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What can I do with this degree?

A degree in Gender and Women’s Studies prepares you for careers in a variety of fields, as well as for professional schools or graduate programs. Graduates can work as consultants, policy analysts, and officers in government and para-governmental organizations, in business and industry, and in educational institutions. The fields you might enter include employment equity, public administration, health care, work place conditions, personnel relations, publishing and editorial work, and public relations.

With a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies, and the ability to think critically and solve problems collaboratively, you’ll be ready to contribute to society by challenging some of its most deeply embedded and regressive ideas, and by prompting change within your chosen career.

Here are just a few of the careers paths you might take after graduating from the Gender and Women’s Studies program (some may require further studies):

  • social worker or counsellor
  • teacher in elementary or high school
  • instructor or professor in university/college
  • lawyer, specializing in women's rights, human rights, family law, or other area
  • researcher in a government department
  • project manager in a non-governmental organization (NGO)
  • program coordinator in a women’s center
  • financial planner, with a focus on women’s finances
  • policy analyst in a governmental or para-governmental organization, perhaps as an employment equity officer or public administrator
  • policy analyst in business and industry or in educational institutions
  • writer, publisher, or editor
  • filmmaker
  • actor

Future studies

If you’re interested in a preparatory degree, Dal’s Gender and Women’s Studies program provides you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need for professional schools and programs in the fields of education, social work, counselling, journalism, the health professions, and certain areas of law.

It also provides preparation for graduate programs in interdisciplinary studies, cultural studies, and educational studies, as well as in gender and women’s studies. To be ready for graduate work, you should choose one of the four-year degree program options at Dal.

After graduating from Dal’s Gender and Women’s Studies program, you could continue in one of the following areas:

  • a Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • a Juris Doctor (JD) or Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • a Bachelor of Social Work
  • a Master of Arts in Journalism, International Development Studies, History, English or another master’s program in the Faculty of Social Sciences, depending on your combined major or honours
  • a Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies