April Maguire 6 min read Applying to College, College Lists

The List of All U.S Colleges With a Gender Studies/Gender and Sexuality Studies Major

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Sometimes called gender and sexuality studies, gender studies focuses on the relationship between the sexes along with the ways in which gender is a social and cultural construct. Additionally, students will examine the interplay between gender and other facets of identity, including race, religion, and sexuality. The goal is to help students gain a more thorough understanding of gender and how it affects our relationships both personally and professionally.

 

Although women’s and gender studies programs only emerged on the scene in the 1970s, they’re now a common feature at top school throughout the U.S. and beyond. This rise in popularity means that prospective gender studies majors have an array of options when it comes to choosing a college or university. Read on to discover the benefits of pursuing a gender studies degree, along with tips on how to optimize your applicant profile and gain admission to your school of choice.

 

Why Should You Major in Gender Studies in College?

 

A gender studies program can help prepare students for success in a wide range of disciplines. As part of your coursework, you’ll learn to think critically about established practices and beliefs with regard to gender. Additionally, you’ll develop your research skills and expand your talent for communicating ideas both verbally and through writing.

 

While few companies and organizations advertise their need for gender studies graduates, the truth is that the skills learned in this field can prepare students to succeed in a wide range of disciplines and may even impact their ability to take on leadership roles down the line. Whatever career you choose, you’ll need to learn how to work well with others and navigate interpersonal relationships. A gender studies degree prepares you to interact with and manage people from a wide range of races and backgrounds. According to Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, gender studies majors pursue gainful employment in public health, journalism, politics, film, and education, among other fields.

 

How Can You Boost Your Odds of Getting Accepted Into a Gender Studies Program?

 

There’s no one high school curriculum that can guarantee you acceptance into a gender studies program. Still, aspiring GS majors can take steps now to become more attractive college candidates down the line. Demonstrate your passion for the subject by taking classes in women’s history or literature while you’re still in high school. If you attend a smaller school with a limited curriculum, you may be able to design an independent study program that lets you explore your interest in the field.

 

Of course, getting into a gender studies program isn’t just about the classes you take. Students can also convey their enthusiasm by pursuing volunteer work in a related field. For example, you might want to spend time helping out at a shelter for homeless women or volunteering at a local advocacy organization that prioritizes gender equality. You could even start a gender studies club at your high school to explore issues affecting your own student body.

 

Additionally, students can boost their odds of getting into a gender and sexuality studies program by seeking expert advice while still in high school. At CollegeVine, we created our Early Advising Program to help high school freshmen and sophomores get a head start on their academic goals. We pair students with expert personal advisors who can help them on their journeys. From providing a custom roadmap for academics and activities to helping students narrow down their college lists, you can count on CollegeVine’s mentors to be there every step of the way.

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What Colleges Have a Gender Studies Major?

 

Wondering what schools to consider for your future as a gender studies major? Below is a complete list of U.S. colleges and universities with a program in this field:

 

American University

Amherst College

Antioch University

Appalachian State University

Augsburg University

Ball State University | BSU

Beloit College

Biola University

Bowdoin College

Bowling Green State University | BGSU

Brandeis University

Brown University

Bryn Mawr College

Bucknell University

Butler University

Cabrini University

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona | Cal Poly Pomona

California State University, Bakersfield | CSU Bakersfield

California State University, Chico | CSU Chico

California State University, East Bay | CSU East Bay

California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach State

California State University, Northridge | CSUN

California State University, Stanislaus | Stanislaus State

Carleton College

Carlow University

Castleton University

Central Michigan University | CMU

Central Washington University | CWU

Clark University

Coe College

Colby College

College of St. Benedict | CSB

College of Staten Island | CUNY CSI

College of the Holy Cross | Holy Cross

College of William & Mary | William & Mary

College of Wooster

Colorado College

Connecticut College

Cornell College

Cornell University

Davidson College

Denison University

DePaul University

DePauw University

Dickinson College

Dominican University (Illinois)

Duke University

Duquesne University

Earlham College

Eastern Connecticut State University | ECSU

Eastern Michigan University | EMU

Eastern Washington University | EWU

Eckerd College

Florida International University | FIU

Georgetown University

Gettysburg College

Goucher College

Governors State University

Grand Valley State University | GVSU

Grinnell College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamilton College

Hanover College

Harvard University

Hobart and William Smith Colleges | HWS

Hollins University

Humboldt State University | HSU

Illinois Wesleyan University

Indiana University Bloomington | Indiana

John Jay College of Criminal Justice | CUNY John Jay

Kalamazoo College

Keene State College

Knox College

La Sierra University | LSU

Lake Erie College

Lawrence University

Loyola Marymount University | LMU

Marquette University

Mills College

Minnesota State University Moorhead | MSUM

Minnesota State University, Mankato | MNSU

Mount Holyoke College

New England College | NEC

North Carolina Central University | NCCU

North Carolina State University | NC State

Northeastern Illinois University | NEIU

Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Ohio University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Baptist University | OBU

Pace University

Pacific University

Pomona College

Portland State University | PSU

Prescott College

Ramapo College of New Jersey | RCNJ

Regis University

Rhode Island College | RIC

Rice University

Rollins College

Roosevelt University

Rutgers University–Camden

Saint Mary’s College (Indiana)

Saint Mary’s College of California | St. Mary’s

San Diego State University | SDSU

San Jose State University | SJSU

Scripps College

Seton Hall University

Sewanee: The University of the South | Sewanee

Simmons College

Skidmore College

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania | SRU

Smith College

Sonoma State University | SSU

Southern Illinois University Carbondale | SIU

St. Cloud State University | SCSU

St. Michael’s College

Stanford University

State University of New York at New Paltz | SUNY New Paltz

State University of New York at Oneonta | SUNY Oneonta

State University of New York at Oswego | SUNY Oswego

State University of New York at Plattsburgh | SUNY Plattsburgh

State University of New York at Potsdam | SUNY Potsdam

State University of New York at Purchase | SUNY Purchase

Stonehill College

Swarthmore College

Temple University

Tennessee Wesleyan University | TWU

The College at Brockport, State University of New York | SUNY Brockport

The Ohio State University | OSU

The State University of New York at Albany | SUNY Albany

The State University of New York at Binghamton | SUNY Binghamton

The State University of New York at Buffalo | SUNY Buffalo

The State University of New York at Geneseo | SUNY Geneseo

The State University of New York at Stony Brook | SUNY Stony Brook

Trinity College

Tufts University

Tulane University

Union College (New York)

University of Arizona

University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

University of California, Davis | UC Davis

University of California, Irvine | UC Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA

University of California, Riverside | UC Riverside

University of California, San Diego | UCSD

University of Central Florida | UCF

University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati

University of Dayton

University of Denver

University of Hawaii at Hilo | UH Hilo

University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Mary Washington | UMW

University of Maryland, Baltimore County | UMBC

University of Maryland, College Park | Maryland

University of Massachusetts Boston | UMass Boston

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth | UMass Dartmouth

University of Michigan

University of Michigan–Dearborn | UM-D

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Minnesota

University of Montana

University of Nebraska Omaha | UNO

University of Nebraska–Lincoln | UNL

University of Nevada, Las Vegas | UNLV

University of North Carolina at Greensboro | UNC Greensboro

University of North Dakota | UND

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania | UPenn

University of Pittsburgh | Pitt

University of Puget Sound

University of Redlands

University of Rhode Island | URI

University of Richmond

University of Rochester

University of Southern California | USC

University of Southern Maine | USM

University of Texas at Austin | UT Austin

University of Toledo

University of Tulsa

University of Vermont | UVM

University of Virginia | UVA

Vanderbilt University

Villanova University

Virginia Commonwealth University | VCU

Wake Forest University

Washington and Jefferson College | W&J

Washington State University | WSU

Washington University in St. Louis | WashU

Wayne State University | WSU

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University

West Virginia University | WVU

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Western Washington University | WWU

Westfield State University

Wheaton College (Massachusetts)

Willamette University

 

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April Maguire
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A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC, April Maguire taught freshman composition while earning her degree. Over the years, she has worked as a writer, editor, tutor, and content manager. Currently, she operates a freelance writing business and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three rowdy cats.