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.
Core courses, 19 credits
The required courses in WMNS are a range of topics including:
- Gender, race and class theory
- Feminist theory
- Global feminism
- Research methodology
- Social justice practicum
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.