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 the following: 13
WGS 200
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Social Science Perspective
WGS 201
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
WGS 489
Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
WGS 699
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
WGS 500
Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
WGS 501
Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies:
Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory:
Select 15 credits 215
Total Credits36