We know what employers want!
What are you going to do with a major in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)?
Here are some answers for yourself and people asking you this question:
1. You can learn how to go from being a bystander to someone who creates justice in the world
2. You can learn the skill-set and knowledge to build on the successes of the #MeToo movement, March For Our Lives, and other movements to end violence and oppression (which is why we have competitive mini-grants to fund your independent research projects!);
3. You can learn how feminist knowledge is relevant to everything, especially for you to understand your purpose, your strengths and weaknesses, and how to advocate for your dreams and goals.
4. You learn to be/do what employers are seeking, which includes: specialists/consultants in the major social issues that get in the way of an organization’s mission; problem-solving; specialists/consultants in the experiences of marginalized communities; adapt to changes in the world and within organizations; the ability to explain difficult concepts persuasively to others.
In sum, there are many ways you can utilize a WGS degree after graduation. Some of our majors have received Fulbright awards to study injustice in different regions and countries around the world; participated in policymaking and decisions in agencies that work on women’s and queer rights; and brought a social justice perspective to their work, helping to drive important changes in organizational practices and policies.
We have a working relationship with a variety of humanitarian organizations and non-profits that advocate on rights issues for women, girls, and the LGBTQ community. We regularly organize events that focus on careers in the nonprofit sector for students, inviting our alumnae/iwho are pursuing purpose-driven careers in advocacy, cultural, or social justice organizations to come back to campus to talk to our current students. We have partnered with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the National Organization for Women to create workshops and events for our students. Students have also completed internships at organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Pride for Youth, and Lesbian Herstory Archives, and are flourishing in graduate school and/or their chosen careers, fondly remembering their experiences with civic engagement, community activism, travel, and independent research with our faculty.
As a student, you will be welcomed into a department with outstanding faculty who are invested in your success. You will take a sequence of classes so that you are well versed in different concepts and theories, learn how to conduct research that can influence policies, and receive the opportunity to design your own senior capstone project. By the time you graduate, you will join a new generation of leaders, visionaries, and thinkers who will address our world's problems.