Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQs are specific to the Gender Studies Program.

For more general FAQs please see the Faculty of Arts and Science help page.

Questions about GNDS courses
What is the difference between a GNDS course and a GNDS cross-listed course?

A GNDS course starts with the GNDS course code and is offered through the GNDS Department. GNDS students get priority registration in these courses.

A GNDS cross-listed course is one offered by another Department that can be used as a GNDS option course in your degree plan.

Which courses can be used as a GNDS cross-listed course?

The full list of approved cross-listed courses are outlined on our Courses page. Note: not all cross-listed courses will be offered every year.

What are Special Topic courses?

Special Topic courses (GNDS 280, 380 and 480) are offered when faculty resources permit.  Special Topic courses are analyses of particular areas of gender studies interdisciplinary research. Details regarding specific topics will be available from the Head of the Department on an annual basis. Students are able to take multiple Special Topics courses of the same course code (i.e., GNDS 280, 380, 480), provided it is a different topic than the one(s) previously taken.

Special Topic courses offered in this academic year are listed on our Courses page.

What is the best way to plot out my courses to be sure I will graduate on time?

The plan mapping worksheet is a great tool to keep track of the courses you need to graduate. If you need help planning your courses you can also contact the Undergraduate Office (gndsug@queensu.ca, 613-533-6318).

Questions about GNDS plan types and how to apply
How do I choose a plan?

Be sure you are choosing the correct degree program. If you want to be a Gender Studies Major you need to choose a BA Honours degree program.  If you choose a BA you will end up in a BA General in Gender Studies three-year degree. Students with at least a C- in a GNDS 120 or 125 course and a cumulative GPA of at least 1.90 are eligible for a GNDS Major, Medial or Minor. All of these are options in the Honours degree program only.

For more information on Plan Selection, see the Faculty of Arts and Science page.

Find out about what it takes to get accepted into plans and watch a video about what steps to take to gain Automatic Acceptance in a plan. 

What is the difference between a major, medial, and minor Gender Studies plan?

Major - Gender studies is the primary field of study

Medial - Strong concentration in Gender Studies in combination with an equally strong concentration in another discipline

Minor - Completing a Major in another discipline, with gender studies as a secondary field of study

Students can apply to the Major, Medial, or Minor plan after their first year in Arts and Science and should have completed either GNDS 120 or GNDS 125.

Students completing a Gender Studies Major, Medial, or Minor plan receive a BA (Hons.)

Plan Degree Years to Complete Total Units Units in GNDS Units in Another Plan Elective Units
Major BA (Hons.) GNDS Major 4 120* 60 n/a 60
Medial BA (Hons.) GNDS Medial 4 120* 42 42 36
Minor BA (Hons.) GNDS Minor 4 120* 30 60 30
General BA GNDS General 3 90 30 n/a 60

*114 units for those students admitted prior to September 2017

When do I select my degree plan (i.e. major)?

If you are an Arts and Science student, you will select your degree plan (i.e. major) at the end of your first year. Students who have completed a minimum of 24.0 units are required to select a degree plan in order to register for second year courses. Please note that the Department of Gender Studies (and many other programs at Queen's) have first year course requirements (GNDS 120 or 125) and cumulative GPA thresholds which must be met in order to be accepted into the degree plan requested. You may view the thresholds on the Faculty of arts and Science webpage.

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

Questions about Gender Studies plans? Please contact the Undergraduate Office (gndsug@queensu.ca, 613-533-6318) or the Undergraduate Chair.

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.  Click here to find the threshold for various degree plans.

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.

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. 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 review 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. Each department will have to accept a student before the student can be enrolled in a Medial plan.

How do I change my plan?

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.

What careers can I do with a Gender Studies degree?

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
Questions about course registration
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 contact the Undergraduate Office at gndsug@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 the Continuing and Distance Studies office 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.

Why won’t SOLUS let me into a Gender Studies course?

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.

How do I find an open tutorial?

For students looking for open tutorials in GNDS 120, 125, 212 and 215 classes, switch your SOLUS view to "View All".  There are often many open seats in tutorials if you use this view and scroll down the list.

If you are on a wait list for a specific tutorial, i.e., tutorial 003, you will only get a seat if someone in tutorial 003 drops the class. You will not get a seat in another tutorial where you are not on waitlist.

Recommended Course Sequence by Year
First Year Arts & Science 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 your 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, Gender and Health.

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 and HIST 280/6.0 (taught online), ENGL 277, LLCU 244, PHIL 275, PHIL 276, 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: Take the required core courses in both departments and any possible options courses from the courses listed for GNDS Majors.

GNDS Minors/GNDS Generals: Look into GNDS Cross-listed Options and 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

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: Take GNDS 311 and 345 – these are required core courses. Also sign up for a selection of 300 level courses. You require a total of four 300 level courses in addition to GNDS 311 and 345. You must take two 400 level courses worth 3.0 units each, in either third year or fourth year. 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 6.0 units of 400 level courses 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: Take GNDS 311 and 345 – these are required core courses. Also sign up for a selection of 300 level courses. You require a total of four 300 level courses in addition to GNDS 311 and 345. You also require a total of 12 units of Cross-listed options throughout the course of your medial degree. 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 Minors: Finish your four core courses (GNDS 120, 125, 212 and 215).  Your degree requires 30 units of GNDS requirements with a cumulative GPA of 1.9 and a major of 60 units in another department.

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.

Fourth Year Students in GNDS Plans

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 two required 400/3.0 courses, if you haven’t taken them in third year, and finish your 300 level and GNDS Option course requirements. You require 120 units total for a BA Honours (120 units for B. Ed students and 114 units for students starting Queen's in before 2017-18) and a cumulative GPA of 1.9. Questions about electives can be answered by advisors in Student Services.

GNDS Medials: Be sure to sign up for all courses needed for your two plans. If you are short GNDS Options courses, consider asking the Undergraduate Chair permission to take a 400/3.0 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 contact the Undergraduate Office at gndsug@queensu.ca for permission from our Undergraduate Chair.

Undergraduate Student Forms

Undergraduate Academic Change Form (PDF, 790 KB)
This form can be used to change plans or to add GNDS 500 level courses, with the permission of the Undergraduate Chair and the Head of the Department.

Letter of Permission (PDF, 53 KB)
How to do a course on a Letter of Permission at another university