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Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies

Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Credential: Associate Degree
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 University Transfer credits as listed below
  • Require a minimum GPA of 2.00
  • 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

This program will allow students to graduate with a provincially-recognized two-year Associate Degree and to specialize in the area of gender, sexualities and women's studies (GSWS). Students must meet the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at Douglas College and the following specific program requirements:

Students must complete all courses in List A.

LIST A

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

GSWS 1100

Introduction to Women's Studies: Silences, Voices and Experiences

3.00

GSWS 1101

Women and Feminism: Contemporary Issues

3.00

GSWS 2101*

Gender Today

3.00

Students must choose at least six courses from List B.

LIST B

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

ANTH 2240*

The Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality

3.00

CRIM 3356*

The Female Offender

3.00

ENGL lit course**

Designated sections of ENGL literature courses

3.00

GEOG 2213*

Social Geography

3.00

HIST 2260*

Women, Gender and Sexuality in Canada, 1600 to 1870

3.00

HIST 2261*

Women, Gender and Sexuality in Canada, 1870 to Present

3.00

PHIL 2360*

Philosophy and Feminist Thought

3.00

PSYC 1110

Psychology of Women

3.00

PSYC 3120*

Gender Relations

3.00

SOCI 2240*

Women in Society

3.00

SOCI 2250*

Families and Social Change

3.00

*Course may have prerequisites. Please check the Program and Course Catalogue.

**For the relevant sections of English literature courses, please consult the English Department Chair.

Students are free to choose their remaining electives from any area but may want to consider that the following courses have some GSWS-related content:

The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:

  • 6 credits first-year English* electives
  • 6 credits Humanities electives
  • 6 credits Social Sciences electives
  • 6 credits Arts** electives
  • 18 credits second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
  • 3 credits Lab Science elective
  • 3 credits Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
  • 3 credits Math, Statistics or Science elective
  • 9 credits other University Transfer electives

*English courses can include courses in written Communications (CMNS) and Creative Writing (CRWR) that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit. A maximum of 3 credits can come from such an equivalent; at least 3 credits must be earned in an actual ENGL course, so-named. For purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, English courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses.

** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. To confirm whether a course is designated as "humanities" or "scoial sciences", check the Associate of Arts Degree Graduation Requirement Checklist. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. 

Definitions:

A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).

  • An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
  • A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
  • The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
  • A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
  • first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
  • second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
  • laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.

For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.

Co-operative Education Option:

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.