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Gender Studies at Queen's University

Gender Studies

Location: 
Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Room number: 
D-504
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
B. Mullings

Undergraduate Chair: Jane Tolmie
Graduate Coordinator: Katherine McKittrick

The Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s offers an interdisciplinary approach to studies of gender, understood as intersecting with race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, globalization and environments.  We draw on human experiences, feminisms, histories, cultures, economies, and politics to critically analyze power, knowledge, difference, and inequalities.  The Department also administers a Certificate Program in Sexual and Gender Diversity (SXGD) that is open to all students at Queen’s.

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

First Year Courses

  • GNDS 120/3.0 Women, Gender, Difference
  • GNDS 125/3.0 Gender, Race and Popular Culture

What it takes to study Gender Studies in your second year >

Click here for the complete list of Courses in Arts and Science

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 MA in Gender Studies is a 2-year degree program. Full time students take 2 (3.0) required courses and 2 (3.0) elective courses in their first year. The second year will be dedicated to researching, writing and defending theses. Stipends will be provided for incoming MA candidates at a minimum of approximately $14,000 per academic year (September 1 – August 31) pro-rated to the number of semesters spent in full time study each year. There is no guarantee that the stipend will remain at this high level in future years. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up by Queen’s.

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

Have Questions?

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