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Careers and Professional Development

There is no limit to what can be done with a degree from the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies.

What can you do with a degree in women, gender, and sexuality studies?

The B.A. in women, gender, and sexuality studies prepares students for positions in a wide range of fields, including in government, policy, research and service organizations that focus on women’s issues. Majors learn writing, critical thinking, research, public presentation and leadership skills that are valued by many employers, who are increasingly aware of gender and diversity issues. Many graduates work in social change and nonprofit organizations, where they apply what they have learned to real-life problems. The women, gender, and sexuality studies major also provides excellent preparation for a variety of graduate programs in such areas as women’s studies, history, sociology, anthropology, psychology and English, as well as professional training in law, medicine and social work. Our graduate students are prepared to enter careers in academia, as well as public policy, social justice advocacy and museum work.

How does LGBTQ studies help my career?

The LGBTQ studies program offers students an opportunity to complement their major with focused, interdisciplinary study of the lives, experiences, identities, creative work, political movements, knowledge production and cultural representations of LGBTQ people and communities. Providing a solid grounding in the major concepts and methods that define studies of sex, gender and gender identity, the program allows students to critically engage theories and histories of social change, both nationally and transnationally. LGBT studies coursework prepares students for work in a wide range of areas, including nonprofit management, social justice advocacy, law, health-related fields, student affairs and government and public policy, in addition to preparing them for further studies in the field at the graduate level. The program trains students to hold transdisciplinary conversations and equips them with the ability to forge unique, niche areas of study as they bring the field of LGBTQ studies into conversation with their primary areas of study.