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  • Emma Godard

Why I think everyone should take a Gender and Women's Studies Class.

As someone who enrolled in this school with a Criminal Justice Diploma, I had planned to spend two more years here and obtain my degree. However, after attending the GSWS 100: Sex Talk: Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Studies course, I realized how enjoyable this degree could be. I quickly sought advice from the GSWS manager on how to get a joint degree.


In the last year, I have learned more about myself and the world than I ever could have with my Criminology classes. I see how interconnected the two degrees are, and I love it. Each class is unique, especially as you get into the 3rd and 4th-year courses, where the professors have more say in their teaching.


The switch to a joint major allowed me to get to where I am in my degree and embark on my research project through GSWS class 401, a five-credit course (Wink, Wink). I am surprised by the number of people who have yet to take a course within GSWS. These classes are not always easy, and they will challenge you to think about the world and your place within it. However, you can integrate your knowledge of criminology into them and see the connections.


If you have any questions about possible electives, I am always happy to chat and offer recommendations. I will leave you with this: You will never be able to learn everything the world has to offer, but while you are at Simon Fraser University, why not try new things and classes? You never know what might happen or where it might lead you.


I wish you all good luck in your last few weeks of the semester! You are doing amazing, and you got this!

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