Careers in GWS

There is no such thing as a Gender and Women’s Studies Engineer or a Chief Gender Analyst job, so sometimes it is hard to identify what you will do with a degree in GWS. Like many other humanities and social sciences liberal arts degrees (history, philosophy, literature, art, etc.), the point of a liberal arts education in GWS is to provide a set of tools (typically centered on language and argumentation in various media) that can be applied to any number of occupations or life pursuits. The degree is about enriching the ability of the individual to understand the world in new ways. That being said, you might want a way to explain your course of study and future goals to family, friends, and even yourself!

  • With a background in GWS graduates are poised to work with advocacy groups, human rights organizations, environmental and consumer groups, health care organizations, social service agencies, and youth and elder populations in the community.
  • In understanding the multiple intersections among different forms of oppression (sexism, racism, heterosexism, ableism, etc.), some of the many fields you will be prepared to work in are policy and lobbying organizations, research centers, trade and international associations, and union/labor organizing.
  • Our graduates’ knowledge about power relationships and social injustices may also lead to careers in coalition building, government work, politics, or academia.
  • A critical lens that includes the integration of race, class, and gender issues provides a strong preparation for advanced graduate degrees.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of GWS is excellent preparation for careers in research, education and librarianship, which require expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues that require rapid information processing and retention.
  • With the drive to use their knowledge to change the world in positive, life-affirming ways, many graduates work with human rights organizations, environmental groups, and health care agencies.
  • Majors feel well prepared to enter the medical professions, where their expanded insight and sensitivity to social concerns prove useful.
  • A degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is increasingly relevant in the legal profession.