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Degree Requirements

New Requirements Effective Fall/Winter 2012-13

These requirements are for Students Entering Their First Year at York in 2012-13

Required Courses:
BA Required Courses:
  • GWST 2500 6.00 or GWST 2510 9.00/On Women: Introduction to Women's Studies;
  • GWST 3555 6.00/Genealogies of Feminist Theorizing or GWST 3556 6.00/Généalogie des théories féministes.
Honours BA Required Courses:
  • GWST 2500 6.00 or GWST 2510 9.00/On Women: Introduction to Women's Studies;
  • GWST 3555 6.00/Genealogies of Feminist Theorizing or GWST 3556 6.00/Généalogie des théories féministes;
  • GWST 4555 6.00/Feminist Methodologies and Methods.
Core Courses:

Students are required to select between 12 and 24 credits of Core Courses depending on their degree program. Core Courses cover themes deemed essential to Gender and Women's Studies and will explicitly aim to develop critical reading, writing and oral presentation skills, research skills, and more advanced research and theoretical skills as appropriate to the course and year level.

The Required and Core Courses will:

  • focus primarily on women and gender;
  • be taught from feminist perspectives;
  • be interdisciplinary;
  • address the intersections of race, ethnicity, disability and sexual identity and gender;
  • acknowledge the different perspectives on women in a global context;
  • explicitly identify the critical skills to be developed in the course.

Non-Core Courses:

Non-Core Courses (courses offered by other units at York) may be accepted for program credit. These courses will count towards the requirements in Women's Studies. For those available each year, please consult the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies supplemental calendar, available in 206 Founders College.

Please Note: the following restrictions continue to apply:

  • Effective Fall 2004, students are allowed to repeat one passed course (i.e. grade of D or higher) once for degree or certificate credit. When this happens, the repeated course grade will be the grade of record.
  • A course listed as a course credit exclusion (contains significant overlap) for a passed course may not be used for degree credit.

First Year Courses:

Effective September 1, 2004, students may count one 6-credit 1000-level feminist or gender-based course towards their Gender and Women's Studies degree or certificate requirements (6 credits of a 9-credit Foundations course) in accordance with the student's home Faculty regulations. Courses taken at the 1000-level prior to September 2004 will not be counted.

List of eligible 1000-level courses:

  • AP/GL/GWST 1500 6.00/Women in Today's World
  • AP/GL/GWST 1510 6.00/Sex, Gender and Popular Culture
  • AP/HUMA 1950 6.00/9.00/Concepts of Male and Female in the West
  • AP/HREQ 1700 6.00/Women in Canada
  • AP/HREQ 1920 6.00/Male-Female Relationships
  • AP/MODS 1710 6.00/Reasoning about Women and Sexism
  • AP/SOSC 1900 6.00/Sexuality, Gender and Society
  • AP/SOSC 1920 6.00/Male-Female Relationships
  • AP/SOSC 1185 9.00/Women and Society
  • AP/SOSC 1188 9.00/Women's Roles
  • AP/SOSC 1210 9.00/ Human Rights and Canadian Minorities
  • AP/SOSC 1350 9.00/Women and the Law