Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies

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The Women’s and Gender Studies Department at New Jersey City University molds students into critical thinkers who have a sophisticated understanding of how gender shapes the human experience.

Women's studies courses have traditionally been designed to challenge the biases of traditional disciplines by giving attention to women's roles, women's history and traditions of feminist thought. Our coursework addresses those issues and goes beyond them, exploring how race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, class, culture, and sexuality combine with gender in shaping our lives, our options and our different worlds.

Our bachelor of arts program prepares students for an array of career opportunities. Students develop a complex understanding of social, political, economic and cultural issues, making them highly valuable members of their communities and workplaces. Those who chose to pursue graduate work in this discipline or another are prepared for the rigors of intellectual inquiry and analysis.

A minor in women’s and gender studies adds depth and perspective that enhances any program of study. Students hoping to pursue careers in health care, business or education will become better health care workers, managers and teachers with a deeper understanding of how gender influences organizations and people. Women’s and gender studies is an approved co-major for the early childhood education and elementary education programs.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department faculty members have a diverse range of research specialties, including Latina/o identity and politics, working-class and gender identity in visual pop culture, and gender and immigration. They are committed to building an inclusive learning environment to support student success.


A 2010 survey conducted for the Association of American Colleges and Universities in the wake of the economic downturn found that employers were most interested in hiring college graduates with “a broad range of skills and knowledge” as well as in-depth knowledge within their major. As an interdisciplinary field, Women’s and Gender Studies provides its graduates with this highly marketable background.

Women’s and Gender Studies graduates are sophisticated critical thinkers, they are able to synthesize different kinds of information, and they can easily apply academic knowledge to real world situations—skills that are valued by many prospective employers. WGST graduates also have a complex understanding of national, transnational, and global issues as well as a specialized knowledge of women’s experiences and of social, political, economic, and cultural issues facing women and other historically marginalized people. Women’s and Gender Studies graduates at NJCU have pursued a variety of careers including:

  • Education (Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education)
  • Health Services • Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
  • Psychological Services and Counseling
  • Public Administration
  • Community Organizing
  • Political Consulting
  • Public Advocacy
  • Law

Students have also advanced to graduate programs in history, sociology, human rights and global studies, sociology, English, and creative writing.


Building on its diverse urban location, the mission of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at New Jersey City University is to teach theoretical and applied knowledge that focuses on gender in relation to other social dynamics such as race, class, and sexuality. Through an integrated interdisciplinary curriculum students will use gender and feminist analysis to understand the construction of individual identities and social systems within local and global contexts.


Click the button below for suggested courses to follow and complete, term-by-term, to make it easier to understand how to graduate in four years within your major. Degree Maps are used to assist you and your advisor with planning your academic path to graduation. Use this guide to discuss your academic plan and course selections with your advisor.

It is important to note that each student's specific program of study could, and likely will, look different. At NJCU, our goal is to customize the Degree Map to fit your situation. Consult with your advisor for the path that is best for you. 



Jacqueline Ellis (jellis@njcu.edu)
Karnoutsos Hall, Room 505