About this Program

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary field of study that examines gender in historical and contemporary contexts, with an emphasis on women’s lives and perspectives. A degree in Women's Studies centers the complex intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, nation, and other identities. By the time they complete their degrees, our students are subject experts in the areas of gender, intersectionality, and equity, with an understanding of what it takes to empower themselves and others to become change makers. This skill set makes our students highly competitive on the job market, as employers increasingly seek candidates with intersectional expertise. Department faculty work closely with students to help them learn how to engage in complex problem solving; connect with others across differences; and engage diverse communities.

Program Highlights

  • Women’s and Gender Studies prepares students to contribute to a variety of fields—as advocates for justice, human rights, and equality

  • We offer distinct opportunities to get involved in organizations through internships, service-learning, and professional development series

  • Our department is supported by an active Friends of Women’s Studies organization that provides four scholarships, a range of events, and networking opportunities

  • Women’s Studies graduates work in a range of fields—from social work, to law, to education, and international development. This department allows students to learn theories of social justice and apply them to benefit not only women and girls, but in a range of contexts where graduates can promote equality and human rights

Degree Level
Degree Earned
B.A. or B.S.
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Community Health Workers

$42,340 Median Salary

Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

Legal Support Workers, All Other

$67,960 Median Salary

All legal support workers not listed separately.

Directors, Religious Activities and Education

$45,470 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.

Social and Community Service Managers

$77,030 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

Alumni Careers

Planned Parenthood
Global Health Corps
Peace Corps


What are the requirements to apply for Women's Studies at ODU?
Students entering the B.A. or B.S. program in Women's Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

To declare a Women’s Studies major, students must see an advisor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.  All Women's Studies majors are required to have a conference with their advisor before each semester (preferably during preregistration).


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


  • Carolyn Rhodes Undergraduate Scholarship in Women’s Studies
  • Anita Clair Fellman Service-Learning Scholarship


Associate Professor

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