What Can I Do with a Major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies?

Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGS) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality. WGS emphasizes the importance of understanding gender and sexuality as elements of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiedness, intimacy, and labor.

The WGS Program emphasizes critical thinking, personal and intellectual development, accountable local and global citizenship, and engaged learning. WGS students draw on interdisciplinary scholarship to analyze how cultural institutions, social structures, and systems of representation situate persons differentially according to their social position in complex networks of power, privilege, disenfranchisement, and marginalization. Students gain the ability to think through the personal, academic, and policy questions they confront regularly as they live in a culture shaped by the forces about which they are learning

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors*:
  • develop sensitivity to people and problems
  • plan and administer programs
  • critique and evaluate ideas
  • connect with communities

Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies graduates gain knowledge, self-awareness, intercultural competency, and breadth of perspective, which are valuable in their own right and which public service organizations, private industry, government, and graduate schools need.

And the employment picture is bright: comparisons of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies graduates with female college graduates nationwide show an edge for WGS students in both traditional and non-traditional career fields. Recent graduates have gone on to law school, graduate school in many fields, public service and private sector careers, political leadership positions, and teaching in both K-12 and higher education.

Career options for Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies graduates include**:

  • public information coordinator
  • women's/GLBT health advocate
  • community planning specialist
  • public opinion analyst
  • personnel officer
  • community-based educator

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.