Women's and Gender Studies Major (HBA)

Admissions Category: Social Sciences & Humanities

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Program Overview

Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough is an interdisciplinary program that explores the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, age, disability, nationality and other relations of power that shape multiple social and cultural differences and inequalities. It integrates theory and practice by introducing students to scholarship from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, and challenges them to work for change and equality in their communities and in their daily lives. Through our innovative learning environments, transformative feminist teaching and curriculum, students will learn to scrutinize structures of power, inequality and injustice.  Students will ultimately develop the knowledge, language and tools they need to challenge conventional assumptions about the world around them.


Complementary Programs:

Health StudiesSociologyInternational Development StudiesHistory

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

Competencies & Skills

  • Gather, review, interpret and organize information
  • Develop cross cultural awareness
  • Edit and proofread material
  • Evaluate ideas, theories and evidence
  • Observe and compare people/data/things
  • Interpret historical ideas in a modern context
  • Synthesize a large amount of information

Careers for Graduates

  • Policy or Research Analyst in Government
  • Researcher/Analyst/Outreach in advocacy and community groups
  • Community or Social Service work
  • Research Associate/Market Researcher
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Publishing
  • Event Organizer
  • Equity Advisor

Further Education

  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Advocacy and Social Justice
  • Public Service
  • Law School
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Human Resources

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • 1.0 credit as follows: WSTA01H3WSTA03H3.
  • Explore different kinds of courses; this will also help with fulfilling breadth requirements and electives.
  • Use Degree Explorer and the UTSC Calendar to plan your courses and program of interest.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Schedule an appointment with your Program Librarian for in-depth research assistance with your assignments.                                                      
  • Get writing and academic English support at the CTL Writing Centre.
  • Attend an Academic Integrity workshop.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the Women’s and Gender Studies Open House.
  • Attend the UTSC Faculty Mix & Mingle Fair to connect with professors and learn more about their specialties.
  • Start building your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and search for Experiential Learning opportunities on CLNx.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • 1.0 credit as follows: WSTB05H3WSTB11H3.  
  • Consider taking requirements listed under Year 3 and Year 4.                                                                                                
  • Use Degree Explorer and meet with your Program Advisor to ensure you are on track with your degree.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Get involved in relevant opportunities on and/or off campus; apply to Work Study, or other part-time and summer jobs on CLNx (Jobs & Recruitment).

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Check CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment) to search for Work Study or volunteer positions on campus to gain experience and to get involved.
  • Read the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies newsletter to find out about events, volunteer and work opportunities.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Connect with professors and advisors early so you are on track with your post-graduation plans.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.

Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • 0.5 credit as follows: WSTC02H3, and 2.5 additional credits in WST courses, of which at least 0.5 credit must be at the C-level, and a further 1.0 credit at the D-level (including 0.5 credit from WSTD03H3WSTD04H3WSTD09H3WSTD10H3).
  • Use Degree Explorer to ensure you are on track with your degree.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Build on your skills and knowledge through relevant events offered through your department, student groupsDSL and the AA&CC.
  • Seek out research and volunteer opportunities with faculty.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Apply for an Academic Travel Fund through Department of Student Life (DSL) to research, present at a conference, or engage with the international academic community.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for summer and full-time positions relevant to your field.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning to work or further education.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend a Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course” and for access to full-time job listings.
  • Discuss your grad school plans with your professors and AA&CC staff and get your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.


  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc)
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/ccr/overview.htm)
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home.htm)
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl)
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/studentlife)
  • HCSSA - Historial and Cultural Studies Student Association (https://hcssa.weebly.com)
  • ISC - International Student Centre (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/utscinternational)
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (https://www.scsu.ca)
  • WGSSA - Women and Gender Studies Student Assoc.(https://www.facebook.com/utscwgssa)
  • WST - Women and Gender Studies (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/hcs/womens-and-gender-studies)


Departmental Contact

Urooj Khan

E-mail: u.khan@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7184


Women's & Gender Studies Librarian

Whitney Kemble

E-mail: whitney.kemble@utoronto.ca
Location: ARC main floor
Phone: 416-287-7499


Academic Advising & Career Centre

Location: AC213
Phone: 416-287-7561


Department of Student Life

Location: SL157
Phone: 416-208-4760


Historical and Cultural Studies Student Association (HCSSA)


Women’s and Gender Studies Student Association (WGSSA)


Did You Know?

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WST courses explore the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality, and help you apply theory to the real world.