What a WGS major prepares you to do
As an interdisciplinary degree program, Women’s & Gender Studies prepares its students for a wide range of career opportunities in numerous fields. Allowing students to select courses from a variety of disciplines in the arts and sciences, including history, biology, political science, philosophy, and English, WGS majors are offered a rich environment within which to develop skills in critical thinking and communication that are required by employers and post-graduate schools.
The WGS major requires students to read, write and think critically about such issues as domestic violence, gender and the media, gender and health care, employment discrimination, gender/race and poverty, among others.
In short, the WGS major prepares students to be citizens of the world: equipped to think critically about the major issues of the day; able to perform well in a multitude of jobs requiring skills in reading, writing, and oral communication; and prepared to go on to graduate or professional training in a chosen field.
Students who have graduated with degrees in women’s & gender studies nationwide report a variety of post-graduation occupations. The following list was compiled based on an article by Amber E. Kinser ("What Can You DO with a Women's Studies Major?"), published in Women's Studies Program Administrator's Handbook, by the National Women's Studies Association (2006). Below are some of the occuptions listed in Kinser's article:
Democratic Counsel to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary
Fourth grade teacher
Social Services/Human Rights
Director of HIV Services at a community healthcare center
Media/ArtsAssistant features editor at Elle
Medical Clinic Administrator
Business Systems Analyst
Many students graduating with undergraduate degrees in women’s & gender studies also choose to go on to graduate or professional training (as the job list indicates). Graduates of the UofL Women’s & Gender Studies Department have gone on to law school, medical school, and graduate studies in both the humanities and social sciences.