The Gender and Women’s Studies major provides a unique background for students seeking to analyze gender and other vectors of inequality, both historically and in contemporary society, as reflected through texts, social practices, and social institutions in the United States and abroad. Graduates have gone on to provide this kind of analysis in fields like health policy, immigration law, social work, reproductive justice, educational administration, employment policy, medicine, architectural design, and media production.
The curriculum reflects the interdisciplinary nature of gender and women’s studies, offering to all students an opportunity to study gender and women in such areas as literature, history, anthropology, sociology, education, law, biology, psychology, philosophy, political science, economics, and the arts. Department courses have been designed to fulfill breadth requirements in the appropriate divisions.
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies endorses the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Essential Learning Outcomes. Drawing on UW’s essential learning outcomes, we have developed GWS Learning Outcomes for our majors that are cultivated through the structure of our major requirements.
Declare the Gender and Women's Studies Major
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Advising for the GWS Major
When you meet with the undergraduate advisor in Gender and Women’s Studies, you will learn more about the major, plan courses, discuss study abroad options, and discover how to get involved on campus and in the community.
You can schedule an advising appointment online using the Scheduling Assistant; drop-in advising is every Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm. There will be no drop-in advising during winter break; drop-ins will resume the first week of classes in January 2019.
Also, you are welcome to contact the undergraduate advisor, Susan Nelson, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with quick advising questions.
Plan your courses
Intern with GWS
Gen&WS 660: Internship in Gender and Women’s Studies is offered every spring semester through an application and interview process. This course offers students the opportunity to work in organizations in ways that connects their GWS courses to specific issues in community settings.
Honors/Research for GWS Majors
Are you eager to experience the excitement of original research? Research or Honors in the Major is appropriate for students considering graduate work in gender and women’s studies or who want rigorous training in research, reasoning, and writing skills useful to a wide range of career choices.
Students should consult with the undergraduate advisor to determine the best way to develop a senior thesis project through Research or Honors in the Major. In either track, students will complete a senior thesis project; students who elect to pursue Honors in the Major will also complete additional honors requirements.