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What You Can Do With a WGS Major

“What can I do with a major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies?”

A degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies prepares you for almost anything. It’s an interdisciplinary course of study that introduces students to hidden histories, explores complex social structures, confronts injustice and oppression, and hones the skills of citizens of the future. Above all, it helps students understand themselves.

What Employers Want

Many employers seek out liberal arts graduates, knowing that a liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills. A liberal arts degree shows an employer that you have studied a wide variety of topics and have a broader view of the world than other applicants. A Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major provides all of these benefits and more:

  • Expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues
  • An understanding of differences of gender, sexuality, race, culture, and social class
  • Insight into the connections among different forms of oppression
  • A foundation for analyzing inequities and initiating change

Corporations need employees who understand gendered issues in the workplace–issues such as sexual harassment, flex-time, parental leave, pay equity, and equal employment opportunities. The demand for expertise on gender issues is growing in the professions of law, health care, social work, teaching, counseling, and government service. Specialists in gender and sexuality are sought out as consultants in education and industry. And women’s agencies and organizations are adding to the demand for graduates in the field as they take on ever more critical roles, both internationally and within local communities.

Most importantly, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates report that their education has given them the confidence and courage to pursue their dreams.

Real People, Real Jobs

Here are just a few examples of positions that Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates hold:

  • Administrator of a human services department
  • Advocate for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes
  • Artist
  • Associate director of a human rights organization
  • Business owner
  • Clergy
  • Communications consultant
  • Congressional aide
  • Coordinator of a women’s health clinic
  • Director of social service agency
  • Executive director of a foundation
  • Film production assistant
  • Flight instructor
  • Journalist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Librarian
  • Manager of energy conservation
  • Musician
  • Novelist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Physician
  • Professor
  • Program director of a rape crisis center
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Public health educator
  • Public relations director
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Theater staff
  • Town manager
  • Union organizer