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Women's Studies (BA, Cert)

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Degrees
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Certificate (Cert)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why choose Women's Studies?

Women’s Studies is about examining the role of women in society both today and in the past, and recognizing their contributions to human achievement. You’ll learn to see women’s experiences through the lens of gender, race, class and sexual orientation. Study and research in Women's Studies adds an otherwise missing component to traditional scholarship. Women's Studies is also a way of moving away from the discriminatory language of race, sex, age, language or religion.

Offered through the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, the program is the oldest women’s studies program in Canada, and boasts a curriculum that explores historical and contemporary aspects of women’s oppression and resistance, including the experiences of marginalized women. You’ll also examine media representations of women and consumer culture, participate in Institute-sponsored lectures and develop initiatives that promote equality and social justice for all.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Program options

  • Certificate in Women’s Studies (30 credits)
  • Major in Women’s Studies (42 credits)
  • Minor in Women’s Studies (30 credits)
  • Specialization in Women’s Studies (60 credits)*

*To be admitted to the specialization, students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits in the Women’s Studies Major and obtain approval from the Principal following the submission of a letter of intent. In addition, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be accepted and must maintain an assessment GPA of 3.0 while in the specialization.


Courses


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 20
  • High School: C+
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C
  • Bacc. français: 11
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

After graduation, you will leave with the knowledge and critical skills for a career in the social sciences, law, international development, community organizations or be prepared for graduate studies.

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