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Women and gender studies


Your Career

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Our WGS grads have been extremely successful. Our recent graduates are currently employed or have been admitted to the graduate school of their choice. Many students have received scholarships or fellowships to attend programs such as the Master of Criminal Justice program at St. Ambrose; the Master of Social Work program at Washington University, St. Louis; and the Master of Social Work Program at DePaul University.

Two of our recent graduates, Bernadette Muloski '12 and Jessica Pera '13, have served in Americorps working to support social justice for immigrants and survivors of violence in the United States. Our first WGS graduate, Laura Craft '10, recently returned from serving in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and is headed to California to start a job working as a ranger in the National Park.

Several recent graduates work in computer technology. Emily Block '12 works for the federal government in Maryland, and Chantel Brandhagen '12, works in IT for Augustana College, in Rock Island. WGS Minor, Kelsey Rentfro, teaches at an area high school, and several other recent WGS grads also teach in Peoria and in the Chicago area.

Career Preparation: Internships

WGS Faculty carefully advise students about their major and future career choices. Many of our students participate in internships at local agencies including:

  • serving as an advocate for survivors of violence through Family Resources
  • working to educate pregnant mothers about prenatal care at Edgerton Women's Health Center
  • assisting survivors of violence at the shelter at Winnie's Place, helping students at Annie Wittenmyer School
  • developing a curriculum about healthy relationships for students at Davenport Central High School
  • developing a fitness plan for women at CASI
  • working with homeless youth, at The Place 2 B