Undergraduate Major

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Major (BA)

Uncover underrepresented voices by majoring in gender, women, & sexuality studies. Through a flexible, interdisciplinary program, you'll engage with diverse human experiences that will enrich any career path you choose.

Program Overview

Issues of gender and sexuality are among the most significant and contested topics in society today. You'll be prepared to enter those conversations meaningfully when you major in gender, women, and sexuality studies (GWS).

From a core curriculum including Sex and Gender in Society and Feminist Theories and Methodologies, you'll have the flexibility to create a program that fits your unique interests. With courses in more than 10 disciplines to choose from, you'll constantly be engaging with new perspectives.

Plus, you'll gain invaluable resources from the country's only accredited Human Sexuality Studies graduate program. You'll grow your knowledge and network in this exciting new field that undergraduates rarely have access to.

Encouraged by professors who create an inclusive classroom, you'll engage in research, internships, travel, and community service opportunities to fully explore how issues of gender and sexuality affect us all.

Program Options

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Students may earn a BSW/BA in social work/gender, women, & sexuality studies.

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Widener's pre-professional pathways give you the flexibility to follow your interests while preparing for a professional career.

Gender, women, and sexuality studies majors can participate in the following pathways:

Program Highlights

An education in gender, women, and sexuality studies will enhance your critical thinking skills and give you well-rounded insight into the rich diversity of human experience.

Gender Resources

Unparalleled Sexualities Resources

Because Widener houses the only accredited master's and PhD programs in Human Sexuality Studies in the country, you'll have access to resources most undergrads only dream of. From the extensive Sexuality Archives to the Sexuality and Aging conference, you'll be at the forefront of groundbreaking research as early as your freshman year.

Gender Flexible Program

A Flexible Program

Create a major that fits your goals. GWS courses draw from 10 disciplines across the university, making it easy to double-major in anything from English to economics to social work. With options to study abroad, participate in civic engagement projects, and conduct independent research, you'll constantly be engaging in meaningful, real-world experiences.

Faculty Who Invest in Your Success

GWS faculty come from many distinct disciplines, so you'll have mentors that bring their unique expertise to the field of gender, women, and sexuality studies. Faculty have helped mentor students' conference presentations, find internships, do summer research, set up events on campus, and even appear on NPR. Anything is possible.

Clubs & Organizations

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside of campus to expand their network, including the Iota Iota Iota - Women & Gender Studies National Honor Society, the Q&A Queer Zine, and many more.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Gender, women, & sexuality studies affect all aspects of modern life. With an interdisciplinary education in GWS at Widener, you'll be prepared to bring an informed knowledge of diverse human experiences to any career you take on.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Public administration
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Guidance counselor
  • Business management and consulting
  • Social work

Any & All Careers

There might not be one "GWS industry" but ALL industries now realize the importance of gender and sexuality concerns at work, and they want to hire employees who understand these issues.

Recent Employers

  • Axia Women's Health
  • United States Army
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

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