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Women's Studies (Specialization)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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 Details

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.
Please consult the Undergraduate Calendar for details.

Read more about our Women’s Studies program.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements
Course requirements for admission

None. You must meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.

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.

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

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We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

Sample courses

  • Feminist Theory and Popular Culture
  • Feminist Thought
  • Health Issues: Feminist Perspectives
  • Lesbian Issues and Realities
  • Introduction to Historical Perspectives in Women’s Studies

Consult the Undergraduate Calendar for a complete list of current courses.

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.

All newly admitted students must meet with the Academic Advisor before they can register for courses.

All students are welcome to consult with the advisor when needed. Advising is done by appointment. Advising sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:30 and 11:30. For new students, the session usually takes 30 minutes.

Contact the department

The co-curricular life of the Institute is extremely important, and all members are expected to contribute to our activities.

Exciting opportunities are available to organize workshops, colloquia, and debates on subjects that interest the members, to participate in the Women's Studies Student Association (WSSA), as well as to collaborate with women's organizations outside the University on research projects and other joint ventures.

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