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Women's and Gender Studies, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Study women, gender, sexuality and diversity in an established, interdisciplinary program. Become well-prepared to engage with diverse populations and work in a variety of careers.

Students who are interested in feminism, LGBTQ studies, social justice, health and reproductive politics gain a deeper understanding of underrepresented groups through research and community involvement. Learn to succeed in a diverse world and interpret human experiences with empathy and insight.

Program Highlights

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    Make an Impact

    Broaden your understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, women's well-being and health.

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    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Customize courses from around the university to complement your professional interests and goals.

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    Applied Learning

    Expand your network and gain experience by applying what you learn in community internships.

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    Special Projects

    Participate in the Women's Well-Being Initiative or archiving S.C. women in the university's special collections.

What You’ll Study

Create, share and apply the knowledge, skills and values that promote the full participation of women and other underrepresented groups in society. Study feminist concepts and conduct analysis. Demonstrate civic engagement in community projects and activities. Graduates go on to careers in health care, law, journalism and business.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Advocacy

    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

  • Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly

    Examine Evidence

    Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Advocate
  • Community Organizer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Social Worker

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Nonprofits
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Government

The WGST classes made me aware of the intersections between STEM and social justice, which reaffirmed my passions for social justice and health equity. I was able to intern at my dream job, and I’ve used what I learned in my classes to educate my family, legislators and the Greater Columbia area.

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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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