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Department Name Change

ANNOUNCEMENT

Department of Gender Studies - Our New Name!

The University Senate has approved a new name for the Department of Women’s Studies. Our new name, the Department of Gender Studies, becomes official on August 31, 2012. You’ll see changes appear before this in registration for fall 2012 courses, all of which include a new course designation GNDR, as well as some new course titles.

We’d like to extend our thanks to undergraduate Majors and Minors, graduate students, faculty members, alumni, current and past Women’s Studies Council members and friends and supporters of the Department for your participation in the consultative process that led to this change. The possibility of a name change for the Department of Women’s Studies has been discussed since 2005 and we’re pleased to see this discussion finally come to fruition.

Senate approval provides the choice of continuity for students who choose to continue in their current programme or a new opportunity for students who choose to follow the new regulations for the degree in Gender Studies.

If you are currently a student enrolled in the Major or Minor in Women’s Studies, existing university regulations apply. Undergraduate students can continue to follow the current degree regulations for the Department of Women’s Studies, or they can choose to follow the new regulations approved for the Department of Gender Studies. (See University Regulation 5.2.1. Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations.) The following changes apply to the Department of Gender Studies: GNDR 2005, Identities and Difference will have a Research and Writing course designation and a new undergraduate course will be offered, GNDR 3025, Theories of Gender, Race and (Post) Colonialism. Under Department of Gender Studies guidelines for Majors, students must complete either GNDR 3025, Theories of Gender, Race and (Post) Colonialism, or GNDR 3005, Feminist Texts, Theories and Histories.

If you are currently a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Women’s Studies degree programme, existing university regulations apply. (See University Regulation 2.4.4.7 Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations.) Graduate students can continue to follow the current degree regulations for the Master of Women’s Studies (MWS) degree or the Master of Gender Studies (MGS) degree. There are no new course or thesis/report requirements in the MGS degree programme. In the case of graduate students, the University may place time lines on the time permitted to complete a programme under any given set of regulations.

We are pleased to join 28 other Canadian universities that include Gender, in one form or another in their undergraduate and graduate degree programme titles. We look forward to continuing to work alongside you in the newly established Department of Gender Studies.

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