Women's Leadership (B.A.)


Do you dream of changing the world around you for the better? Do you wonder how you can have an impact in your community or in the lives of people around the globe? More and more, women are stepping up to leadership roles in fields as diverse as politics, education, business, health policy, medicine, the arts and the sciences. A major in women's leadership will help you understand the challenges and opportunities women face locally and globally and will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed wherever your interests lie. As a women's leadership major, you'll have the opportunity to develop an individual plan of study and to connect personally with leaders in the field. This degree program also works well as a double major, complementing a primary area of study in politics, business or the humanities.


  • We are one of the first women's leadership majors in the country and the only major in this field in South Carolina.
  • Special lectures and workshops throughout the year will help you hone your leadership skills and develop your own leadership style.
  • A required internship will be tailored to your career goals and will give you work experience before you graduate.
  • Our affiliated faculty come from every college across the University and pride themselves on the quality of their teaching and research.


The Bachelor of Arts in women's leadership combines rigorous academic study with real-world experience to provide our students with the skills, knowledge, resilience and strategies they need to lead in today's world.

An innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum introduces students to the study of women's achievements both historically and in contemporary contexts. Core courses in leadership introduce students to key principles and help you discover your own leadership style. Mentoring programs and a required internship will allow you to put new strategies to the test, gain valuable work experience and develop your leadership skills in diverse organizational settings.

In addition to your general education requirements, students pursuing this degree will take classes such as Women in Global Perspective; Women and Leadership; Girlhood, Media and Popular Culture; and Theories of Gender and Sexuality. Your classes will be capped by a final senior seminar that will incorporate everything you've learned during your time at Clemson.

Double Major
This major is designed to work well as a double major with other Bachelor of Arts programs, especially those in political science, economics, communication studies, business, management and the humanities.


By thinking critically about the challenges and opportunities women face worldwide, you’ll be prepared to apply what you’ve learned to succeed in your chosen field of interest, whether it be law, politics, social service, the arts or the sciences. 

 Enhance your awareness of global women’s issues through Clemson’s only faculty-directed study abroad in India.
 An individualized internship (and sometimes two!) develops job-relevant networks and key career directions. Students have interned with the United Nations, S.C. Supreme Court, U.S. congressmen and senators, corporations, schools and nonprofit
 Students have won major fellowships and awards including two Truman finalists, a Rhodes scholarship finalist, Blue Key and PKP award winners.



Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


  • Government Consultant


  • Event Coordinator


  • Account Executive

    Soliant Health

  • Marketing Specialist

    Blue Ridge Energy Cooperative

  • Account Manager

    Milwaukee Tool 


  • J.D.

    Stanford University

  • Ph.D. Economics

    University of Virginia

  • J.D.

    Northwestern University

  • M.A. Public Health

    Emory University

  • M.Ed. Higher Education

    University of Michigan


    • Business
    • Education
    • Health and Human Services
    • Law
    • Politics
    • Writing and Editing

Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.


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