The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is a hub for feminist knowledge production and engaged citizenship at the University of Alberta. Its hallmarks include award-winning teachers and scholars, a vibrant feminist research community, a long-standing commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations, and outstanding graduates who move into their communities as critical and engaged citizens with abiding commitments to social justice. 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.

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.

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. Sneak Peek at Exciting New Spring and Summer Courses

  2. New graduate degree in Women's and Gender Studies

    The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) will be introducing its first graduate degree program in fall term 2016.

  3. Emilia Nielsen's Winter 2016 Course on Gender and Health

    There's still room to sign up for WGS 498 B4 - Gender and Health: Exploring Graphic Medicine. This Special Topics course looks at graphic novels such as Pregnant Butch, Tangles, Skim, 7 Generations, Marbles, and more!

  4. Call for Papers for Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies Cripping Critical Animal Studies Conference

    Conference organizers Chloë Taylor and Kelly Struthers Montford welcome proposals for panels, individual papers, and workshops for Decolonizing CAS, Cripping CAS, being held June 21-23, 2016 at the University of Alberta. Please see CFP for details. Deadline for submissions is January 10th, 2015.

  5. Interview with 'A Beer Tent for Girls' Artist Ali Nickerson

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