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Women's and Gender Studies

Overview
First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
Internships
What to do with a Degree in Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies Web Sites
Graduate School Information

Overview 

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 Title  Industry
2010 National Women's Law Center Program Assistant, Family Economic Security Non Profit
2010 Autostraddle.com Senior Editor Publishing & Journalism
2011 The Urban Institute Research Assistant Policy
2008 Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Programing Assistant Religion
1998 University of Florida Assistant Professor, Anthropology Higher Education
2006 Mercy Housing California Administrative Assistant Non Profit
1977 Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Assistant Director, Gift & Planning Fundraising & Development
2010 WB Mason e-Commerce Marketing Associate Advertising & Marketing
2010 Delkab County Public Defender's Office Legal Intern Law
2010 Achievement First Teacher Education
1999 Cogent Research Research Director Advertising & Marketing
2011 North Shore, LIJ Health System Finacial Analyst Health Care
2008 US House of Representatives Legislative Fellow Government
2009 A Window Between Worlds Event & Volunteer Coordinator Non Profit
1989 Global eXchange Service International Finance/Accounting Finance & Banking


Internships 

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)


Women's and Gender Studies
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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.

Skills1

  • 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.

Abilities

  • 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.

Knowledge

  • 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.  

Academia/Research

  • Applied Researcher in Healthcare
  • Professor of Anthropology, History, English Literature, Musicology
  • Professor of Policy Studies, Political Science, Social Work
  • Sociologist
Clergy
  • Rabbi
  • Minister
  • Chaplain
Education
  • Curriculum Supervisor
  • Elementary  or High School teacher
  • English and Reading Intervention teacher
  • Special Education teacher
Law
  • Assistant General Counsel for non-profit healthcare company
  • Civil Rights attorney
  • Criminal and Immigration Law attorney
  • General Counsel attorney
  • Paralegal
  • Judge
Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology resident
Miscellaneous
  • Actor
  • Children’s boutique co-owner
  • Health food industry caterer
  • Magazine editor
  • Music promotion company Member/Artist Relations Manager
  • Think tank analyst
  • Writer
Non-profit/Advocacy
  • Assistant Regional Director for Civil Rights
  • Communications Director at a nonprofit that
  • Non-government organization in support of children’s education and
  • Organizer for Service Employees International Union
  • Program Assistant at International Health Non-profit focusing on family planning, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS treatment
  • Program Coordinator at Commission on Assaults Against Women
  • Program Coordinator for after school programs focused on girl’s self-esteem
  • Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator
  • Supported Housing Program Representative
Politics/Government
  • Assistant Director for Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues
  • U.S. Marine Corps Officer
Public Health
  • Department of Public Health Project Coordinator and Researcher
  • Hospital Network Vice President
  • Public health nonprofit Executive Director
  • Women’s Health Coordinator for State Department of Health Services
Social Work/Mental Health
  • Child/Family Therapist
  • Children and adolescent Clinical Psychologist
  • Mental health therapist
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology
  • Social worker
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