Women's Studies - A.B.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

Women's Studies is an emerging field of scholarship that provides interdisciplinary perspectives on women, gender, and sexual orientation. In the past 30 years, scholars in many fields have recovered lost works and have provided new perspectives on the diversity of women's experiences and accomplishments, thereby transforming and expanding traditional curricula. At UGA, women's studies courses are taught by nine faculty members with joint appointments in the Women's Studies Program and six other departments, and by other faculty from cooperating departments in several schools and colleges.

At The University of Georgia, Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program offering a wide variety of classes both in women’s studies and through cross-listed departments around campus. Majoring in women’s studies can enhance a student’s career preparation by increasing the understanding of social diversity, giving students an international and interdisciplinary perspective, equipping students with critical and analytical skills, and providing a background and understanding of women and the role they play in the public and private sectors.

Academics

What you will learn: 

The A.B. in Women’s Studies will allow students to benefit from systematic, in-depth exposure to the new scholarship on women and gender. The major will:

  1. Expose students to interdisciplinary perspectives,
  2. Enable students to appreciate diversity,
  3. Expand international awareness,
  4. Equip students with critical and analytical skills,
  5. Prepare students for graduate and professional schools, and
  6. Provide background for working with women in the public and private sectors.

The curriculum calls for courses in a foreign language, statistics and computing, and introductory Women’s Studies in the freshman and sophomore years, followed by nine courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels. Among the latter are three requirements: Introduction to Feminist Theories, Understanding Research in Women’s Studies, and a Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies - or "capstone course." Electives include options for either an internship or a thesis, and study abroad.  Many students elect to double-major. For more detailed information, consult the Women’s Studies Major Handbook.

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$118,300
Low Salary: 
$34,400
Median Salary: 
$65,500
Employers: 

Possible Employers

  • American/International Red Cross
  • Businesses or Corporations
  • Census Bureau
  • Colleges or Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Court Systems
  • Diplomat
  • Embassies
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Government Agencies
  • Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
  • Labor Unions
  • Law Firms
  • News Bureaus
  • Newspapers or Magazines
  • North Georgia Cottage
  • Peace Corps
  • Piedmont Rape Crisis Center
  • Political Interest Groups
  • Political Parties
  • Polling Organizations
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Public Service Organizations
  • Project Safe, Inc.
  • Radio / Television Stations
  • Research Organizations
  • SAGA Communications
  • Schools
  • Tennessee School System
  • The Ford Foundation
  • The Holton-Arms School
  • Travel Agencies
  • US Air Force
  • US Department of Education
  • Visitors Bureaus
  • Vistronix
  • Women for Women
  • World Health Organization
  • Worth Magazine
     
Possible Job Titles: 

Career opportunities for Women’s studies graduates may include law, women's health, education, counseling, public relations, politics, social policy or business. This might include, but is not limited to, law, women’s studies, psychology, counseling, public administ ration, medical school, education administration, education, and business.

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