Women's and Gender Studies Program
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The UW-Platteville Women's and Gender Studies Program creates new dimensions in the educational curriculum by expanding students' knowledge and awareness of women's experiences in as many areas as possible.
Women's and gender studies emphasizes the contributions of women and investigates the ways in which societal misconceptions of both sexes have been reflected in the traditional curriculum. This interdisciplinary academic field examines from a feminist perspective the challenges women in particular face. Thus, women's and gender studies ultimately provides new insights for individuals seeking to improve the quality of their own lives and of the society in which they live.
The UW-Platteville Women's and Gender Studies Program seeks to enhance the educational and career opportunities of students in traditional academic areas, as well as students with a special interest in women's and gender studies. The particular needs and concerns of part-time and continuing education students are also addressed.
All women's and gender studies courses fulfill the general education gender requirement. Some courses can double count for both the ethnic and gender general education requirement.
UW-Platteville students can earn a minor or a certificate in women's and gender studies.
Requirements include WOMSTD 1130 Introduction to Women's Studies 3 cr and at least one course from each of the following groups.
Group One: Social Science (3 credits)
- WOMSTD 2230 - Women, Sex Roles and Society - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 2530 - Psychology and Women - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 2730 - Women in Science and Engineering - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 3340 - Management, Gender, and Race - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 3630 - Ethnic and Gender Equity in Education - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 3730 - Women and the Law - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 4130 - Space, Place, and Gender - 3 cr
Group Two: Humanities, Fine Arts, Historical Perspective (3 credits)
- WOMSTD 2830 - Survey of Women Writers - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 2930 - Minority Women Writers of the U.S. - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 3430 - Women and the Arts - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 3520 - American Women's History - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 3530 - Philosophy's Feminist Future: From Powerism to Personalism - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 3700 - Women in European Civilization - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 4500 - Women and Mythology: Goddess, Witch, Sibyl - 3 cr
- ENGLISH 2780 - Race and Gender in American Film - 3 cr
Group Three: Advanced Women's Studies (3 credits)
- WOMSTD 4660 - Cooperative Field Experience - 3 cr
- WOMSTD 4730 - Individual Research in Women's Studies - 3 cr
The basic program consists of an interdisciplinary sequence of courses leading to a certificate in women's and gender studies and a special notation on the transcript. Students enrolled in the certificate program are required to complete 15 credits of coursework in women's and gender studies, including Women's Studies 1130 Introduction to Women's Studies, and one 3000 or 4000 level course in women's and gender studies that may include the internship or research project. All women's and gender studies courses, including those that are cross-listed under the UW-Platteville Women's and Gender Studies Program and the co-sponsoring departments, can be used to satisfy the requirements of the certificate program. This curriculum provides a model for students wishing to design individualized course sequences that support their personal and educational goals. Students interested in the certificate program should consult the director of women's and gender studies.
Certificate in Gay and Lesbian Studies
The certificate in Gay and Lesbian Studies is a 15-credit program. Students must pass the following courses in order to receive the certificate:
- ENGLISH/WOMGENDR 2150 - Introduction to Gay Studies - 3 cr
- ENGLISH/WOMGENDR 3110 - Gay and Lesbian Literature for Young Adults - 3 cr
- ENGLISH/WOMGENDR 3280 - Gay and Lesbian Literature - 3 cr
- MEDIA/WOMGENDR 3200 - Gender and Popular Culture - 3 cr
WOMGENDR 4730 - Individual Research in Women's Studies - 3 cr
The topic for WOMGENDR 4730 must be related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender issues and must be approved by the coordinator of gay and lesbian studies.
A course with a strong GLBT component (i.e., a topics course on a gay issue, a major authors course that deals with a GLBT author and examines works with GLBT themes, or a similar course) may be substituted for MEDIA 3200 or WOMGENDR 4730 with the approval of the coordinator of gay and lesbian studies.
The prerequisites (other than ENGLISH 1230) for MEDIA 3200 will be waived for certificate students. This is accomplished by filling out a green department waiver card obtainable from the Department of Media Studies academic department associate and having it signed by media studies chair.
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The Women’s and Gender Studies Program Council includes the following faculty and staff, plus one to two student members selected in the fall of each academic year.
Linda Bernhardt, Psychology
Jackie Bodden, Women's and Gender Studies
Rosalyn Broussard, Political Science
Teresa Burns, English
Pat Foster, Women's Center
Valerie Gill-Mast, Psychology
Melissa Gormley, History
J. Keith Hale, English
Rea Kirk, Education
Mary Lenzi, Philosophy
Richard Moninski, Fine Art
Scott Nikolai, Political Science
Florence Omachonu, Education
Regina Pauly, Karrmann Library
Adam Stanley, History
Tammy Salmon-Stephens, Engineering
Kathleen Tigerman, English
Amanda Tucker, English
Nancy Turner, History
Laura Wendorff, English
Mary Rose Williams, Media Studies