Gender and Social Justice

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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.

Program highlights

  • 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.


What will you learn? 

First-year courses

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.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Gender and Social Justice degree.

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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Admissions

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.

How to apply

Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Gender and Social Justice as your major at the end of first year.

Connect with us

Jackie-Jones, Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator

Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?

Please contact Jackie Jones, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.

 


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