Employers welcome the useful array of skills that graduates of women's
studies programs offer. Women’s Studies graduates are good at abstract
thinking, analyzing situations, organizing material, writing well, and
making oral presentations. Graduates of women's studies programs nationally
hold positions in business, government, the non-profit sector, and the
professions, where they are effecting social change. Our majors are well
prepared to enter their chosen careers with open minds about the challenges
of the workplace. They are equally well prepared to rear the next generation
with a better understanding of our diverse and multicultural world.
The Women's Studies Major leads to many jobs.....
• With a background in women's and minorities' histories, graduates are poised to work with advocacy groups, human rights organizations, environmental and consumer groups, health care, and youth, elderly, and social services.
• Because their major emphasized understanding differences and discovering the intersections between racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and other forms of oppression, women's studies graduates are well suited for entry-level positions in a wide variety of settings, including policy and lobbying organizations, research centers, trade and international associations, and unions.
• Women's studies graduates' knowledge about power relationships and injustice often leads them to choose careers in government and politics, because they are determined to use their skills to change the world, starting in their own communities.
• The interdisciplinary nature of women's studies is an excellent preparation for careers in education and librarianship that require expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues.
• The integration of race, class, and gender issues makes women's studies programs especially appropriate as preparation for many graduate degrees.
• Majors feel well prepared to enter the medical professions, where their expanded insight and sensitivity to social concerns prove useful.
• Others have found that their degree is increasingly relevant and at
the cutting edge in issues facing the legal profession.
WOMEN'S STUDIES - Career Brief
What can I do with a major in Women’s Studies?
Women’s Studies programs explore the histories and experiences of women throughout various cultures. They also investigate how the social relations, cultural values, and educational parameters have contributed to the historical under-representation of women. Most of all, Women’s Studies scholars work to promote the equality of women through education, writing, and politics. Graduates with this major can work in a variety of settings including social, educational, business, and political.
Psychologist Speech Writer Policy Writer
Author Family Counselor Pro-Choice Advocate
Minister Self-defense Instructor Gerontology Counselor
Lawyer Politician Teacher
Researcher Rape Crisis Intervention Advocate Women's Issues Advocate
Journalist Domestic Abuse Counselor Public Speaker
Career Counselor Child Care Professional Divorce/Relationship Counselor
Eating Disorders Specialist Midwife/Birth Educator Lobbyist
Possible employers of Women’s Studies scholars:
Publishing Houses Women's Organizations
Daycare Centers Women's Shelters
Youth Agencies Consulting Firms
Counseling Centers Non-profit Organizations
Family Centers Health Agencies
Law Firms Phone Crisis Hotlines
Magazines/Journals Political Parties
Advocacy Groups Hospitals
Research Agencies Support Group Centers
Women’s Studies Program
For further information about the major or minor, contact Joyce Warren, Director of Women’s Studies, or check out our web site at www.qc.edu/ws
e-mail: QC_Womens_Studies@qc.cuny.edu tel: 718-997-3098