What Can I Do With a Women’s Studies Major?

Employers welcome the useful array of skills that graduates of women's studies programs offer. Women’s Studies graduates are good at abstract thinking, analyzing situations, organizing material, writing well, and making oral presentations. Graduates of women's studies programs nationally hold positions in business, government, the non-profit sector, and the professions, where they are effecting social change. Our majors are well prepared to enter their chosen careers with open minds about the challenges of the workplace. They are equally well prepared to rear the next generation with a better understanding of our diverse and multicultural world.

The Women's Studies Major leads to many jobs.....

• With a background in women's and minorities' histories, graduates are poised to work with advocacy groups, human rights organizations, environmental and consumer groups, health care, and youth, elderly, and social services.

• Because their major emphasized understanding differences and discovering the intersections between racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and other forms of oppression, women's studies graduates are well suited for entry-level positions in a wide variety of settings, including policy and lobbying organizations, research centers, trade and international associations, and unions.

• Women's studies graduates' knowledge about power relationships and injustice often leads them to choose careers in government and politics, because they are determined to use their skills to change the world, starting in their own communities.

• The interdisciplinary nature of women's studies is an excellent preparation for careers in education and librarianship that require expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues.

• The integration of race, class, and gender issues makes women's studies programs especially appropriate as preparation for many graduate degrees.

• Majors feel well prepared to enter the medical professions, where their expanded insight and sensitivity to social concerns prove useful.

• Others have found that their degree is increasingly relevant and at the cutting edge in issues facing the legal profession.

WOMEN'S STUDIES - Career Brief

What can I do with a major in Women’s Studies?
Women’s Studies programs explore the histories and experiences of women throughout various cultures. They also investigate how the social relations, cultural values, and educational parameters have contributed to the historical under-representation of women. Most of all, Women’s Studies scholars work to promote the equality of women through education, writing, and politics. Graduates with this major can work in a variety of settings including social, educational, business, and political.

Related Occupations:

Social Worker                              Advertising Executive                                                  Program Director
Psychologist                                  Speech Writer                                                            Policy Writer
Author                                          Family Counselor                                                        Pro-Choice Advocate
Minister                                        Self-defense Instructor                                                Gerontology Counselor
Lawyer                                         Politician                                                                     Teacher
Researcher                                   Rape Crisis Intervention Advocate                               Women's Issues Advocate
Journalist                                      Domestic Abuse Counselor                                          Public Speaker
Career Counselor                         Child Care Professional                                                Divorce/Relationship Counselor
Eating Disorders Specialist            Midwife/Birth Educator                                                Lobbyist

Possible employers of Women’s Studies scholars:

Federal/Local Government                                           Schools/Universities
Publishing Houses                                                        Women's Organizations
Daycare Centers                                                          Women's Shelters
Youth Agencies                                                            Consulting Firms
Counseling Centers                                                       Non-profit Organizations
Family Centers                                                             Health Agencies
Law Firms                                                                    Phone Crisis Hotlines
Magazines/Journals                                                       Political Parties
Advocacy Groups                                                        Hospitals
Research Agencies                                                       Support Group Centers

Queens College
Women’s Studies Program
For further information about the major or minor, contact Joyce Warren, Director of Women’s Studies, or check out our web site at www.qc.edu/ws
e-mail:  QC_Womens_Studies@qc.cuny.edu                                                                      tel: 718-997-3098