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Gender & Women's Studies Academic Programs

Why a Gender & Women’s Studies minor or graduate certificate?

You might be surprised at the ways that women’s studies can impact your goals and opportunities.

Gender & Women’s Studies builds on the critical thinking, speaking, writing, and organizational skills that you acquire in your major. Because GWS is an interdisciplinary program, we help you learn how to make connections and to understand the “bigger picture” in ways that will enhance your educational program. You will study how gender powerfully affects personal identity, social interactions, and cultural institutions, and further, the often subtle ways that race, sexuality, and class interact with gender.

A recent survey conducted through the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that the areas in which graduates were least prepared, in terms of functioning in their careers, ranged from global knowledge, self-direction, adaptability, ethical judgment, and self-knowledge to such skills as writing, critical thinking, oral communication, and intercultural sensitivity.

Such skills appear to be increasingly needed, as our worlds become more and more complex, interconnected, and global. As important as it is to be appreciated for your skills, it’s just as crucial to know how to interpret the world and your experience in it. Women’s studies helps you gain that kind of breadth of knowledge and experience.

After graduation, Gender & Women’s Studies graduates often find meaningful work in the following areas:

  • Public Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Graduate Studies
  • Counseling and Social Services
  • Public Health
  • Arts
  • Women’s Shelters and Rape Crisis Centers
  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Teaching


Online Job Resources: (compliments of Minnesota State University)

  • Women’s Studies Career Opportunities (Michigan State University)
  • Resources for Women (Skidmore College)


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 Last Modified 12/10/18