of Liberal Studies
Chair: Sandra Krajewski
Wimberly Hall, 608-785-8732
Krajewski, S.; Associate Professor:
Hoskins; Co-faculty: Anderson, Chavalas,
Crutchfield, Delgado, Haupert, Lloyd, Manrique, Miller, C.D., Morgan,
Niedzwiecki, Pandit, Parker, Scherwitz, Soto-Torres, Sullivan,
Vandenberg-Daves, White-Parks, Williams, Wycoff-Horn; Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP): Sullivan,
Women’s Studies —
Women’s studies courses are
designed to provide
students with a new perspective on the roles of women and men as
individuals and as participants in society. Based on research and analysis
by women’s studies scholars, the courses help students evaluate
assumptions about “women’s roles” and “men’s
roles,” provide alternative explanations of gender roles and offer
students of both sexes diverse models and alternatives for their own lives.
The courses help include women in the standard curriculum and promote
research about the now lost or neglected history of women’s culture
and of significant women. One goal of women’s studies is to help
create a new, humanistic curriculum which releases both men and women from
stereotyped roles and expectations and encourages them to develop their
full individual potentials.
The department provides interdisciplinary courses and
specialized courses are currently offered in many departments of the
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Students may earn a minor in
Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP)
In addition to the following courses, the department of
women’s studies sponsors the Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP).
This program, which concentrates on critical reading, writing and thinking,
prepares low-income parents for successful college work. Classes meet one
night per week and child care is provided.
For more information, call the director of
the Self-Sufficiency Program at
Women’s Studies Minor
(All colleges) — 24 credits
one course selected from W-S 100, 210, or 230, plus 499, and nine
additional credits within the department of women’s studies, with at
least six credits at the 300-level or above. Nine credits must also be
taken from approved courses in other departments. Consult the
women’s studies department for a complete course listing.
+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.
W-S 100 Cr. 3
Introduction to Women’s Studies
This course provides an introduction to women’s
social roles and contributions and to how gender roles are created,
transmitted, interpreted, and institutionalized through family and kinship,
education, the media, work, government, and the health care system. It
offers a critical perspective on scholarship which omits or distorts female
experience, and provides interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to the
study of women and gender in society.
W-S 210 Cr. 3
Women’s Voices/Women’s Culture
An examination of how women have expressed female
experience in a variety of forms, including fiction, autobiography, oral
traditions, and song. By analyzing women’s words and forms of
self-expression, students will explore what is individual and what is
common in women’s lives, and will learn tools for understanding
female experience and culture. Offered Sem. I.
W-S 230 Cr. 3
Race, Class, and Culture
This course explores the diversity of women’s
experience in America as it has been affected by race, ethnicity, class,
and other factors, and the effects of gender on women of different groups.
Issues that have united and divided women in movements for social change
are also addressed.
W-S 240 Cr. 3
Contemporary Women’s Issues
Contemporary women’s issues will provide the
student with an overview of women’s studies scholarship from the late
1960’s to the present. Contemporary theory, social change movements,
and women’s lives will be integrated in order to examine the
relationship between theory and practice in women’s studies. Offered
W-S 250 Cr. 1-3
Topics in Women’s Studies
Intermediate and interdisciplinary analysis of a social
issue, idea or institution from the perspective of women and Women’s
Studies. Repeatable for credit. Department approval is necessary to apply
more than three credits toward the W-S minor. Offered occasionally.
W-S 255 Cr. 1
Women in the Military
This course will provide students with an understanding
of the struggles and successes of women’s lives in the U.S. Military.
Beginning with an historic overview of women’s changing roles in the
military, it will proceed to analyze the reasons for the limitations to
women’s equal participation. Finally, the course will recognize the
accomplishments of women in the military. Offered Sem. II.
W-S/PSY/ESS 259 Cr. 1
Girls and Women in Sport
An introduction to the involvement of girls and women
with sport. Topics include the historical perspective, physiological and
benefits, teaching and coaching implications,
recreation and leisure as well as differently abled and minority women.
Students will also learn to access the Internet resources relevant to the
course content. (Cross-listed with ESS and PSY; may only earn credit in
ESS, PSY, or W-S.)
W-S 260 Cr. 3
Women in Wisconsin and
the Upper Midwest
An exploration of the experience of a variety of women
in our region: American Indians, Blacks, and European immigrants; urban
women and homesteaders; single and married women; and their roles as
settlers, family members, and community builders. The course emphasizes
sources and concepts for understanding female experience in a regional
context. Offered occasionally.
W-S 270 Cr. 3
Women and Friendship
An examination of women’s friendships
historically, psychologically, sociologically, and politically in the
context of a sexist, racist, classist, and homophobic culture. Beginning
with defining friendships in women’s lives and continuing through a
woman’s life span, the course will go on to examine how sociocultural
changes have interrupted women’s friendship in the past and the
present. Women’s friendships with women, men, kin, and mentors will
be examined. Lastly, women’s friendships will be explored as a way to
reconstruct community. Offered every two years.
W-S 300 Cr. 1-3
Topics to be selected by the individual instructor or
by the student and instructor together. The topics must relate to
women’s experiences and/or issues. Prerequisite: W-S 100 and consent
of the department chairperson. Repeatable for credit — maximum
W-S 320 Cr. 3
Violence Against Women
This course will examine from an
the connections between violence against women and the power distributions
within our society. Three specific types of violence against women will be
examined in-depth: sexual assault, incest and battering. Prerequisite: W-S
W-S 330/530 Cr. 1-3
Topics: Women, Gender, and Society
Interdisciplinary analysis of a social issue, idea, or
institution from the perspective of women and women’s studies.
Prerequisite: W-S 100 for undergraduates only. Repeatable for credit.
Department approval is necessary to apply more than three credits toward
the W-S minor.
W-S 340 Cr. 3
Women, Learning, and Knowledge
An analysis of how women’s learning experience
has been and continues to be limited by conceptions of gender, race, and
class. Through an examination of how knowledge is acquired and how society
defines knowledge, students will come to a better understanding of how
women can “reclaim” their educations. Prerequisite: W-S 100,
210 or 230.
W-S/HIS 370 Cr. 3
The History of Black Women’s Activism
An historical overview of the thoughts, actions, and
creative products of Black women activists in the United States, from
slavery to the present. Students will examine historical analyses,
speeches, essays, economic activities, organizational styles, political
issues, and various forms of artistic expression that women of African
descent have produced in order to query, resist, and defy the interlocking
oppressions of racism, sexism, and classism in the United States.
Prerequisite: W-S 100 or 210 or 230. (Cross-listed with HIS 370; may only
earn credit in W-S or HIS.) Offered every other year.
W-S/HIS 371 Cr. 3
Women, Agriculture, and the Environment
Beginning with the ancient notion that the earth was
both alive and female, a concept indigenous to western as well as other
cultures, this course will examine subsequent ideas that have historically
shaped attitudes and actions toward women and the earth, especially as
those values and actions have affected agriculture in the U.S. The course
will examine such topics as the roles of women as builders of community in
the rural world; the impact of the industrializing of the production of
food and fiber on concepts of femininity; the development of the modern
corporate state and its impact on women and agriculture; and how women and
men are working to re-shape the way we see, think about, and act on, and
interact with the earth. Prerequisite: W-S 100 or 210 or 230. (Cross-listed
with HIS; may only earn credit in W-S or HIS.) Offered every
W-S 410 Cr. 3
Women’s Issues in the “Third
A broad overview of women’s issues in AALA
(Africa, Asia, and Latin America), this course will investigate the impact
of colonialism, unilateral economic imperialism, and multinational
corporations on women’s traditional roles in AALA and explore the
processes that have produced both women’s and feminist movements in
these regions of the world. Exploring the meaning of women’s
movements in international politics following the Mexico City, Nairobi, and
Beijing conferences, the course will analyze relationships between women in
the U.S. and the women of AALA. Topics might include: the international
economic power of U.S. women as consumers, international labor issues and
organizing, environmental issues for U.S. and AALA women, and the
challenges of AALA feminisms. Prerequisite: W-S 100 or 210 or 230, and
another 300-level W-S course or cross-listed course. Offered
W-S 450 Cr. 1-6
Internship in Women’s Studies
The internship is an academically relevant field
experience for minors in women’s studies which combines women’s
studies scholarship with practical experience. The field experience will be
supervised by the women’s studies staff. Prerequisite: junior
standing and six credits of women’s studies and a minimum 2.50 GPA. A
maximum of three credits will be counted toward the minor. Repeatable for
credit — maximum 6.
W-S 499 Cr. 3
Seminar in Women’s Studies
Intensive interdisciplinary study of particular areas
in women’s studies. Topics will be chosen by the instructor and the
students. Prerequisite: W-S 100, at least two other courses approved for
the women’s studies minor, and permission of instructor.