2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Women's Studies Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

GENDER is a society's ideas about what it means to be male or female. Gender works with other ideas like RACE, CLASS, and SEXUAL ORIENTATION to shape our lives. It influences how we think about relationships. It structures our decisions about work and determines how much money we are likely to make. It disrupts health diagnoses and treatment. It stigmatizes behaviors and actions. It even helps determine what we eat, wear, and buy.

And it has always generated action and organized movements seeking equality, worldwide.

The Department of WGSS enacts the Wisconsin Idea: that universities should produce knowledge and educate students in ways that serve real people. We study and teach on the lives of women, men, and sexual or gender identity minorities. We examine the ways that race, social class, age, and other socially constructed hierarchies connect to gender to impact people's real lives. We study how social change works and what social justice might look like. We use and teach students to use academic skills to make social change. We maintain the connection between theory and practice, issues and advocacy, throughout our curricula and in all our programs.

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

33 credits (24 credits must be 300/400 level, and courses may not count in more than one category).

Admission

Admission to the major requires a grade of "C" or higher in any courses taken for the introductory or transnational categories. Students majoring in women’s studies and another major must satisfy requirements for both majors; no more than six credits can count for the women’s studies major and another major or minor.

Curriculum

Category I. Introductory3
Select one of the following:
Gender, Race and Class in American Institutions
Women's Diversity: Race, Class, and Culture
Category II. Theory and practice9
History of Feminist Thought
Black Feminist Thought
Social Justice Research Methods
Women's Studies Seminar
Category III. Electives21
Select 21 credits from the following, including one transnational course:
Gender, Race and Class in American Institutions
Introduction to LGBT Studies
Women's Diversity: Race, Class, and Culture
Introduction to Social Justice
Social Justice and Peer Education
Search for Economic Justice
Women and Leadership
Contemporary Women's Issues
Topics in Women's Studies
Women in the Military
Girls and Women in Sport
Independent Study
Women in the Modern United States: 1890-Present
History of Motherhood in the United States
Gender, Justice, and Film
History of Feminist Thought
Violence Against Women
Sexual Violence in the United States
Gendered Violence Prevention
Black Feminist Thought
Topics: Women, Gender, and Society
Images of Women of Color
The Gendered Body in History and Today
Gender, Knowledge, and Power
Hip Hop Culture, Race, and Gender
The History of Black Women's Activism
Women, Poverty and Public Policy
Lesbian Studies
Women of Color and Autobiography
Internship in Women's Studies
Women and Society
Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
History of Women in the Ancient World
Gender Communication
Sexuality and Romance in Media
Women in the U.S. Economy
Women and Popular Culture
Women Authors
Advanced Study of Women's Literature
Women's Health Issues
Sexual Health Promotion
Women and Diversity in Philosophy
Philosophy of Love, Sex and Friendship
Women and Politics
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Women
Men and Masculinities
Changing the Culture, Women in Science
Sociological Aspects of Work and Life
Sociology of Sexualities
Sociology of Gender
At least one elective must be a transnational course:
Gender, Sexuality, and Social Change in Religion
Globalization, Women, and Work
Gender and Human Rights
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America
Women in South Asia
Women and Gender in Africa
Women and Gender in the Middle East
Women and Politics in Asia
Women and Politics in the Middle East
Women and Politics in Africa
Women and Politics in Latin America
Total Credits33

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) Bachelor of Science core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree).
  2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
  1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
  2. A social science course; and
  3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CLS alternative (ENV 201, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
  4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a modern language course 102 level or higher.
In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
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Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
WGS 100 or 130 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3Gen Ed Global Studies3
ENG 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Arts2-3
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World History)3WGS Transnational Course3
 15 15
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3CLS Core Elective3
Gen Ed Self & Society3Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4
Gen Ed Health & Well Being3Gen Ed Elective3
Minor Course3Gen Ed Elective3
WGS Intimacy Course3WGS Stratification Course3
 15 15
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
WGS Stratification Course3WGS 315 or 3253
CLS Core Elective (Natural Lab Science)4Minor Course3
WGS 3903University Elective3
Minor Course3WGS Intimacy Course3
University Elective3Minor Course3
 16 15
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
WGS 4993WGS Social Change Course3
University Elective3Minor Course3
WGS Social Change Course3CLS Core Elective3
Gen Ed Elective3University Elective2
Minor Course3CLS Core Diversity Electives3
 15 14
Total Credits: 120

At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis.

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