Gender and Women's Studies

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Gender and Women's Studies

School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

206 Founders College
Tel.: 416-650-8144
Program Description:

Gender and Women’s Studies
Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that explores relations of power in the lives of individuals, groups and cultures in multiple settings and sites locally and transnationally. Our challenging courses on women and gender analyze constructions and intersections of gender, race, class, age, ability and sexuality in popular culture, everyday life, the arts, the sciences, politics, societies and the economy. We encourage students to engage individually and collectively in the transformative processes of feminist scholarship, practices and politics. Gender and women’s studies students develop the practical, theoretical, communications and organization skills to think, write, conduct research and act critically and creatively. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct research and transform the knowledge gained into any future career they may choose, including an ongoing career as a graduate student.
The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies unites academic resources at York University in gender and women’s and sexuality studies, bringing together the undergraduate and graduate programs, the non-credit Bridging program for Women, and the Centre for Feminist Research.
A feature which distinguishes the Gender and Women’s Studies program offered at Glendon from the program offered in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies is its bilingual focus. Courses may be taken in English or in French at Glendon College and in English in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.
Students may pursue a degree in gender and women’s studies in the Faculties of Glendon College or Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. For specific program requirements, please consult the relevant Programs of Study sections.
Departmental Courses in Gender and Women’s Studies
For an up-to-date listing of courses in other departments and divisions that count for program credit, please refer to the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies website.

Certificates Offered

Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies - Certificate Requirements

Certificate requirements:

For purposes of meeting certificate requirements, all nine-credit general education (foundation) courses will count as six credits towards the certificate.

Graduating with a certificate: except where otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.00 is required to satisfy certificate requirements. Students must also submit application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar’s Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program. The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively. Refer to the academic standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards.

Core courses: the core courses are offered by the Gender and Women’s Studies program and, like the required courses, have the second digit five (5) in the course number, e.g. GWST 1502 6.00.

Non-core courses (courses offered by other teaching units): may be acceptable for program credit or cross-listed with the Gender and Women’s Studies program. These courses will count towards the certificate requirements in gender and women’s studies. Please consult the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies website for course listings.

Degrees Offered

Gender and Women's Studies (BA) Degree Requirements
  • Specialized Honours BA: 120 Credits
  • Honours BA: 120 Credits
  • Honours Double Major BA
  • Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary (Linked) BA
  • Honours Major/Minor BA
  • Honours Minor BA
  • BA: 90 Credits

Course Listing

Courses in Gender and Women’s Studies

Not all courses will necessarily be offered in any given year. Courses may be offered at Glendon or on the Keele campus, during the day or in the evening. For information about specific offerings, or for a listing of other courses that count towards program credit, please consult the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies website.

Note: for purposes of meeting program requirements, all foundations courses will count as six credits towards the major.

Course Listings Timetables Summer 2017
Course Listings Timetables Fall/Winter 2017-2018