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. Upcoming Event: "Feminism After Dark" Pecha Kucha Night on April 29th

    What do feminists talk about when the lights go out?

  2. Speaker Series notice of room change

    Please note that the talk on April 9th, 3:30 to 5:00pm by Heike Schotten (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston), titled, “Queer Biopolitics: Life, Death, Empire, Resistance,” has been moved to Humanities L2.

  3. Congratulations

    Tony Luong (WGS and PSYCH) is the recipient of a 12-month part-time Undergraduate Research Stipend. Under the supervision of Dr. Kristin Rodier, Tony will consider the intersection of fat and trans embodiments. Entitled "Fitting In: Swapping Clothes, Sharing Vulnerability, and the Intersection of Fat & Trans Bodies," their project explores how restricted clothing options affect fat and trans peoples' ability to manage stigma and navigate between visibility and invisibility. Research activities include hosting community events (e.g., a plus-sized all genders clothing swap), auto-ethnographical research, and an article for the journal Fat Studies.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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