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Women's Studies

School/College: College of Letters and Science

Degree Conferred:

  • M.A. in Women's Studies

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Overview

The M.A. in Women's Studies is designed for students who intend to pursue additional academic degrees and students who seek graduate credentials to further their career goals. The degree combines advanced Women's Studies courses in feminist theory, research methods, global feminisms, and selected topics with graduate-level courses in many disciplines. Over forty faculty members at UWM are Women's Studies affiliates and offer graduate courses that are cross-listed with Women's Studies.

Students completing an M.A. in Women's Studies will:

  • Gain an understanding of Women's Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study and research.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of feminist theory and research methods.
  • Develop critical thinking skills that will enable them to analyze competing perspectives and integrate various bodies of knowledge across academic boundaries, paying particular attention to gender-based assumptions and their consequences on individuals, social and cultural groups, and institutions.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of women's diverse experiences based on factors such as age, race, sexuality, gender identity, class, religion, and ability status.
  • Acquire the background necessary for entry into Ph.D. programs in Women's Studies. The M.A. also prepares students for further graduate studies in many fields of the humanities, social sciences or professions, as well as career fields that require an advanced degree.

Graduate Faculty

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Associate Professors
Eichner, Carolyn J., Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles (Women's Studies/History)
McGinty, Anna Mansson, Ph.D., Lund University, Sweden (Women's Studies/Geography)
Westlund, Andrea, University of Michigan (Women's Studies/Philosophy) (Director)
Assistant Professors
Huang, Xin, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

M.A. in Women's Studies

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Admission

In addition to satisfying Graduate School requirements for admission, applicants must provide these materials to be considered for admission:

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic or professional work.
  • A sample of the applicant's written work that demonstrates the applicant's critical thinking, research, and writing skills.
  • A letter of intent explaining the applicant's reasons for graduate study (the Graduate School Reasons Statement may be used).

These materials should be sent to: Director, Women's Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201. GRE scores are recommended, but not required. GRE scores are required to apply for UWM fellowships or awards.

Applicants may be admitted with course deficiencies provided that the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses. Students are expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters. The deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and the program. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted toward the degree.

Financial Aid

Women's Studies offers a graduate teaching assistantship. To apply, prospective students should include a statement describing previous teaching experience and/or reasons for teaching with application materials sent to the Women's Studies Program. Women's Studies also has two need-based scholarships for which graduate students are eligible. Scholarship decisions are made each spring. Contact the program for applications.

The UWM Graduate School offers AOP (Advanced Opportunity Program) and Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships. For further information, visit the Graduate School Web site.

Advising

Graduate advising is the responsibility of the Chair of Women's Studies, who provides initial advising for students until they choose an advisor.

Credits and Courses

To earn an M.A. in Women's Studies, students must complete 30 credits. Fifteen credits are in required Women's Studies courses (15 with thesis option): WMNS 401: Global Feminisms (U/G), WMNS 700: Feminist Issues and Scholarship; WMNS 710: Advanced Feminist Theory; and WMNS 711: Advanced Feminist Research Methods, and another G or U/G WMNS course (excluding 497, 599, 700, 990, and 999). The remaining fifteen credits are in graduate-level courses chosen in consultation with the Graduate Chair. No more than six credits may be in undergraduate/graduate (U/G) courses, and no more than six transfer credits may apply. Students may not count more than three credits of WMNS 999 Independent Study toward the degree

Thesis, Paper or Project, or Examination

Students complete the degree with a written thesis, paper or project, or comprehensive examination. All options include an oral defense.

The thesis is an academic research paper that demonstrates the student's ability to carry out an independent investigation, to analyze data (qualitative and/or quantitative), and to present the results in a clear, systematic form. The thesis includes a review of relevant scholarship and makes a contribution to the field.

The master's paper is a more limited, shorter scholarly product that often takes the form of a scholarly essay of publishable quality. The master's paper demonstrates the student's ability to formulate an argument, analyze data, present results in a clear, systematic form, and show familiarity with relevant scholarship.

The master's project may be a creative or artistic project that is research-based or a research-based practical project.

The examination is a comprehensive written examination that addresses central texts and issues in the field of Women's Studies.

Time Limit

Students must complete the M.A. within five years of enrollment, in compliance with Graduate School time-to-degree requirements.

Master of Arts in Women's Studies/Master of Social Work

The College of Letters and Science and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to evolving professional practice and the field of feminist research and scholarship. Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.

Admission

Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately, and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the M.A. in Women's Studies program in the College of Letter and Science, and the MSW program of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Credit and Courses

Students accepted into this M.A./ MSW program complete the following courses:

Women's Studies
WMNS 401 Global Feminisms, 3 cr. U/G
WMNS 700 Feminist Issues and Scholarship. 3 cr. G.
WMNS 710 Advanced Feminist Theory. 3 cr. G.
WMNS 711 Advanced Feminist Research Methods. 3 cr. G.
WMNS G or U/G course (excluding 497, 599, 700, 990, 999), 3 cr
Electives WMNS courses or cross-listed courses with Women's Studies (excluding Soc Wrk), 9 cr.
Total WMNS credits: 24 (maximum of 6 U/G cr; and maximum 3 cr of WMNS 999)
Social Work Foundation Curriculum
SW 604 Social Systems and Social Work Practice. 3 cr. U/G.
SW 662 Methods of Social Welfare Research. 3 cr. U/G.
SW 665 Cultural Diversity and Social Work. 3 cr. U/G.
SW 705 Individual Behavior and Social Welfare. 3 cr. G.
SW 708 Social Work Methodology I: Individuals and Families. 3 cr. G.
SW 709 Social Work Methodology II: Groups, Organizations and Communities. 2 cr. G.
SW 721 Field Instruction I. 3 cr. G.
SW 750 Social Welfare Policy Development and Implementation. 2 cr. G.
Social Work Advanced Practice Curriculum
Practice courses (711 or 713; 811 or 915; one additional practice course)
SW 711 Direct Social Work Practice I. 3 cr. G.
SW 713 Community Organization, Planning and Human Service Administration I. 3 cr. G.
SW 811 Direct Social Work Practice II: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
SW 915 Human Services Administration II. 3 cr. G.
Additional Social Work practice course, 2 cr. G.
Field Courses
SW 722 Field Instruction II. 3 cr. G.
SW 821 Field Instruction III. 4 cr. G.
SW 822 Field Instruction IV. 4 cr. G.
Human Behavior Content (753 or 771 or 685)
SW 753 Psychopathology for Social Workers. 3 cr. G.
SW 771 Development of the Family Over the Life Span. 3 cr. G.
SW 685 Social Gerontology. 3 cr. U/G.
Research
SW 793 Advanced Methods of Social Welfare Research. 2 cr. G.
SW 794 Advanced Research Methods: Evaluating Social Welfare Programs. 2 cr. G.
Social Policy
SW 851 Social Issue and Policy Analysis: (Subtitled). 2-3 cr. G.
Electives (6 cr) Selected from Women’s Studies courses in consultation with faculty advisor.

Minimum Total Credits for Coordinated Program: 52 (for those admitted to the MSW Advanced Curriculum).

The credits for the coordinated program would typically be completed in both programs at the same time, rather than one program after the other. A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements for an individual program in order to receive a degree.

Time Limit

Students in the coordinated M.A./ MSW degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.

Master of Arts in Women’s Studies/Master of Library and Information Science

The College of Letters & Science and School of Information Studies collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to evolving information retrieval and organization, and the field of feminist research and scholarship.  Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.

Admission

Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the M.A. in Women’s Studies program in the College of Letter & Science, and the MLIS program of the School of Information Studies.

Credit and Courses

Students accepted into this M.A./MLIS program complete the following courses:

Women’s Studies
WMNS 401 Global Feminisms, 3 cr. U/G
WMNS 700 Feminist Issues and Scholarship. 3 cr. G. 
WMNS 710 Advanced Feminist Theory. 3 cr. G. 
WMNS 711 Advanced Feminist Research Methods. 3 cr. G.
WMNS G or U/G course (excluding 497, 599, 700, 990, 999), 3 cr
Electives WMNS courses or cross-listed courses with Women's Studies (excluding InfoSt), 9 cr.
Total WMNS credits: 24 (maximum of 6 U/G cr; and maximum 3 cr of WMNS 999)
Library and Information Science
L&I SCI 501 Foundations of Library and Information Science; 3 cr. U/G
L&I SCI 511 Organization of Information; 3 cr. U/G
L&I SCI 571 Information Access and Retrieval; 3 cr. U/G
L&I SCI 591 Research in Library and Information Science; 3 cr.
Electives (18 cr.) selected in consultation with faculty advisor. (Six credits taken in Wmns also count as electives for a total of 24 crs electives.) It is recommended that students take the following two courses as electives:
L&I SCI 861 (820) Seminar in Intellectual Freedom. 3 cr. G.
L&I SCI 891 Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science (with appropriate topic, such as Feminism, Librarianship and Information). 3cr. G.
Total MLIS Credits: 30 (min of 33 with thesis)

Total Credits for Coordinated Program: 54-57

The credits for the coordinated program would typically be completed in both programs at the same time, rather than one program after the other.  A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements for an individual program in order to receive a degree.

Time Limit

Students in the coordinated M.A./MLIS degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.

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
711 Advanced Women's Studies Research Methods. 3 cr. G.
Interdisciplinary graduate-level course with focus on Women's Studies research methods. Not retakable. 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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