Women’s Studies Major

Women’s Studies is a program that focuses on the history, sociology, politics, culture, and economics of women, and the development of modern feminism in relation to the roles played by women in different periods and locations in North America and the world.

Women’s Studies majors and degree programs typically include instruction in literature, philosophy, and the arts as much as on social studies and policy.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Women’s Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Women’s Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Women’s Studies?

Typically, this area of study is a liberal arts degree program.  As such, it doesn’t lead to a specific set of jobs or career opportunities.  What you focus on during your studies will open doors for employment later.  Coursework may lead students to work in law, journalism, teaching, government, and business, as well as preparing students for advanced study. Public sector jobs, government agencies, or publicly supported institutions often seek to employ Women’s Studies students.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Women’s Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Women’s Studies: