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Athabasca University

Women’s and Gender Studies Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2018.

Athabasca University’s Women’s and Gender 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.

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Program Requirements

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:

  1. A minimum of 45 credits in designated WGST major courses including 30 senior (300 or 400) level credits applicable to the major (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits). The 9, 400-level credits taken in the required core can be used to fulfill a portion of these 12, 400-level credits.
  2. 27 credits in the following required core courses:
    INST 358 Aboriginal Women in Canada (3)
    WGST 200 Feminist Research and Women’s Lives (3)
    WGST 266 Thinking From Women’s Lives: An Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)
    WGST 301 Gender, Sexuality and Society (3)
    WGST 303 Issues in Women's Health (3)
    WGST/SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
    WGST 401 Contemporary Feminist Theory (3)
    WGST/HSRV 421 Advocacy From the Margins (3)
    WGST 422 Violence Against Women: A Global Perspective (3)

Electives (18 credits selected from the following)


Before enrolling in this program, students should contact Advising Services.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019.

Updated April 09 2019 by laurab

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