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Careers for Gender and Women's Studies Majors

What is a gender and women's studies major?

At the University of Denver's gender and women's studies program, all students have a unique opportunity to study a wide variety of disciplines taught from a perspective which emphasizes gender and women's issues in those fields. Reflecting the vitality of recent feminist scholarship, these courses examine how gender varies cross-culturally and historically; how literature, art, and pop culture reflect gender ideologies; how gender is socially constructed; the ways in which different institutions (such as media, schools, consumption, families, workplaces and the law, for example) are gendered; how gender intersects with multiple dimensions of social life such as race, ethnicity, class, nation, and sexuality; and the ways in which culture and history have been shaped in distinctly gendered ways.

GWST students are encouraged to look critically at cultural myths and assumptions, as well as processes of social change. GWST courses emphasize women's perspectives; social, political, cultural, and economic processes; and felinity and masculinity in various realms.

Common careers for gender and women's studies majors:

Graduates with a bachelor's degree in gender and women's studies work in a variety of fields. Many go on to graduate school in education, social work, law, social sciences, health care, and public policy.

Also visit the women's career resources page.

Hiring Organizations

  • advocacy groups
  • career counseling firms
  • colleges/universities
  • community agencies
  • consulting firms
  • counseling centers
  • daycare centers
  • educational institutions
  • family counseling centers
  • government agencies
  • health agencies
  • hospitals
  • journals/magazines
  • law firms
  • phone crisis lines
  • Planned Parenthood
  • research organizations
  • volunteer organizations
  • women's agencies
  • women's shelters

Common job titles held by gender and women's studies majors include:

  • aging counselor
  • career counselor
  • child care professional
  • daycare center owner
  • divorce counselor
  • eating disorder specialist
  • educator
  • family counselor
  • health center worker
  • lawyer
  • marital abuse counselor
  • midwife/birth educator

Professional skills of gender and women's studies majors

  • ability to appreciate other perspectives
  • ability to communicate/express oneself
  • ability to think critically
  • ability to evaluate
  • ability to read and analyze
  • empathy for women's concerns
  • flexibility to adapt to cross discipline studies
  • interest in gender and women's studies

Is a gender and women's studies major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in gender and women's studies? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire gender and women's studies majors and alumni who majored in gender and women's studies. Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career paths.