Women’s and Gender Studies (not accepting applications)

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Learn about the world through a gendered perspective.

Open to both women and men, the Women’s and Gender Studies certificate and diploma look at the lives, contributions, and experiences of women, as well as the social construction of men.

Program Description

The Women's and Gender Studies program focuses on materials by and about women, placing women’s knowledge at the centre of the process and incorporating a number of academic disciplines—history, literature, sociology, psychology, anthropology and social work.

Because the program is interdisciplinary and cross-divisional in its approach, core courses appeal to students in programs beyond the School of Liberal Arts, particularly to students in the School of Health, Education and Human Services.

As well, the program presents an ideal continuing education opportunity for individuals now employed.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12; OR
  • Mature student status with acceptable scores on College Assessments, the GED® test or the LPI test.

If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a Program Advisor.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate students must complete 30 credits, including:

  • Two Liberal Arts core courses (6 credits)
  • Two WGST core courses (6 credits)
  • Four social-science required courses (12 credits)
  • Two WGST A-level required courses (6 credits)

 NOTE: Students must undertake at least 50% of the work at Yukon College, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average).

Diploma students must complete 60 credits, including certificate requirements and the following:

  • One WGST core course (3 credits)
  • Five WGST A-level courses (15 credits)
  • Three WGST B-level courses (9 credits)
  • One open elective (3 credits)

NOTE: Students must complete six courses (18 credits) at the 200 level or above, undertake
at least 50% of the work at Yukon College, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average).

NOTE: Students may take up to six credits from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science; however, such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.


For transfer information on a specific Yukon College course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.


Title Campus Scheduled
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 103 - Canadian Society Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies I
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies II Online/Video
WGST 200 - Women and Social Change
200 Level Women's and Gender Studies Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
WGST 230 - Women and History - Rethinking Canada
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities I
WGST 241 - The Study of Men and Masculinities II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Open Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 210 - Globalization and the Culture of Capitalism Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Crime and Deviance Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing I
CRWR 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing II
ENGL 203 - Introduction to the Novel
ENGL 204 - Introduction to Science Fiction
ENGL 205 - Literary Representations of the Natural World Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 206 - Introduction to the Short Story
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature
ENGL 230 - A Survey of First Nations Literature in English Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 200 - Environmental Perspectives Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 201 - Environmental Ethics
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
HIST 120 - European History I
HIST 121 - European History II
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Online/Video
NOST 200 - Research in the North
NOST 201 - The Natural History of the North Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 202 - Social History of the North Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership I
PHED 225 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 205 - Child Development
RELI 101 - World Religions II
SOCI 203 - Sociology of the Family Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 227 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)