Psychology Dual Degree
A Dual-Degree is Closer Than You Think!
FIU psychology students can easily double major or get a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies by taking just a few extra courses. Through our stellar programs, you will be better prepared to enter a competitive job market and complex world .
Currently, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at FIU offers a Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate, a Bachelor of Arts onsite and online, a Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Certificate onsite and online, and an Undergraduate Queer Studies Certificate*.
BENEFITS OF A DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAM
- Interdisciplinary research with a diverse faculty community dedicated to excellence
- An active cohort of students involved in both programs
- Availability of research and practical experiences essential for career and graduate school preparation
- Greater access to faculty committed to mentoring and advising students
Dual Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies degree-earners can be found in graduate programs across the country. Potential careers include research scientist, rape crisis and other types of counselors, lawyers specializing in gender issues, social studies teachers, journalists, physicians' assistants and corporate consultants.
Reference: Women's and Gender Studies Graduates: The First Generation by Barbara F. Luebke, Mary Ellen Reilly. This book contains the experience of Women's Studies majors and certificate earners in their own words.
"The dual degree gave me access to a variety of courses, research opportunities, and professors. Having this type of interdisciplinary academic and research training equipped me to work with diverse populations."
- Diana Ruiz, 2011 Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies alumna Clinical psychology doctoral candidate, Howard University
CWGS Scholarships are available for Women's and Gender Studies majors and certificate earners:
- Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies
- 200 Scholarship - A Society of Professional Women, Inc.
CAREER PLANNING AND PREPARATION
Companies that want to maintain positive relationships with female and diverse customers have started to recruit professional with exposure to women's and gender studies courses. In addition to the strong writing and communication skills that Women's and Gender Studies majors develop during their academic careers, employers rely on their perspective into female wants and needs. Together with psychology training, this insight can affect the way that companies launch new products or address clients concerns.
Women's and Gender Studies courses are structured like graduate classes, interactive seminars with critical writing assignments. Women's and Gender Studies courses also require students to discuss ideas in a group setting and think critically about the content and themselves - skills necessary for being a successful graduate student.
GRADUATE, MEDICAL AND LAW SCHOOL PREPARATION
Women's and Gender Studies courses are usually seminar style, which is similar to most graduate courses. This intimate class atmosphere provides you with easier access to and more one on one time with a faculty member. This is essential for securing letters of recommendation for graduate school applications. Further, psychology students will find the assignments provide an opportunity to develop writing skills, and, in turn, the quality writing sample often required in your application package.
Psychology students with a women's and gender studies background possess the organizational and communications skills to work with and train research teams and staff members. Women's and Gender Studies also provide funding for students involved in research to ensure they are supported in efforts to create knowledge about gender, sexuality and women's issues.
Additional courses added annually