Women's Studies Undergraduate Program
Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to studying the historical, cultural, literary, and societal role of women and gender. UNBC’s program has strengths in areas such as women’s and gender history; gender, literature, and literary theory; gender, colonialism, and post colonialism; gender and globalization; feminism, justice, and ethics; gender and health; and gender and international studies.
The Women’s Studies program offers majors and minors in Women’s Studies and, in cooperation with other programs, four joint majors. At the graduate level, the program offers the Master’s Degree in Gender Studies.
Women’s Studies courses examine all aspects of the human past, present, and future through the lens of gender. Thus the Women’s Studies program offers courses that are relevant both globally and at the most profound personal level. A Women’s Studies degree prepares the student to think critically about cross-cultural and trans-historical constructs of gender and, thus, what it means to be human. The breadth of the program makes Women’s Studies an ideal undergraduate degree that inculcates knowledge and skills valuable in many areas of graduate study, employment, and civic and community life.
The Women’s Studies program offers students the opportunity to engage with the familiar yet challenging subject of how gender structures and influences our world. Please feel free to contact the program coordinator to discuss how a Women’s Studies degree can help you meet your goals.
Gender Studies Graduate Program
Breaking New Ground
Gender Studies at UNBC is an interdisciplinary MA program that offers the opportunity to work with scholars and peers who share a focus on women and/or gender as a category of analysis. The program aims to resituate gender and feminist theory and praxis in relation to established and developing academic disciplines at UNBC.
Being interdisciplinary in approach, the program has particular strengths in areas such as gender and First Nations; gender history; gender in literature; gender, colonialism, and postcolonialism; gender and globalization; feminism, justice, and ethics; gender and health; gender and the environment; and gender and international studies. Gender Studies graduate students have the opportunity to design a course of study that incorporates gender- or feminism-based methodologies and inter-disciplinarity while developing expertise in an area of concentration. While providing a transnational frame of reference, we also pay attention to the national and regional; so students will emerge from the program with a both broad analytical framework and a well-developed focus.
Graduate Studies in Gender
Gender-based analyses have moved from the periphery of most disciplines to form a large and methodologically sophisticated arena of scholarship. Your program in Gender Studies will deepen your awareness of this growing literature and prepare you to join the community of scholars dedicated to extending knowledge of women and the role of gender as a “first principle” in human society.
Your training will emphasize highly transferable skills: research design, execution, and analysis; critical thinking; and oral and written communication. Many students who complete the Gender Studies MA elect to enter a doctoral program either in Women’s Studies or in another discipline. However, the very ubiquity of gender in human life means that Gender Studies will also prepare you for virtually every career. Journalism, education, international development, community service, social work, activism, and health are but a few of the areas in which consciousness and analysis of gender are useful and often essential. Those already working in such fields may find it desirable to complete a Gender Studies MA on a part-time basis; in many cases, work and study can be fruitfully combined.
Finally, a solid grounding in women’s and gender studies is a solid preparation for participation in one’s own society and, increasingly, the global one. The program’s interest in globalization and transnational movements will assist students in formulating responses to the gendered effects of late capitalism’s global relations, while its emphasis on colonial and postcolonial studies will sharpen students’ analyses of the artifacts of colonialism within our own society and elsewhere. From a variety of perspectives, then, the Gender Studies MA program constitutes a sound preparation.