Women's Studies

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
2,929
declining 1.05%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,792
growing 0.0257%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$47,730
growing 4.9%
Average Wage
$83,407
growing 10.7%
People in Workforce
183,172
growing 9.75%
Average Employee Age
41.6
growing 2.03%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Women's Studies degree recipients are Madison, WI, , and New York, NY. The locations with a relatively high number of Women's Studies degree recipients are Ashland, WI, Berea, KY, and Gambier, OH. The most common degree awarded to students studying Women's Studies is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Women's Studies and the types of students that study this field. University of Wisconsin-Madison awards the most degrees in Women's Studies in the US, but Hartford Seminary and Spelman College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Women's Studies.

Tuition costs for Women's Studies majors are, on average, $7,792 for in-state public colleges, and $47,730 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Women's Studies programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (186 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (2,020 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Women's Studies, is Public, 4-year or above (2,020 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,792
Median In-State Public
$47,730
Median Out of State Private

University of Wisconsin-Madison has the most Women's Studies degree recipients, with 153 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 20%
  2. 4.73%
  3. 3.15%

Out of all institutions that offer Women's Studies programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Hartford Seminary and Spelman College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Women's Studies, with 20% and 4.73%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Women's Studies

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Women's Studies by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Women's Studies.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Cultural & Gender Studies graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Cultural & Gender Studies majors is $83,407 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Postsecondary teachers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$83,407
Average Wage in Workforce
± $5,452
10.7%
1 Year Growth
± 8.31%

The average salary for Cultural & Gender Studies majors is $83,407 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Postsecondary teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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Occupations

Most Common

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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183,172
2019 Workforce
± 10,501
9.75%
1 Year Growth
± 7.57%

The number of Cultural & Gender Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 9.75%, from 166,893 in 2018 to 183,172 in 2019.

The largest single share of Cultural & Gender Studies graduates go on to work as Other managers (5.39%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Cultural & Gender Studies by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Industries by Share

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183,172
2019 Workforce
± 10,501
9.75%
1 Year Growth
± 7.57%

The number of Cultural & Gender Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 9.75%, from 166,893 in 2018 to 183,172 in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Cultural & Gender Studies graduates by share is Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Cultural & Gender Studies.

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Specialty Locations

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Cultural & Gender Studies in the United States. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Cultural & Gender Studies is 41.6, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Cultural & Gender Studies degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Cultural & Gender Studies (1,655 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Women's Studies is from the 2 Digit Course Cultural & Gender Studies.
41.6
Average Age in 2019
± 0.73 Years
2.03%
1 Year Change
± 2.5%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Cultural & Gender Studies. The most common ages of employees with this major are 29 and 32 years old, which represent 4.7% and 3.91% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Women's Studies are Bachelors Degree, < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate, and Postbaccalaureate Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Cultural & Gender Studies are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (92.5%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,655 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    471 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    258 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Women's Studies for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    1,113 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    334 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    173 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Women's Studies. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Women's Studies is from the 2 Digit Course Cultural & Gender Studies.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,468 degree recipients
  2. Korea
    2,036 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    1,077 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Japan
    4.7 times more than expected
  2. Argentina
    4.44 times more than expected
  3. Korea
    4.41 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Japan that hold Cultural & Gender Studies degrees (4.7 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (2,468 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Women's Studies field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women's Studies majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Women's Studies majors need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Technology Design, and Operations Analysis.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Women's Studies majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Management of Financial Resources is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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