Bachelor of Art in Women and Gender Studies

Our gender studies degree prepares you to work responsibly in a diverse world.

Oakland University’s Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies empowers you to work towards social justice. You’ll acquire relevant, highly marketable expertise about the effects of gender and sexual orientation on work, family, income, politics, and social dynamics. Our gender studies degree equips you to communicate effectively, think independently, exercise sound analytical judgment, and promote constructive attitudes about gender, race, ethnicity, and social class. A bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies can position you for leadership roles in business, government, education, and community leadership.

Oakland University’s Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies empowers you to work towards social justice. You’ll acquire relevant, highly marketable expertise about the effects of gender and sexual orientation on work, family, income, politics, and social dynamics. Our gender studies degree equips you to communicate effectively, think independently, exercise sound analytical judgment, and promote constructive attitudes about gender, race, ethnicity, and social class. A bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies can position you for leadership roles in business, government, education, and community leadership.

Women and Gender Studies Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Oakland’s Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies integrates academic theory with applied practice. You’ll learn how the concept of gender affects real-world institutions and real people, while developing the ability to promote positive change.

Our gender studies degree offers:

  • Hands-on experience. As part of the gender studies degree, you’ll complete at least one internship or field-based project that involves community service, activism, or research. The women and gender studies program culminates in a semester-long capstone project that highlights your research, critical analysis, oral presentation, and writing abilities.
  • Academic flexibility. Elective courses make up half of the credits in the gender studies degree, allowing you to focus your studies on almost any aspect of gender studies. Course offerings vary widely and cover areas such as crime and justice, women of color, economic and workforce inequity, LGBTQ+ issues, international trends, and political movements.
  • A culture of inclusion. Like Oakland University as a whole, the women and gender studies program welcomes all students regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. The program has small classes and promotes collaboration and mutual support, encouraging a safe environment that enables all students to thrive.
  • Interdisciplinary faculty. Instructors in the women and gender studies program come from departments throughout Oakland University. You’ll learn from professors in arts, sciences, humanities, and business, gaining an exceptionally broad range of perspectives that reflects the community’s diversity.
  • Versatile skills for the workforce. Liberal arts majors are in rising demand for their ability to solve problems creatively, analyze critically, synthesize information across disciplines, and communicate effectively. The women and gender studies degree cultivates proficiency in all of those skills, giving you outstanding preparation for the job market.

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies?

Oakland University’s women and gender studies degree can support an exceptionally broad range of professional pursuits, as well as graduate programs in gender studies and other disciplines. 

Alumni of our gender studies program have gone on to successful careers in a wide variety of fields. A partial list includes:

  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Counseling
  • Law
  • Political activism
  • Social work
  • Journalism
  • Government administration
  • Higher education

Women and Gender Studies Major: What You’ll Learn

The bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies totals 40 credits in all. Requirements include an introductory course, classes in feminist theory and feminist analysis, a field experience, and a capstone project. Electives make up the remaining 20 credits, with a broad range of courses to choose from. You can study subjects such as:

  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Gender communication
  • Women in art
  • Gender and international relations
  • Media and gender
  • Queer theory
  • African-American women’s history
  • Gender in China
  • Gender discrimination
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on women
  • Sociology of gender
  • Women, crime, and justice

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