Women’s Studies

Women's Studies BS
Women’s Studies explores the intersection of identity, social power, and privilege. Concerned with how societies “construct” inequality and social bias, Women’s Studies analyzes every aspect of our lives through a critical lens, without filtering out impacts of socio-political inequalities, and lived experiences of women and their families. With cross-listed courses in anthropology, communications, government, history, psychology, sociology, women’s health, and more fields, students can approach Women’s Studies from almost any direction. Alongside the U.S. history of women and feminist movement, “transnational” feminism offers a wider comparative study of: constructions of gender across cultures; the legal and political standing of women and marginalized populations; the nature and impacts of gender-based violence, mass migration, militarization, climate change, food insecurity and other contemporary challenges on the physical, social and political wellbeing of women around the globe.
Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Minor

Degree Options

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You want to translate your curiosities, experiences, passions and interests into actionable and meaningful work.
  • You seek out inclusive environments, with persons of different backgrounds, cultures, and races to understand their points of view.
  • You are passionate about gender equity, human rights, and social justice.
  • You want to explore how gender and sexuality play a role in culture, the arts, literature, health, politics, the sciences, law, and education.
  • You see yourself as a change agent in this world!


  • Gender, Diversity and the Media
  • Gender and Politics
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Women and the Criminal Justice System
  • Women’s Health Issues

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

  • American Cancer Society, Inc.
  • U.S. Department of State
  • The Borgen Project
  • Super Purposes LLC

Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Law school
  • Graduate school to study homeland security, forensic psychology, library and information science, sociol work, or women’s, gender, and sexuality studies
Communications, Consulting, Management, Non-Profit, Risk Analysis, Social Service

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This program is housed in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
 at Penn State University Park.
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