Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Examine and reinterpret existing data and assumptions regarding gender issues and women’s
contributions to various fields as you learn about feminist theories and methodologies. Through
the course of your studies, you will investigate how people’s lives are affected by gender,
sexuality, sexual orientation, age, race, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and religion.

Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field

- Clifford Geertz, anthropologist and author of Local Knowledge: Further Essays in Interpretive Anthropology and Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics

Through either a major concentration or the minor, WGS will expand your perspectives. You’ll learn flexible thinking skills that will prepare you for a satisfying career in the nonprofit sector, public policy, law, media, social work, and for-profit institutions, among other spheres. Our alumni have gone on to work in communications, research, sales and marketing, and have also received advanced degrees in numerous fields.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers a BA major concentration, a BS major concentration, minor, and a graduate minor.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program

The WISE Program was created to address the underrepresentation of women and people of color in sciences and engineering.  Faculty in both WGS and Science and Engineering encourage students’ interests in scholarship on women in science and engineering. To learn more about the WISE Village, a living and learning community for first and second year women in STEM majors, click here.

Women of Welch (WOW)

University Housing, WGS, and the Women’s Center have worked together to create a living and learning community residence hall for undergraduate female students.  To learn more about the program click here.

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I am a student, leader, organizer, employee, activist.

- Jasmine Cannon

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Careers

National data, as well as our graduates’ own career paths, show that the WGS major concentration prepares students for productive work in:

  • The Nonprofit Sector (administration, policy development, communication)
  • Public Policy (domestic and international)
  • International Health Policy and Research
  • Family Law                                           
  • Advertising and Market Research
  • Communication and Media
  • Business Management
  • Social Work
  • Secondary and Post-Secondary Education (administration, teaching, research)
  • Graduate work in Sociology, Social Work, Public Policy, Economics, Philosophy, Criminology,  Anthropology, International Studies, Education, Gender Studies

What a few of our graduates have done with their WGS degrees:

  • (’18) AmeriCorps VISTA – School and Community Garden Program Coordinator with Wake County Cooperative Extension
  • ('17) Field Scholar at WomenNC; Public Health Associate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Mississippi State Department of Health); Master of Public Health in Health Behavior candidate, UNC Chapel Hill
  • ('16) Research Director for the North Carolina Democratic Party
  • ('16) M.A. American Studies, George Washington University; Ph.D. candidate Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University 
  • ('15) M.A. Applied Arts & Sciences, UNC Greensboro; Student Engagement Assistant Coordinator, NC State College of Education 
  • ('14) National Facilitator for StoryCorps; Communications Associate for the Center for Reproductive Rights; Senior Account Executive at Edelman
  • (‘13) Sales & Marketing Division Associate, Lenovo; Digital Planner at CBS Interactive 
  • (’12) Research Associate, Research Triangle Institute 
  • (’12) Graduate school, Social Work (NCSU) 
  • (’12) Graduate school, Sociology (USC) 
  • (’11) Elected Vice-Chair Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors; Managing Partner, Elevated Prospects, LLC
  • (’11) J.D. and M.B.A., Wake Forest University 
  • (’10) M.A. Public Policy, NCCU  
  • (’99) Executive Director of NARAL for Wake County  
  • (’99) Principal, Private Special Needs & College Prep High School, Denver CO 
  • (’94) M.D. Wake Forest University; Attending Psychiatrist – Child, Adult and Forensic Psychiatry, Raleigh, NC

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Spotlight More

Adrianna Moore '19

 “Women’s and Gender Studies has been so fulfilling for me because it’s not the same thing for everybody.  I can take from it what I want to take from it, I can put into it what I want to put into it.… it’s been really good for finding myself and finding out what my feminism is and what I want it to be.”

Kat Kirby '19

“Women’s and Gender Studies applies to so many different fields. It applies medicine, it applies to law, it applies to public policy…  So whether WGS is your second major or whether it’s your primary major, you can definitely utilize the theory and the skills that you learn from being a WGS major to critically think and analyze everything that you do and make a difference in the world.”

"What I Appreciate About the WGS Major"

Women's and Gender Studies Major Derrice Haynes talking about how this major impacted her life as both a student and individual.

WGS Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Reem Utterback

Originally from Alexandria, Egypt, Dr. Reem Utterback moved to Kuwait as a child and then to Durham, NC, for her last year of high school. NC State enabled her to explore her fascination with the human brain through degrees in Biochemistry and Multidisciplinary Studies (now Interdisciplinary Studies), where she concentrated in Women's and Gender Studies.

Dr. Utterback is now a practicing adult, child, adolescent and forensic psychiatrist. She hopes to empower patients to reach beyond their potential and become who they aspire to be. She also provides pro bono asylum evaluations of women and children fleeing crime and abuse in countries outside the United States.