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Women's and Gender Studies

Do you want to help others in your local community or even around the world? Are you dreaming of medical or law school? Women’s and gender studies is a major that can prepare you for a multitude of careers. As many of our students say, “studying in this major is like finding a home in a school of thousands.” 

Our close knit department allows you to receive a specialized education and hands on learning opportunities. We prepare students with the analytical skills and knowledge needed to understand the contributions, perspectives, experiences and status of both women and men in society. The major provides a well-rounded education that gives students the ability to consider a wide variety of careers. 

Women’s and gender studies students are prominent campus advocates with a strong presence in the University and local community. Through campus events and student organizations such as fireside chats, the Gender Equality Movement, and honor society Iota Iota Iota, our program is committed to preparing the community and workplace leaders of the future.

How will I focus my studies?

Women’s and gender studies students have unlimited possibilities. You can choose to take courses in other disciplines and direct your studies toward your passions. Study gender, sexuality and race through the exploration of the hard sciences, social sciences or the humanities. Many of our students elect to do a double major to specialize their studies further.


The Women's and Gender Studies minor complements many other fields of study and gives students a special edge in the job market. Students often find that a minor in women’s and gender studies contributes greatly to their major programs in psychology, communication studies, political science or journalism, to name a few. The minor program requires 18 hours of approved courses at the introductory and advanced level.

Samantha Shimer, Parkersburg, W.Va.

Major: Women's and Gender Studies and International Studies
Samantha Shimer
For Samantha, “an awareness that women and girls are often most affected by faulty policies and laws” focused her interests in human rights and development. “A major in women’s and gender studies means challenging all of the social constructs around you and learning about the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality and expression,” she said. From doing research about stereotypes in social media to creating a short documentary on gender segregation in schools, the “opportunities provided me with a foundation to build upon in my graduate studies.” Samantha hopes to work for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

Learn more at the Women's and Gender Studies site