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Interim Department Chair: Dr. Rosalyn Broussard
Office: 139 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1805
E-mail: broussar@uwplatt.edu

Interdisciplinary studies Majors

  • International Studies

Interdisciplinary studies Minors

  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Social and Environmental Justice
  • International Studies

About the Department

The UW-Platteville Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (DIS) offers the student a bridge between the disciplines of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM fields to address historical and contemporary issues of significance from a broad range of perspectives. DIS brings students and faculty together and into contact to foster interdisciplinary inquiry, promote classroom learning opportunities, and engage in faculty research, undergraduate research initiatives, community service learning projects, and learn more about the numerous interdisciplinary courses, programs, and activities.

Programs

Ethnic Studies

International Studies

Social and Environmental Justice

Women's and Gender Studies

ETHNSTDY 1030 Race, Gender, and Class 3 Credits

An examination of the concepts of race, gender, and class in the United States as these influences are related historically to form a matrix that then serves as a comprehensive basis for understanding the contemporary American society.
Components: Class
GE: Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

ETHNSTDY 2050 Native American Music 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with an introductory overview of American Indian Music. Its purpose is to promote understanding of the cultures experiences through the study of both traditional and popular American Indian music, such as powwows, songs, flute music, and popular/classical artists. The awareness gained will be used to analyze social issues of identify, self-representation, authenticity, appropriation, sovereignty, and federal assimilation policies with the aim of guiding students toward a thoughtful perspective that challenges traditional and romanticized views of American Indian culture. By engaging with a culture distinct from their own, and gaining an understanding of the complex relationship of history, politics, beliefs, and musical systems contained therein, students will be charged to consider multiple perspectives and become more self-aware. Additionally, the course seeks to expose students to the evolution and complexities of the processes of ethnomusicology.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: MUSIC 2050
GE: Ethnic Studies, Fine Arts
Typically Offered: DEMAND

ETHNSTDY 2100 The History and Politics of Hip Hop 3 Credits

Hip Hop is America. Its only real crime is being so much so."--Ernest HardyHip Hop is not just a musical genre, but a cultural phenomenon that has influenced America and the entire world. Starting in Black and Latino communities, has since emerged into one of the largest musical institutions. Hip Hop culture is the voice of marginalized groups and first intended to be the primary news and educational source for the subaltern. Yet, aspects of the culture been appropriated and commodified, taking the educational and revolutionary aspect out of he culture. As Hip Hop artist Nas states, "Hip Hop is dead." But Hip Hop culture lives and transcends race, ethnicity, class, and gender. This class will analyze the origins of Hip Hop, its current political economy, and its global influence. Students will be able to fully understand what "culture" is and be able to interpret the key elements that defines Hip Hop culture. Students will also assess the significant ways Hip Hop has influenced American society. Most importantly, students will understand how the culture has been used as a pedagogical tool for the subaltern, as well as a spiritual and metaphysical model.
Components: Class
GE: Ethnic Studies
Typically Offered: Fall

ETHNSTDY 2130 The Native American Experience 3 Credits

The Native American Experience" is an examination of the indigenous peoples of North America with particular emphasis on the area now called the United States.
Components: Class
GE: Ethnic Studies, Humanities
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ETHNSTDY 2200 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 3 Credits

An examination of the concepts, issues and experience of People of Color in the U.S. with emphasis on the historical and contemporary interaction of race, gender, and class within and external to communities of color.
Components: Class
GE: Ethnic Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ETHNSTDY 2230 Black Experience in the U. S. 3 Credits

The course will examine the development of Black culture in the U.S. and how slavery, social and political structures in the U.S. influenced the development of Black culture. We will also focus on various accounts of the nature of racial ideology, and the construction of racial identities.
Components: Class
GE: Ethnic Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ETHNSTDY 2480 Race and Ethnicity in Film 3 Credits

This course will offer students a lens through which to study the changing role of race and ethnicity in society and will explore how the film industry reflects and often participates in the larger racial inequities in cultural, economic, and artistic structures. The course will also introduce students to a wide range of films written or directed by persons of color and will consider the ways in which filmmakers have used film as a means of asserting ethnic identity and challenging the status quo. The course will primarily focus on films made within the United States, but it may also entail an international component.
Components: Discussion, Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 2480
GE: Ethnic Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

ETHNSTDY 2750 Native American Art 3 Credits

Art of various culture groups of American Indians, ranging from the Inuit of the far north to tribes and nations of the southwest. Ancient and traditional art forms will be studied as well as history of art in times of culture contact and conflict, continuing through work created by contemporary tribal artists informed by those traditions.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ART 2750
GE: Ethnic Studies, Fine Arts
Typically Offered: Fall

ETHNSTDY 2830 Ethnicity, Race and Crime 3 Credits

A study of the correlation between ethnicity, race, crime and criminality in the United States. This course explores the interrelatedness of ethnicity, race, criminal law, and the sanctioning of criminal behavior in the United States.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: CRIMLJUS 2830
GE: Ethnic Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: sophomore standing to enroll in this class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ETHNSTDY 2940 The Political Economy of Race, Gender and Ethnicity 3 Credits

This course uses economic principles to analyze salient issues involving people of color, women, and ethnic minorities. The focus is interdisciplinary, drawing from the fields of business, political science, and others. Pertinent principles and concepts are used to analyze causes and effects of the changing composition of U.S. families, to examine the nature and extent of discrimination within the U.S. economy, and to understand why issues involving race, ethnicity, and gender are of concern to us both individually and collectively.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ECONOMIC 2940, POLISCI 2940
GE: Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

ETHNSTDY 2950 Intro to Multi-Ethnic American Literature 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of ethnic American literatures, giving special emphasis to the four historically marginalized racial groups--Native American, African American, Asian American, and Latino/a. While close analysis of assigned literary texts will make up the bulk of class work, a number of historical and theoretical issues will also be examined. These include the social construction of race/ethnicity; racism and white privilege, literary sub-culture versus literary canon; and the intersection of gender and class with race and ethnicity.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 2950
GE: Ethnic Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ETHNSTDY 3010 Race, Gender, and United States Labor History 3 Credits

Social, cultural, and economic history of American working people from the colonial period to the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3010
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

ETHNSTDY 3170 Native America and Colonial Borderlands to 1887 3 Credits

The history of Native North America begins well-before Columbus arrived. Paleo-Indians struggled and thrived, cooperated and changed giving way to early-modern Native nations by 1000 BCE. After 1492 Native nations cooperated and clashed with each other and with competing European empires for control of land, labor, and resources. This story is not separate from the narrative of early American history as a whole, but examining it closely permits appreciation of First Nation worldviews, times of Pan-Indian cooperation, and moments of cooperation between American Indians, Europeans, and Africans on the borderlands of the Atlantic World.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3170
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: EVERY/4TH

ETHNSTDY 317W Native America and Colonial Borderlands to 1887 3 Credits

The history of Native North America begins well-before Columbus arrived. Paleo-Indians struggled and thrived, cooperated and changed giving way to early-modern Native nations by 1000 BCE. After 1492 Native nations cooperated and clashed with each other and with competing European empires for control of land, labor, and resources. This story is not separate from the narrative of early American history as a whole, but examining it closely permits appreciation of First Nation worldviews, times of Pan-Indian cooperation, and moments of cooperation between American Indians, Europeans, and Africans on the borderlands of the Atlantic World.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 317W
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective, Writing Emphasis
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

ETHNSTDY 3180 Native American History, What you thought you knew 3 Credits

The history of Native North America begins long before the Dawes Act of 1887. Native peoples have faced the challenges of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries in significant ways. This story is not separate from the narrative of American history, but an integral part of it. Native Americans, including 20,000 veterans, recovered from the Civil War. Land policy, treaties, and tribal sovereignty continue to influence Native communities today. Tribal members have built skyscrapers, joined the Peace Corps, baffled code-breakers, and much more. First Nations identity continues to evolve as a central part of the American story.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3180
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: EVERY/4TH

ETHNSTDY 318W Native American History, What you thought you knew 3 Credits

The history of Native North America begins long before the Dawes Act of 1887. Native peoples have faced the challenges of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries in significant ways. This story is not separate from the narrative of American history, but an integral part of it. Native Americans, including 20,000 veterans, recovered from the Civil War. Land policy, treaties, and tribal sovereignty continue to influence Native communities today. Tribal members have built skyscrapers, joined the Peace Corps, baffled code-breakers, and much more. First Nations identity continues to evolve as a central part of the American story.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 318W
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective, Writing Emphasis
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: EVERY/4TH

ETHNSTDY 3230 Social Inequalities 3 Credits

The course investigates the causes and consequences of social stratification based on race, gender, social class, and nationality. Students gain a better understanding of how inequality is produced through prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and social institutions such as the family, neighborhoods, educational system, labor markets, and criminal justice system.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: SOCIOLGY 3230
GE: Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SOCIOLGY 1030
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ETHNSTDY 3240 African-American History 1619 to Present 3 Credits

The historical experience of African-Americans since 1619.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3240
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor or department chair
Typically Offered: Fall

ETHNSTDY 3340 Management, Gender & Race 3 Credits

This course reviews the changing nature of management and explains why gender and race/ethnicity have become important concerns of business. It examines the status of women and people of color in managerial or administrative positions and discusses socialization processes, stereotypes, equal employment opportunity laws, diversity management, illegal harassment, and power in organizations. Networking, mentoring, work/life balance, and career planning also are addressed.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: BUSADMIN 3340, WOMGENDR 3340
GE: Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: BUSADMIN 2330 or AGBUS 1500 or junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ETHNSTDY 3410 Chicano Literature 3 Credits

An examination of representative texts from various Chicana/Chicano writers, covering a range of genres and generations. There will be an emphasis on the relationship between literary production and historical context, in particular, the involvement of the writers in the social and political conflicts affecting the Chicano community.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 3410
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Spring-EVEN

ETHNSTDY 3630 Ethnic and Gender Equity in Education 3 Credits

To increase an appreciation, understanding, and awareness of ethnic and gender equity issues in the educational process and in society. The student will view equity issues through research, historical, philosophical, sociological, and psychological perspectives and the implications that each arena has on the lives of all of us. (Field experience 25 hours)
Components: Discussion, Class
Cross Offering: TEACHING 3630, WOMGENDR 3630
GE: Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ETHNSTDY 3720 Ethnic Rights and Politics 3 Credits

The course examines changing patterns of ethnic, gender and race relations; legislative and judicial developments affecting civil rights; political movements, political, social and economic discrimination; the judicial system and legal protection for civil rights and the status and circumstances of women and other minorities.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: POLISCI 3730
GE: Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1230 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

ETHNSTDY 3730 African-American Literature 3 Credits

A survey of African-American literature beginning in the ante bellum period and continuing to the present, including oral forms (folk tales and spirituals), novels, poetry, drama, autobiography, and other selected non-fiction.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 3730
GE: Ethnic Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Spring

ETHNSTDY 3740 Asian American Literature 3 Credits

A survey of Asian-American literature beginning in the early 1900s and continuing to present times. Includes works of fiction, autobiography, poetry, and drama. Focuses on writers from different literary and oral traditions including (but not limited to) Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Indian, and examines the impact of family, culture, and gender both within these traditions and between a particular tradition and U.S. popular culture.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 3740
GE: Ethnic Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall

ETHNSTDY 3750 American Literature of Ethnicity and Immigration 3 Credits

An examination of literature from a variety of U.S. "racial" and "ethnic" groups, including African-, Italian-, Mexican-, Jewish-, Asian-, and Native-American. Emphasis will be placed on the meanings of "race" and "ethnicity," the effects of immigration, and the impact of gender in this literature.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 3750
GE: Ethnic Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall

ETHNSTDY 3760 Wisconsin Indian Literature 3 Credits

An exploration of Wisconsin Indian literatures from the oral tradition to the present; texts studied will include epics, legends, poetry, novels, and selected non-fiction, including such writers as Mountain Wolf Woman, Louise Erdrich, and Susan Power.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 3760
GE: Ethnic Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall

ETHNSTDY 3830 Black Women and Feminism in the U.S. 3 Credits

An interdisciplinary examination of the historical and contemporary relationship between black women in the United States and the feminist movement. Authors discussed may include Frances Harper, Ida Wells-Barnett, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and others.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 3830
GE: Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: sophomore standing to enroll in this class
Typically Offered: Fall

ETHNSTDY 4850 Multicultural Dramatic Literature 3 Credits

An in-depth survey of the rise and development of minority characters and themes in American theatre since the 20th Century. Particular emphasis will be placed on the dramatic literature and theatrical criticism and production since 1990.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: THEATRE 4850
GE: Ethnic Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

ETHNSTDY 485W Multicultural Dramatic Literature 3 Credits

A WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO EFFECTIVELY USE WRITING TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING OF COURSE SPECIFIC CONTENT THROUGH VARIOUS MEANS SUCH AS SELF-REFLECTION, ANALYSIS, PROBLEM SOLVING AND RESEARCH. An in-depth survey of the rise and development of minority characters and themes in American theatre since the 20th Century. Particular emphasis will be placed on the dramatic literature and theatrical criticism and production since 1990.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: THEATRE 485W
GE: Ethnic Studies, Writing Emphasis
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

ETHNSTDY 5630 Ethnic and Gender Equity in Education 3 Credits

Develops appreciation, understanding, and awareness of ethnic issues; such as ethnic, class, and gender issues in the educational process and in society. Considers equity issues through research, historical, philosophical, sociological, and psychological perspectives and the implications that each arena has on the lives of all of us.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ETHNSTDY 5720 Ethnic Rights and Politics 3 Credits

(Offered under ETHNSTDY 5720 AND POLISCI 5730.) Changing patterns of ethnic, gender, and race relations; legislative and judicial developments affecting civil rights; political movements; political, social, and economic discrimination; judicial system and legal protection for civil rights. Women and other minorities.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: POLISCI 5730
Typically Offered: Spring

ETHNSTDY 7980 Independent Study in Ethnic Studies 1-4 Credits

The amount of graduate credit allowed for independent study may not exceed a total of four credits except with the special permission of the students advisor and the graduate dean. Approval must be secured before independent study courses are begun. Students registering for independent study must submit at or before registration a description signed by the instructor conducting the independent study of the subject to be covered. Independent study may not be used for collecting information for the seminar paper.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered:

SEJ 2230 Introduction to Social and Environmental Justice 3 Credits

Introduction to major issues related to social and environmental justice through an interdisciplinary examination of historical, cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental issues dominating our planet.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities
Typically Offered: Fall

SEJ 4660 Cooperative Field Experience 3-6 Credits

The student is expected to engage in a project in an off-campus setting that significantly involves the practice of social and/or environmental justice. The nature of the assignment, type of experience, number of credits and evaluation procedures are to be stipulated in a statement of agreement (learning contract) between the student and the SEJ Program.
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SEJ 2230 and junior standing or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SEJ 4940 Capstone Seminar 2-3 Credits

Upon returning from their off-campus field experience, students will engage in an evaluation of their field experience and an integration of that experience with their prior course work.
Components: Discussion
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SEJ 4660 and junior standing or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

WOMGENDR 1130 Introduction to Women & Gender Studies 3 Credits

Introduction to major issues related to women through an interdisciplinary examination of the images of women in such areas as philosophy, history, literature, psychology and sociology. A primary focus is on 20th century American trends in such institutions as the family, education, law, politics and economics.
Components: Class
GE: Gender Studies, Humanities
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

WOMGENDR 2150 Introduction to Gay Studies 3 Credits

Introduction to Gay Studies is an interdisciplinary course covering the history, culture, and politics of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered persons around the world. The course seeks to theorize, document, uncover, and revise our existing knowledge about same-sex attraction and gender identity and also examine a wide range of related historical figures and events. Using the lenses of social science, science, and the humanities, the course explores ways in which sexual orientation and gender limit and expand individual experience.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 2150
GE: Gender Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall

WOMGENDR 2230 Gender and Society 3 Credits

This course applies social scientific theories of gender to an investigation of women¿s and men¿s roles in society. In so doing, it is particularly concerned with understanding existing gender inequalities. Rather than approaching gender, sex, and sexuality as fixed, innate characteristics, students examine how media, education, family, and other social institutions and interactions continually shape and define these social categories.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: SOCIOLGY 2230
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Spring

WOMGENDR 2430 Women and Health 3 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive view of womens health through a wide variety of experiences and activities, focusing on the various aspects of wellness, mental health, reproductive health issues, and the aging process.
Components: Class
GE: Gender Studies, HHP-Wellness
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

WOMGENDR 2490 Gender in Film 3 Credits

This course will offer students a lens through which to study the complex role of gender in society and will explore how the film industry reflects the larger gender inequities in worldwide cultural, economic, and artistic structures. The course will examine film representations of women and men to analyze stereotypes and misconceptions that continue to be disseminated. The course will also introduce students to a wide range of films written or directed by women and will consider the ways in which female filmmakers have responded to, critiqued, or challenged dominant patriarchal representations.
Components: Discussion, Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 2490
GE: Gender Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall-ODD

WOMGENDR 2530 Psychology of Women 3 Credits

Explores the shaping of womens behaviors and self-concepts by biological and social influences. Also covers the empirical support for and against gender-related differences in behavior and thought patterns.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: PSYCHLGY 2530
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: PSYCHLGY 1130 or one course in womens studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

WOMGENDR 2730 Women in Science and Engineering 3 Credits

This course deals with the issues that confront women in science-related professions. An examination of the skills and talents needed to succeed is accomplished through study of both women in history and current professionals.
Components: Class
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall

WOMGENDR 2830 Survey of Women Writers 3 Credits

Survey of women writers in the English language with a focus on the themes, issues, and concerns that tie womens writing together and create a womens literary tradition. British, American, and international writers are included.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 2830
GE: Gender Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall

WOMGENDR 3110 Gay and Lesbian Literature for Young Adults 3 Credits

An analysis of selected gay and lesbian literature and films especially suitable for young adults of high school age with an emphasis on approaches and methods for teaching literature and addressing the needs of GLBT students.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 3110
GE: Gender Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall

WOMGENDR 3170 Space, Place, and Gender 3 Credits

An introduction to gender and geography. The role of gender in the study of geography, which is concerned with places, linkages, patterns of flow, locations, landscape, and the social/political/economic production of space.
Components: Discussion, Class
Cross Offering: GEOGRPHY 3170
GE: Gender Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

WOMGENDR 3200 Gender and Popular Culture 3 Credits

This course examines the theoretical and practical ways that popular culture represents, creates, and challenges stereotypes of women, men, and differently gendered people. Students will explore dominant strategies and theories used in the creation and analysis of advertising, television, music, movies, and popular literature, as well as the emerging commercial media of Internet advertising, digitized movies, and blogs. We will focus primarily, but not exclusively on popular culture experienced within (or exported from) the United States.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: MEDIA 3200
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230 and Media 1630 or WOMGENDR 1130
Typically Offered: Spring

WOMGENDR 3280 Gay and Lesbian Literature 3 Credits

While focusing primarily on contemporary gay and lesbian fiction, this course also provides an overview of the evolution of international gay and lesbian literature from its beginnings to the present, including such authors as Sappho, Hafiz, Sadi, Whitman, Wilde, Cather, Woolf, Forster, Gide, Hughes, Lorca, Rimbaud, Stein, Baldwin, Bishop, Ginsberg, and Lorde.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 3280
GE: Gender Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Spring

WOMGENDR 3330 Topics in Women & Gender Studies 2-3 Credits

Selected topics in women and gender studies. The specific topic will vary each semester and will be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for credit under different topic headings.
Components: Class
GE: Gender Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: three credits in women studies
Typically Offered: Occasional

WOMGENDR 3340 Management, Gender & Race 3 Credits

This course reviews the changing nature of management and explains why gender and race/ethnicity have become important concerns of business. It examines the status of women and people of color in managerial or administrative positions and discusses socialization processes, stereotypes, equal employment opportunity laws, diversity management, illegal harassment, and power in organizations. Networking, mentoring, work/life balance, and career planning also are addressed.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: BUSADMIN 3340, ETHNSTDY 3340
GE: Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: BUSADMIN 2330 or AGBUS 1500 or junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

WOMGENDR 3430 Women and the Arts 3 Credits

The focus is on the contributions of women in the areas of theatre, dance, music, film, and the visual arts. In addition to classroom participation, the course includes attendance at live performances and presentations by guest lecturers.
Components: Class
GE: Fine Arts, Gender Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

WOMGENDR 3520 American Womens History 3 Credits

Surveys the changing patterns of domestic and family life, work, education and public participation of American women from the Colonial period to the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3520
GE: Gender Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

WOMGENDR 3530 Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality 3 Credits

A philosophical examination of questions about gender and sexuality, such as: How do philosophers explain gender and sexuality? How do gender and sexuality influence ones reality, knowledge, experience autonomy, choices, and prospects for achieving a good, just, and meaningful life? How do new fields in philosophy (e.g. feminist epistemology, feminist ethics, etc.) open up new possibilities for gender and sexuality?
Components: Class
Cross Offering: PHLSPHY 3530
GE: Gender Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: three credits in philosophy or WOMGENDR 1130 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

WOMGENDR 3630 Ethnic and Gender Equity in Education 3 Credits

To increase an appreciation, understanding, and awareness of ethnic and gender equity issues in the educational process and in society. The student will view equity issues through research, historical, philosophical, sociological, and psychological perspectives and the implications that each arena has on the lives of all of us. (Field experience 25 hours)
Components: Discussion, Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 3630, TEACHING 3630
GE: Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

WOMGENDR 3650 Women and Gender in Latin American History 3 Credits

Examines the continuities and ruptures in the lives of Latin American women from the colonial period to the present. Compares and contrasts the roles of women from different classes, ethnic groups, and regions. This course considers womens history through individual life stories and by looking at the social, cultural, and institutional contexts of their lives, with a focus on women as historical actors.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3650
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

WOMGENDR 3700 Women in European Civilization 3 Credits

Covers activities of, and attitudes towards, women in ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the 19th century, the two modern wars, and the end of the 20th century. Analyzes women in the context of family life, work life, education, politics, science, and social movements.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3700
GE: Gender Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

WOMGENDR 3730 Women and the Law 3 Credits

A study of women in their legal roles as wives and mothers, workers and students, criminals and victims of crime. The course examines how the law affects womens personal choices regarding marriage, having children, and aiming for high-level achievements in education and in work. Also examines ways in which law affects women in poverty and in old age.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: CRIMLJUS 3730
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130 or one course in womens studies and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

WOMGENDR 3830 Black Women and Feminism in the U.S. 3 Credits

An interdisciplinary examination of the historical and contemporary relationship between black women in the United States and the feminist movement. Authors discussed may include Frances Harper, Ida Wells-Barnett, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and others.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 3830
GE: Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: sophomore standing to enroll in this class
Typically Offered: Fall

WOMGENDR 4500 Women and Mythology: Goddess, Witch, Sibyl 3 Credits

This course takes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to numinous images of the feminine as they appear internationally. By exploring pre-historical, historical, and contemporary manifestations of goddess-centered mythology and religious practices around the world, students will broaden their understanding of womens contributions to the literary and spiritual traditions of many cultures.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 4500
GE: Gender Studies, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

WOMGENDR 4660 Cooperative Field Experience 3 Credits

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a cooperating agency, business, industry or institution. The nature of the assignment, type of experience, number of credits and evaluation procedure to be stipulated in a statement of agreement (learning contract) between the student and department.
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: WOMGENDR 1130 and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

WOMGENDR 4730 Individual Research in Womens Studies 3 Credits

Advanced work on a scholarly subject or project, to be directed by a faculty member on the Womens Studies Program Council.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: WOMGENDR 1130 and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

WOMGENDR 4840 Gay and Lesbian Drama 3 Credits

A detailed survey of the rise and development of gay and lesbian characters and themes in British and primarily American theatre during the 20th Century. Particular emphasis will be placed on dramatic literature and theatrical criticism and production since 1990.Components: Lecture
Components: Class
Cross Offering: THEATRE 4840
GE: Gender Studies
Typically Offered: Fall-ODD

WOMGENDR 484W Gay and Lesbian Drama 3 Credits

A WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO EFFECTIVELY USE WRITING TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING OF COURSE SPECIFIC CONTENT THROUGH VARIOUS MEANS SUCH AS SELF-REFLECTION, ANALYSIS, PROBLEM SOLVING AND RESEARCH. A detailed survey of the rise and development of gay and lesbian characters and themes in British and primarily American theatre during the 20th Century. Particular emphasis will be placed on dramatic literature and criticism written since 1990.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: THEATRE 484W
GE: Gender Studies, Writing Emphasis
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

WOMGENDR 5340 Management, Gender and Race 3 Credits

(Offered under BUSADMIN 5340 and WOMGENDR 5340) This course reviews the changing nature of management and explains why gender and race/ethnicity have become important considerations in business. It examines the status of women and people of color in managerial or administrative positions and discusses socialization processes, stereotypes, equal employment opportunity laws, illegal harassment, and power in organizations. Networking, mentoring, work/life balance, and career planning also are addressed.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: BUSADMIN 5340
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

WOMGENDR 7980 Independent Study in Women and Gender Studies 1-3 Credits

The amount of graduate credit applied toward a masters degree may not exceed a total of four credits except with the special permission of the students advisor, the program head, and the Dean of The School of Graduate Studies. Approval must be secured before independent study courses begin. Students registering for independent study must submit at or before registration an approved independent study proposal form. This form must be signed by the instructor conducting the independent study, the department chairperson, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and the student. Independent study may not be used for collecting information for the seminar paper. Students enrolling for independent study may obtain an independent study proposal form and instruction sheet from the School of Graduate Studies Office online at www.uwplatt.edu/gradstudies/independentstudy.html. A student may register for more than the maximum number of independent study credits allowed by a subject area. However, the student may only apply the maximum number of independent study credits allowed by a subject area toward a masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered:

Faculty and lecturers

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Gormley, Melissa E.

Isbister, Dong

King Jr., Frank C.