Gender and Women's Studies

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Gender and 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

85% employed or continuing education

55% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

4% volunteering

$36,509 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Crystal Finishing Systems, Courage Connection, Becker's Healthcare View All

Sample grad school destinations: DePaul University, College of Law, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770