Courses for your Gender and Social Justice degree

First-year courses and beyond*

September to December

  • GSJ 101 – Introduction to Gender and Social Justice: the Global North
  • Arts First requirement 1**
  • Three additional courses

January to April

  • Choose two from:
    • GSJ 102 – Introduction to Gender and Social Justice: the Global South
    • GSJ 201 – Gender and Social Justice in Popular Culture
    • GSJ 207 – Entrepreneurship, Gender and Social Justice
  • Arts First requirement 2**
  • Two additional courses

After first year

40% of the classes you’ll take will be Gender and Social Justice courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

Sample upper-year courses

GSJ 262 – Global Queer Cinema
GSJ 307 – Race and Resistance
GSJ 347 – Witches, Wives, and Whores
GSJ 430 – Unruly Women in Early Modern Hispanic Culture


*This is a sample schedule. Courses are subject to change depending on availability each term.

**The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 – Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 – Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Arts recruitment team.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps