Advocate for gender equality, social justice, and positive change
Explore the ways society is shaped by gender. Be an advocate for equity, justice, and positive change. Learn the important role gender and sex play in all aspects of life. Over the course of your degree, you’ll develop a deep expertise in issues of gender, diversity, equality, and social justice.
You’ll be joining a highly-engaged group of students who are active members of their student society, department, and university as well as the student-led Women’s Centre, The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the surrounding community. You'll also have the opportunity to gain work experience through co-op.
- Join a global movement. Waterloo is the only Canadian university invited to join the United Nations’ HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 framework to advance gender equity.
- Get serious work experience. You’ll also have the option to gain real-world job experience, with paid co-op experience available through both the Honours Arts and Business and the Honour Arts programs.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Social Justice
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take three introductory Gender and Social Justice (GSJ) courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be GSJ courses.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By taking what you learn about gender studies and social justice in class and combining it with paid work experience through our co-op program, you'll gain relevant work experience and be able to explore new career areas and types of employers as your interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Digital marketing intern
- Teaching assistant
- Customer success lead
Sample co-op employers
- Closing Folders Inc.
- University of Waterloo
What can you do with a degree in gender studies and social justice?
Upon graduating, you'll be primed for a career in law, social policy planning, community action, counselling, teaching, human rights, or many other fields. Or take your studies further and pursue a master's program in a variety of areas.
- Counselling Co-ordinator - Planned Parenthood
- Social Worker - Elizabeth Fry Society
- Teacher - Grand River Collegiate Institute
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact Jackie Jones, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.