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Graduate Career Ready with Gender Studies

Put your Gender Studies minor to work pursuing a career that interests and challenges you. Gender Studies students understand systems of power and inequity and the impacts they have on our culture, our institutions, and on each of us individually. They learn to research and contextualize information, producing sharp, insightful analyses and evidence-based conclusions.  

Gender Studies students show the kind of deep cultural understanding and leadership that is required for clear-sighted, problem-solving analyses of our past and present to create a better future. Perhaps most important of all, our students are educated beyond a narrow curriculum geared towards a specific job; instead, they are poised for success across an increasingly wide array of career opportunities.

Explore the ways to use your Gender Studies education during a career conversation with the Center for Career Readiness.

Gender Studies at Work

UNC Gender Studies graduates pursue careers in companies and organizations around the country. Among our alumni, you will see many working in these industries:

  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education/Student Affairs
  • Government Administration
  • Nonprofits
  • Social Services
  • Law
  • Healthcare
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Research Analysis

UNC Alumni Careers

Using their Gender Studies minor, UNC alumni go on to successful careers in a variety of interesting and in-demand professions. Learn more about the popular professions these and other alumni are pursuing.

Office and Administrative Support

Alumni working in office and administrative support professions use their transferrable skills to cross over many industries in positions that range from clerical to customer service.



While many alumni working in education-related roles may be teachers, several others use their degree and training in an educational services roles like instructional design.


Social and Community Services

Alumni are committed to serving and supporting their communities. Through non profit, social services and public sector work, alumni coordinate and direct programs, outreach and services to improve the lives of others.


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On Demand Resources and Support

Access recorded alumni career panels and LinkedIn tutorials to strengthen your network and professional connections to the UNC Bear Network.

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Alumni Spotlight

Rosie Glaser

What's Next: Rosie Glaser is now a Master of Public Health candidate studying Community Health Education at the Colorado School of Public Health and a Graduate Assistant at UNC's Center for Women's and Gender Equity

Rosie Glaser '21

Recent graduate, Rosie Glaser, was a recipient of the Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Award and scholarship due to her dedication to community engagement and contribution,  personal growth and development, and philanthropy. As an undergraduate Human Services and Gender Studies student, Rosie began working in partnership with the Center for Women's and Gender Equity and the Office of Health Promotion on a campus-wide initiative titled "Project M.E.". This project seeks to provide UNC students with increased access to menstrual products by converting preexisting menstrual product dispensers from a coin operated model to a free model. She also worked as the sexual health peer educator in UNC's Office of Health Promotion and as an event planner for the University Program Council. Amidst their various committments as an undergraduate student, Rosie dedicated her time and efforts to serving UNC's students and to making UNC an inclusive learning environment.During their undergraduate career, Rosie was interviewed by the Gender Studies department. Check out the full interview here.

Gender Studies Alumni: Update your career information through the alumni association.