Gender & Women's Studies Student Information

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Gender & women's studies student information

 
"There are few other courses of study where you can get the experiences you’ll obtain in GWS...what GWS really did for me was make me into a better thinker and a more conscious human" - Mallory Edgar, GWS Alumna

 

Why GWS?

The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies trains students to identify where and how inequalities are produced and reproduced. We also give them the skills to figure out how to initiate change and work for justice. The courses and training we offer transform students’ perceptions of and relationships to their personal and professional lives. They go on to challenge gender inequalities in their personal lives, in their communities, and in their future careers.

What can I do with a GWS Degree?

Students from GWS have gone on to a variety of career fields and post-graduate opportunities. Our students...

Attend professional schools in:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Library Science

Enter graduate programs in:

  • Ethnic Studies
  • Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Educational Policy
  • Communication
  • Public Health

Work for non-profit organizations or found their own non-profits:

  • Research Centers
  • Women’s/Family Shelters
  • Health Centers & Hospitals
  • Girls’ Camps
  • After School Programs
  • Environmental Organizations

Establish Careers in:

  • Union Organizing
  • Counseling
  • Public Relations
  • Victim Advocacy and Conflict Resolution
  • Public Health
  • Teaching
  • Filmmaking
  • Law and Public Policy
 

Majors and minors

GWS majors receive in-depth training in written and oral communication and critical thinking skills. Thus they are well prepared for advanced study in graduate or professional school. The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies trains students to identify where and how inequalities are produced and reproduced. We also give them the skills to figure out how to initiate change and work for justice. The courses and training we offer transform students’ perceptions of and relationships to their personal and professional lives. They go on to challenge gender inequalities in their personal lives, in their communities, and in their future careers.

A minor in GWS provides complementary tools for many majors in the humanities, arts and sciences. The minor advocates actively reading, questioning, challenging, and understanding racialized, sexualized, and gendered bodies. The Department of Gender and Women's Studies must approve a student's minor course plan. Students must register their minor with the Gender and Women's Studies advisor.

The LGBT/Queer Studies minor provides students the opportunity to explore how various political, social, and cultural definitions of sexual identities and their expression have been constructed and challenged in different places and points in time. Attention is given to queer politics, and interactions with nation, race, ethnicity, and gender. A minor in LGBT/Queer Studies provides complementary tools for many majors in the humanities, arts and sciences.

The graduate minor in gender & women's studies offers sophisticated training in feminist theory and methodology to graduate students who want to incorporate gender & women's studies into their degree work. Because gender has become a central category of analysis in many disciplines and fields, the graduate minor strengthens students' formal credentials and offers a versatile area of specialization.

The graduate minor in Queer Studies offers students the opportunity to gain expertise in queer theory and methodology as part of their graduate degree work. The graduate minor in queer studies offers students a versatile interdisciplinary framework to complement and strengthen their research and pedagogy in their chosen field of study.

To speak with the GWS Advisor, email Jacque Kahn at jskahn@illinois.edu