Department ofWomen's & Gender Studies
Find Your Path
Welcoming. Enlightening. Hopeful. Exciting. These are just a few of the words our students use to describe their experiences in the Women's and Gender Studies department.
Wondering what your path might look like as a Women's and Gender Studies major? Hear from a few of our students on what the department means to them.
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What can you do with a degree in Women's & Gender Studies?
By the time they complete their degree, Women's and Gender Studies students are subject experts in the areas of gender, intersectionality, and equity, with an understanding of what it takes to empower themselves and others to become change makers. This makes them highly competitive on the job market, as employers increasingly seek candidates with intersectional expertise.
Career fields include:
- Law and Politics
- Not-For-Profit and Advocacy Work
See Our Teaching in Action
“The Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Studies” Conference
In the Spring of 2023, students in Dr. Ruth Osorio’s “History of US Women’s Activism” class organized and convened a conference celebrating the past, present, and future of Women’s Studies at ODU.
Students Create Online Map that Highlights Virginia Women’s STEM Contributions
A women in technology class, taught by Ruth Osorio, created a map with pinned entries detailing the contributions of women in Virginia to the science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Refugee Studies Research: Learning by helping
A service-learning course, sponsored by ODU's Women's and Gender Studies department, focused on learning about refugee communities, researching the complex issues they navigate and helping them resettle in Hampton Roads.
Tidewater Queer History Project
Tidewater Queer History Project is an academic/community partnership. A dedicated group of core volunteers works to collect and preserve LGBTQ history in and around Hampton Roads, Virginia.
We are a community that cares deeply about social justice in every aspect of life.