Women's Studies

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"There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. "
~Hillary Clinton

What is Women's and Gender Studies?

The Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines a variety of disciplines including sociology, literature, psychology and political science. Through these areas of study students will critique power structures relating to sex, sexuality, race, class, age, abilities, belief systems, and other societal institutions. In addition to academics, the program at William Paterson University encourages students to become activists in their communities in an effort to make true equality a reality for all human beings.

To view the Women's and Gender Studies Departmental website, click here:
http://www.wpunj.edu/cohss/departments/womens/

Link to Admissions Information on Women's' Studies:
http://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/undergraduate/academic-programs/programs_detail.dot?id=126140

 

Interests and Skills

  • Activism
  • Integrity
  • Desire to change the world
  • Intellectual growth
  • Desire to influence all people
  • Flexibility
  • Helpfulness

 

Possible Job Titles

Announcer
Assistant Buyer
Author
Business Administrator
Campus Religious Coordinator
Campus Minister
Chaplain
Church Camp Director
Church Secretary
CIA Agent
Claims Adjuster
Clergy
Columnist
Credit Analyst
Customer Service Representative
Denominational Executive
Diplomat
Director of Religious Education

Editorial Assistant
Foreign Service
Fundraiser
Guidance Counselor
Insurance Underwriter
Journalist
Judge
Lawyer
Lobbyist
Medical/Environmental Ethicist
Minister/Youth Minister
Minister of Music
Missionary
Nursing Home Director
Paralegal
Pastor
Philosophical Counselor
Politician
Priest
Producer/Director

Professor
Public Policy Manager
Public Service Official
Public Relations Representative
Rabbi
Religious Bookstore Worker
Religious Education Teacher
Religious Researcher
Religious Staff Writer
Religious Educational Administrator
Researcher
Salvation Army Employee
Seminary Administrator
Student Affairs Administrator
Teacher
YMCA/YWCA Employee
Writer


Enhance Your Qualifications

Students in the Women's and Genders Studies major at William Paterson have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Students can contact the department about internships in such places as non-profit organizations, law offices, and government. Finally, students can join various groups on campus such as the Feminist Collective, the Alliance for Sexual and gender Diversity and the Sisters for Awareness, Black Leadership, and Equality (SABLE) which will enable them to meet others with similar interests. Students can also contact the Women's Center in the Student Center about various programs and volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community.

 

Related Web Sites

The National Organization of Women http://www.now.org/

The Feminist Majority Foundation http://www.feminist.org/

The American Association of University Women http://www.aauw.org/

 

Other Sources of Information

Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in women's and genders studies. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have.