Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Undergraduate Information

Gender Studies teaching assistant and student

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Gender Studies Major or Minor?
If you are a first year Queen’s Arts and Science student (ASC1) you will take part in the plan selection process in May. Here is a link to the website with more information: Choosing or Changing your Plan

 

In order to receive Automatic Acceptance to a Gender Studies major or minor, you need to have taken and passed one of either GNDS 120 or GNDS 125 with at least a C- AND have a Cumulative GPA of at least 1.9. Students without a first year course but taking GNDS 125 online in the summer should sign up for the Pending List for Gender Studies plans. Click here to find the threshold for various degree plans.

If you are an upper year (Level 2 and above) student you can make a request to change your plan through the Change of Plan process outlined on the Arts and Science website. This process is open in May each year and a second Late Change of Plan process happens from mid-June to mid-July. Each request is reviewed by the Department.  If your GPA does not meet the requirement listed on the threshold chart for a Gender Studies Major, you may be approved for a BA General in Gender Studies. If your Cumulative GPA increases enough in future years, you could re-apply to become a Gender Studies Major.

How do I become a Gender Studies Medial?
If you are a first year Queen’s Arts and Science student and are selecting a Medial plan with Gender Studies and another department, please check the Gender Studies threshold chart on this page. Many medial plans require both departments to accept a student manually from the Pending List pool.

If you are an upper year (Level 2 and above) please see make a request to change your plan through the Change of Plan process outlined on the Arts and Science website. This process is open in May each year and a second Late Change of Plan process happens from mid-June to mid-July. Each request is reviewed by both Departments. Again each department will have to accept a student before the student can be enrolled in a Medial plan.

I’m a GNDS minor or SXGD student and can’t get into the classes I need. What can I do?
Some GNDS classes have reserves for Majors and Medial students. Once these students have registered and if there is remaining space, GNDS minor and SXGD students in other plans have access to the seats before the rest of the students on campus. Please email Kathy Baer kathy.baer@queensu.ca for assistance in registering in your GNDS classes.
Why can’t I register in an online GNDS course? There are seats available.
The Gender Studies Department does not control access to Arts and Science (CDS) online courses. Sometimes CDS reserves seats for students taking fully distance degrees. These remaining seats are usually released the week the course begins. For GNDS 215 online you must be a level 2 student to register.
SOLUS won’t let me into a Gender Studies course. Why?
During the two weeks of July Enrolment appointments, most of the seats in GNDS classes are held for Gender Studies Majors or Medial students. Once the Enrolment blocks are removed later in July, other students may enrol and most courses fill quickly with students from other programs. Fourth year courses can be accessed by third and fourth year GNDS students. Other students, including some SXGD students, require permission of the department to enrol.

Gender Studies year-by-year registration information Please click on your year below to see more information.

First Year ASC1 students:
If you are hoping to choose a GNDS plan after first year, be sure to take GNDS 120 or GNDS 125. A grade of C- in one of these courses plus achieving the minimum cumulative GPA are required to be automatically accepted into a GNDS Major, Medial or Minor Plan. You will eventually need both first year classes but if you cannot enroll in both in first year, you can take GNDS 125 online in the summer or in second year or GNDS 120 either online or in person in second year. GNDS 200 level courses do not require 100 level prerequisites.
Second Year Students in GNDS Plans:
For all GNDS plans, take the two required 200 level courses, GNDS 212 and 215. Look into our optional second year course, GNDS 280, Comics and Politics. For GNDS Majors, try to enroll in Cross-listed Options courses taught by other departments. Some have 100 level prerequisites, others do not. If appropriate, look for space in ENGL 223 (taught online), LLCU 244, POLS 280 or RELS 236. The departments teaching these courses may give first priority to their own majors but remaining seats are released during Open Enrollment periods. GNDS Medials should take their required core courses in both departments and any possible options courses from the list above. GNDS Minors/GNDS Generals – look into GNDS Cross-listed Options and electives. Electives - The Faculty of Arts and Science advises taking 18 units of your major program (12 units for a medial) in each of years 2, 3 and 4. If you cannot enroll in enough units in second year, please look into electives that you also require.
Third Year Students in GNDS Plans:
Many students change into GNDS plans after second year. Please register for any of the core courses, GNDS 120, 125, 212 and 215, that you have not taken. Be sure to sign up for both Fall and Winter term courses.

 

GNDS Majors: Core courses include GNDS 311 and 345. Also sign up for a selection of 300 level courses. You require a total of four 300 level courses. These do not include GNDS 311 and 345. You must take a 400 level course worth 6.0 units in either third year or fourth year. These courses are worth 6.0 units but are taught in one term. Our GNDS 440/6.0 practicum course is taught every year and requires up to 6 hours per week of volunteering outside of class assignments. This year the course is spread over two terms. There are lectures in the fall term and time to finish your practicum and assignments in the winter term. Our other 300 and 400 level course offerings are taught in alternate years. If a course that interests you is on the schedule, enroll in it when you see it in third year so as not to miss the chance to take it before you graduate. You only require one 400 level course to graduate but additional ones can be taken to fill space in your Options requirements. Look into other Cross-listed Options courses with space.

GNDS Medials: Core courses include GNDS 311 and 345. Also sign up for a selection of 300 level courses. You require a total of four 300 level courses. These do not include GNDS 311 and 345. You also require a total of 12 units of Cross-listed options throughout the course of your medial degree. Please check your SOLUS under My Academics to see that your classes are counting to the correct degree plan. For example if you are a DEVS/GNDS medial, GNDS 212 might be counting to your DEVS plan. You do not require a 400 level course but can take one if it interests you. The course could fill your GNDS Options requirement.

GNDS Generals: Third year will be your final year to finish your four core courses (GNDS 120, 125, 212 and 215) plus another 18 units of GNDS or GNDS Options courses. Your degree requires 30 units of GNDS requirements and 60 units of electives with a cumulative GPA of 1.6. If you decide to do a BA Honours, you can apply to change your plan if your GPA has reached the minimum threshold of 1.90.

GNDS Minors: Your 30 unit GNDS plan includes the same requirements of courses as for a GNDS General but requires a cumulative GPA of 1.9 and a major of 60 units in another department.

Fourth Year Students in GNDS Plans:
All students: Check your “My Academics” on SOLUS to generate an Advisement Report to see if you have “Satisfied” for the various components of your degree and plan(s). Don’t wait until September when all classes are full.

 

GNDS Majors: Be sure to sign up for enough courses in July to complete your 60 unit GNDS plan and any other (minor) requirements. Take your required 400/6.0 course, if you haven’t taken one in third year, and finish your 300 level and GNDS Option course requirements. You require 114 units total for a BA Honours (120 units for B. Ed students and students starting Queen's in 2017-18 and later) and a cumulative GPA of 1.9. Questions about electives can be answered by advisors in Student Services.

GNDS Medials: As above, be sure to sign up for all courses needed for your two plans. If you are short GNDS Options courses, please consider asking the Undergraduate Chair permission for a 400/6.0 course.

GNDS Minors: Be sure to sign up for any remaining courses you need to complete your 30 unit GNDS minor. If you have messages on SOLUS that indicate you can’t enroll, please email Kathy Baer kathy.baer@queensu.ca for permission from our Undergraduate Chair.

 

Check out the Gender Studies Major Map as a guide for your degree.

What careers can I do with a Gender Studies degree? Check out our Careers Page.

Questions about Gender Studies plans? Contact Undergraduate Assistant, Kathy Baer, kathy.baer@queensu.ca, 613-533-6318 or the Undergraduate Chair.