Through the Women’s and Gender Studies program, you can pursue your interest in gender equity and social justice while developing skills that are sought after by employers and competitive graduate programs.
Through this major, you will examine the ways that gender — through its connection with other forms of power such as race, class, sexuality and national location — shapes lives, bodies, institutions and worlds. And the community-service orientation of the UM-Dearborn program provides experiences that will contribute to both your intellectual growth and post-graduate employment opportunities.
You also will gain skills needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing labor market by developing your analytical and critical thinking skills and having the ability to integrate and apply knowledge across any career field.
Women’s and Gender Studies majors work in a variety of fields, including business and industry, education, health care, politics, law and social work.
What Will I Learn?
- Gain an understanding of the influence of gender in cultural discourse on social organization and behavior.
- Gain an understanding of the diverse range of women’s and men’s experiences, including how other factors intersect with gender to shape experiences.
- Learn the fundamental concepts, theories and methods of women’s and gender studies scholarship.
- Gain critical thinking and information literacy skills to effectively identify, evaluate and apply data sources and texts related to WGST.
- Develop the ability to effectively communicate in written and oral form, especially in the form of arguments based on appropriate claims and evidence.
- Gain skills to recognize and understand the relationship between theory and practice as it relates to social and personal change.
Full list of WGST program goals can be found on the Hub for Teaching and Learning site.
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Learn about degree requirements and coursework for the WGST major and minor.
Learn which Dearborn Discovery Core requirements are fulfilled by taking WGST courses.
A Message from our Faculty
It is with shattered hearts that we, the faculty of women's and gender studies and LGBTQ+ studies, reach out to our campus community. We stand with those who mourn the loss of Black and brown lives to the pandemic and to racial terrorism, and we join those who resist and dream of a better world. We support all our students and colleagues, and especially those whose lives and communities are most deeply rocked by this violence. Do not hesitate to call on us. We are with you.
Making the Most of Your Major
There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in Women's and Gender Studies beyond the classroom. Check out the WGST Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year view of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.
Check out student organizations related to gender equity and social justice such as the Association of University Women (AAUW), PRIDE, the Social Justice League, Women Veterans Association. Consider attending the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) over the summer. Talk to the WILL director to learn about the program. Explore UM-Dearborn student organizations on VictorsLink.
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Plan for Life After Graduation
A Women’s and Gender Studies degree can be applied to a multitude of careers. It signals to employers that you are well-rounded, having studied across the disciplines instead of in one narrow skill area. Career Services offers assistance with job searching, resumes, interviews or graduate school applications.
General Program Information
Women's and Gender Studies Student Video
Women’s and Gender Studies has opened my eyes to the experiences of people in many different groups and has provided me with an analytical framework that is useful in my academic as well as personal life.
- Jennifer, Women’s and Gender Studies double-major in psychology
Dr. Lisa Martin
Director, Women's and Gender Studies