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. Relevant, Responsible and Radical: A Workshop on Conducting Social Movement Research

    Dr. Chris Dixon CAB 373 January 30th 2-5 pm Thank you so much for your interest and we look foward to seeing you there. Please click on the title above for full information.

  2. Winter 2015 Feminist Research Speaker's Series

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  3. Fighting the Gender Eclipse: Métis women’s knowledge and their connection to the land

    “Fighting the Gender Eclipse: Métis women’s knowledge and their connection to the land” Friday, January 16, 3:00-4:30, in CAB 373. In her talk, Nathalie Kermoal will provide insights into the range and depth of traditional knowledge Métis women have of their environment and emphasize the importance of researching back their connection to the land considering it has been either dismissed or marginalized in resource management or land-use studies. All are welcome! Also find us on Facebook

  4. Royal Society of Canada Recognition for Dr. Chloe Taylor

    Please click on the title above for the whole story: As the country’s oldest and most prestigious scholarly institution, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) annually recognizes outstanding scholarship, research and achievement in the arts, humanities and sciences elects. Dr. Chloe Taylor, an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and of Women’s and Gender Studies, was inducted to the RSC’ inaugural College for New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. This honour recognizes Taylor’s growing scholarly reputation, established by way of her prolific publication record and consistent success in securing funding for her projects.

  5. wgs201winter

    In this course, which will be co-taught by Kristin Rodier and Randi Nixon, we will introduce students to the theoretical foundations of Women's and Gender Studies. We will examine the ways feminist theory, research and activism has contributed to the analysis and understanding of gendered structures of power. Importantly, we will be putting emphasis on the way gender is complexly intertwined with categories of difference including race/histories of colonization, sexuality, ability, class, and embodiment. Lastly, we will be reading Leslie Feinberg's monumental novel, Stone Butch Blues.

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