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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Career opportunities

Careers after a Degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

A liberal arts degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies is designed to produce graduates who have a strong general education, who can think critically, write well, and who have significant knowledge in one of the arts or sciences disciplines. Specifically, a degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies prepares students to enter graduate programs in GSWS or other disciplines or professional schools such as law, journalism, social work, and public administration where women’s issues and concerns are increasingly studied. In addition to providing a strong interdisciplinary liberal arts foundation, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies also provides the background for students seeking employment in the public and private sectors, including nonprofits and NGOs, where women and girls make up the majority of the customer or client base, or in which gender and sensitivity to diversity are key areas of concern.

Examples from the public sector include areas such as government, healthcare, protective and social services, women’s arts and entertainment, girls’ clubs, and international development agencies. Examples from the private sector include media, human resources, management, marketing, advertising, public relations, and publishing.

The Women, Health and Science Concentration, perhaps taken as a double major, will prepare students who plan careers in one of the many basic or health sciences and that plan to specialize in a field of science/health related to women.

Some students pursue a double major, combining Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies with another discipline and thus maximize their employment options. Adding Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies as a second major requires only 12 credits or 4 courses beyond a minor. See degree requirements.

Many students follow the career path noted by Luebke and Reilly in their 1995 book, Women’s Studies Graduates: The First Generation, and pursue positions where they can work for social change — as advocates for battered women or rape survivors, HIV educators, health workers, teachers, and lawyers, often in non-profit organizations or non-governmental organizations.

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