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Gender & Women's Studies

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What is Gender & Women's Studies?

Gender and Women’s Studies explores, analyzes, and challenges the ways gender shapes people’s lives. In this major, you’ll learn how assumptions about gender difference influence many aspects of social and political life. You will learn about different forms of inequality in the workforce, education and scientific research. You’ll also analyze how race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and physical ability shape gender inequality. You’ll gain the skills to spark change and work for justice.

Career Options

  • Civil rights
  • Community health
  • Counseling
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Social justice
  • Social work
  • Victim advocacy

Post-Graduation Success1

84% employed or continuing education

47% employed after graduation

32% attending graduate school

5% volunteering

Insufficient survey data is available for average starting annual income.

Sample employer destinations: Teach for America, Strategy Lending Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Women's Resource Center

Sample grad school destinations: DePaul University, College of Law, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 31 ACT Score

1170 - 1440 SAT Score

3.20 - 3.74 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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