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Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field encompassing scholarship about women and gender. It's an opportunity to learn about diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexuality and add valuable professional skills to your resume.

Program Highlights

  • Wide variety of classes offered from multiple disciplines and all three Schools.
  • Emphasis on the dignity of each individual in order to understand work on structural injustices around gender.
  • Partnership with the Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women provides an integrated, hands-on academic and experiential learning experience.
  • Travel course to the Nordic countries to study gender equality and integration.
  • Honors seminar on Body Politics.
  • Conference presentations of original student research.
  • Preparation for careers in nonprofit work, international development, public service, education and human resources.

Skills Developed

  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership
  • Event planning
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information
  • Public speaking
  • Ability to use gender analysis in many fields of study
  • Understanding of diversity
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Social responsibility
  • Writing
  • Research skills

Employers of our Graduates

  • Teach for America
  • America Works
  • City Corps
  • Domestic Violence Services of Dutchess County

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program allows students to take a variety of classes, become empowered learners, learn about diversity and the part it plays in today’s world and develop critical thinking and professional skills.


Career Opportunities

People who work in community and social service occupations are concerned with improving society and the lives of individuals. These workers perform a diverse array of duties that may include counseling individuals with substance abuse and behavioral problems, providing social assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of families, and offering spiritual and moral guidance to members of a faith.


The median annual wage was $44,240 in 2012.


Employment in the social service industry is expected to grow 17.2% by 2020.

The education sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers.


Depends on job function.


​Employment in the education is expected to grow 9.4% by 2022.