Gender & Women's Studies


What is Gender & Women's Studies?

Gender and Women’s Studies explores, analyzes, and challenges the ways gender shapes people’s lives. As a Gender and Women’s Studies student, you’ll learn how assumptions about gender difference saturate many aspects of social and political life as well as create different forms of inequality in the workforce, education, cultural production, scientific research, and resource allocation in both public and private institutions. You’ll also analyze how race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and physical ability shape gender inequality. Ultimately, you’ll gain the skills to effectively initiate 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


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


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