Women's Studies

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA and BGS in Women's Studies and minors in Women's Studies and Human Sexuality, as well as a graduate certificate and a PhD. The Women’s Studies Program fosters the interdisciplinary study of women, gender, and sexuality, through a rich multicultural and internationally informed academic environment. Women's Studies seeks to produce intellectually rigorous, analytical and creative work that embodies the perspective of gender in its local and global dimensions through teaching, research, and outreach activities.

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the intersections between gender and variables such as sex, sexuality, race, class, age, ethnicity, religion, and nationality  
  • Demonstrate the ability, using feminist scholarship, to critique ideological assumptions underlying social institutions and systems  
  • Show how critical analysis of gender and sexuality contributes to an understanding of the historical and contemporary formations of patriarchy, heternonormativity, and gender normativity  
  • Achieve a knowledge base about women’s and LGBTQ+ people’s role in history – their contributions oppression, and resistance  
  • Describe the manner in which race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect  
  • Become aware of women’s and LGBTQ+ people’s experience in cultural contexts, both nationally and globally, including understanding the roles of gender and sexuality in social justice movements around the world 

Popular Career Paths

Social and Human Services: Involves seeking out and connecting clients with the information, materials, and resources they need to cope with and overcome challenges in their lives.

Human Resources: Deals with personnel management issues such as compensation, hiring, performance management, and training.

Law: Involves the interpretation and enforcement of the laws in our legal system to minimize, prevent, punish or remedy the actions of individuals which damage or threaten the environment, public health and safety.

Writing: Allows individuals to express themselves through communication and provide entertainment and/or provide necessary or informative information the public through a variety of resources such as books, magazines, newspapers, or websites.

Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Firms
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Community Health Centers
  • Corporations: Human Resources
  • Domestic Violence Centers
  • Community Education Centers
  • Law Firms
  • Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Self-Employed/Freelance Writing 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.