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Are you consider a major or double major in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and want more information? Are you wondering what sorts of jobs GSW graduates hold?

Generally, gender studies prepares students to meet the societal needs of analyzing social inequities, initiating change, and confronting social injustice. GSW graduates are educated mindful citizens who are socially and politically active in the broadest sense.

When researchers Barbara Luebke and Mary Ellen Reilly began examining what jobs Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies majors held after after graduation, they found them working in a variety of fields. This included education, health care, the media, the arts, politics, law, social work, psychology, sports, business, and industry. The jobs reported included:

  • Administrator of a human services department
  • Advocate for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes
  • Artist
  • Associate director of a human rights organization
  • Business owner
  • Clergy
  • Communications consultant
  • Congressional aide
  • Coordinator of a women’s health clinic
  • Director of social service agency
  • Executive director of a foundation
  • Film production assistant
  • Flight instructor
  • Journalist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Librarian
  • Manager of energy conservation
  • Musician
  • Novelist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Physician
  • Professor
  • Program director of a rape crisis center
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Public health educator
  • Public relations director
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Theater staff
  • Town manager
  • Union organizer

Click here to read their original research article.

Many other people have also answered the question – Why would you study gender studies?

Click here to view a list of employers and job titles where gender, sexuality, and women’s studies graduates are specifically wanted.

Click here to read what about the women’s and gender studies career path, and how women’s and gender studies prepares you for job opportunities.

Click here to find out five reasons for why you should study women’s studies.

Click here to read a Ms. Magazine’s article by Nikki Ayanna Stewart about how women’s and gender studies majors are transforming the world.

If you have more questions, you can also talk to the program director or to the experts in the JCU Center for Career Services.