Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (B.A./B. S.)

Why Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at NIU?

Our courses focus on issues of power, identity and inequality locally, nationally and internationally. You will leave the program with skills to fight for equity and inclusion with integrity and skills to be good stewards of your community. Our classes include analytical, reflective, creative and activist projects. You'll collaborate and create dynamic learning communities in which marginalized students experience a sense of belonging and shared purpose.

Careers with a Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Degree

With your Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies degree, you can find careers in many areas including advocacy, social services, human resources, community development, business, government, education, health care practice and law. Alumni have found work as diversity and inclusion administrators, sexual violence researchers and LGBT social service agencies to name a few. Learn more about potential careers that you can pursue with your degree.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Faculty

Study with award-winning faculty specialists in intersectional, feminist theory and LGBTQ+ studies. Our joint appointed faculty conduct research in areas including:

  • LGBTQ+ U.S. history
  • Gender and climate justice
  • Women in STEM
  • Women of color feminisms
  • TransLatina migration

You'll also benefit from having classes and engaging learning experiences with a large group of associated and affiliated faculty from departments across the university.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

You’ll have exciting opportunities to showcase your writing, creativity and critical thinking in the classroom and in engaging learning activities. Present your research and class projects at our annual Research Symposium.

Our faculty provide mentorship through opportunities such as the Research, Engagement and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant. You can also pursue internships, study abroad and publish and present your work.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies scholarships are also available for engaged students.

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