Career Prospects

Opportunities for Job Placement of Graduates
The employment in academic and non-academic positions in the United States and globally of the Feminist Studies D.E. graduate students seems to provide a strong indication that its Ph.D. students would similarly find employment.  Approximately 20% work outside of Academia, and the others are employed in tenure-track jobs. (See Appendix 2, earlier)

Academic Opportunities
Measurable trends in the academic job market have demonstrated a clear and sustained growth in the number of women’s/feminist/gender studies jobs available. Significantly, a growing intellectual interest in transnational feminist studies and in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of gender exists.  The UCSC program emphasizes both these foci and will produce graduate students trained to teach not only in Feminist Studies departments but also in a variety of fields concerned with the wide-ranging implications of feminist research.   

Non-Academic Employment
The proposed UCSC graduate program is also uniquely situated to provide intellectual training in policy, human rights, and other non-governmental research, to name a few select areas, and is thus capable of meeting the new demand for professionals with Women’s Studies degrees in public and private sector agencies. Students who terminate their graduate studies with a Master’s degree will be qualified for positions that do not require a Ph.D. in media, health education, judicial reform, public policy, and human rights research and advocacy.  

Feminist Studies graduates will have the same strengths as other holders of advanced degrees in the humanities, including strong research and writing skills, and working knowledge of a foreign language.  The transnational scope of the program will give graduates an edge in a search for careers in non-governmental organizations, human rights organizations, and in development policy, especially as women’s issues and gender mainstreaming have become priorities in the wake of the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing.   

The departmental emphasis on praxis and social change along with the expertise yielded by intensive dissertation projects will strengthen students’ preparation for opportunities outside of academe.  Feminist Studies Ph.D. graduates will be prepared to pursue careers in fields such as: 1) technical, corporate, and non-profit writing; journalism; academic publishing; editing; and translation; 2) non-profit organizations, foundations, and museums; and 3) educational consulting, university development, and communications.