Students who major or minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UWL can be characterized as people who want to make a difference. The vast majority of our students want, in particular, to help people, and therefore tend to gravitate to the helping professions, especially those in health, education, and social services.
Most of our students come to us with these desires. They stay with us because they find that Women's Studies helps them figure out how to do it, develops their confidence that they can do it, and helps them assess ways to place what can be very demanding work into a balance with their personal lives.
Our students learn that their desire to make a difference can happen at many levels, from the individual, to the community or the workplace, to the society or the culture. Making a difference can also happen anywhere, not just in the helping professions. Difference-making also uses a broad range of skills, thus providing a niche for a broad range of people.
In other words, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers infinitely flexible programs.
Career Services at UWL! Your first stop!
Social Science Grad School Night (usually in October each year) -- Information packet
Don't assume this! We repeat: DO NOT ASSUME THIS! Most graduate program provide at least two mechanisms to help you afford to be in graduate school: fee remissions (ie, your department pays your tuition or a portion of it); and stipends (for performing a variety of jobs that grad students have the expertise to do). ASK US! We're happy to explain how this works.
Note: This list includes ONLY national scholarships! Most graduate programs have an array of financial options, including sometimes scholarships only for grad students admitted to their own programs, so be sure to ask the school to which you're applying about their options.
Applying to graduate school takes a lot of time, energy and money. Students should start planning during their junior year (if not earlier!). There is a lot of useful information below. Be sure to read it before seeing your advisor.
WHAT ARE GRADUATE SCHOOLS LOOKING FOR?
Graduate schools are looking for strong students with the initiative and ability to do graduate work. In particular, they need to know that YOU know why you want that particular degree. Internship and/or research experience is valued because it signals a graduate school that you have a clue about your future endeavors. Strong grades and strong evaluations also play a major role. Strong GREs can secure a spot; however, poor GREs (if offset by other strong records) will not usually harm a student.
Shamelessly swiped and adapted from UWL's Psychology website. Thanks to Dr. Morgan for permission.
1. Start with
UWL CAREER SERVICES.
2. Understand what your major/minor have helped you develop:
Michigan State's website has a very good summary here
See which of these apply to you.
3. Investigate These Resources on the Web:
The World Wide Web offers many career and job resources. Here is a sampling of sites that may help your job search. Before you use any of these resources, though, be sure to read the caveats below.
4. Be aware of these caveats & tips for WEB-based searching:
5. Find Salary Information:
Shamelessly swiped and adapted from UWL's Psychology Advising website. Thanks to Dr. Morgan for permission.