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Women's Studies 

At UW-Eau Claire 

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The women’s studies program coordinates teaching, research and scholarship in the field of women’s studies. This unique program incorporates practice that is informed by theory and gendered analyses. UW-Eau Claire’s Women’s Studies program creates a community of scholars and activists consisting of students, faculty, staff and community members. Students learn to not only think critically, but to also make important connections between their learning and their lives.

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Enacted as a discipline, Women’s Studies is a site of social change/activism as much as theory. The program supports and incorporates many theoretical approaches to courses. Taught with feminist pedagogical techniques and from a feminist theoretical perspective; as well as integrating theory with activism whenever possible. The women's studies program advocates for gender justice both on campus and in the larger community.

Much to gain

There is much to gain from taking women’s studies courses. Discovering and understanding the intersections among racism, homophobia, sexism, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism and other forms of oppression are examples of what you will learn. The classes are politically and socially relevant. Women's studies allows you to think critically while developing open mindedness. These courses empower and increase your sense of competency, and prepare you for life after graduation.

Community engagement

Women’s studies students impact society in a variety of ways: All majors and minors participate in a final capstone experience, the "Social Justice Practicum" (Wmns 496), where they work closely with a community partner to develop and implement a plan of action or research. There are also internship and volunteer opportunities

for Women's Studies students on campus (e.g. Women and Gender Equity Center, Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, and the Vagina Monologues) and in the local community (e.g. Bolton Refuge House, Wisconsin AIDS Resource Center, the Eau Claire County DA's Office Victims Assistant programs, and local women's magazines).
Cultural immersion

We value hands on learning and provide many ways for you to open your world view. Students can study abroad in Nicaragua where the women's movement is arguably the most dynamic in Latin America. Students can take a LGBTQ Studies San Francisco Travel Seminar where they learn about LGBTQ social movements and plan the Eau Queer Film Festival each year. In addition students can take the Women of the American Civil Rights Movement travel seminar which includes a 10-day experiential learning excursion to significant southern locations where the women and civil rights' movement unfolded. Through these experiences students learn to see different ways of living and become more engaged citizens in our interconnected world.


Women's studies student

Womens Studies faculty with student


Women’s Studies (36 credits)


Women’s Studies (24 credits)

Certificate program

Women’s Studies (12 credits)
LGBTQ Studies (12 credits)

Course work

The women’s studies major requires 36 credits and the women’s studies minor requires 24 credits selected from several core courses. For a complete listing, see the UW-Eau Claire Catalogue or the women's studies web pages. Students also are required to complete a capstone externship (Wmns 496). The certificate programs are designed for those students who have a strong interest

in studying women and/or LGBTQ issues, but who are not able to complete the requirements for a major or minor in women's studies. The certificates are also particularly appealing to those students in


Examples of courses for women’s studies

- Women and the
  Mass Media
- Women and
- Studies in
- Psychology of
- Women in
- Studies in the
  History of
- Women and
  World Religions
- Women in
- U.S. Women’s
- Transnational/
- Queer Theories
  and Sexual
- Culture of Third
  Wave Feminism

comprehensive majors who have limited opportunity to explore academic areas outside of their discipline.
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Our graduates

Typical positions held by women’s studies graduates include those in social worker, community advocacy, governmental and non-profit agencies, health care education, editing and writing for women's publications, small business, research assistantships in graduate programs, community outreach programs and other programs requiring experience working with women as well as other diverse populations.
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Places our graduates go:

- Eau Claire County DA's
- Peace Core Program in
- Stucky Chiropractic Center,
  Eau Claire
- American Baby magazine
  editorial office
- Anchor and reporter/
  producer for WEAU 13 News
- Domestic Abuse Director
  for the Family Support
  Center in Chippewa Falls, WI
- Prevention Specialist
  at AIDS Resource
  Center of Wisconsin

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