What can you do with a WGST major or minor?

With a background in women's and minorities' histories, graduates are poised to work with advocacy groups, human rights organizations, environmental and consumer groups, health care, and youth, elderly, and social services.

Because their major emphasized understanding differences and discovering the intersections between racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and other forms of oppression, women's studies graduates are well suited for entry-level positions in a wide variety of settings, including policy and lobbying organizations, research centers, trade and international associations, and unions.

Women and gender studies graduates' knowledge about power relationships and injustice often leads them to choose careers in government and politics, because they are determined to use their skills to change the world, starting in their own communities.

The interdisciplinary nature of women and gender studies is an excellent preparation for careers in education and librarianship that require expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues.

The integration of race, class, and gender issues makes women and gender studies programs especially appropriate as preparation for many graduate degrees.

Majors feel well prepared to enter the medical professions, where their expanded insight and sensitivity to social concerns prove useful.

Others have found that their degree is increasingly relevant and at the cutting edge in issues facing the legal profession.

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Potential Careers

 Potential Careers include, but are not limited to:

  • human resources administrator
  • teacher
  • social worker
  • counselor
  • lawyer
  • volunteer
  • cultural advisor
  • market research analyst
  • financial planner
  • business manager
  • health policy planner
  • psychologist
  • hospital administrator
  • public policy specialist
  • child welfare worker
  • public relations specialist
  • community affairs specialist
  • sales rep/manager
  • community service director
  • consumer advocate
  • journalist
  • women's rights advocate
  • writer/editor/journalist