Study Gender Studies. Do Anything.
What can I do with a Gender Studies major?
As an interdisciplinary program grounded in the liberal arts, Gender Studies cultivates knowledge and skills that prepare students to live and think in a complex world. Notre Dame Gender Studies graduates are flourishing all over the U.S. and beyond, in a wide range of careers.
For Arts & Letters students, a degree in Gender Studies opens up career paths in areas like education, law, health, public service, communications, and the arts. Our alumni work as physicians, attorneys, researchers, policymakers, communications professionals, nonprofit administrators, social workers, teachers and professors, artists and writers, and in many other jobs that serve the common good.
For students in Science, Engineering, and Business, a minor or second major in Gender Studies cultivates the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that employers value most and prepares students to be innovators and transformative leaders in their primary areas of work.
Across all fields and industries, Gender Studies students are poised to address the problems of work in the world today, and to be leaders in transforming industries and workplaces in ways that are more equitable, inclusive, and just.
Skills you'll learn
- Strong commitment to social justice and change
- Critical thinking and analytical reasoning
- Effective and authentic oral communication
- Advanced research and writing
- Ability to apply knowledge to real-world problems
- Ethical judgment and decision making
- Collaborative and innovative problem-solving
- Ability to communicate meaningfully across differences
94% of recent Notre Dame Gender Studies majors found full-time employment, enrolled in graduate school, entered service programs, or launched independent projects within six months of graduation.
Note: Outcomes data comes from First Destination reports, a survey of recent graduates conducted by the Notre Dame Center for Career Development and Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research. Status is known for more than 90% of each graduating class.
Independent projects include internships and gap year activities such as writing a novel, making a film or fine arts project, traveling the world, caring for a family member, etc.