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Career Options

A degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is ideal for students interested in building well-paying careers that are engaging, fulfilling, and challenging. Here are some other things to consider:
  • With a background Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates are poised to work with advocacy groups, human rights organizations, environmental and consumer groups, health care organizations, social service service agencies, and youth and elder populations in the community.

  • In understanding the multiple intersections among different forms of oppression (sexism, racism, heterosexism, abelism, etc.), some of the many fields you will be prepared to work 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 Women's Studies is excellent preparation for careers in research, education and librarianship, which require expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues

  • 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.

Credit: NWSA.org

 


 

Your Skills and Knowledge: What Employers Want


 

  1. Analytical/Critical Thinking

    Employers want WGSS graduates because of their ability to critically examine and question issues that are usually overlooked-a skill which ultimately makes their work much more thorough and well thought-out.

  2. Creative Problem Solving

    Employers want individuals who find creative ways to solve problems, so they look for WGSS graduates, who have demonstrated creative solutions in classroom settings.

  3. Research and Writing Skills

    Because employers desire workers who know how to effectively research, synthesize, interpret and apply information, WGSS grads are ideal job candidates capable of demonstrating strong writing skills.

  4. Verbal and Communication Skills

    WGSS graduates frequently meet if not exceed employers' expectations in their communicative capabilites, intelligence, and critical thinking skills.

  5. Collaborative Work

    Many employers seek individuals who are capable of compromise and work collectively with others. With their backgrounds in discussion-based classes, WGSS grads are ready to be actively engaged in their professional communities.

Credit: Montclair State University

 

For more information, see "What Can I Do With a Degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies?" on PSU's Advising & Career Services website.