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Following the women’s movements of the 1960s and ’70s, feminist academics at the University of Manitoba established ‘Women’s Studies’, an academic program specifically addressing women’s issues.
Since its establishment, the program has grown from offering one or two courses a year, to its present status as an independent program in the Faculty of Arts with faculty members offering research perspectives and expertise on feminist issues. Students will examine popular culture, violence against women, women in science and technology, human geography, lesbian and queer studies, sex work and sex workers, masculinity studies and Indigenous feminisms, to name a few.
What our students say
“Not trying is the only way to guarantee failure. So try something new and apply for things such as: scholarships, conferences, internships and a variety of courses in different subject areas. These new challenges will help to broaden your perspective and are useful in this interdisciplinary field.”
-Johise Namwira, women’s and gender studies student
The program also offers a range of extracurricular opportunities, including:
- internships with local feminist organizations
- travel grants to attend academic conferences
- research assistantships with faculty members
- editorial experience on the annual publication "FAQ: The University of Manitoba Feminist and Queer Undergraduate Review"
- student colloquiums
- student creative expression competitions
Women's and gender studies is a valuable asset to any career, in the past undergraduates have found careers in fields including:
- Social justice outreach
- Community health/Addictions/Social programs
Some students use women's and gender studies as a base to move on to additional studies in areas such as:
- Social work
- Health care
The Faculty of Arts offers three- and four-year programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender studies.
BA degrees at a glance
BA General: 90 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all courses in the chosen major. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
BA Advanced: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all faculty-required courses. Students select a major and minor program of study or a double major in lieu of a minor.
BA Honours: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all courses. Students do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects for the double honours program. This is the preferred program for students looking to pursue graduate studies.
Bachelor of Arts (General)
Expected duration: 3 years
The general program offers general exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity to concentrate studies in at least two subject areas. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
A student must complete 90 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the major.
You can complete the BA General degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
Expected duration: 4 years
The advanced program offers a general education along with a reasonable degree of specialization in one area of study through the major.
Graduates of the advanced major program who demonstrate high academic performance may be eligible for entrance to graduate studies. The advanced degree is also well suited to students seeking to build an academic term or year of studies abroad into their undergraduate degree.
To earn a BA Advanced degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all faculty-required courses. The program requires at least 48 credit hours in a major subject area, as well as a minor field of study that includes a minimum of 18 credit hours in a subject area. In lieu of a minor, students may complete a double advanced major program.
Students should apply to enter the advanced program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete this degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Expected duration: 4 years
The honours program offers a rigorous examination of a particular subject area for those who desire a more specialized undergraduate preparation. This is the preferred program for students who wish to continue their education at the graduate level.
Students normally enter the program after first year, although you may be eligible to enter the program later in your undergraduate studies.
To earn a BA Honours degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses.
Students in the honours program do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects in the case of a double honours program. The program differs from the advanced program by requiring more courses in the honours field and by providing a greater intensity and depth of study.
Students should apply to enter the honours program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete the honours program on a part-time basis.
Earning a minor in Arts
A minor is comprised of 18 credit hours which are in a subject field that is different from a declared major. To earn a minor in a subject field as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, a student must successfully complete 18 credit hours in a subject field approved by the Faculty of Arts as a minor.
Minors offered by the Faculty of Arts are listed under each area of study’s section of the Academic Calendar. Arts students may complete minor programs offered by other Faculties/Schools providing the minor program consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours and all other degree requirements are satisfied.
Degree requirements for all BA degrees
Students in the BA General, BA Advanced and BA Honours degree must complete the following requirements as part of their degree:
- 6 credit hours of humanities
- 6 credit hours of social sciences
- 6 credit hours of sciences
- 3 credit hours of written English (W)
- 3 credit hours of mathematics (M)
- 3 credit hours of Indigenous course content (students entering as of fall 2021)
- 6 credit hours in each of 5 different subject fields
The 3 credit hours of written English and 3 credit hours of mathematics are to satisfy the written English and mathematics requirement.
For full details on these requirements, refer to the Academic Calendar.
Sample course offerings
- WOMN 2430: Indigenous Women’s Stories (3 credit hours)
- WOMN 2500: Race, Class and Sexuality (3 credit hours)
- WOMN 2560: Women, Science and Technology (3 credit hours)
- WOMN 3100: Sex Work in Contemporary Canadian Culture (3 credit hours)
- WOMN 3560: Feminist Perspectives on Violence Against Women (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 3320: Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
- CLAS 2210: Women in Ancient Greece and Rome (3 credit hours)
- ECON 2362: Economics of Gender (3 credit hours)
- HIST 4060: Gender History in Canada (6 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Women's and Gender Studies (BA) program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online.
The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
You apply to the Bachelor of Arts program without selecting your major and minor areas of study (e.g., anthropology, political science, etc.). You make these choices after you are in the BA program.
Admission and application inquiries
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University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M8