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Career Exploration

Majoring in gender, women & sexuality studies can take you anywhere you want to go. GWSS opens up paths to careers in education, science, politics, communications, and the arts.

Below are just a few of the possibilites and options you open up by majoring in gender, women & sexuality studies. Listed are some suggestions for possible courses you might take in each field of interest. For more infomation and to view current course offerings, visit our undergraduate courses page.

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Arts? Media Production? Cultural Criticism?

Journalist, Editor, Filmmaker, Teacher, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Author, Librarian*

Start with​:
Politics of Sex, GWSS 1002 or Screening Sex, GWSS 1004

Take:
Feminist Thought and Theory, GWSS 3102W

Choose four:
Feminist Debates, GWSS 3004W
Women Writers, GWSS 3301W
Women in the Arts, GWSS 3302
Writing Differences, GWSS 3303W
Pop Culture Women, GWSS 3306
Feminist Film Studies, GWSS 3307
Asian American Women’s Cultural Production, GWSS 3409W
Digital Story Telling, GWSS 3390

Choose three:
Transnational Feminist Theory, GWSS 4103
Chicano/Latino Cultural Studies, GWSS 4401
Queering Desire, GWSS 4404
Black Feminist Geographies. GWSS 4690

Finish with:
Senior Seminar, GWSS 4108W or Directed Study, GWSS 4993

History? Government? Social Justice? Policy? Pre-Law?

Policy-maker, city councilor, organizer, non-profit administrator, human rights worker, legal advocate, attorney*

Start with:
Politics of Sex, GWSS 1002 or Engaging Justice, GWSS 1006

Take:
Feminist Thought and Theory, GWSS 3102W

Choose four:
Gender Race and Class, GWSS 3002
Gender and Global Politics, GWSS 3003
Feminist Debates, GWSS 3004
Transnational Sexualities, GWSS 3404
Women in Latin American History, GWSS 3407
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, GWSS 3415
GLBT Social Movements, GLBT 3301
Gay Men & Homophobia in American Culture, GLBT 3472

Choose three:
Transnational Feminist Theory, GWSS 4104
Philosophy and Feminist Theory, GWSS 4122
Queering Theory, GWSS 4403
Body Politics, A History, GWSS 4414
Politics Of Engagement, GWSS 4002
Nation Empire Feminisms, GWSS 4001

Finish with:
Senior Seminar, GWSS 4108W or Directed Study, GWSS 4993

Science? Psychology? Health? Pre-Med?

Public health worker, nurse/doctor, midwife, environmental activist, policy analyst, social worker, therapist*

Start with:
Politics of Sex, GWSS 1002 or Skin, Sex, and Genes, GWSS 1005

Take:
Feminist Thought and Theory, GWSS 3102W

Choose four:
Gender, Race, and Class, GWSS 3002
Gender and Global Politics, GWSS 3003
Feminist Debates, GWSS 3004W
Blood, Bodies, and Science, GWSS 3203W
Writing Differences, GWSS 3303W
Transnational Sexualities, GWSS 3404
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, GWSS 3415

Choose three:
Politics of Engagement, GWSS 4002
Science, Bodies, Technologies, GWSS 4003
Transnational Feminist Theory, GWSS 4103
Queering Theory, GWSS 4403
Body Politics: A History, GWSS 4415

Finish with:
Senior Seminar, GWSS 4108W or Directed Study, GWSS 4993

Transnational, Internationational, and Global Studies?

NGO activist, grant writer, interpreter, cleric, diplomat*

Start with:
Politics of Sex, GWSS 1002 or Engaging Justice, GWSS 1006

Take:
Feminist Thought and Theory, GWSS 3102W

Choose four:
Gender and Global Politics, GWSS 3003
Feminist Debates, GWSS 3004W
Women in Diasporas, GWSS 3351
Transnational Sexualities, GWSS 3404
Asian American Women's Cultural Production, AAS/GWSS 3409W
Women in Latin American History, GWSS 3413

Choose three:
Politics of Engagement, GWSS 4002
Nations, Empire, Feminisms, GWSS 4001
Transnational Feminist Theory, GWSS 4103
Gender, Nation, and Literature in Latin American Culture, GWSS 4404

Finish with:
Senior Seminar, GWSS 4108W or  Directed Study, GWSS 4993

Critical Race Studies? Comparative Ethnic Studies? Women of Color Feminism?

Teacher, community organizer, researcher, professor, artist*

Start with:
Politics of Sex, GWSS 1002 or Engaging Justice, GWSS 1006

Take:
Feminist Thought and Theory, GWSS 3102W

Choose four:
Gender Race and Class, GWSS 3002
Writing Differences, GWSS 3303W
Point/Counterpoint Feminist Debates, 3004W
Blood, Bodies, and Science, GWSS 3203W
Pop Culture Women, GWSS 3306
Women in Diasporas, GWSS 3351
Jewish Women in the US, GWSS 3403W
Asian American Women’s Cultural Production, GWSS 3409W
La Chicana, GWSS 3410
GLBT Social Movements in the U.S,GLBT 3301

Choose three:
Nation, Empire, Feminisms, GWSS 4001 
Politics of Engagement, GWSS 4002
Chicana/Latina Cultural Studies, GWSS 4401
Queering Theory, GWSS 4403
Gender, Nation, and Literature in Latin America, GWSS 4404
Gender, Sexuality and Politics in America, GLBT 4101

Finish with:
Senior Seminar, GWSS 4108W or Directed Study, GWSS 4993

*Actual occupations attained by former GWSS majors.