What Can I Do With a Major In Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies?

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major. Students with a Gender Women, & Sexuality Studies major (formerly known as Women's Studies) go on to successful careers in business, publishing, the arts, academics, advocacy, politics, health and social services, government, research, and much more.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies  majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Analysis and critical-thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving and openness to new ideas
  • Expertise in the history of women and their ability to create social change
  • Strong research abilities
  • Ability to assess and interpret the intersections among race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups

Interest Code: IES

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Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies majors utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

 
Healthcare & Science

Entry-Level

  • Mental Health Worker - St. David's Center
  • Clinic Assistant - Planned Parenthood
  • Education and Outreach Assistant - Planned Parenthood

Experienced

  • Mental Health Practitioner/Care Manager*
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Triumph Therapy Services*
  • Mental Health Worker - Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Mental Health Counselor - Touchstone Mental Health*
  • Mental Health Coordinator - Tasks Unlimited*
  • Outpatient Clinician - Volunteers of America of Minnesota*

Graduate Programs

  • Masters in Occupational Therapy - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Masters in Public Health and Social Work - University of Minnesota
  • Masters of Public Health - University of Minnesota
  • Masters of Public Health - University of Minnesota
Education

Internships

  • Undergraduate Intern - University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office
  • Special Library Intern - Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota
  • Lead Advisor and Mentor, SHE at St. Paul Central High School

Entry-Level

  • Lead Program Counselor - Sur la Rue
  • Admissions Assistant and Administrative Assistant - University of Minnesota School of Social Work

Experienced

  • Emerging Technologies Librarian and Liaison to the College of Health Professions - Towson University*
  • Adjunct Associate Professor - University of Minnesota*
  • Health Educator and Program Coordinator - Brooklyn Center High School
  • Promise Fellow - Laura Jeffrey Academy
  • Public Health Library Liaison - University of Minnesota*
  • Director of Education and Training - North American Students of Cooperation
  • Assistant University Librarian for Access and Outreach Services - Towson University*

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Library Sciences - University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Masters of Library and Information Sciences - St. Catherine University
  • Masters of Library and Information Sciences - Dominican University
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Entry-Level

  • Project Assistant - Collaborative Coffees
  • General Manager - Gingkho Coffeehouse
  • Office Administrator - Lieberman Nelson
  • Recruiter and Executive Assistant - Above and Beyond LLC

Experienced

  • Project Manager/Business Analyst - Aisle Savvy
  • CEO - On top of the Box*
  • Employment Consultant - Kaposia, Inc.
  • Organizing Director - PANA
  • Executive Assistant - Olson
  • Guest Experience and Product Integration Lead - Target
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications

Internships

  • Intern - Minnesota Women's Press

Entry-Level

  • Researcher - Media Matters for America
  • Media Analyst - American Bridge 21st Century
  • Editorial Assistant - Center for Sami Studies
  • Public Information Specialist - Minnesota Department of Public Safety
  • Communications Project Consultant - Minnesota e-health initiative
  • Web Communications Specialist - Thomson Reuters

Experienced

  • Author/Marketing Representative - Authors Publisher
  • Senior Digital Project Manager - Star Tribune
  • Marketing Coordinator - DR Horton
Government, Law, Public Policy, & International Affairs

Internships

  • Intern - Minnesota House of Representatives

Entry-Level

  • Law Clerk - Minnesota Justice Foundation
  • Local Outreach Coordinator - Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Experienced

  • Press Secretary - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
  • Discrimination Case Manager - Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • African American/African Born Community Liaison - Minnesota Department of Health
  • Health Care Policy Specialist - Minnesota Department of Human Services

Graduate Programs

  • JD - University of Minnesota Law School
  • JD - Hamline University
  • Juris Doctor - University of Wisconsin Law School
Nonprofit, Human Services, & Social Justice

Internships

  • Program Evaluation Intern - Kindred Kitchen
  • Outreach and Advocacy Intern - Midwest Health Center for Women
  • Intern - Office on the Economic Status on Women
  • Intern - Minnesota Aids Project
  • Graduate Intern - Jewish Family Services
  • Undergraduate Intern - Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
  • Undergraduate Intern - Division of Indian Work
  • Social Work Intern - FAIR School Downtown
  • Project Programs Intern, Womankind Worldwide

Entry-Level

  • Affordable Housing Specialist - Project for Pride in Living
  • Community Engagement Specialist - AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Tutor Coordinator - Americorps
  • Volunteer Services Specialist - Girl Scouts of Minnesota
  • Youth and Women's Advocate - St. Anne's Place
  • Human Services Representative - Hennepin County
  • Housing Program Assistant - The Link Minnesota
  • Development Assistant - Alzheimer's Association

Experienced

  • Bilingual Prevention Education Coordinator - Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico
  • Arts & Adult Program Manager - Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
  • Member Services Manager - CFA Society Minnesota
  • Program Manager - Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Administrative Coordinator - ACLU
  • Staff Counsel - Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
  • Employment/Community Specialist - Kaposia, Inc

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Cultural Studies - University of Sydney
  • Masters of Social Work - University of Minnesota
  • Masters of Social Work - University of Minnesota
  • Masters of Social Work - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Public Policy, Economic Community Development, and Public & Nonprofit Management - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Non Profit/Public/Organizational Management - Hamline University