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What are the benefits of a Women's and Gender Studies degree?

A WGS major is attractive to all kinds of employers in any number of fields, as well as to graduate and professional schools. The Undergraduate program in WGS at USF prepares students to work in a diverse range of fields through the extensive collaboration of faculty across the USF campus. Students are equipped with the reading, writing, research, and speaking skills necessary to communicate effectively in today's competitive job market. A major in WGS not only offers insight into Women's Studies, but also goes further to explore gender, race, class, and sexualities, and how to champion these intersections in contemporary workplaces. The curriculum draws students into interdisciplinary analysis of specific gender practices in areas such as feminism in a transnational world, the politics of representation, feminist science studies, gender and justice, women and work, women and film, gender and health, and the politics of childhood. While the major focuses on the impact of cultural, educational, familial, institutional, and political influences upon women, it also explores the differences and similarities among women across races, classes, and ethnicities. A WGS degree equips students, like you, with the confidence to stand out from the crowd and stand up for others.

What will you gain from your WGS degree?

  • Participate knowledgeably in the affairs of the world around you, drawing upon understandings shaped through reading, writing, discussions, and lectures concerning the past, present, and future.
  • See yourself and society from different outlooks and situations, displaying a sense of informed perspective and a mature view of human nature.
  • Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, and conduct research effectively.
  • Exhibit sensitivities to human values in their own and other cultural traditions and, in turn, establish values of your own.
  • Appreciate your natural and cultural environments.
  • Respect scientific and technological developments and recognize gender’s impact on humankind.
  • Understand the connections between gender and life.

Recent USF WGS Alumnae Occupations

Career Counselor, Health Educator, Community Organizer, Victim Advocate, Came Manager, Non-Profit Director, Librarian, Family Service Director, Diversity Trainer, Journalist, Artist, Legal Advocate Advisor, International Aid Worker, Campaign Organizer, Grant Writer, Teacher. http://wgs.usf.edu/friends/grads/ These are just a few of the possiblities available. In order to teach Women’s & Gender Studies or Social Studies on the secondary level, you will need to take additional courses in the College of Education or pursue alternative teaching certification (http://www.fldoe.org/edcert).

Tips & Ideas for Incoming Students

  • Make contact with your advisor and professors. They are interested in your academic development, and welcome your visits during their posted office hours. Please contact our academic advisor, Briana Byers, for specific questions about our undergraduate program (WGSAdvise@usf.edu).
  • Have transcripts from ALL institutions (high school, college, community college) and organizations (IB, CLEP, AP) sent to USF for review.
  • This degree has a foreign language exit requirement.  This major accepts any foreign language offered at USF that has a two semester sequence.  If you have experience with a foreign language, including ASL, you will be required to take a placement exam at USF to determine your level and to see if you can test out of the courses.  You are STRONGLY encouraged to complete this placement exam prior to or during orientation. Visit this page for details: http://languages.usf.edu/foreign/
  • All freshmen will have an AA hold placed on their account which prevents them from registering until they see an advisor.  Once you have decided USF is the right place for you, make an appointment as soon as possible after orientation to see your advisor.
  • Visit the College of Arts & Sciences information page for First-Year Students (http://www.cas.usf.edu/2015/)