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Gender and Women Studies major career options?

I'm a senior and I have been recently accepted to Wesleyan University. I'm really interested in learning about women and gender's studies, race and identity, and traveling to different countries to learn about new cultures. Recently, I traveled to Turkey , which started my love for traveling and interest in women's rights. However, I have no idea what career to purse after college if I major in Women and Gender studies. The one thing I know is that I want to help people in different countries. #career-path #helping-others #gender-studies #cultures #race

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Gabriel’s Answer

Hi Ariella,

First, I'd like to congratulate you on being accepted into one of the top universities in the country! Now, to answer your question. Back in 1995 two researchers, Barbara Luebke and Mary Ellen Reilly, set out to discover what careers graduates of women's & gender studies pursued. Below is what they found:

"Administrator of a human services department
Advocate for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes
Associate director of a human rights organization
Business owner
Communications consultant
Congressional aide
Coordinator of a women’s health clinic
Director of social service agency
Executive director of a foundation
Film production assistant
Flight instructor
Law enforcement officer
Manager of energy conservation
Nurse practitioner
Program director of a rape crisis center
Public health educator
Public relations director
Social worker
Theater staff
Town manager
Union organizer"

Just a year and a half ago Fast Company published an article about how tech company CEO's want liberal arts majors. The article states that "tech CEOs across the country agree that liberal arts training—with its emphasis on creativity and critical thinking—is vital to the success of their business."

It's really no understatement to say that you can quite literally pursue any career you want. It's important to note that selecting a particular major doesn't limit you to one or two career fields. My old boss was a Philosophy major and now works as an Operations Analyst. A friend of mine majored in Journalism and works full-time as an Academic Advisor (he does freelance writing though).

To speak specifically to your interest in helping people in other countries there many options you can consider. Here are a few of them:

Peace Corp: (This could be a 2 year volunteer comittment or they also have shorter-term programs)


Religious: If you have a religious affiliation there is a strong likelihood that you'll be able to serve/volunteer internationally through existing programs.

Admittedly, this is a small list but it's a starting place to give you an idea of possible options. You may also wish to check out Weslayn's study abroad and volunteer opportunities as well:

I hope this helps and please continue to post your questions on this forum. Best of luck!

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much Gabriel! I will look into all of the careers you listed. Ariella
Thank you comment icon You're very welcome. I wish you luck! Gabriel Figliuzzi
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Julie’s Answer

Like you, I had a deep curiosity about travel / internationalism and multi-culturalism. I have a liberal arts degree and it has allowed me to have a successful career in Marketing/Communications. I studied abroad and wish I had done more volunteer/voluntourism work. With my current job, I travel all over the world - mostly to Asia - and live my passion. I am also able, as Communications Manager, to impact the lives of others through my company's CSR programs, which is important to me.

It sounds like you could have a promising career at a non-profit/NGO etc. I always advise students to study something that interests them, and sculpt your dream career around that.

Good luck!