WGST@MRU

Uses for a Women’s Studies Minor

What Can You Do With a Minor in Women’s Studies?

There is truly no limit to what you can do with a minor in Women’s Studies. Coursework in Women’s Studies prepares students for positions in a wide range of fields, including (but certainly not limited to): journalism, library science, human resources, law, health care, education, government service and policymaking, and in research and service organizations that focus on a wide variety of social justice issues.

  • Because Women’s Studies is interdisciplinary, it serves as excellent preparation for careers in research, education and librarianship—careers that require expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues.
  • The knowledge about power relationships and injustice that Women’s Studies students gain often leads to careers in government and politics or academia, due to a drive to utilize their knowledge to change the world in positive, life-affirming ways.
  • Because Women’s Studies courses emphasize understanding differences and discovering the multiple intersections among racism, sexism, heterosexism and homophobia, classism, and other forms of oppression, minors are also suited to enter policy and lobbying organizations, research centers, trade and international associations, and union/labor organizing
  • The integration of race, class, and gender issues provides a strong preparation for advanced graduate degrees.
  • Minors are also well prepared to enter the medical professions, where their expanded insight and sensitivity to social concerns provides a deeper connection to their patients and their mission.

To learn what real life Women’s Studies grads are doing, check out http://www.msmagazine.com/spring2007/womensstudies.asp.