Courses for your Gender and Social Justice degree

First-year courses and beyond

As an Arts student, you’ll choose your major at the end of first year. You’re encouraged to explore a second major in first year to discover potential new interests.

In your Arts First courses, instead of going to a lecture hall, you and your classmates will work together to respond to an intriguing challenge. With only 25 students in each of the two first-year courses, you might address topics such as The Science of Happiness, Are We Erasing History?, Games and Culture, and Writing About Poems and Songs.

You can choose to study Gender and Social Justice through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.


Honours Arts

September to December

  • GSJ 101 – Introduction to Gender and Social Justice: the Global North
  • Arts First requirement 1
  • Prospective major #2
  • Two electives

January to April

  • Choose two courses 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
  • Prospective major #2
  • One elective

This is a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability


Honours Arts and Business

September to December

  • ARBUS 101 – Introduction to Business in North America
  • ECON 101 – Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Arts First Requirement 1
  • GSJ 101 – Introduction to Gender and Social Justice: the Global North
  • Prospective major #2

January to April

  • ARBUS 102 – Accounting Information for Managers
  • ARBUS 202 – Professional and Business Ethics
  • Arts First Requirement 2
  • Prospective major #2

Plus one course 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

This is a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability


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

 

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