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Department of Women's & Gender StudiesCareer Paths

What can you do with a degree in Women's & Gender Studies?

Graduates in Women's and Gender Studies pursue a range of career paths following graduation. 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. Additionally, our students develop key professional skills, including leadership, self-reflection, communication, and community building competencies. Our graduates are equipped to think critically, and from multiple angles, about the most complex issues facing our societies today, applying conceptual knowledge towards social transformation.

See Where Our Alumni Are Now

Symone Mercado

Symone Mercado

Symone works for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington D.C. as a contractor. (More)

Jermia Huff

Jermia Huff

Jermia works in education, as a district assessment coordinator for the GED program in Washington D.C. (More)

Laura Castro

Laura Castro

Laura is a consultant and advisor on international relations, development, gender, and immigrant rights. (More)

Career fields for graduates in Women’s & Gender Studies include:


  • Diversity and Inclusion Managers
  • Events Leaders
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Leadership and Talent Developers
  • Project Managers
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
  • Union Organizing


  • Academic Success Directors
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Education Managers
  • English as a Second Language Teachers
  • Intervention Specialists
  • Librarians
  • Professors

Law & Politics

  • Attorneys
  • Human Rights Advocates
  • Lobbyists
  • Mediators
  • Policy Analysts
  • Political Aides


  • Communications Specialists
  • Cultural Interpreters
  • Editors / Editorial Assistants
  • Graphic Designers
  • News Anchors and Producers
  • Media Analysts
  • Public Relations Managers
  • Public Speakers and Podcasters
  • Social Media Coordinators
  • Writers


  • Health Care Providers and Administrators
  • Medical Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Public Health Advocates
  • Therapists

Not-For-Profit & Advocacy Work

  • Not-For-Profit Coordinators and Founders
  • Human Services Managers
  • Refugee Resettlement Coordinators
  • Social Workers
  • Social Services Supervisors
  • Volunteer Coordinators
  • Victims' Advocates
  • Veteran Affairs Coordinators

Shamina Singh

Our Alumni

Shamina Singh

Shamina Singh is the President of the Center of Inclusive Growth and Executive Vice President of Sustainability at Mastercard. She is a graduate from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in Women's Studies. In this video, Singh shares her journey and some advice with ODU students.

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