Undergraduate Programs
Women's Studies Major

Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2009

Athabasca University's Women's Studies program is designed to develop or expand your knowledge of the established field of women's studies and the emerging field of gender studies. You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of feminist theories, concepts, history, methodologies, research, and activism and discover how they inform the diverse lives and experiences of women across cultures.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Requirements within the 120 credits required for the four-year BA with major.
A minimum of 45 credits in designated WMST major courses including 30 senior (300 or 400) level credits applicable to the major (a minimum of
12, 400-level credits). The 6, 400- level credits taken in the required core can be used to fulfill a portion of these 12, 400-level credits.
12 credits in the following required core courses:
WMST 200 Feminist Research and Women's Lives (3)
WMST 266 Thinking From Women's Lives: An Introduction to Women's Studies (3)
WMST 400 Feminism in the Western Tradition (3)
WMST 401 Contemporary Feminist Theory (3)
6 credits selected from the following WMST courses:
WMST 303 Issues in Women's Health (3)
WMST/SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
HIST/WMST 363 The Women's West: Women and Canadian Frontier Settlement (3)
HIST/WMST 365 Girls and Women in Urban Canada, 1880 to 1940 (3)
WMST 422 Violence Against Women: A Global Perspective (3)

Electives (27 credits selected from the following)

ANTH 375 The Anthropology of Gender (3)
ENGL 307 Women in Literature (3)
ENGL 423 Contemporary Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
HIST 499 The History of the Family in Western Europe:
From the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution
INST 358 Aboriginal Women in Canada (3)
LBST 331 Women, Workers, and Farmers: Histories of
North American Popular Resistance
LGST 390 Women, Equality and the Law (3)
POLI 350 Women in Canada Politics (3)
POLI 383 Canadian Political Economy in a Global Era (3)
PSYC 345 The Psychology of Women (3)
PSYC 347 The Introduction to Feminist Counselling (3)
SOAN 384 The Family in World Perspective (3)
SOCI 316 Sociology of the Family (3)
SOCI 321 The Sociology of Work and Industry (3)
WMST All courses (3)


Before enrolling in this program, students should contact the Centre for Work and Community Studies.

  Women's Studies Minor  
30 credits in courses designated Women's Studies.
15 senior credits in courses designated Women's Studies.

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