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Women's and Gender Studies: What to Expect

Women’s and Gender Studies majors at the University will benefit from challenging and interesting courses that help students develop the skills necessary to think critically, communicate effectively, solve problems, and interpret human experiences. Through its research mission, the program reconceptulizes existing knowledge and creates new knowledge through the lens of gender and the prism of diversity. As a Women’s and Gender Studies major, you will develop hands-on experience through research, community service, and internship opportunities. You will also benefit from a variety of conferences hosted both on and off campus.

The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Women’s and Gender Studies:

  • Women in Culture
  • Women in Society
  • Women’s Health
  • Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Feminist Theory or African-American Feminist Theory
  • Gender and Culture
  • Community Service Internship

A detailed list of degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Enhancing your Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. You may also choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Web site for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 student organizations. Getting involved in an organization that interests you can help you network, meet new friends, and develop leadership skills. You can also seek out volunteer opportunities that relate to your major. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!
Graduate School is one of many possibilities following graduation. Many graduates pursue graduate programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, Teaching, and Business. Some go on to attend law school.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you’ve learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.

As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and research opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic department as many programs offer supplemental internship guidance specific to your major. The Office of Undergraduate Research assists all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields.

Career Opportunities

Women’s and Gender Studies majors often pursue career opportunities in teaching, research, law, or business. Many graduates seek employment in state, federal, local, and private industries. 

You can find more information about career options in the US Department of Laborís Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The USC Career Center offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major. Once admitted, a Career Development Coach is available to help you assess your interest areas, make decisions about your career path, and identify the experiences and skills that will help you accomplish your goals. Spur Connections will help you locate mentors from among USC alumni, employers and community members who can provide insights based on their careers and experiences. Early planning and preparation are keys to success.

About the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Women’s and Gender Studies. The program has hosted a variety of conferences including the USC Women’s and Gender Studies Conference and the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference. The University of South Carolina's Women's and Gender Studies Program, with the commitment of its faculty affiliates, has launched the Women's Well-being Initiative to improve the overall well-being of South Carolina's women and girls by promoting an interdisciplinary, community-fostered program of research, education, and action. The Women’s and Gender Studies program is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Additional Resources
Women's and Gender Studies Program Website
College of Arts and Sciences Website
University Career Center
Undergraduate Bulletin