Women's and Gender 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 both women’s and men’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 the major concentration or 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 and Gender studies offers a major concentration, minor, and a graduate minor.


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.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program

WGS created the Wise Program to address the under representation of women and people of color in sciences and engineering.  Faculty in both Women and Gender Studies and Science and Engineering encourage students’ interests in scholarship on women in science and engineering. To learn more about the program click here.

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

- Jasmine Cannon

Women's and Gender 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 Non-Profit 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 our graduates have done with their WGS degrees

  • Senior Associate, Advocacy Communications, Ipas (’99)
  • Executive Director of NARAL for Wake County  (’99)
  • Director, NC State Women’s Center (’99)
  • Supervisor of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District; NC Chapter Director, New Leaders Council (’11)
  • Research Associate, Research Triangle Institute (’12)
  • Law and MBA candidate, Wake Forest University (’11)
  • Graduate school, Social Work (NCSU) (’12)
  • Graduate school, Sociology (USC) (’12)
  • Graduate school, Education  (NCSU) (’12)
  • M.A. Public Policy  (NCCU)  (’10)
  • Fund Development Specialist, Girl Scouts of N.C. (’11)
  • Principle, Private Special Needs & College Prep High School, Denver CO.  (’99)
  • Sales & Marketing Division Associate, Lenovo (‘13)

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