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The discipline of Gender Studies critically examines how gender shapes our identities, our social interactions and our world. Gender Studies at Memorial allows students to develop a framework for thinking about power relations connected to social constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, and nationality through multiple perspectives and theories. Gender Studies also provides students with the opportunity to obtain practical tools for promotion of equity across social, political, and economic spheres. Gender Studies is diverse in that it can be applied to several other disciplines of study, like literary theory, drama studies, film studies, religious studies, performance theory, art history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and political science. 

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To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first GNDR major courses GNDR 1000 and GNDR 1005.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing


In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take GNDR 2006, one other 2000 level GNDR course plus two GNDR courses at the 2000 level or above. 

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult  the Undergraduate Program Director and the University Calendar, including general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take GNDR 3005 or GNDR 3025, GNDR 3008 plus two other 3000 level GNDR courses. 

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations.


In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take GNDR 4001 plus one other 4000 level course.  

Ensure your Breadth of Knowledge requirement for the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in your Memorial Self-Service account, under the Graduation menu options.

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors 
  • In September - if you have not had an audit within the last 3 semesters  request one now.  The audit will ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Finalize applications and academic references for professional or graduate school
  • Attend the Career and Graduate School Fair in the fall
  • Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in the Graduation menu of your Self-service account.



Pondering your future career interest?

Learn about the career versatility of the BA through BA Professional: A Career Conversation Series. Watch episodes on demand to hear from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni on how to build a successful career.

  • Explore on-campus and summer jobs through MUCEP, ISWEP, and SWASP for exposure to research and administration
  • Attend fall Career and Graduate Fair and Summer Job Fair
  • Meet up for career conversations, gain a better understanding of what careers are available with your degree and develop your networking and communications skills, in-person or online through 10,000 coffees.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.


Attend departmental events.

Attend Gender Studies speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department.

Think globally about your academic involvement.


Consider Learning Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator. 

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Wellness and Counselling Centre • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Living on-campus? Check out residence life • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus housing• Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Checkout the wellness videos or talk to a counsellor. 

Leading within the not-for-profit sector for over a decade, Nicole Kieley has contributed towards the development, growth and success of key violence prevention organizations of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As an accomplished director, Nicole has been at the forefront of creating feminist based initiatives that are survivor-centred. In an environment in which not-for-profits are faced with additional operational challenges, Nicole is known for fostering sustainability, public engagement and growth within the organizations she serves. Her roles include former Executive Director for Women in Resource Development Corporation and present Executive Director for the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre Inc. Nicole is also an avid artist and has contributed to the arts community for several years. In 2006 she founded Mamma K''s, an initiative that combines local geography, theatre, gaming and art to create engaging and captivating challenges. Nicole lives contently at home with her snaggle dog Navi, her kitty Lilith, and her storytelling husband Kevin in a historic (but not haunted) house in St. John's. She holds a BA  and MA in gender studies from Memorial.


What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

Her little feminist heart would grow. She would be very happy but also baffled. Wondering how did I ever acquire the skills and experience to take on a role with strong political, public and management responsibilities? Looking back at my experiences as an undergraduate, however, it’s fascinating to find the seeds that were planted that have fostered some of the amazing experiences in my life right now.   
What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?
My biggest challenge was figuring out my ‘end game’. I was very concerned on what career path to take. How I best addressed this was by pursuing courses and activities that related to my own interests and passions. This allowed me to marry ‘what I liked’ to ‘what I was good at’; two very different but important factors. The Arts program became a natural fit for me.
What resources did you use while at Memorial?
The Writing Centre was wonderful, volunteers were supportive and informative.  Virginia Ryan is an amazing coordinator. My writing skills and confidence were greatly improved by the many sessions offered to me. 
Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

There were certainly certain faculty members that I consider great mentors and supporters. I am thankful to those who opened their doors, delivered inspiring talks, took the time to listen and offered supportive guidance. Great thanks to Linda Cullum, Rex Clark, Ursula Kelly and the late Kate Bride. In addition to mentors, the Writing Centre was a resource I regularly utilized. 
How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?
While I enjoyed volunteering with various community groups, much of extracurricular activities centred on an amazing group of creative friends. It was through our wonderfully foolish projects that I knew that, whatever I do in life, being able to create was important. Whether it be a sketch comedy, a game or a community project, being a part of the creation process was invigorating and significant.
Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?
My love for feminism and social justice is rooted in my personal experiences and the local. I can’t really identify a particular moment, but certainly I was inspired by my mother, who was doing her Masters of Social Psychology the same time as I was doing my undergrad. Her strength and compassion certainly peaked my interest in social justice courses.
Did you participate in a study abroad program?
I did not, but I did travel with a social justice student group to Cuernavaca, Mexico to help tend the farms of rural farmers. It was a transformative experience that has stayed with me to this day. I was inspired by the resiliency and compassion of the people I met.  I recommend that folks explore the world and their passions not only through courses but by any experiential opportunities made available.
What advice do you have for undergraduate students?
It is important to focus on what motivates us on a deeper level than what we feel is expected of us. To ground yourself in work you love and help that guide you to the bigger life picture. When faced with doubt, know that you are not alone and seek out friends and mentors that can openly talk about doubts and fears in a productive way. Finally, never lose sight of your own voice and the amazing impact it can have.



Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)