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What Can You Do With a Women's and Gender Studies Degree?

A Women’s and Gender Studies education prepares students for success in any number of career paths. Alumni leave our department equipped with critical thinking skills and practical experience, allowing them to pursue opportunities in the business, education, health care, social work, and dozens of other fields. Moreover, many alumni comment on how their time in Women's Studies solidified their commitement to making the world a better place. 

Take a look at the careers our graduates go on to pursue and read about how their majors and minors helped them get to where they are today.

Alumni Careers


  • Director of Philanthropy, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Community Educator, Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence
  • Executive Director, NoVo Foundation
  • Money Couch
    Juvenile Justice Policy Coordinator
  • National Domestic Violence Trainer and Project Coordinator
  • Research Director, EMILY'S List Political Aciton Committee
  • Senior Program Officer, U.S. Human Rights Fund
  • Senior Director for Advocacy and Outreach, City Year


  • Director of Arts Education, theater company
  • Coordinator of Educational Programs and Services, Museum of African American History
  • Professional Leadership & Diversity Programs Coordinator, arts organization


  • Account Executive
  • Chief Operating Office, digital marketing firm
  • Client Relations Lead Specialist, fashion industry
  • Communications Planner at an advertising agency
  • Consultant with Sustainable Finance LTD
  • Design Change Analyst, General Motors
  • Diversity and Learning Manager at a Fortune 10 company
  • Marketing, Membership & Special Events Coordinator for a business association
  • Organization Development Consultant
  • Purchasing manager for a manufacturing company
  • Senior Manager, Brand Strategy
  • Special Loans Analyst, Quicken Loans


  • Directory of Equity and English Language Learning, Public School District
  • Professor
  • Education Coordinator, State Historical Society
    University Development Officer
  • Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, large public university
  • Library Director
  • Manager of Recruitment, New Leaders for New Schools
  • Elementary school teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Research Analyst for Curriculum and Instruction, Denver Public Schools
  • Health Promotion Specialist, private research university

Health Care Practice

  • Neurologist
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physician, general practice
  • Physician, maternal-fetal medicine specialist
  • Psychiatrist

Higher Education Administration

  • Associate Director of Admissions at a University
  • Coordinator of Internships & Experiential Learning Services, university career center
  • Director of Advancement at a university
  • Director of External Relations, College of Law
  • Executive Director Foundation Relations and Program Initiatives at a university
  • Manger of Student Success and Veterans Affairs at a community college
  • Program Manager, Community Action and Social Change minor

Information Technology

  • Content Manager for a political action website
  • Data Judge, Microsoft
  • Health IT Analyst


  • Associate Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Education Access Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Attorney at private law firm, mergers and acquisitions and commercial law
  • Attorney, commercial litigation
  • Attorney, mass torts and products liability
  • Attorney, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Attorney, Union-side labor and employment law firm
  • Attorney, Wills and Estate Planning
  • Criminal defense attorney (federal and state)
  • Family Law Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Public Defender
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, domestic and sexual abuse prosecution

Media and Communication

  • Account Strategist, Google
  • Director of State Agency Communications, Office of the Governor of Minnesota
  • Digital Producer for a Media Network
    Scientific Communications Associate at a pharmaceutical company
  • Director of Communications and Technology
  • Free-lance journalist
  • Investigative Reporter, BuzzFeed
  • Production Associate, Jezebel Productions
  • Writer for a Finance Magazine

Public Health

  • Chief Strategy Office, City Department of Public Health
  • Clinical Analyst Supervisor
  • Coordinator of a Maternal Infant Health Program at a teen health center
  • Clinical Analyst Supervisor, MD at Home
  • Family planning health educator, community healthcare network
  • Health Information Program Manager
  • Manager in Strategic Services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
  • Operations Manager, Physician and Rural Networks for a health system
  • HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator, Department of Community Health

Scientific Research

  • Research Scientist, pharmaceutical company
  • Laboratory technologist, microbiology lab
  • Immunologist, Research Fellow at a university
  • Research Scientist, university laboratory

Social Work and Human Services

  • Case Manager for Survivors of Torture, International Rescue Committee
  • Child Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist, community mental health substance abuse treatment clinic
  • Clinical Social Worker, Trauma Burn Center
    Community Outreach Specialist, YWCA
  • Foster Care Case Manager, Jewish Family Services
  • Rehabilitation Counselor, Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth
  • Social Services Contracts Manager, area agency on aging
  • Social Worker with families in the foster care system
  • Social Worker, Children's Hospital
  • STI/HIV Program Manager, Planned Parenthood
  • Family and Community Specialist, public school district in Michigan