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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. WGS 498 Feminism after Genocide?

    Dr. Susanne Luhmann T/Th 2:00 to 3:30 pm ESB 1 33 This course will begin from the question of what difference it makes to consider the emergence of (western) feminisms, their theories, activisms, and pedagogies, as responses to genocide. Beginning with three case studies (the transatlantic slave trade, the Holocaust, and settler colonialism) we will study how first, second, and third wave feminisms were, and arguably continue to be, animated, maybe haunted, by the difficult knowledge that these state-organized mass violences pose for past and present feminists. The larger question of this course then is: what does it mean to live and work in the aftermath (and arguably presence) of genocide? We will read a wide selection of texts (theoretical, philosophical, historical, literary etc.) to learn about these genocides and to consider the implication for social justice work today. Please click on title for course poster.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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