Undergraduate Programs

Students in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Toledo study the contributions, experiences, history and issues facing women in the U.S. and across the world. UToledo’s curriculum also explores the complexity of gender as it intersects with other identity categories and shapes our experiences.

UToledo Women's and Gender Studies undergraduates work with advisers to tailor a program that fits their interests and goals.

Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program. Students can take courses across academic departments as they explore the many facets of gender, race, class, religion, culture and more.

Top Reasons to Study women's and gender studies at UToledo

  1. Award-winning faculty.

    Our Women’s and Gender studies faculty has been lauded for teaching and advising. They are active researchers with diverse interests, including:

    • Sudanese politics and law
    • Women in Islam
    • Bullying
    • African-American women poets
    • History of women in silent film
    • Women in U.S. politics
    • Girlhood and adolescence
  2. Service learning.
    Women's and Gender Studies undergraduates work on events and projects in the community. They partner with faculty to organize seminars, performances and other events. Past projects include Women in the Director’s Chair (a touring, international film festival), Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture (a public art campaign) and Take Back the Night (an anti-violence against women event).
  3. Emphasis on research.
    Every Women's and Gender Studies class has a research component. Undergraduates have recently collaborated with the Toledo domestic violence community to perform participatory, action research in Lucas County. Students also are invited to share their research with the UToledo community at monthly student research showcases.
  4. Unique, in-depth classes.
    Students in the Women's and Gender Studies program participate in two proseminars that prepare them for professional life. A senior seminar dives deeply into topics ranging from women in the Middle East to community organizing to girlhood and adolescent studies.
  5. Mentor program.
    Faculty mentors help Women's and Gender Studies majors explore career options and support students as they pursue long-term professional goals.
  6. Required internship.
    UToledo Women's and Gender Studies students work with local, national and international organizations.
  7. Be a leader.
    Women's and Gender Studies undergrads participate in national leadership conferences and workshops. The UToledo Feminist Leadership Alliance, a vibrant student organization, is often led by WGST majors.

What jobs can I get with a women's and gender studies degree?

Women’s and Gender Studies graduates find jobs in the public and private sectors for such employers as the President's National Security Council and women's advocacy organizations such as Planned Parenthood, in addition to local women’s advocacy groups like the YWCA and public welfare organizations like the Lucas County Children & Family Services.

Women’s and Gender Studies alumni have enrolled in law and medical school as well as graduate programs in English, higher education, theology, women's studies and more. They have been accepted at:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Emory University
  • Michigan State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Toledo

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

At UToledo, we take you beyond the textbooks and the four walls of a classroom. These real-world experiences are what help our graduates gain professional skills and land jobs.


Finding an internship is easy thanks to UToledo’s robust community partnerships with companies and organizations around the region. Dive into unique opportunities that prepare you to launch your career.

Women's and Gender Studies students have worked with local, national and international organizations, including:

  • URGE, a national reproductive justice organization
  • Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQA+ rights organization
  • YWCA
  • Bethany House, a domestic violence shelter
  • Equality Toledo, a local LGBTQA+ organization


UToledo is known for its undergraduate research opportunities. Start as early as your freshman year. Work with faculty who enjoy collaborating with students.

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Our Office of Undergraduate Research can:

  • Connect you to faculty mentors and projects
  • Help you find funding
  • Help you present your research at conferences and other events

Study Abroad

Travel, experience new cultures and meet new people — all while earning college credit.

UToledo's Education Abroad Office can help you find the perfect opportunity. You can apply for grants, scholarships and financial aid to help fund study abroad.

  • Semester at Sea
  • Short-term, summer and faculty-led trips
  • Direct exchange programs with other universities
  • Teach English abroad
  • Global health program (med student clerkships)
  • Rocket Kids (work with youth around the world)

Rocket Kids Semester

The Rocket Kids program offers University students a fall, spring or summer semester internship providing recreational programming to U.S. military youth while experiencing the world in locations such as Germany, Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Rocket Kids interns will gain practical experience in programming, leadership, health and wellness, creative arts, performing arts, cultural and literary arts, team and individual sports, adventure and outdoor recreation and STEM education.

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On-campus and Part-time Jobs

  • Learn skills that prepare you for a career after graduation.
  • Build your resume.
  • Earn money.

If you want to work, there are plenty of opportunities on campus and at businesses near campus. If you demonstrate financial need, you may qualify for the federal work-study program.

Student Organizations

Our most successful students get involved.

UToledo has 400+ student organizations that will help you:

  • Make friends.
  • Build your resume.
  • Network.
  • Be a leader.
  • Serve your community.
  • Have fun!

Tuition and Scholarships

Most new students don't pay full price. 94% of new UToledo students receive scholarships or other state and federal aid.

Keep in mind: Your cost will vary by college, program and a host of other options. This is the average amount full-time students pay per year.

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Honors College

The Jesup Scott Honors College at The University of Toledo offer our best and brightest the resources and opportunities needed to unlock your fullest potential. Whether you aspire following graduation to cure disease, innovate technology, advance statecraft, redefine markets, or express creatively, together we can fuel vibrant and promising tomorrows.

Honors students come from a variety of countries, backgrounds and cultures. While we may bond over a tough class, our differences make us blossom.

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Benefits of Honors

The Honors College is a community of academically gifted students from all majors on campus. Students take unique Honors classes taught by dedicated Honors faculty and complete an Honors thesis or capstone project in their major, earning the Honors medallion at graduation within their normal program of study. Honors students are challenged to think more deeply and broadly about what they learn. With special academic, cultural, and professional development opportunities, their education extends beyond the classroom.

Honors students can also choose exclusive housing in the Honors Academic Village or the historic McKinnon, Scott and Tucker Halls.

Explore more about what the Honors College can offer you as a budding professional, inquisitive scholar, and engaged person.






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Last Updated: 3/8/24