“We have students going into public health, international policy, journalism, politics, filmmaking, education- careers that allow them to effect change.”
-Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Founding Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors, double majors, minors, and graduate minors develop skills highly valued by employers and graduate schools. These include: critical thinking, research, analysis, problem solving, leadership experience, knowledge of social structures and change, an understanding of diversity and global perspectives, and oral/written communication.
Developing a strong understanding of gender, race, sexuality, gender identity, class, dis/ability, and other social categories gives students a strong background for work in numerous fields where a specialization in social and identity issues is important.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies specialists increasingly take on ever more critical roles, both internationally and within local communities. Graduates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies work in advocacy or social services-related positions, arts and literature, education, law, community development, medical professions, human resources, business, and government. The preparation in critical thinking and social awareness is also an excellent background for students pursuing graduate and professional degrees.
Whether you major/minor to begin your path in social justice work or you double major to further specialize and bolster your qualifications for employment or applying for graduate school, a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies demonstrates to an employer that you have developed a breadth of knowledge from a diverse curriculum that can only be developed from an interdisciplinary perspective. This is highly prized by employers and also can provide students with a strong foundation for advanced study in sociology, anthropology, rhetoric, literature, philosophy, religious studies, public policy, law, and other fields.
Related fields for double majoring and minoring include Criminal Justice, Sociology, English, Languages and Linguistics, History, Psychology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Business, Political Science, Government, Public Health, Counseling, Social Work, Religious Studies, Communication Studies, and Art.
MA & PhD Programs in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
|University||Degree Offered||Program of Study|
|Arizona State University||PhD||Gender Studies|
|Indiana University, Bloomington||PhD||Gender Studies|
|Texas Woman's University||MA/PhD||Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies|
|The Ohio State University||MA/PhD||Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies|
|University of Arizona||PhD||Gender and Women's Studies|
|University of California, Los Angeles||MA en route to PhD Degree|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Dual MA/Ph.D||Feminist studies|
|University of Michigan||Joint PhD Programs||Women’s Studies & English
Women’s Studies & History
Women’s Studies & Psychology
|University of Texas, Austin||MA|
Dual MA Degrees
|Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies/Information Studies
Women's and Gender Studies/Public Affairs
|Oregon State University||PhD||Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies|
|University of Minnesota, Minneapolis||PhD||Feminist Studies|
|Brandeis University||MA||Women's, Gender, and Sexuailty Studies|
Advice to Students Applying to MA & PhD Programs in WGSS
Occupations Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Students Have Gone On To
from Barbara F. Luebke & Mary Ellen Reilly’s Women’s Studies Graduates: The First Generation (1995)
|journalist||battered women’s center director||psychotherapist|
|advocate for hate crime/domestic violence victims||musician||congressional fellow|
|archivist||business owner||public and government relations manager|
|law enforcement||nurse-midwife||cooperative grocery manager|
|lawyer||clinical social worker||rape crisis program director|
|art therapist||Planned Parenthood clinic coordinator||director of program for inner-city teenagers|
|librarian||college professor||recreational therapist|
|artist||program associate at human rights organization||doctor|
|minister||communications consultant||sexual assault/sexual abuse educator|
Career & Scholarship Databases
See Also: Corporate Equality Index