Welcome to the Department of Women's Studies
What is “Women’s Studies”? – Program Description
Women’s Studies first began to be offered in the universities in the 1970s, to use academic research to find out about the perceptions and experiences of women and to correct omissions, trivializations and misconceptions that existed.
Women’s Studies attempts to promote social responsibility by considering the interconnection between knowledge production, personal experience and political activity and to validate student contributions and voices.
Choose a program of study…
Why should you consider taking a B.A. in Women’s Studies?
A Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to develop flexibility, critical thinking skills, and a wide knowledge base that are valued by many diverse employers. Students in Women’s Studies develop research skills and an ability to construct effective verbal and oral arguments. Women’s Studies encourages you to grow intellectually beyond the confines of traditional thinking and challenges you personally and politically. Many students choose combined concentrations at the undergraduate level--the interdisciplinary nature of Women’s Studies makes this a logical option and gives you more flexibility in entering graduate or professional programs.
What kind of job does this degree qualify me for?
Employers increasingly are interested in hiring people who are sensitive to equity issues arising out of the emerging diversity of Canadian society. Women’s Studies graduates are currently working in a variety of fields. They may work in feminist organizations, women’s advocacy groups, women’s shelters, rape crisis centres, hospitals, and government agencies, small and large businesses. Your B.A. in Women’s Studies provides excellent background for entering professions where knowledge about women’s perspectives can lead to specialized practice or be used every day in interactions with people. These include law, nursing, medicine, midwifery, social work, counseling, teaching, journalism and media production.
Can I go on to Graduate School with a Women’s Studies degree?
Graduate programs in Women’s Studies at the M.A. and Ph. D. level are established at many universities in and outside of Canada. At some universities, it is possible to take a Women’s Studies option while studying within one of the traditional disciplines such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, English, or philosophy.
Flexibility in your Women’s Studies degree
Women’s Studies offers tremendous flexibility in course type and language of instruction. All core courses and many electives in Women’s Studies are available both on campus and by Envision (distance education). The Concentration, Minor and Certificate in Women’s Studies can be done entirely through Envision.
Les étudiants ont l’option de faire la Mineure interdisciplinaire en études des femmes. Cette mineure thématique est logé au département de sociologie.Ce programme de 24 crédits commence avec WOMN 1005 F Introduction aux études sur les femmes (6 cr.) offert chez l’Université Thorneloe.
I am not a Social Science, Humanities or Sciences student, can I still take Women’s Studies?
Students from faculties outside the Arts can still take the Certificate in Women’s Studies. For example nursing, midwifery and social work students often do a Certificate in Women’s Studies because they would one day like to work in the fields of sexual health, services for women or a field that requires knowledge of social justice. Likewise, any person outside of the University can take the Certificate for their own interest or professional development. (Students must ask the Registrar of Laurentian University to have their certificate put on their transcript when applying to graduate.) Please contact the Department Chair with any questions.
I began my degree at Laurentian University’s campus in Barrie, Ontario
Select courses in Women’s Studies are available on campus in Barrie, Ontario, up to the second year level. Once students hold a Laurentian University student number they can register in any WOMN-coded courses or electives in order to complete a three year degree with a Concentration, Minor or Certificate in Women’s Studies by Envision. Students are reminded that if taking Introduction to Women’s Studies in Barrie that they must complete both WOMN 1006 and WOMN 1007. As well they must attend fourth year courses on campus in Sudbury to complete the requirements for the Major. Students from Barrie are welcome to contact the Department Chair for academic advising at any point in their studies.
What do our graduates say?
“The Women's Studies program has taught me issues surrounding not only my own life, but about other women as a whole. I have come to realize that Women’s Studies has been an inspiration to me. I have learned different issues that I have never encountered before and I know that the program will help me in all future aspects, because it is not just a course or a major, but a life experience that teaches people how to live in society.”
|HAY FEVER by Noel Coward|
Fri Mar 13 @19:30 -
|HAY FEVER by Noel Coward|
Sat Mar 14 @14:00 -
|HAY FEVER by Noel Coward|
Sat Mar 14 @19:30 -
|Film Screening: The Invisible War|
Thu Mar 19 @19:00 -
|Annual Women's Studies Symposium|
Mon Mar 30 @14:30 - 04:30PM
Sat Apr 04 @22:00 -