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. WGS Students push for history of Alberta's eugenics movement in high school curriculum

    University of Alberta students Amy Boyd and Noa Yevtushenko are part of Eugenics Ed, a group lobbying the province to add eugenics to the high social studies curriculum. Please click on the title above to access the whole article in the Edmonton Journal, written by Paula Simons.

  2. Congratulations

    Congratulations to Dr. Phil Okeke-Ihejirika for winning a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. The program is earmarked for scholarly projects with African universities and enables African scholars from United States and Canadian institutions to initiate innovative projects that facilitate the present transformations within the African higher education system. Over a period of two months, Dr. Okeke-Ihejirika will be working with the Center for Gender Issue in Science and Technology at the Federal University of Technology in Akure (Nigeria) to develop gender policies, curricular materials, and research networks among individual universities.

  3. Cristina Stasia Finalist for the Last Lecture 2015

    Dr. Cristina Stasia (WGS) is a finalist for the Last Lecture 2015! Please click on the title above for more information and to cast your vote. Vote often until March 20th.

  4. Undergraduate Research Awards

    Honours students Amy Milne (WGS) and Billy-Ray Belcourt (Comparative Literature) are the recipients of six-month research stipends each from the Office of the Vice-President (Research) to work with faculty in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. There are only five of these given out across the faculty each year. Please click on the title above for the full story.

  5. 2015 Undergraduate Conference March 6

    Please click on the title above to link to information about our Undergraduate Student Conference happening THIS Friday, March 6th!

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