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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

What can I do with a WGSS degree or certificate?

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies curriculum prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities in numerous fields. It is an interdisciplinary course of study that introduces students to hidden histories, explores complex social structures, confronts injustice and oppression, and hones the skills of citizens of the future.  Allowing students to select courses from a variety of disciplines, including history, geography, political science, philosophy, English, sociology, communications studies, art, biology, and more, WGSS majors and certificate students are offered a rich environment within which to develop the skills in critical thinking and communication that are required by employers and graduate schools.  But how does all of this translate into a career? Graduates of our program are applying their skills and knowledge to academic and professional pursuits in law, education, government, social service, public policy, religion, counseling, international relations, journalism, publishing, business, and the arts, to name a few.  Recent alums are working for Ms. Magazine, Netflix, Planned Parenthood, AmeriCorps, the United Nations, and Teach for America.

A liberal arts degree is often a strength in the work world.  Employers understand that a liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills. More specifically, the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio University gives students:

Expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues
An understanding of differences of gender, sexuality, race, culture, and social class
Insight into the connections among different forms of oppression
A foundation for analyzing inequities and initiating change

This preparation in critical thinking and social awareness is also excellent background for students pursuing graduate and professional degrees.  Our students have gone on to earn Masters' and Ph.D.s at Carnegie Mellon, the University of California at Berkeley, The Ohio State University, and the University of Texas at Austin, among others.  Recently, one of our undergrads was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for graduate study in Germany.

We strongly encourage our students to gain career-related experience prior to graduation by pursuing WGSS internship credit.  And the OU Women's Center is a great resource for finding career-related opportunities (and much more!).