Resources for:

    Women's and Gender Studies

    Women's and Gender Studies

    Department Resources

    Contact Information

    Katherine Fellows
    Academic Department Associate
    Phone: (262) 472-1042
    Location: Laurentide 4233

    Ellie Schemenauer
    Associate Professor
    Phone: (262) 472-2872
    Location: Laurentide 4237

    Welcome to the Department of Women's and Gender Studies!

    One of the most vibrant areas of intellectual inquiry, women's and gender studies explores why gender matters in the pursuit of knowledge and social justice. 

    The Department of Women's and Gender Studies offers a major, a minor, and a 15-hour certificate in women's studies.  Students often choose to double major in women's studies and another area, such as social work or public relations.  The interdisciplinary women's and gender studies program blends a solid liberal arts foundation with courses about the experiences, roles, achievements, and issues impacting women. Helping to shed light and further understanding on issues specific to women and men in these complicated and ever-changing times is both a meaningful and popular endeavor.

    Hands-on Learning
    Students in women's and gender studies apply their knowledge through internships on a part-time basis during the academic year or during the summer. In recent years, our students have interned at such organizations as:

    • Equal Employment Opportunities Commission
    • National Organization for Women
    • People Against Domestic Abuse
    • Planned Parenthood
    • Women and Poverty Initiative
    • YWCA Alternatives of Janesville
    • Community Action

    Student Organizations
    Students serve as coordinators and volunteers in the Warhawk Involvement Center and have the opportunity to make presentations about various issues affecting women, such as nutrition and fitness, the job market, and international women's concerns. Students involved with the Center can help organize speakers and events about topical issues. Women’s and Gender Studies students also participate with the Residence Hall Association, organizing diversity activities such as “Boxes and Walls” and the “Take Back the Night” event, which addresses women's safety issues.

    Additionally, the UW-W Wellness Center & the Sexual Assault Prevention Advisory Committee advises SAVE, an organization that seeks to raise awareness about sexual assault, stalking, harassment and dating violence.


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    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790


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    Phone: (262) 472-1621

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