Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

https://www.uwgb.edu/women-gender-studies/

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) explores: 

  • women’s past and present contributions to societies as persons, creators, and thinkers.
  • the intersectional diversity--racial, economic, sexual, religious, generational—of women’s, men’s, and nonbinary individuals’ experiences.
  • scholarship exposing the structural and institutional factors that perpetuate sexism, racism, classism, heteronormativity, and transphobia.

While WGSS is a discipline in its own right, our interdisciplinary program draws upon methods and content from a wide range of programs and majors, including anthropology, literature and the arts, biology, economics, history, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Our minor prepares students to:

  • better understand individuals, particularly but not only women, and the social structures that impact the lives of individuals.
  • think critically about the intersectional issues which they will face in their lives professionally and personally.
  • extend their intellectual development by helping them to understand women’s accomplishments and capabilities, and by looking beyond the limits of traditional gender-differentiated roles.
  • think, research, and write while using strong interdisciplinary skills.

Thus, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an essential component of a liberal arts education.

Any student may elect Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as a minor in addition to their chosen major. The minor is excellent preparation for further study in law as well as for graduate programs in WGSS, psychology, social work, literature, and education. Graduates with WGSS minors are working in a variety of fields, including business, child and family services, education, journalism, and social service administration.

Minor

Required Supporting Course3
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
Choose one of the following Supporting Courses3
Women's Voices
First Year Seminar
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Women in Popular Culture
Women in Literature
Fertility, Reproduction, and Family Planning
Sociological Perspectives on Gender
Latin American and Latina Women
Women in the Performing Arts
Travel Course
Human Trafficking
Upper-Level Courses
Choose 4 of the following courses 12
The Biology of Women
Gender Development Across the Lifespan
Gender and the Law
Topics in Women's Studies
Women and Gender in First Nations Communities
History of Sexuality in the U.S.
Women, Art and Image
U.S. Women's History
Psychology of Women and Gender
Feminist Theory
Internship
Independent Study
Travel Course
Total Credits18

Faculty  

Kathleen C Burns; Professor; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Illene N Cupit; Professor; Ph.D., Temple University

Heidi S Fencl; Professor; Ph.D., The Ohio State University*

Alison A Gates; Professor; M.F.A., University of Washington

Rebecca A Meacham; Professor; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Sarah A Meredith-Livingston; Professor; D.M.A., University of Iowa

Laura E Riddle; Professor; M.F.A., De Paul University, Goodman School of Drama

Patricia A Terry; Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado*

Andrew W Austin; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Bryan James Carr; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Alise Coen; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Delaware

Hye-Kyung Kim; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Marquette University

Daniel J Meinhardt; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas*

Valerie Murrenus-Pilmaier; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Marquette University

Rebecca L Nesvet; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Lisa M Poupart; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Arizona State University

Kimberley A Reilly; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Chicago, chair

Jolanda M Sallmann; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison*

Courtney J Sherman; Associate Professor; D.M.A., Arizona State University

Christine A Smith; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Rebecca Stone-Thornberry; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado

Jessica VanSlooten; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Auburn University

Kristin M Vespia; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa

Le Zhu; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Cornell University

Sarah Schuetze; Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Samuel E Watson; Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas

Lisa Wicka; Assistant Professor; M.F.A. , Purdue University