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Specialization in Gender Studies

What can you do with a Specialization in gender studies?


A degree in Gender Studies prepares you for almost anything. It’s an interdisciplinary course of study that introduces students to hidden histories, explores complex social structures, confronts injustice and oppression, and hones the skills of citizens of the future. Above all, it helps students understand themselves.

Many employers seek out liberal arts graduates, knowing that a liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills. A liberal arts degree shows an employer that you have studied a wide variety of topics and have a broader view of the world than other applicants.

A Gender Studies major provides all of these benefits and more:


  • Expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues

  • An understanding of differences of gender, sexuality, race, culture, and social class

  • Insight into the connections among different forms of oppression

  • A foundation for analyzing inequities and initiating change

Here are just a few examples of positions that Gender Studies graduates hold:


  • Administrator of a human services department

  • Advocate for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes

  • Associate director of a human rights organization

  • Business owner

  • Communications consultant

  • Congressional aide

  • Director of social service agency

  • Executive director of a foundation

  • Film production assistant

  • Flight instructor

  • Law enforcement officer

  • Manager of energy conservation

  • Physician

  • Professor

  • Program director of a rape crisis center

  • Psychologist

  • Psychotherapist

  • Public health educator

  • Public relations director

  • Social worker

  • Teacher

  • Town manager

  • Union organizer