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Gender & Women's Studies|College of Arts & Sciences

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Gender and Women's Studies Program
Physical location:
Ross Hall 100
Mailing address:
Dept. 4297
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-2733
Fax: 307-766-2555
Email: wmst@uwyo.edu

Learning Objectives

Undergraduate Curriculum

The Gender and Women's Studies Program has identified a set of learning outcomes for its undergraduate curriculum. Among an array of potentially valuable outcomes, the following three represent especially important areas of expertise for each student who graduates from the program.   

Learning Outcome 1:  Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct interdisciplinary feminist analysis.

Learning Outcome 2:  Students will 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.

Learning Outcome 3:  Students will 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.

Graduate Minor Curriculum

The Gender and Women's Studies Program has identified a set of learning outcomes for its graduate minor curriculum.  Among an array of potentially valuable outcomes, the following four represent especially important areas of expertise for each student who graduates from the grad minor program.

Learning Outcome 1:  Students should demonstrate the ability to conduct interdisciplinary feminist analysis. 

Learning Outcome 2:  Students should demonstrate the ability to 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.

Learning Outcome 3:  Students should demonstrate an understanding of women's historical and contemporary agency and how these have shaped women's lives in various geographic settings.

Learning Outcome 4:  Students should demonstrate the ability to design and conduct independent feminist analysis research, or creative work.

Rubrics used for assessment:

List of some useful WMST Terms/key concepts  

  • Androcentrism  
  • Subjectivity  
  • Discourse  
  • Epistemology  
  • Post-feminism  
  • Post-colonial feminism  
  • The symbolic order  
  • Intersectionality  
  • the "second shift"  
  • the "mind/body split"  
  • Phallocentrism  
  • Heterosexism  
  • Be able to name an idea, a theorist and dates associated with the following terms:
              First wave feminism
              Second wave feminism
              Third wave feminism  
  • Describe the difference between causation and correlation  
  • Describe the difference between quantitative and qualitative research  
  • Describe the differences between constructionist and essentialist ideas about women.

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