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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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While completing university core requirements, Aiden Colburn developed an interest in the social sciences, which led him to major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Read more here.

Majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Purdue University offers courses that critically assess the historical and social context attached to the categories of “man” and “woman,” as well as the importance of gender identities. Courses provide students with the opportunity to examine the role and politics of sexuality and to question the practices that put those who reject or fall outside of standard gender labels at a disadvantage. Students engage on issues central to feminism, promote equality for all people regardless of the way they express their gender or sexuality, and nurture academic research and scholarly inquiry.

Upon completion of the program, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality majors may choose graduate school or employment in an industry, which may or may not be related to their studies. Student experiences have included:

  • Social Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Teacher
  • Non-profit Administration/Management
  • Graduate or Professional School

Average Starting Salary: $42,041

All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages.
  • Understanding of intersections, both within the United States and globally, as they pertain to gender, class, age, etc.
  • Strong cross-cultural knowledge and understanding of commonality, differences, and diversity throughout many disciplines.
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups.

Students majoring in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to:


  • Indiana Department of Child Services
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Stimulus Engineering
  • Teach for America

Graduate School

  • University of Hawaii - Manoa
  • University of Maryland
  • Purdue University
  • Kent State University

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