What can I do with a major or minor in Women’s and Gender Studies?
This is a common question among college students
The answer is “Lots!”
Students in Women’s and Gender Studies learn skills and develop knowledge to prepare them for multiple and varied careers and opportunities after they graduate. Many begin with a WGS 491 Internship to get a sense of where to apply their skills.
The multidisciplinary nature of this field teaches students to develop and apply the following skills that are essential for today’s job market:
- Communication through writing, reading, and verbal and nonverbal expression in classes and related activities
- Critical thinking in areas that include social justice, feminist advocacy, diversity and inclusion, and economic rights for all citizens
- Historical analysis of socio-economic, political, and cultural processes that shape our lives
- Self-confidence in your ability to contribute to society through creative expression, advocacy, and collaboration
For starters, some of the jobs and professions in this field include:
- Human resources
- Marketing and public relations
- Health care
- Community organizations
- Government agencies
- Media specialties
- Research analysis
Explore the following websites (and many more) for additional information about careers and internships in women’s and gender studies and related fields
- National Women’s Studies Association – US-based organization for scholars and activists in women’s, gender, and feminist studies
- American Association of University Women – national organization that promotes equity and education for women and girls
- World Wide Learning Guide – complete guide to careers and resources for women’s and gender studies students as well as other majors
- Portland State University Career Center has excellent links and resources for students in this field
- Feminist Majority and other jobs …
At the University level, check out these resources
- Contact some of the related departments, offices and people on campus …
These and many more websites and organizations can help you prepare for your future career !
Finally, here is some advice to students and graduates in women’s, gender, sexuality, and feminist studies …
- Think broadly about your career path … some jobs may not seem obvious (don’t limit your search), you have skills and experiences to fit many positions in today’s dynamic labor market
- Build your experiences and expertise outside the classroom – get involved in campus activities and groups, as well as community and other organizations that overlap with your interests (or maybe something you have never explored before!)
- Network, network, network … take advantage of social media and contacts through school, friends, and family to learn more about this field and to meet people. Attend conferences and seminars in this field.
- Apply yourself and work hard in everything you do … persevere and put yourself out there to build relationships and prepare for your future
- Finally, follow your passion! Learn what makes you excited and passionate. You can create a better sense of self and the world around you if your enjoy what you are doing.
Please contact us with questions or comments about employment and other opportunities in this area