Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Welcome to Undergraduate Gender Studies

Gender Studies teaching assistant and student

The range of possible combinations to achieve a Gender Studies undergraduate degree at Queen's University is considerable, and there are ample options to ensure the program that you choose is right for you. 
At the undergraduate level, we offer a three-year Bachelor’s degree (BA) and a four-year Bachelor of Arts Honours (BAH). The BAH can be pursued as a Major, Medial, or Minor. 
Note: All applications for admission to undergraduate programs at Queen's, including the B.A. and B.A. Honours in Gender Studies, are handled through Admissions Services.
Learn about the Department of Gender Studies

The Department of Gender Studies practices interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, teaching, and programming that advance our commitment to social justice and social change. We embrace an approach to gender that explores and challenges racism, capitalism, colonialism, (hetero)sexism, ableism, and other manifestations of power. Our scholarship, activism and community work centre marginalized, alternative, and relational knowledges, span local and global contexts, and engage historical and contemporary perspectives. Together we foster an accessible, culturally diverse, and transformative learning environment.

Gender Studies at Queen’s is distinguished by the centrality of race and colonialisms across our curriculum, and by a focus on the applications of gender studies within work for social change. Our curriculum advances knowledge in eight key areas:

  • Feminist, queer, trans, anti-racist, Indigenous, and postcolonial theories and methodologies
  • Political economy and class inequality
  • Activism and social change
  • Indigenous, racialized, and diasporic communities
  • Oral histories and community memories
  • Health, reproduction, education and welfare: politics and policy
  • Body and beauty cultures
  • Representation, art, literature and creative work
Internship Opportunities

Students who are interested in gaining work experience while completing their degree have the option of participating in Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP). QUIP is available to domestic and international students and offers 12-16 month paid internships to be undertaken after second or third year, provided the student returns to complete their remaining academic term after completing the internship.

Opportunities to Study Abroad

Students who wish to go on exchange are encouraged to do so.  Second year GNDS students can apply for a Gender Studies students exchange program with the University of Oslo.  In third year, students can go either to Queen's own Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in Britain, or to one of the university's 175 exchange partners across 45 countries.

Careers with a Gender Studies Degree

Almost any degree can lead to almost any occupation.

It is hard to say where a bachelor’s degree might lead someone to work and many pathways exist. Workplaces benefit from having diversity in the training and perspectives of its employees.  Did you know that every occupational area draws employees from a variety of fields of study?  Use this interactive graph to explore where university graduates work after graduation, and how it relates to their field of study.

The Department is committed to providing an exceptional and well-rounded academic experience to undergraduate students, and our graduates have discovered career opportunities in a diverse array of fields:

  • Activism
  • Advertising
  • Advocacy
  • Arts administration
  • Arts and theatre
  • Communications and media
  • Community organizing
  • Counselling
  • Cultural affairs
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Events and festival management
  • Health and medicine
  • Human resources
  • Human rights
  • Immigration services
  • International development
  • Labour and industrial relations
  • Law
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Media and film
  • Museum studies and curation
  • NGOs
  • Patient advocacy
  • Planning
  • Politics
  • Public health
  • Public relations
  • Public service and public policy
  • Social work
  • Student affairs