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Women's Studies 

At UW-Eau Claire 

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UW-Eau Claire’s Women’s Studies program creates a community of scholars and activists consisting of students, faculty, staff and community members. We hope you will consider joining that community. Instructors from a wide variety of disciplines aim to help you expand your knowledge base, improve your critical thinking and communication skills, and make important connections between your learning and your life.

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Enacted as a discipline, Women’s Studies is a site of social change and activism as much as theory. We provide many ways for you to expand your world view, from rigorous, rewarding classes on campus to hands-on learning experiences in the Eau Claire community and across the nation and globe. For example, you can:
•    Learn about LGBTQ social movements and plan the Eau Queer Film Festival through a travel seminar in San Francisco.
•    Interact with women leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement and study their achievements through a class that features a 10-day experiential learning excursion to significant southern locations where the movement unfolded.
•    Study with UW-Eau Claire faculty and engage in community service in Nicaragua, site of arguable the most dynamic women’s movement in Latin America.
•    Take a winterim course with Indian students and faculty at the world renowned Miranda House College, New Delhi, India.
Through such experiences you can learn to connect feminist theory with social practice, becoming a knowledgeable and engaged citizen in our interconnected world.

Much to gain

There is much to gain from taking Women’s Studies courses. Women’s Studies prepares you to think critically while developing open-mindedness. Diverse topics in both Women’s Studies courses and elective classes in other departments makes the breadth of a Women’s Studies degree 

uniquely wide. You will also explore in depth the intersections among sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, cisgenderism, ableism, ageism, and other forms of oppression. This makes our courses socially and personally relevant. Pursuing Women’s Studies is a great way to increase your sense of competency and to prepare well for meaningful work after graduation.



Through the Women’s Studies program, you can begin to make a positive difference in society during your undergraduate years. All majors and minors participate in a capstone experience where students collaborate closely with a community partner to develop and implement a plan of action or research. Youcan also gain workplace experience through an internship or volunteer on campus (e.g. for the UW-Eau Claire Women and Gender Equity Center, Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, and annual prduction of The Vagina Monologues) or in the local community (e.g., for Bolton Refuge House, the Wisconsin AIDS resource Center, the Eau Claire County District Attorney’s Office Victims Assistance Programs, and local women’s magazines).

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/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
• Gender, Sex
  and Science
  in European
* Women and
  Gender in
  Global Politics

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 work, 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
• Planned Parenthood,
  Wisconsin, Organizing

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Dr. Asha Sen

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