WGSS Majors + Minors

Advocates in the making

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at UW-Eau Claire offers one major, one minor, and coordinates teaching, research and scholarship in the field of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. This is a unique academic program that incorporates praxis—practice that is informed by theory and gendered analyses. Learning goals for majors in this field include the following:

  • Knowledge of social workings of power, privilege and oppression across human cultures and in human interactions with the natural world.
  • Creative and critical thinking informed by feminist perspectives.
  • Effective communication including feminist language to question and explain oppressions, privilege, and patriarchy.
  • Individual and social responsibility to effect change that promotes social justice.
  • Respect for and understanding of diverse communities and global perspectives.
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Core courses, 19 credits

The required courses in WMNS are a range of topics including:

  • Gender, race and class theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Transnationalism
  • Global feminism
  • Research methodology
  • Social justice practicum

View complete requirements and course offerings for the major

Elective courses, 17 credits

A sampling of elective course topics includes:

  • LGBTQ perspectives
  • Women and violence
  • Women and communication
  • Women and science
  • Women and social science
  • Internship in WMNS

Women's studies minor, 19 credits

A minor in women's studies offers students important interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives in women's lives. It well complements a major in arts and science, business, education, nursing or health services.

View complete requirements and course offerings for the minor

UW-Eau Claire students (from left) Devin Dawson, Cece Lewis, Carter Kha, Sierra Lomo and Richard Yang attend a screening at the Castro Theatre during the Frameline International LGBTQ Film Festival in San Francisco.

Power, privilege and protest

UW-Eau Claire will again host a five-day festival that celebrates the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual communities through the screening and discussion of a number of powerful films.

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