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What can you do with a Women and Gender Studies Major?

Students who earn undergraduate degrees in Women and Gender Studies pursue diverse employment and educational goals after graduation.  Women and Gender Studies provides you with all the benefits of a liberal arts degree.  Liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, which can be applied to a multitude of careers.  It demonstrates to a potential employer that you have the confidence, skills, and maturity to earn a college degree; that you are well-rounded, having studies a wide variety of topics rather than one narrow skill area and that you likely are able to think more globally than many other job applicants.  Managers often prefer liberal arts majors because they think they are better at organizing material, writing well, and making oral presentations.  Moreover, a Women and Gender Studies major equips you with significant practical advantages.

There are many practical applications for Women and Gender Studies training on the job.  For example, as more women work, business and corporation find the need for more  sensitivity to women's issues such as sexual harassment, flex-time, parental leave, pay equity, and equal employment opportunities.  The development of women's agencies and orgzaniations is spurring demand for graduates with specializations in WGS studies.  There is a growing demand in the proessions of law, medicine, social work, teaching, counseling, and government service for expertize on gender issues.  Similarly gender specialist are increasingly being used as consultants in industry, higher education, insurance companies, and personnel firms.

See the many important skills and abilities  graduates of the Women and Gender Studies Program develop that are useful in a variety of professions.

Graduate School Opportunities

  • Master's of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies
  • Master of Public Affairs/Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies dual degree
  • Master of Science in Information Studies/Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies dual degree
Graduate Work in Women and Gender Studies
Searchable Guide to Women and Gender Studies in the U.S.

    Women of Note

    Women who were or are writers, activists, photographers, legislators, entertainers, adventurers or who have otherwise excelled in their selected fields chosen by WGS students Fall 2011 whom they admire for helping to advance the understanding of women and gender issues.  (Click on the photos to learn more about them.)


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