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.
International exchanges in 25 countries
Available as a major and minor
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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
*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.
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
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
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
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Social Justice
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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 the Honours Arts and Business program.