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Undergraduate Major in Gender and Women's Studies

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 undergraduate learning outcomes for our majors that are cultivated through the structure of our major requirements.

To declare the major in Gender and Women's Studies, students must:

  • Have completed one of the introductory courses (GWS 101, 102 or 103) with a grade of "B" or better; and
  • See the Gender and Women's Studies advisor to complete the declaration form.

Requirements for the Major

GWS Major Worksheet

Honors in the Major

Directed/Independent Study

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