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Gender and Women's Studies

Catherine Connolly, Director
100 Ross Hall
Phone: (307) 766-2733, FAX: (307) 766-2555


CATHERINE CONNOLLY, B.S. State University College at Buffalo 1984; M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo 1989; J.D. 1991; Ph.D. 1992; Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies 2004, 1998, 1992.
COLLEEN DENNEY, B.A. Louisiana State University 1981; M.A. 1983; Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1990; Professor of Art 2005, 1990; Professor of Gender and Women's Studies 2009.
BONNIE ZARE, B.A. Stanford University 1988; M.A. University of Wisconsin 1989; Ph.D. Tufts University 1994; Assistant Lecturer in English 1997; Professor of Gender and Women's Studies 2014, 2002.

Associate Professors

SUSAN DEWEY, B.A. Stony Book University 1999; M.A. Syracuse University 2002; Ph.D. 2004; Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies 2014, 2010.

Academic Professionals

BARBARA ELLEN LOGAN, B.A. Queens College CUNY 1986; Ph.D. University of California Santa Cruz 2002; Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer 2011.

Professor Emeriti

Susan McKay (Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Gender and Women's Studies)

Adjunct Faculty

(see department section following name for academic credentials)

Ulrich Adelt, American Studies
Treena Anastasia, Gender and Women’s Studies
Stephanie Anderson, Political Science
Judith Antell, Emeritus, American Indian Studies
Cecelia Aragon, Latina/o Studies, Theatre and Dance
Christin Covello, Gender and Women’s Studies
Susan C. Frye, English
Teena Gabrielson, Political Science
Anne Guzzo, Music
Alison Harkin, Gender and Women’s Studies
Janice Harris, Emeritus, English
Cynthia Hartung, Psychology
Isadora Helfgott, History
Jeanne Holland, English
Angela Jaime, Educational Studies
Ed Janak, Educational Studies
Michelle Jarman, WIND
Chian Jones Ritten, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Marianne R. Kamp, History
Frieda E. Knobloch, American Studies
Renee Laegreid, History
Jennifer LaVanchy, Modern and Classical Languages
Jennifer Mayer, University Libraries
Leila Monoghan, Disability Studies
Hannelore Mundt, German
Quincy Newell, Religious Studies
Danielle Pafunda, English
Tracey Patton, African American and Diaspora Studies
Tucker Readdy, Kinesiology and Health
Nancy Shea, Gender and Women’s Studies
Nathaniel Smith, Gender and Women’s Studies
Lilia Soto, American Studies, Latina/o Studies
Tonia St. Germain, Gender and Women’s Studies
Grant Walsh-Haines, Gender and Women’s Studies
Georgia Wheatley, Casper College

Advisory Committee

Stephanie Anderson (Political Science)
Cecelia Aragon (Latina/o Studies, Theatre and Dance)
Alison Harking (Gender and Women’s Studies)
Isadora Helfgott (History)
Angela Jaime (Educational Studies)
Michelle Jarman (WIND)
Marianne Kamp (History)
Renee Laegreid (History)
Jennifer LaVanchy (Modern and Classical Languages)
Danielle Pafunda (English)
Chian Jones Ritten (Agricultural and Applied Economics)

The Gender and Women's Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary course of study that examines the relevance of sex, gender and sexuality in history, societies, and cultures. Students may earn a major, minor, or graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, or a minor or graduate minor in Queer Studies. A faculty advisor is assigned to the student upon declaration of a major or minor.

Students graduating with a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies will have skills to succeed in a variety of settings indicated by their ability to:

  1. conduct interdisciplinary feminist analysis.
  2. examine and critique ideological assumptions underlying social institutions and systems of representation, including but not limited to assumptions regarding gender, race, class, nationality, disability, age, and sexual orientation.
  3. comprehend the impact of gender on individuals’ historical and contemporary agency, and how the ability to express agency has shaped people’s lives in various geographical settings.

Major requirements

For the Gender and Women's Studies major, the student must complete 33 credit hours of gender and women's studies courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Core Courses (12 credit hours):

1. Introductory Course: (3 credits) Choose ONE from:

a. WMST 1080: Intro to Women's Studies or
b. WMST 2000: Intro to GLBTQ/NS Studies or
c. WMST 1900: Women & Leadership

2. Theory/Methods Courses (9 credits)

a. WMST 3710: Gender & Humanities and
b. WMST 2500: Gender & Society or WMST 4210: Feminist Research Methods; and
c. WMST 4700: Feminist Theories

Free Electives: 21 credit hours.

Students may choose from our full complement of courses to complete their major requirements.

Students have the option to do 21 hours in one of the following areas, or a combination in one or more areas, or create an independent path under consultation with the advisor. Possible areas of emphasis include:

Culture and Representation; Health, the Body and Sexualities; Social Policy and Social Justice; Independent Path. (see advisor for list of offerings)

As part of their 21 free elective hours students have the option of pursuing internships (WMST 4970) within the program but should recognize that internships require both a 3.3GPA and consent of instructor.

Gender and Women's Studies with Honors:

Honors in Gender and Women's Studies recognizes academically ambitious students who have excelled in their undergraduate careers, and who are ready for graduate school and/or employment in the public or private spheres. Requirements include an overall minimum GPA of 3.5 and the completion of WMST 4965, Senior Honors Project. Students should typically plan for the Senior Honors Project in consultation with their advisor during their junior year. Students in the UW Honors Program, the McNair Scholars program, or other departments that require completion of an independent research project may dovetail their honors work in GWST with those programs.

For student beginning in Fall 2015, Honors in Gender and Women's Studies requires the completion of 3 semesters of foreign language or sign language, or a concentration in quantitative reasoning.

Minor Requirements

For the Gender and Women's Studies minor, students must complete 18 hours of WMST course work including one of the following core courses: WMST 1080, 3500, 3710, 4210, or 4700. A minimum of 12 hours of credit in the minor must be exclusive of hours earned in the student's major. Nine of the required hours must be 3000-level or above. All classes for the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Minor in Queer Studies

The Queer Studies minor requires the completion of 18 hours of classes, including WMST 2000-Intro to LGBTQ/NS, and nine or more credits at the 3-4000 level. Each semester, students, in consultation with a queer studies advisor, will choose elective courses. Independent projects or internships will be encouraged.

A graduate minor in Queer Studies requires the completion of 12 hours, including WMST/ENGL 5000 - Queer Theory,  a minimum of 6 hours at the 5000+ level, and a capstone experience or independent study. For committee-based degree programs with QS content it is expected that the student include will one committee member from QS. 

An interdisciplinary, independent Queer Studies advisory committee advises the program on curriculum, scheduling and coordination. A faculty advisor is assigned to the student on declaration of the minor.

The advisory board for the minor includes:

Rachel Watson, chair, Molecular Biology
Ulrich Adelt,
American Studies
Christine Boggs, Outreach School
Dolores Cardona, Assoc. Dean of Students
Cathy Connolly, Gender and Women's Studies
Susanna Goodin, Philosophy
Mark Helmsing, Secondary Education
Beth Loffreda,
American Studies
Danielle Pafunda,
Eric Teman, Professional Studies

Graduate Study

Students interested in a graduate minor in Gender and Women's Studies or Queer Studies should contact the Director of the Program for enrollment.

Minor in Gender and Women's Studies

A total of 12 hours of course work is required, including nine hours at the 5000-level and including WMST 5710, Feminist Theoretical Perspectives. In addition, students are encouraged to complete at least one independent study (WMST 5975) with a GWST faculty member. When practical, students should include a GWST faculty member on their thesis, dissertation or Plan B committees. Students in professional programs without a culminating research project (or those whose graduate work is outside of GWST) can meet this requirement through alternative means.

Minor in Queer Studies

A graduate minor in Queer Studies requires the completion of 12 hours, including WMST/ENGL 5000, Queer Theory, a minimum of 6 hours at the 5000+ level, and a capstone experience or independent study. For committee-based degree programs with QS content it is expected that the student will include one committee member from QS.

Women's Studies (WMST) Courses

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