The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is a well-established university-wide, interdisciplinary program housed in the Faculty of Arts. We offer approximately 20 courses in the program itself, and students are able to obtain credit in courses offered in a number of other departments on campus. You can earn a BA Honors in Women's and Gender Studies, a combined Honors degree in Women's and Gender Studies with another subject. You can declare a Major or a Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, or you can just take a course in a topic that interests you.

The Department hosts a lively feminist research speakers series and a yearly annual lecture. We also sponsor and co-sponsor a variety of events both on campus and in the wider community.

Core faculty conduct research in the areas of feminist legal studies, gender and development, gender and immigration, sexuality studies, feminist theories of food, feminist philosophy, gender and medieval history, women and religion, visual culture, and memory/trauma studies. In addition, the program draws from a strong, broad-based community of feminist scholars across the University. Faculty members formally affiliated with the program work in the fields of rehabilitation medicine, physical education and recreation studies, philosophy, history, human ecology, business, sociology, visual arts, law, native studies, and modern languages.


  1. Register now for WGS 498

    Register as soon as possible for WGS 498: Gender, Conflict and Peace (Women and War) Tues/ Thurs: 14:00-15:20, Classroom: T 1-108 Dr. Phil Okeke-Ihejirika This course is about women in war as instruments, agents and peacemakers. It is a seminar built around the following questions: Where do conflicts place men and women and why? How do today’s conflicts affect the rest of the world? Why do conflicts happen? Students explore today’s conflicts – most of which happen in the developing world, the challenges conflicts pose to men and women in the immediate environment, how experiences of conflicts draw-in the rest of the world, including Canada. These issues are shared through open discussion and with vivid excerpts, videos, and guest speakers. This course provides an entrance into International Relations through a critical examination of the role of gender in conflict, the topics expose the diversity of experiences and perspectives beyond what the media show us, and it presents these issues in ways that make it possible to explore and develop well-informed opinions. Please click on title above for poster.

  2. November 27 talk cancelled

    The following talk has been cancelled: Onookome Okome (Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta) will be presenting, “Same-Sex Wahala: Notes from Onitsha Market Pamphlets,” on Thursday, November 27, 3:30-5:00, in CAB 281.

  3. Cindy Baker

    Lipstick and Bullets Feminist Exhibition Space until December 24, 2014

  4. WST 498 Girlhood Studies

    Please click on title for class poster containing all information. There are still spaces left, so register today!

  5. Fall 2014 Speakers Series

    Please click on the above title for a full listing of our exciting fall speakers' series!

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