What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer


Area:

Business and Industry

Sub-Area:

  • Training and Development
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Consulting

Employers:

  • Public and private corporations, particularly
    • Women's divisions
    • Female focused industries
  • Consulting firms
  • Marketing companies
  • Public relations agencies
  • Organizations for research on and advancement of women in business (i.e., Catalyst)

Area:

Healthcare

Sub-Area:

  • Medicine Specializing in Women's Issues:
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Breast Cancer
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Fertility
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dentistry

Employers:

  • Healthcare settings exclusively for women
  • Organizations devoted to women's health including:
    • National Women's Health Organization
    • CDC Women's Health Department
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private or group practice
  • Health networks
  • Wellness centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Mental health institutions
  • Federal, state, or local health departments
  • Centers for reproductive health
  • Planned Parenthood

Area:

Human Services

Sub-Area:

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health Services
  • Case Management
  • Programming
  • Community Relations
  • Administration

Employers:

  • Private and group practice
  • Mental health institutions
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Federal, state, or local government, including:
    • Department of Human Services
    • Veterans Administration
  • Women's service organizations, e.g. Girlscouts, Women for Women, AWARE, About-Face, etc.
  • Organizations for women's aid, e.g. rape crisis, abortion clinics, eating disorder treatment centers, battered women's shelters, adoption agencies,etc.

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • School Counseling
  • Student Affairs
  • Administration
  • Research
  • Information/Library Science
  • Community Education

Employers:

  • Universities and colleges (Women's Studies departments)
  • Women's resource centers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Government programs, e.g. classes for displaced homemakers, parenting, etc.
  • Libraries (for Women's Studies departments, women's organizations, museums, etc.)

Area:

Writing

Sub-Area:

  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Copy Writing

Employers:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Broadcast media companies including television and movie industry
  • Trade, professional, or consumer publications
  • Internet sites
  • Advertising agencies
  • Publishing houses
  • Large corporations
  • Self-employment

Area:

Law and Politics

Sub-Area:

  • Law
    • Corporate Practice
    • Public Interest Law
    • Civil Law (family, discrimination, sexual harassment, etc.)
  • Lobbying
  • Government Relations
  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Intelligence
  • Campaign Management
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Program Administration

Employers:

  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Public defenders offices
  • District attorneys
  • Government agencies
  • Public interest groups
  • Legal aid
  • Sole practitioner
  • Lobbying groups

General Information and Strategies

  • Women's Studies provides a broad, liberal arts background that helps build skills in critical thinking and problem solving, data collection and analysis, oral, written and presentation skills, and co-operative teamwork skills.
  • Women's studies also provides in-depth knowledge of the conditions of women in various cultures and societies, gender dynamics, strategies and organizational skills needed to address gender inequalities, women's struggles, achievements, and contributions in past and present societies and across cultures, the courses and consequences of women's subordination, gender-based assumptions and biases and their consequences, social change agents, and sensitivity to social concerns and other view points.
  • Some students may choose to study Women's Studies because they enjoy the subject but wish to pursue careers requiring "any major." In this scenario, it is critical to develop desirable skills through internships, part-time or summer jobs, or volunteer experiences.
  • Women's Studies majors are excellent candidates for a number of graduate school options because of their broad liberal arts background as well as specific interests that may set them apart from other students. For those wishing to pursue graduate education, maintain a high GPA, establish relationships with faculty to secure strong recommendations, and gain experience through volunteer, work, or research opportunities.