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Bachelor of Arts Major in Women's and Gender Studies

At a glance

  • Credential: degree
  • Credits: 120
  • Next start: monthly

Athabasca University's online women's and gender studies program will develop or expand your knowledge of the established field of women's studies and the emerging field of gender studies.

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    Student satisfaction

Source: 2023 AU institutional data and 2022 Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS)

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About Bachelor of Arts Major in Women's and Gender Studies

Unlock a deeper understanding of the world around you with Athabasca University's online women’s and gender studies program. Dive into the transformative power of feminist and gender theories, learning how they have shaped the experiences of women across time and various contexts. At the same time, you'll develop a critical awareness of the systems that foster inequality and oppression, such as patriarchy and racism, all while exploring empowering alternatives for social justice and equity.

Discover how feminist and gender theories, concepts, history, methodologies, research, and activism inform the lives and experiences of women across time and place. You will also learn about gender as a social construct within a variety of contexts.

Admission requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for the 4-year program. All you need is to be 16 or older. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.

Program details


Develop your awareness of the historical, cultural and political bases of prejudice, discrimination, inequalities, and oppression. Consider and analyze how intersecting systems of oppression condition humans' lives, including:

  • patriarchy
  • heteronormativity
  • racism
  • colonialism
  • capitalism

You will explore feminist insights and alternatives that foster solidarity, equity, and social justice among diverse human experiences and ways of life.

Routes and options

The Bachelor of Arts, Women's and Gender Studies Major is an online, 4-year degree program. There are no set start dates - you can enrol at any time and register for courses right away.

Bachelor of Arts, Women's and Gender Studies Major (4-year online degree)

  • A 4-year degree fully prepares students for most graduate programs.
  • The 4-year BA program allows you to pursue either a double major or a minor.
    • Double majors must meet the requirements for both majors, which may restrict course selection or require additional credits above the 120 required for the BA.
    • You should talk to an academic advisor about your program and courses if you're considering a double major.
    • To earn a minor you must complete 30 credits in that subject area.
  • List of minors:
    • Anthropology
    • Canadian Studies
    • English
    • French
    • Global Studies
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Inclusive Education
    • Labour Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Economy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Public Administration
    • Sociology
Note: AU does not offer an Honours BA.

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 4 years of full-time study, or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your degree.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

If you have previous post-secondary education or significant life and work experience that relates to this program, you may be eligible for transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). This could mean fewer courses to get your AU degree.

If you transfer credit, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits at AU.

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