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Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies

The Graduate Certificate Program in Women's Studies is designed for students enrolled in a graduate program in any field who wish to complement their training with an additional specialization in Women's Studies.

A certificate signifying completion of the Certificate Program requirements will be awarded in conjunction with the student's graduate degree.

Students who previously received a master's or doctoral degree also may enroll in the Graduate Certificate Program as non-degree graduate students.

The Women's Studies Graduate Certificate requires completion of 15 graduate credits in approved courses with an overall GPA of 3.0. The following are required:

  1. Wmns 401 Global Feminisms U/G, 3 cr (Students who previously earned undergraduate credit in this course will substitute, with the approval of the program Director, a graduate course with a focus on globalization and women.).
  2. Wmns 710 Feminist Theory, G, 3 cr.
  3. Electives, 9 cr selected from a combination of Wmns and approved cross-listed G or U/G courses in other programs and departments (excluding thesis and research credits).

Students wishing to obtain the certificate must declare their intent to the Director of Women's Studies.

No more than 6 credits in U/G courses can apply toward the certificate, and a maximum of three credits in independent study may count toward the 15 credits required for the certificate. At least three credits must be taken outside of Women's Studies and the student's home department or discipline (i.e., the program in which the student currently is enrolled as a graduate degree candidate or in which the student has received an advanced degree). Thesis and research credits may not be counted toward the Certificate.

Courses

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Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

401 Global Feminisms. 3 cr. U/G.
Interdisciplinary study of women and gender in international perspective, including topics such as work, religion, ideology, and UN conferences. Prereq: jr st & Wmns 200(P) or 201(P); or grad st.
410 Feminist Theory. 3 cr. U/G.
Interdisciplinary survey of theories that shape and inform women's studies and feminist scholarship. Prereq: jr st; Wmns 200(P) or 201(P); or grad st.
411 (400) Women's Studies Research and Methods: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Interdisciplinary course with focus on women's studies research methods, explored through selected topics such as 'Gendered Bodies.' Not retakable. Prereq: jr st, Wmns 200(P) or 201(P), & Wmns 410(P) or equiv; or grad st.
497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
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. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
500 Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's Studies: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Theoretical foundations of feminist research and exploration of the tools, methodology and analytical skills employed in interdisciplinary women's studies scholarship. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr combined max for Wmns 500 & 501. Prereq: jr st; 6 cr in women's studies.
501 Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's Studies: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Theoretical foundations of feminist research and exploration of the tools, methodology, and analytical skills employed in interdisciplinary women's studies scholarship. Retakable w/chg in topic to combined max of 9 cr for Wmns 500 & 501. Prereq: jr st; 6 cr in women's studies.
535 Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
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. Retakable w/chg in topic to a 6 cr max. Philos 535 & Wmns 535 are jointly offered; with same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; a course in philos or women's stds.
599 Topics in Women's Studies: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. U/G.
Specific topics, cr, and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
700 Feminist Issues and Scholarship. 3 cr. G.
Advanced introduction to feminist scholarship and research in multiple disciplines and introduction to the disciplinary history of Women's Studies. Prereq: grad st.
710 Advanced Feminist Theory. 3 cr. G.
Interdisciplinary graduate-level seminar on introductory themes, issues, and conflicts in feminist theory. Prereq: grad st
799 Advanced Topics in Women's Studies: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Advanced examination and analysis of selected Women's Studies issues and topics for graduate students. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirements. Enroll for 1 cr; fee for 1 cr assessed. Student schedule will show 1N cr; this will be changed to 0 cr for grade report & permanent record. Prereq: grad st.
990 Research and Thesis. 1-3 cr. G.
Reserved for research in connection with master's thesis. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.
999 Advanced Independent Work. 1-6 cr. G.
Independent reading or project; topic selected in agreement with supervising professor. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st; cons Wmns dir.

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