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. 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.

  2. Cindy Baker

    Lipstick and Bullets Feminist Exhibition Space until December 24, 2014

  3. WST 498 Girlhood Studies

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

  4. Fall 2014 Speakers Series

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

  5. Annual Public Lecture

    Join us on Tuesday, September 16 at 3:30 pm for our annual public lecture with Professor Lise Gotell, Vice Dean of Arts " A Critique of the Critique of Carceral Feminism: Reassessing the Place of Criminalization in the Struffle Against Sexual Violence." Please click on title for full information.

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