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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while earning a major or minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Events & Activities
  • On-campus lectures—Visiting writers and activists speak on topics like reproductive justice and intersectionality, human rights and democracy, and feminism and work.
  • Off-campus events—The San Francisco Bay Area’s numerous educational and cultural institutions offer a wealth of performances, art exhibitions, and scholarly lectures that address women’s and LGBTQ experiences.
  • The Mills College Art Museum—Our own museum holds more than 10,000 works of art and supports the creativity of women through exhibitions and a work-study program. Many of its exhibitions explore key topics in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
  • Essay writing competition—Each year, Mills awards a prize to an undergraduate student for the best WGSS essay or nonfiction paper.

Student Organizations

Participate in meetings, events, and volunteering opportunities organized by student clubs with a focus on gender and sexuality issues, including:

  • Community Health Resource Center—Provides confidential, safe access to information and resources concerning health and safety for all genders, including reproductive rights, domestic violence, and nutrition and body image
  • Gender Splendor—Connects gender activists and creates space for diverse gender identities on campus
  • Mouthing Off—Facilitates a safe space where students who are LGBTQ-identified, straight allies, and others can come together for dialogue and action around the LGBTQ community

With a long history of social activism, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to numerous organizations dedicated to feminist and LGBTQ causes. Whether you’re interested in reproductive justice, preventing sexual violence, or gender non-conforming families, you’ll have opportunities for community-based learning about your social passion.
What Can I Do with a WGSS Degree from Mills?

WGSS majors graduate with strong oral and written communication, research, and critical analysis skills. They’re equipped for careers in social work, public policy, education, law, and nonprofit management as well as advanced study in diverse fields. In recent years, graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:

Baywell Psychiatry Group

News Producer
Fox Chicago News

Communications Manager
Larkin Street Youth Services

Senior Fellow
Movement Strategy Center

Petaluma Community Guild

Information Architect
The Understanding Group

Vice President
Health Care Coverage, California Hospital Association

Community Manager
i-GATE Innovation Hub

Youth Advocate
Los Angeles LGBT Center

Moving Forward Education

Political Director
Service Employees International Union, Local 1021

Director of Sexual Assault and Gender-Based Violence Services
University of California at San Francisco