What will I learn?

The field of Gender and Women's Studies has transformed dramatically since its introduction to Lakehead University in 1990. Alongside women’s experiences and gendered systems, you will examine elements of:

Sexuality
Queer Theory
Law
Masculinity
Transnational Activism
Ecofeminism
Social Justice
Pop Culture
Embodiment

Through these topics and more, it is our goal to demonstrate how people are constrained by various ideological notions and how these notions can be challenged to facilitate equality.

Our Department of Women’s Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to feminism. Our faculty members are prominent in the fields of feminist legal studies, women’s health, queer studies, cultural and new media studies and teach related courses that easily springboard our students into the Masters of Social Justice and related postgraduate programs, law schools across Canada, midwifery, policing, and many others.

As a Women’s Studies Honours student you are free to combine your studies with a joint major in Gerontology, Psychology, History, English, Indigenous Learning, Sociology, Outdoor Recreation, or Concurrent Education, as well as Concentration or Specialization options with Social Work.

Future Careers

Community Organizations

  • Social Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Human Resources Diversity Specialist
  • Non-Profit Organization Executive Director
  • Family Counsellor
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Child and Youth Advocate
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Addictions Counsellor
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Trauma Counsellor

Government

  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Policing
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Community Development Worker

Education

  • Teacher
  • School Counsellor
  • Educational Administrator

Communications

  • Journalist
  • Project Manager
  • Writer
  • Private Sector
  • Market Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Business Consultant
  • Interest Group Advocate

Medicine

  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Doctor

International

  • International Development
  • International Aid Worker
  • NGOs

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$25,000.00 (US$ 20,203) per year
Ancillary Fee - Year 1: CAN $1,207.63; Year 2 - 4: CAN $1,187.63

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Lakehead University

Thunder Bay Campus,

955 Oliver Road,

THUNDER BAY,

Ontario (ON),

P7B 5E1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent. Program-Specific Prerequisite courses completed at the senior level (e.g. Grade 12); Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian). English Language Requirements: TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based): Minimum Score: 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score: 213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score: 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS (academic test) - International English Language Testing System: Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: Minimum Score: 85.

For international students

Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent.

Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian).

English Language Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based): Minimum Score: 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score: 213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score: 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS (academic test) - International English Language Testing System: Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: Minimum Score: 85; CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment, CAEL CE - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (Computer Edition): Minimum Score: 60.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Fleming College
  • Confederation College
  • Sheridan College (Ontario)
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About Lakehead University

Lakehead University is a vibrant and forward-thinking institution that provides a transformative educational experience for students.

  • In Canada’s top 10 undergraduate universities
  • 1 of Canada’s most beautiful campuses (Huffington Post)
  • Based in Ontario, with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia
  • 97.7% employment rate within two years of graduation