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.


Visit the University Catalog:

Learn about degree requirements and coursework for the WGST major and minor.

Learn which Dearborn Discovery Core requirements are fulfilled by taking WGST courses.


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.

Get Involved

Check out student organizations related to gender equity and social justice such as the Association of University Women (AAUW), PRIDE, the Social Justice LeagueWomen 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.

Get Real World Experience

Find out about co-ops and internships. Visit the Office of International Affairs to plan and register for a Study Abroad course. Explore producing an independent thesis project.

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

WGST Major I Jordan Yunker
The WGST degree allows you to leave with this feeling of's an empowering and important degree.
Jordan Yunker, WGST

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

Department Contact Information

Dr. Lisa Martin
Director, Women's and Gender Studies

College-wide Programs
2040 CASL Building


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