Women and/or gender studies students typically develop and hone skills that employers desire. Some broad skills include: critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation, & problem solving skills. More specific foci and specialties of our students include unique understandings of: power relationships and unjust practices, oppression across contexts (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia, classism), importance of changing the world through micro and macro methods, leadership in social justice movements, and the roles of journalism and media in shaping society, to name just a few. Thus, although our students are qualified to work in any field valuing the liberal arts, many students choose to work in advocacy or social services-related positions, community development, business innovation, and government agencies or policy groups, to name a few arenas. Additionally, see this WS-jobs summary from whatcanidowiththismajor.com.
Worried about what to tell others? Check out this great article from Watchler (2012), 5 Reasons You Should Major in Women’s Studies.
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