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Women's and Gender Studies

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The Women's and Gender Studies Program draws on the humanities, arts, social and biological sciences to explore the broad range of intellectual questions concerning both the social positions of women and the gendered constructions of knowledge, identity and culture. Students in the program have the opportunity to study theories of feminism, gender and sexuality; the diversity of women's experiences and representations past and present; and women's movements in the United States and around the globe. This curriculum brings students into contact with the extensive research on women, gender and feminism that has burgeoned during the past 30 years as well as with historical and cross-cultural knowledge that recognizes the intersections of gender with race, class, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, age, ability and nationality.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Women's and Gender Studies Program alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Women's and Gender Studies Program major at Brandeis.

Women's and Gender Studies Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Women's and Gender Studies major at Brandeis. 

Year Company Position Industry
2014 E! Networks Production Assistant Live From E! Entertainment
2014 ICF International Energy Advisory and Solutions Intern Financial Services/ environmental science
2014 Production Assistant Live From E! Political Organizer Politics

Public Service Center at MIT

IDEAS Global Challenge Administrator Higher Education
2012 Harlem Village Academies Operations Coordinator Education Education
2012 The Cambridge Institute of International Education Research Associate Research/ Education
2012 Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP Legal Assistant Law
2011 North Shore, LIJ Health System Finacial Analyst Health Care
2011 The Urban Institute Research Assistant Policy
2012 McLean Hospital Community Residence Counselor Healthcare
2010 National Women's Law Center Program Assistant, Family Economic Security Nonprofit
2010 WB Mason e-Commerce Marketing Associate Advertising & Marketing
2010 ITN Networks Assistant Media Buyer Advertising/ Public Relations
2010 Senior Editor Publishing & Journalism
2010 Delkab County Public Defender's Office Legal Intern Law
2010 Achievement First Teacher
2009 A Window Between Worlds Event & Volunteer Coordinator Non Profit
2008 Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Programing Assistant Religion
2008 US House of Representatives Legislative Fellow Government
2006 Mercy Housing California Administrative Assistant Non Profit


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to do with a Degree in Women's and Gender Studies (.pdf)

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


  • Oral and Written Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through written and spoken word.
  • Oral and Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic.


  • History — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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The list below was populated with information from Brandeis alumni in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.  


  • Assistant Director for Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues
  • U.S. Marine Corps Officer
Public Health
Social Work/Mental Health
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