST 398 Honors Seminar: Selected Topics 3 *
HIST 600 Seminar in History: 3 *
ITALIAN 265 Italian Women’s Studies: Italian Women and the Mafia 3 *
ITALIAN 357 Topics in Italian Culture in Translation: Women, Food and Emotions in Italian 3 *
JAMS 111 Gender and the Media 3
JAMS 660 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Media Studies: Gender, Race and Class in Wedding Media 3 *
JAMS 661 Seminar in Media Communication and Society: Gender and Popular Culture 3 *
JEWISH ST 332 Women in the Bible 3
LACUSL 201 Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Arts and Culture: Chican@/Lati@/Ard & Culture: 3 *
LACUSL 300 Advanced topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies: Chicana Feminisms 3 *
LGBT 200 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies 3
LGBT 275 Queer Migrations 3
LGBT 290 topics in LGBT Studies: Selected topics 3 *
LGBT 599 Selected topics in LGBT Studies: Selected topics 3 *
LINGUIS 212 Language and Gender 3
NURS 204 Global Maternal and Child Health: From Evidence to Action 3
NURS 620 Global Food Security and Systems 3
PHILOS 235 Philosophical Aspects of Feminism 3
PHILOS 535 Philosophical topics in Feminist Theory: (also WGS-535) Sex, Gender & Social Constructs 3 *
POL SCI 110 Sex and Power 3
POL SCI 368 Gender and Politics in Developing Nations 3
POL SCI 464 Sex, Gender, and the Law 3
PSYCH 319 Gay and Lesbian Psychology 3
PSYCH 320 Psychology of Women 3
SOC WRK 630 Families and Poverty 3
SOCIOL 250 Sex and Gender 3
SOCIOL 255 Sociology of Sexuality 3
SOCIOL 260 Blood, Sex, Money, Power: Families and Intimate Relationships 3
SOCIOL 442 The Work-Family Intersection 3
SOCIOL 444 Sociology of the Body 3

* Only selected topics will be counted toward the WGS major.  Please consult the WGS Undergraduate Advisor for specific details.