Department of Women's Studies

Professor S'Thembile West.Why Take Women's Studies?

The Major

A major in women's studies prepares students for a wide array of human services fields that specifically serve women clients, customers, and consumers. Social services, industries, communications fields, research, advertising, marketing, journalism, government, law enforcement, and non-profit agencies are likely employment options for women's studies graduates.

In addition, a B.A. in the interdisciplinary major of women's studies is an excellent foundation for graduate work in women's studies or in another discipline. Numerous graduate programs in women's studies have been developed in recent years, although students are also prepared for graduate study in law, social sciences, humanities, or health disciplines.

A good source of infomation on how one can use a major in Women's Studies can be found on World Wide Learn's website.(be aware, this site has many ads.)

The Minor

A minor in women's studies is an excellent complement to most majors. Students pursuing majors in the social sciences, communications, humanities, education, social work, recreation park and tourism administration, law enforcement and justice administration, health sciences, business, or any human services oriented discipline could particularly benefit from a minor in women's studies.

Graduate Courses in Women's Studies

This program is intended to provide advanced education in content areas that will complement other graduate study or be used as a credential to indicated education in areas of multicultural diversity.

Specific Careers

The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) surveyed 200 women’s studies programs in 2005 and found that women’s studies graduates were widely dispersed in many job and graduate education programs.  Some of the listed occupations were highly specific, such as “Director of a YMCA,” or “Features Editor for Elle magazine,” but most occupations included large categories of jobs, such as “children’s advocacy,” or “fiscal analyst.”  The majority of occupations listed by the NWSA were in social services, non-profit agency careers, social justice, women’s health care or fitness, personnel, or journalism and related careers.

The NWSA also listed websites that might be useful for women’s studies graduates.  Some of the listed websites were: