Women’s Studies

What is Women’s Studies

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.

Today, Women’s Studies is a well-established field with an enormous amount of scholarly research to its credit, in fields as diverse as literature, psychology, science, history – indeed, practically every academic discipline. However, its focus has shifted away from a simple “study of women” to critically examine:
• cultural constructions of women, gender and sexuality, and the fluid and shifting nature of gender as a social construct
• the importance of gender in structuring our institutions, work, perceptions and emotions
• varied theoretical approaches to the study of women, gender, sexuality and feminism
• the diversity of women, in particular the intersection of gender with class, race, sexual orientation and other variables to create complex power relations
• the contexts and ideological origins of knowledge and the relationship between knowledge and power in society.

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.

Admission Requirements

• Ontario Secondary Schools:
• 1 grade 12 4U English
• 5 other grade 12 4U/M courses

Program Options include:

• 3 or 4 year B.A. with a Minor in Women’s Studies
• 3-year B.A. with a Concentration or Minor in Women’s Studies
• 4-year B.A. with a Major in Women’s Studies
• Certificate in Women’s Studies, either independently or while completing another degree program outside the Humanities and Social Sciences
• Single elective courses while completing another degree program
• A variety of courses in English and French and the possibility of completing a 3-year B.A. through our distance education program

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