Any student enrolled in a UW–Madison doctoral program can pursue a doctoral minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. The doctoral minor offers substantial and systematic training in the field of gender and women’s studies. A doctoral minor in Gender and Women’s Studies is an excellent way to gain training in feminist analysis and research methods as well as in substantive topical areas related to women and gender that can be applied to one’s research field and to one’s teaching. The training is greatly aided by the presence of excellent library holdings and the Office of the Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian.

The advisor for the Doctoral Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies is the Director of Graduate Studies.

Graduate students may not earn both an Option A minor and a graduate/professional certificate in Gender and Women's Studies.

Graduate students who wish to pursue a doctoral minor in Gender and Women's Studies should consult the director of graduate studies in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. Courses are chosen in conjunction with the director of graduate studies, who serves as the minor advisor, and the student's departmental advisor.

A student may earn a doctoral minor in Gender and Women's Studies with 9 credits, if all 9 credits are in exclusively graduate-level GEN&WS courses numbered 700 and above. Alternatively, a student may earn the minor with 12 credits if these are courses numbered 300 and above and identified as designed for graduate work. One course must be GEN&WS 900 Approaches to Research in Women's Studies/Gender Studies. Students are expected to achieve a B or better in all courses used for the minor. Directed study courses do not count toward the minor. Students may not use colloquia or "brown bag" format courses toward requirements of the doctoral minor. Transferred credits are discouraged, but may be allowed with approval of the director of graduate studies. If a student is pursuing two doctoral minors, no more than one course shall overlap between the gender and women's studies minor and the other minor.


Professors: Jill Casid, Finn Enke, Susan Friedman, Christine Garlough, Janet Hyde, Maria Lepowsky, Myra Marx Ferree, Aili Mari Tripp

Associate Professors: Jenny Higgins, Judith Houck, Pernille Ipsen, Ellen Samuels,

Assistant Professors: Chris Barcelos, Keisha Lindsay, Annie Menzel, Sami Schalk

Faculty Affiliates: See the GWS Faculty Affiliates for more information about instructors on campus who are engaged in feminist-inspired teaching and research.


See the current semester's GWS Lecturers and Teaching Assistants directory.