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Gender Studies at Queen's University

Gender Studies

Location: 
Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Room number: 
D506
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
J. Davies (Acting)

Undergraduate Chair: M. Houghtaling
Graduate Coordinator: S. Morgensen

The Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s offers an interdisciplinary approach to studies of gender. We draw on human experiences, feminisms, histories, cultures, economies, and politics to analyze power, knowledge, difference, and inequalities. You can even spend a term in Norway at the University of Oslo on a Gender Studies exchange or take a community-based practicum course.

What can I learn studying Gender Studies at Queen’s?

•Understanding of difference and of the intersections between forms of oppression.
•Analytical skills – form and defend positions with clarity and accuracy in a range of formats.
•Ability to analyze the connections between gender, race, nation, ability, with the aim of understanding structural building blocks in society.
•Critical thinking – analyze assumptions underlying arguments.
•Ability to develop active rather than passive responses to popular culture, exploring resistance as well as consumption.
•Comparison and combination of methodologies from the arts, social sciences, and health sciences.
•Oral and written communication – write research papers, make presentations individually and in groups.

Open to all Queen’s students, the Gender Studies Department administers a Certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity (SXGD) that can be an addition to most degree plans.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Major in Gender Studies
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in Gender Studies
A dual course of study in Gender Studies and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Gender Studies
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts - BA

General in Gender Studies
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

Full list of Undergraduate Degree Plans at Queen's University

Graduate Degree Options

Gender Studies - MA

Courses Available to First-Year Students 2015-16

GNDS120:  Women, Gender, Difference (Fall term)
This course explores women, gender, and difference from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. It identifies the ways in which women’s activism, politics, and experiences intersect with other gendered identifications such as race, location, class, (dis)ability, and sexuality. Lessons and texts will introduce feminism, the body, colonialism, gender performance, and strategies of resistance.

GNDS125:  Gender, Race and Popular Culture (Winter term)
Explores popular culture from feminist and anti-racist perspectives, with attention to sexuality, gender, race and nation in a variety of media.

Job and Career Opportunities for Gender Studies Grads

Gender Studies emphasizes sex and gender as a way of organizing social life. Some of our Gender Studies grads work in the following industries:

  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Arts Administration
  • Counselling – Family, Relationship, Inter‐cultural
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Events & Festival Management
  • Education
  • Heritage & History
  • Human Resources
  • Human Rights
  • Image Consulting
  • Immigration Services
  • International Development
  • Labour / Industrial Relations
  • Law
  • Lobbying
  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Media – Electronic & Paper
  • Mediation & Labour Relations
  • Midwifery
  • Museology
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Public Service & Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Student Affairs
  • Theology
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Career paths for Gender Studies grads handout from Career Services >

Certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity

This program is taken in conjunction with any concentration. It addresses academic and societal developments in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ideas, movements, activism and histories. Students electing to pursue this program will be better equipped to work within areas in which queer issues may be found; the program may address their own personal desire to study aspects of their (and other's) identities; and they may want to further their scholarship in the study of sexualities, gender, race, class, (dis)ability, etc.

Exchange Opportunity to Oslo

Would you like to be a GNDS exchange student and go to the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo in Norway for one term?

Oslo exchange for Gender Studies at Queen's University

More information on the Exchange to Oslo >

Genders Studies Electives for non-GNDS Students

GNDS 120/3.0 Women, Gender, Difference
This course explores women, gender, and difference from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. It identifies the ways in which women’s activism, politics, and experiences intersect with other gendered identifications such as race, location, class, (dis)ability, and sexuality. Lessons and texts will introduce feminism, the body, colonialism, gender performance, and strategies of resistance.

GNDS 125/3.0 Gender, Race and Popular Culture
Explores popular culture from feminist and anti-racist perspectives, with attention to sexuality, gender, race and nation in a variety of media.

Department Student Council

The DSC (Department Student Council) is chosen in the fall. Students volunteer as DSC reps in their GNDS classes and then meet as a group. Various committees, including the monthly Gender Studies Department Meeting and Arts and Science Faculty Board, require student representation. This is a good way to get involved and learn more about the Department of Gender Studies and its students.

More information on the Department Student Council for Gender Studies >

Graduate Studies

In keeping with the Queen’s commitment to global engagement, the MA in Gender Studies emphasizes the ways in which women, gender and politics are informed by questions of racism, colonialism, and globalization. Key areas focus on the intersections of: gender, sexualities and feminist politics; migratory and (post)colonial cultures (indigenous, global and diasporic); labour, class, and location; and, cultural representation. The program is both cutting-edge and attendant to the traditional scholarly strengths of gender studies and women’s studies. Courses, research queries and discussions encourage interdisciplinarity, and support new ways of looking at issues of sex/gender.

Future students looking to do intense scholarly research related to the areas mentioned above will excel in the MA. Research-oriented coursework and thesis will provide a foundation for work at the doctoral level or in social services, business or government. The MA program meets current societal needs, complements extant programs in Ontario, and fits well within the context of graduate studies at Queen’s. The resources of the Department and the University will support incoming MA candidates.

The Graduate Program in Gender Studies offers a one-year MA option. Keeping with our commitment to engaging theoretically rigorous and activist-minded studies of gender, the one-year MA will involve intense course work and a major research paper (as well as practicum option for interested students). In order to facilitate this transition smoothly, all incoming students—including those applying for Fall 2015 admission—will be applying for the one-year MA option. Students who wish to consider a two-year thesis option must apply for this in December of their first year of candidacy.  Learn more

For queries regarding the Graduate Program, please contact our Graduate Assistant, Terrie Easter Sheen terrie.eastersheen@queensu.ca or 613-533-6000 ext 75397.

Alumni Profile

“Looking back on my Queen’s experience, my immediate memories are not of moving day, football games in tricolour, or of the sunny afternoons spent by Lake Ontario. When I think of my time at Queen’s what I remember most is feeling a sense of acceptance and belonging in my first Gender Studies class. Taking a few Gender Studies courses in my first two years at Queen’s introduced me to a discipline that combined academics with activism, passion with purpose, and took an intersectional approach to discussing axis of identity and oppression. I had found my space; I felt at home.”
Laura Hughes: Gender Studies ’13

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