Program Overview

The Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program is a flexible interdisciplinary academic program devoted to pursuit of knowledge concerning women and the critical analysis of the production of gender and sexuality within transnational and cross-cultural contexts. Combining the methods and insights of traditional academic disciplines with the special insights of feminist studies, gender studies, and sexuality studies, our courses focus on understanding the origins of and changes in diverse cultural and social arrangements. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major is broad as well as flexible.

The Program is committed to a vision of people of diverse sexualities and genders that is truly transnational and cross-cultural and that recognizes the diversity of sexual and gender desires, practices, and identifications, as well as racial, ethnic, class and religious differences.

The Program prepares students to employ critical learning in their private lives, in their public roles as citizens and as members of the work force, and enhances their ability to advocate for gender and sexual justice. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies fosters interdisciplinary breadth and critical thinking and thus opens the way to a wide variety of career choices and graduate programs. Our students are flourishing in social service agencies, business, law, education, and journalism, and employers appreciate the broad interdisciplinary perspective of a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies education.

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WGSS Major Requirements

WGSS Major Requirements 

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WGSS Minor Requirements

WGSS Minor Requirements

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 WGSS Undergraduate Forms

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Why Major or Minor in WGSS?

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major and minor provide an exceptional Liberal Arts education. In addition, it enhances or develops skills in critical thinking, writing, communications, and collaboration. All of these skills are vital in today’s job market and, as evidenced from the list below, our students are fully prepared to enter into a wide range of careers.

When someone asks what one does with a major or minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, tell them “anything you want!” And you can do it better with this educational background.

If you are considering a major or minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies but are wondering what your prospects for employment or graduate education might be, notice the diverse career paths some of our former students have chosen:

Advocacy
Counseling
Crisis Intervention
Editing
Education: all levels
Government
Graphic Design
Human Resources
Insurance Underwriting
Labor Mediation
Law
Lobbyist
Magazine Editing
Marketing
Medical Fields
Non-Profit Work
Politics
Psychology
Public Policy
Publishing
Radio Broadcasting
Research
Social Service
Social Work
Theatre & Arts
TV Production
Union Organizing
Writing

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The WGSS Internship Program

Your education will make more sense as you get out of the classroom and into your life!

–   Integration of theory & practice
–   Crucial work experience
–   Contacts with potential employers
–   Tailored for Women’s Studies Majors and Minors
–   Supportive environment

The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)  undergraduate internship program for WGSS majors and minors is designed to provide students with supervised work experience in the profession they are preparing to enter.  Internships are available in a wide range of fields and are tailored to match each student’s abilities and interests with the needs of a particular placement. Interns work 9-18 hours per week to receive 3-9 credits. Through this program students have the chance to develop skills and confidence with the support of a field supervisor and an academic coordinator.

Students from a broad range of backgrounds participate in this program, including those who are changing fields or are returning to work after a period of varied experience without pay. Through placements, students are able to expand their resumes, clarify their career goals and make contacts with potential employers.

In addition to the field placement, students are required to participate in a weekly three-hour, three-credit seminar. This integrative seminar is designed to provide students with a forum for situating their work experience within a broader context. A portion of each class is devoted to discussion in which insights gained from students’ field experiences are viewed from the perspective of their academic training.

Prerequisite: One WGSS course. Open only to WGSS majors and minors. Consent of Instructor is required. For more information, visit our Undergraduate Internship Program page or contact Marita McComiskey or  Barbara Gurr, (860) 486-1133, marita.mccomiskey@uconn.edu, barbara.gurr@uconn.edu

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