The Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies prepares students of all genders for a variety of careers in which they can help bring about social equality and justice.
The Women’s and Gender Studies major prepares a student to make a difference in the world by emphasizing both theory and practice. Students gain the skills to identify, critically analyze, and devise solutions to systemic, intersecting forms of discrimination and inequality that disadvantage groups on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, ability, age, class, religion, and nationality.
Women’s and Gender Studies students can take advantage of a number of learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom, including our mentoring course that takes place in a local middle school, our courses in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, internships with community non-profit organizations, and the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Women’s and Gender Studies students succeed in a wide range of career fields because our major is interdisciplinary and includes courses in Africology and African American Studies, Biology, Business, Communication, Criminology, Economics, History, Legal Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Technology. Upon graduation, Women’s and Gender Studies majors often go on to positions in the non-profit sector, working as advocates, organizers, research analysts, and program directors. Our graduates also frequently go on to graduate school and find positions in academia.
Many students double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and another discipline that prepares them for a specific career in which a critical understanding of gender and sexuality is necessary (for example, Social Work, Psychology, Education, and Criminology). At 30 credit hours, the Women’s and Gender Studies major is designed to be easily combined with another major.