Career Development

Gender Studies

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Gender Studies, and find out about program requirements, courses, and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Women's Studies major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Strong reading comprehension, writing and speaking skills
  • Ability to observe and analyze introspectively
  • Sensitivity to & understanding the needs and emotions of others
  • Evaluates and solves problems
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Ability to interact with people of varying genders, races, ages & backgrounds
  • Critical thinking
  • Listening to others’ thoughts and ideas
  • Insight to deal effectively with people
  • Research
  • Communicating between cultures
  • Organizing and testing ideas
  • Planning and administering programs
  • Connecting with communities


  • Advocate
  • Archivist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Career Counselor
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Community Service Agency Director
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Editor
  • Financial Planner
  • Foundation Administrator
  • Fund Raiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Health Care Practitioner
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Job Developer
  • Journalist
  • Law Enforcement
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Planned Parenthood Counselor
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Sexual Abuse/Sexual Assault Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator
  • Women's Rights Activist


  • Not-for-Profit
  • Community Agencies
  • Government Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Law Firms
  • Foundations
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Counseling Centers
  • Public Relations Firms
  • TV, Radio & Cable Broadcast Companies
  • News Agencies
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Publishing Houses
  • Museums
  • Corporations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - National Women's Studies Association - U.S. Department of Labor for Women - Workplace links - National Council for Research on Women - National Council of Women's Organizations - National Organization for Women - Calculate what your job is worth - American Association of University Women - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Feminist Majority Foundation Career Center - Search for Jobs and Volunteer opportunities - Career & Business Opportunities Nonprofit site, internships and jobs  - Social Service jobs - Jobs and internship – Jobs in higher education - Career information and job board

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  9/15

Career Information & Job Links

Acquired Skills, Career Titles & Organizations

Program Requirements



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8-Semester Graduation Plans

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