Why Study Gender?
Women’s/Gender Studies examines significant differences in the experiences of the sexes in Canadian society and globally. Some of the important issues of life revolve around being a man, or being a woman, or inhabiting a post-binary invention of gender. The program addresses common experiences as well as those of difference – being differently abled, or shaped by experiences in a different country or culture. A number of courses in this program focus on the female half of humanity and other groups that are often under-represented. The program encourages students to reassess the conventional disciplines, helping to integrate questions of gender, sexuality and ‘difference’ in the curriculum.
This is an interdisciplinary program par excellence. Students take another major in connection with this degree, so the WGS degree forms a second major or minor that complements the first. The methods and theories of anthropologists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, theologians and of the language/visual/ performing arts all contribute to the study of Women and Gender. Some students add extracurricular activity through the Women’s Centre and other groups interested in equity on campus and beyond.
Where does a Women’s/Gender Studies degree lead? It is an asset in all careers that involve gender and equity issues. It is relevant for teaching, government, law, social justice work, international development, human resources, advertising and the health professions, to name just a few. The program also addresses life issues such as equality and responsibility within relationships, marriages and families.