As an interdisciplinary field, Women’s and Gender Studies trains students to use various research tools and theoretical approaches to problem-solving.
Students at New Jersey City University can pursue a major, minor, or co-major in Women’s and Gender Studies. Together, professors and students examine how gender shapes the human experience. We use an intersectional perspective that understands gender is affected by race, religion, ethnicity, class, ability, culture, citizenship, age, and sexuality.
A degree in Women’s and Gender Studies ensures students are able to ask incisive questions, think innovatively about solutions, ground their ideas in real world application, and work cooperatively with people holding different points of view.
In a 2013 study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, employers reported that a job candidate’s ability to demonstrate innovation and critical thinking were pivotal in their hiring decisions. In fact, they noted, “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.”
Women’s and Gender Studies students learn these marketable skills. Students who major or minor in Women’s and Gender Studies develop a complex understanding of social, political, economic and cultural issues making them highly valuable members of their communities and workplaces. Our graduates are sophisticated critical thinkers: they can synthesize different kinds of information and apply academic knowledge to real world situations. Because our curriculum includes diverse forms of assessment (ex. academic essays, oral presentations, video production, role-playing, social media posting, etc.), Women’s and Gender Studies students practice communicating complex ideas to a variety of audiences. Those who choose to pursue graduate work are prepared for the rigors of intellectual inquiry and analysis.
A major (36 credits) in Women’s and Gender Studies readies students to work in diverse settings. Some of our graduates have pursued a variety of careers including:
A minor (18 credits) in Women’s and Gender Studies enhances any program of study. Students hoping to pursue careers in health care, social work, business, criminal justice, education, etc. will become better health care workers, counselors, managers, teachers, and community leaders who understand how gender influences social life.
Women’s and Gender Studies is an approved co-major for the Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education programs.
A hallmark of the Women’s and Gender Studies degree at NJCU is the internship requirement, which gives students the ability to apply course concepts to real-life environments. In an increasingly competitive job market, an internship is great way to gain experience before graduating while networking with professionals in a desired field.
Faculty members in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department have a diverse range of research specialties including Latinx identity and politics, working-class and gender identity in visual pop culture, Black women’s leadership, and reproductive justice. They are committed to building an inclusive learning environment to support student success.