Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that studies social, cultural, economic, and political power using gender as a central focus.


Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that studies social, cultural, economic, and political power using gender as a central focus.

The Women's and Gender Studies program teaches with a focus on anti-racism, feminist theory, queer and trans studies, and social justice. 

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours
Minor only


At Mount Allison, Women's and Gender Studies promotes student engagement, with one another as well as with social justice issues, and fosters communication and writing skills.

Courses focus on issues of:

  • gender
  • ability
  • religion
  • sexuality
  • race
  • class
  • ethnicity
  • age
  • colonialism

The program includes several core courses which provide an introduction to the principles of Women’s and Gender Studies as well as more advanced study of approaches to feminism.

In upper years you'll focus on issues of gender, identity, and culture; theories of gender and power in society; gender, science, and research; and contemporary issues in feminism and gender studies.

You choose the remainder of your courses to complete from a broad range of electives in other disciplines.

Women's and Gender Studies is available as:

  • BA major (60 credits)
  • BA honours (72 credits)
  • Minor in any degree (24 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?


Students in the Gender in Science course working on a major project aimed at strengthening gender equity on Wikipedia

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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Christiana MacDougall ('93)
Assistant professor, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies

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Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and on-the-job experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Women’s and Gender Studies graduates include:

  • community support worker
  • human rights advocate
  • public policy analyst
  • crisis program manager
  • community health co-ordinator
  • social worker
  • human resources diversity specialist
  • counsellor
  • market researcher
  • non-profit organization director
  • midwife
  • lawyer
  • teacher

Alumni Spotlight

Sarah LeBlanc ('06)
Bachelor of Arts, honours Political Science, minor in Women's and Gender Studies
Lead, Public Engagement, Privy Council Office (GC)

» Social and organizational change strategist Sarah LeBlanc ('06) helps organizations reach full potential


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A key reason I found the Women’s and Gender Studies program so enriching is because it enabled me to hone in on my analysis skills and to apply an intersectional framework on a vast array of topics, ranging from embodiment to the relationship between science and gender. It is a well-rounded program that gives students a strong foundation of knowledge and critical thinking skills to understand and challenge intersecting systems of oppression in all their complexity.

Sociology, minor in Women's and Gender Studies
Dieppe, NB


Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts.

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