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Women’s Studies helps students build writing, critical thinking, and analytic skills that will prepare them for a wide variety of careers. Women’s Studies majors have gone on to successful careers in many different fields: education, law, business, marketing, social services, counseling, healthcare,  public policy, and graduate studies, to name just a few.

A recent national study uncovered more than 38 distinct occupations pursued by Women's Studies graduates (Luebke and Reilly).  Categories of careers include:

  • Self-employed artist
  • Author published her first novel, Heartscape, Naiad Press, 1989. She attended the Women's Writing School, Cazenovia, NY.
  • Arts Administrator


Majoring in Women's Studies particularly helps professionals in these fields to learn how male/female interactions affect the business environment, gain an understanding of federal, state, and local equal opportunity legislation, and explore differences in women's and men's managerial styles.

  • Small-business owner
  • Trade associations (domestic and international)
  • Sheet metal apprentice
  • Department store management.
  • Coordinator for Shield Care Network
  • Employment at Motorola.


Majoring in Women's Studies particularly helps professionals in these fields to become aware of sexist, racist and other biases in textbooks, learn about subconscious classroom behaviors that limit students to stereotypical roles, and explore non-sexist teaching models and curriculum integration.

  • Teaching English as a Second Language.
  • Counselor at Ulster County Mental Health  teaches courses in the Women's Studies Program and the Humanistic Education Program.
  • Librarian.
  • Program advising at Mesa Community College.
  • Teaching English, Jackson Community College.
  • High school teaching.
  • Director of graduate education at a Westchester Medical Center, NY.
  • Program assistant for the New Paltz Women's Studies Program.


Health Care

  • Associate professor and certified nurse midwife at Mid-Hudson Family Health Institute
  • Assistant director of the Community Health Center
  • Educator for Planned Parenthood
  • Chiropractor in San Francisco.
  • Women's health centers.
  • Reproductive health counselor and education coordinator
  • Community health specialist
  • Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center.
  • Colorado Breast Cancer Project.
  • Obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Family practice medicine.


  • Colorado Business Women's News
  • Accounts Coordinator for a public relations firm.
  • The staff of Kitchen Table, Women of Color Press.
  • Works at Media Action Alliance


Politics and Law

Majoring in Women's Studies particularly helps professionals in these fields to learn how women have been exluded from the political process in the past, examine how women are working to achieve political empowerment today, and explore women's public policy issues.

  • Managing attorney for Legal Aid Society
  • Office manager for an environmental conservation organization
  • Public affairs specialist, Illinois Planned Parenthood Council
  • Staff of Arizona State Univ. Commission on the Status of Women.
  • Permanent Commission on Status of Women.
  • Lawyer who pushed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to broaden the definition of AIDS disease complex to include a number of infections that afflict women, thus making it possible for infected women to receive federal and state assistance for AIDS treatment.
  • Public interest lawyer recently featured in a NY Times story on young lawyers who have dedicated themselves to the cause of social justice.
  • Oversees affirmative action in different divisions in NY State Services, including prisons.
  • Staff attorney for NY State Court of Appeals, Albany.
  • Legal aid attorney in the juvenile rights division in New York City.
  • Denver Police Department.
  • Women's advocacy groups such as NOW, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, etc.
  • Foreign Service.

Social Work and Psychology

Majoring in Women's Studies particularly helps professionals in these fields to explore sexist biases in therapeutic models, gain an understanding of the common concerns experienced by female clients, such as battering, rape, incest, body image, and self-worth, and relate women's personal issues to the social construction of gender.

  • Intake coordinator of a parenting skills group
  • Case manager for AIDS-related community services
  • Alcoholism counselor at a county day treatment program.
  • Direct care counselor at a residence facility
  • Social worker for the Washington, DC. Women's Council on AIDS.
  • Social worker and HIV Counselor at a hospital.
  • Chemical dependency specialist in methadone treatment
  • In-patient AIDS social worker leads a support group for HIV positive women at a Bronx Hospital. 
  • Colorado AIDS Project.
  • Project director for the Hunger Action Network.
  • Program coordinator for an agency that provides programs for mentally handicapped adults.
  • Supervisor for the Department of Employment, US Dept. of Labor, NY.
  • Office manager for Rehabilitation Programs
  • Assistant director of the Teen Mothers Program, YWCA
  • Program director of Family House, a residential facility for homeless teenagers
  • Director, volunteer program for domestic-violence agency
  • Community and family development specialist, Illinois Coalition for Community Services.
  • Vocational counseling
  • Elderly services.
  • Battered women's shelters.
  • Excelsior Youth Center.
  • Denver Safehouse, rape assistance and awareness program.


  • Sports marketing.
  • Head women's basketball coach, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky.
  • Physical Education.

  Source: MSU Career Opportunities for WS Majors  /