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. 2014-2015 Speakers' Series

    The Department of Women's and Gender Studies has an exciting lineup of speakers for the 2014-15 academic year! Please click on title for a full listing and don't forget to schedule September 16th 3:30-5:00 for our Annual Public Lecture with Professor Lise Gotell, "A Critique of the Critique of Carceral Feminism: Reassessing the Place of Criminalization in the Struggle Against Sexual Violence."

  2. Congratulatons to Dr. Felice Lifshitz on her new book

    Religious Women in Early Carolingian Francia: A Study of Manuscript Transmission and Monastic Culture. Please click on title for full story.

  3. Welcome to Dr Cristina Stasia

    We extend a warm welcome to Dr Cristina Stasia, who is joining the Department as a fulltime faculty member for 2014/5. Cristina holds a PhD in English from Syracuse University (2011). Her teaching and research interests include third wave and postfeminism, girlhood studies, film studies, feminist cultural studies, and masculinity/femininity in popular culture. She is an award-winning teacher, having recently won both the Contract Instructor Teaching Award and the William Hardy Alexander Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2014/15, Dr Stasia will teach a full slate of courses, including, in the fall, a new WGS 498 course entitled “Girlhood Studies.”

  4. Congratulations to Professor Lise Gotell

    Congratulations to Professor Lise Gotell, who has been promoted from Chair of the Department in Women’s and Gender Studies to the position of Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts! We are delighted to have a member of our Department in the Dean’s office and are grateful to Dr Gotell for her excellent stewardship of Women’s and Gender Studies over the past two years. Dr Susanne Luhmann will be the interim chair of Women’s and Gender Studies as of July 1st, 2014.

  5. Contract Academic Staff Position Available

    The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for a 12-month full time contract academic staff position to commence on July 1, 2014. Major responsibilities will include the teaching of 7 courses over three semesters (fall, winter, and spring).

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