Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Gender and Women’s Studies

Learn about the world and our place in it through a deeper understanding of sexuality, femininity, embodiment and social justice.

Gender and Women's Studies Take on the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies in the gender and women’s Sstudies program at UBC Okanagan.

What You Need to Know

Why study gender and women’s studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build the foundational skills needed to pursue a career in government departments and agencies, media and publishing, and non-government organizations or services, or to pursue graduate studies.

Access to professors
Visit your prof during office hours or volunteer to assist with a research project on feminist theories, history and theory of fashion, or heterosexualities—just some of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring.

Undergraduate research
Complete directed studies, where you will conduct independent research and readings, culminating in a major term paper.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in gender and women’s studies, which draws from across the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies.

This dynamic program allows students to develop integrative and finely-tuned perspectives on how gender and sexuality are central components of everyday life, experiences of embodiment and social recognition, histories of modernity and domination, global social and economic processes, cultural production and systems of representation, and social justice movements.

You can complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in gender and women’s studies at UBC Okanagan. In your undergraduate program, you may also minor in gender and women’s studies.


UBC Okanagan’s gender and women’s studies program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare students for careers in government, media and non-government organizations or services.

Sample courses:

  • GWST 110 – Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Power II: Everyday Life
  • GWST 215 – Women and Popular Culture
  • GWST 333 – Perspectives on Gendered Bodies
  • GWST 419 – Gender, Dress, and Fashion: Histories and Theories

Browse gender and women’s studies courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The following links take you to gender and women’s studies program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academics policies at the University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Learn about themes and individualized options in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS).

Visit the community, culture and global studies homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the bachelor of arts degrees. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program. 

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate studies in Gender and Women’s Studies. Career options range from communications officer, government relations advisor, and non-profit director.



  • Advocate
  • Arts administrator
  • Campaign organizer
  • Civil servant
  • Communications officer
  • Community service worker
  • Constituency assistant
  • Consumer researcher
  • Editor
  • Equity policy analyst
  • Equity educator
  • Event coordinator
  • Filmmaker
  • First Nations Band project coordinator
  • Fundraiser/development officer
  • Gender development specialist
  • Gender & women’s health researcher
  • Gender & women’s services coordinator
  • Government relations advisor
  • Grant writer
  • Hotline operator
  • Housing or poverty analyst
  • Human resources professional
  • Impact assessment officer
  • Investigative journalist
  • Job coach/retention worker
  • LBGTQ centre worker
  • Law enforcement
  • Legislative assistant
  • Lobbyist/organizer
  • Multiculturalism educator
  • Non-profit worker
  • Policy analyst
  • Project manager
  • Public administrator
  • Public outreach coordinator
  • Public relations advisor
  • Publishing assistant
  • Reproductive health support worker
  • Settlement worker
  • Strategic planner
  • Women’s shelter worker

Potential Employers

  • Government departments and agencies concerning Canadian human rights, health care, historical sites, human service organizations, and museums
  • Media and publishing houses, including print, radio, TV and alternative media sources
  • Non-governmental organizations and services, including cultural services, immigrant and refugee services, international development agencies, public education, and women’s organizations
  • Private industry, including communication companies, financial institutions, market research firms and private foundations

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan offers MA, MSc and PhD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program. In IGS, students may build an individualized program and have a Gender and Women’s Studies department professor as their primary supervisor.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with fellow students.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé. Available awards include:

Work Opportunities

  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Acquire real-world job skills and strong connections at a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Gender and Women’s Studies program:
Karleen Delaurier-Lyle

Karleen Delaurier-Lyle

Student experience: “I learned the difference between surface learning and really absorbing something and having it became part of me.”

Ilya Parkins

Ilya Parkins, UBC Professor

“Questions are the place where good thinking happens.”

Daniel Sadler

Daniel Sadler, UBC Alumnnus

“The program allowed me to find common ground with people I normally wouldn’t talk to.”

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Gender and Women’s Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, take part in “Meet the Dean” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun in various campus clubs.

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support. UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails.

    One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence.

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.


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