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The Women’s and Gender Studies program focuses on examining women’s and men’s identities and experiences in relation to gender, race, age and culture; addresses issues of power and resistance, and connects feminist theories and research to public policy and social justice.

Many classes in the Women’s and Gender Studies program emphasize research and writing, providing you with a skill set that can be applied to a variety of professional careers.

As a Women’s and Gender Studies major, you will take courses in:

  • Economics of gender
  • Feminist frameworks
  • Feminist theories
  • Gender and education
  • Gender and mental health
  • Growing up female in America
  • Growing up Latino/Latina in the United States
  • Psychology and social justice
  • Women and politics
  • Women and the law
  • Women’s lives: race/class/gender
The Women’s and Gender Studies program offers six concentrations in which you will take a series of courses:

  • Gender and Human Development
  • Gender, Culture and the Arts
  • International Perspectives
  • Perspectives on Race and Class
  • Social Justice and Public Policy
  • Theoretical Perspectives
You can also choose an individualized concentration, to be approved by a Department of Women's and Gender studies faculty advisor.

Many students choose to double major in a complementary area of study, such as Political Science, History or American Studies, in order to broaden their academic background.

We also offer a combined bachelor's/master's degree program in Women's and Gender Studies, which allows you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in Women's and Gender Studies in five years.

Internship Possibilities

  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • City of Chicago

What can you do with this degree?

  • Business
  • Education
  • Law
  • Legislation
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Public office
  • Public policy
  • Social work
  • Writing/editing