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Women's and Gender Studies

  • Students in Women's and Gender Studies gain a deeper understanding of ways that our lives are affected daily by issues related to gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, and social justice.
  • Women's and Gender Studies courses are interdisciplinary, offered in cooperation with many different departments, and provide diverse perspectives on a broad array of subjects.
  • Women's and Gender Studies courses help develop critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, and an understanding of multicultural and global perspectives.
  • Women's and Gender Studies courses offer insight into topics and issues meaningful to students who care about diversity, humanity, society, and the world.

What are the degree options?

Women's and Gender Studies Major

45-52 credits

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

22 credits

Gender Studies Certificate

23-28 credits

Women's and Gender Studies Major with Prior Learning Option

49-56 credits

Gender and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate

23 credits

What can I do with my degree?

Women's and Gender Studies can help prepare students for a wide variety of careers. Students acquire essential critical thinking, research, and writing skills, as well as the ability to think more globally than many other job applicants. These skills in tandem make them valuable and desirable employees. They are also valuable to those preparing for graduate school. Women's and Gender Studies students often have a desire to work in fields they find meaningful, with an emphasis on community, collaboration, and making a difference.

Careers for Women's and Gender Studies graduates

This is not an exhaustive list, as there are many careers available to Women's and Gender Studies graduates. The following is a sampling based on actual jobs Women's and Gender Studies graduates have obtained. 

  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Administrator
  • Advocate
  • Archivist
  • Art Director
  • Artist
  • Border Service Agent
  • Business Owner
  • Case Manager
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Clergy
  • Community Health Promoter
  • Community Service Agency Director
  • Community Worker
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consultant
  • Coordinator
  • Corporate Communications Coordinator
  • Counselor
  • Court Facilitator
  • Curator
  • Director of Non-Profit Organization
  • Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Doula
  • Editor
  • Educational Administrator
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • ESL Teacher
  • Event Coordinator/Planner
  • Family Support Worker
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • High School Teacher
  • Homeless Shelter Coordinator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Investigator
  • Journalist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Manager of Donor and Alumni Relations
  • Market Researcher
  • Mental Health Advocate
  • Midwife
  • Occupational Health Coordinator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Producer
  • Professor
  • Program Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Religious Worker
  • Reporter
  • Reproductive Health Organizer
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • School Counselor
  • Settlement and Youth Worker
  • Sexual Assault Advocate
  • Social Worker
  • Strategic Development Associate 
  • Therapist
  • Union Organizer
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Web Designer
  • Women's Studies Center Manager
  • Writer
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