ACADEMIC WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
CANADIAN PROGRAMS, DEPARTMENTS, AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES
See here for the 2018 list of Canadian WGS Program Coordinators and their contact information. The list is maintained by the Member-at-Large, coordinators' liaison.
Below is a list of Women's and Gender Studies programs at Canadian universities, many of which offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees--usually indicated on their menu bars. Also included are Gender and Women's Studies Research Institutes, many of which are housed in universities; these follow the degree granting listings in each province. Also included are programs at colleges across the country. Please email the website manager with any additions or corrections.
Many universities also offer feminist concentrations in other disciplines or through interdisciplinary studies, especially at the graduate level; for a more extensive search of these options, see also the website for the Universities Canada/Universités Canada, and explore their searchable database of Canadian universities.
University of Alberta
Program Name: Women and Gender Studies Program
Program offered: BA and BSC minor in WGS, a BA major in WGS, an Honours Degree in WGS, as well as Graduate program in WGS
- Description: The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is a hub for feminism, social justice studies, and engaged citizenship at the University of Alberta. Our award-winning teachers and researchers offer a wide variety of exciting classes to students from across the University community. Women’s and Gender Studies is a field of study that encourages students to ask big questions about the way that gender impacts how we think, how we live, and how we understand ourselves and others. Though the field historically focused on the lives of women, in the contemporary Women’s and Gender Studies classroom, an emphasis is placed on the ways that gender, race, class, age, sexuality, ability, and size work together.
- Department: 1-17 Assiniboia Hall University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E7 Tel: (780) 248- 1192
Program Name: Women and Gender Studies Program- Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
Program offered: BA in WGS and University Certificate in Counselling Women
- Description: The Women's and Gender Studies program at Athabasca is designed to develop or expand your knowledge of the established field of women's studies and the emerging field of gender studies. You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of feminist theories, concepts, history, methodologies, research, and activism and discover how they inform the diverse lives and experiences of women across cultures.
- Department: Administrative Assistant: Susan Stahl firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Name: Women Studies- Faculty of Arts
Programs Offered: BA in WGS, BA Honours in WGS, Minor in Womens Studies
- Description: The program explores the social construction and variability of gender. Power relations linked to race and ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation and ability/disability impact the lives of women on the local and global levels are also examined. Women's Studies students learn feminist theories, analyses, and research methodologies.
- Department: Women studies coordinator: Joe Kadi (403) 210- 7532
Program Name: Faculty of Arts & Science- Women and Gender Studies
Programs offered: BA in WGS, BA Honours in WGS, as well as a graduate program
Women and Gender Studies offers graduate education through the Master of Arts program, and encourages students to take the cohort-based Individualized Multisdisciplinary Major (IMMA), with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies.
· Description: Women & Gender Studies questions the meanings and significance of contemporary gender relations and their histories across class, race, nation, cultures and histories. We study how societies understand and regulate gender. We seek answers to many questions, such as: What are the contemporary debates about gender identities? What does it mean to be a gendered subject? How do the lives and opportunities of women and men differ? Why are changing expressions of gender and sexuality controversial? How do we understand social marginalization exclusion and inclusion? Our department offers the opportunity to explore these and other issues through a wide range of perspectives where you will develop critical thinking skills as you learn theory as practice. In this environment you will explore gender dynamics in popular culture, daily lives, medical discoveries and political developments. We have courses cross-listed with other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and members of the history and math departments provide courses for us.The University of Lethbridge is committed to the goals of Liberal Education. Women & Gender Studies contributes to these goals through our focus on skills and abilities that include critical and analytic thinking, students can expect to develop good problem-solving skills, effective writing and communication, and the capability to work collaboratively. These are skills that employers want and society needs.
- Department: Chair: Suzanne Lenon (403) 380- 1876
Program Name: Gender Studies
Programs Offered: BA or BSC Minor in WGS
- Description: Gender studies focuses on social oppression from a variety of angles: men and masculinities, queer and transgender rights, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, Indigenous status, age and class. Choose from courses across eight departments to look at women in the ancient world, explore the language and literature of gender and consider contemporary theories of feminism.
Program: Women and Gender Studies
Programs offered: Minor in WGS
- Description: Despite its name, Women’s & Gender Studies is not exclusively about or for women. In fact, people of all sexes and genders take Women’s & Gender Studies courses. Women’s & Gender Studies courses are explicitly feminist in that they put the myriad experiences and perspectives of women, and concerns about racialized, heteronormative gender formations, at the centre of inquiry.The Women’s & Gender Studies Program and faculty here at MRU strive to mobilize the revolutionary potential of Women’s & Gender Studies to achieve social justice by helping students to start thinking about how they can use what they’re learning to change the world. The field of Women’s & Gender Studies began in the 1970s, and today, most universities throughout North America offer Women’s & Gender Studies courses and degrees. The professional association for Women’s Studies in Canada is called the Canadian Women’s Studies Association.
- Department: Humanities Department Chair: Mark Gardiner (403) 440- 6541 email@example.com
Program Name: Gender, Sexuality, and Womens Studies
· Description: Is there a connection between women's rights and human rights law? Do the depictions of men and women in the media influence our behaviour? Women’s Studies courses address questions like these through an interdisciplinary perspective that includes law, political science, health, media and religious studies. If you want a global understanding of race, class, gender, feminism, sexuality and ethnicity, consider enrolling in one of our wide variety of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies courses.
- Gender is an influential organizing feature in all human society, making Women’s Studies courses relevant for students with a wide range of academic interests and employment aspirations. Take the specialized knowledge you acquire in our courses with you as you start out in your career.
- Department: Chair Ann Marie Tel: (250) 762- 5455 x4327 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of British Columbia
Program: The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ)
Programs offered: Undergrad Major and Minor program
Another related program: Critical Studies in Sexuality (CSIS)
Program offered: A CSIS Minor
- Description: The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ) offers an undergraduate Major and Minor program that incorporates research and theories from the social sciences, humanities, science, education and law, to provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of global and local social justice issues. Areas of study include: critical race theory, ethnic studies, indigenous studies, media studies, feminist politics and methodologies, health, history and autobiography, international development, literature/film and cultural studies, migration and racialization, gender, sexuality, social justice, social policy and community action.
- Department: Tel: (604) 822- 9171 Email: email@example.com
Program name: Gender and Women Studies
Programs offered: BA Major in GWS and Minor in GWS
- Description: Get your UBC degree in gender and women’s studies, which draws from across the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies. This dynamic program allows students to develop integrative and finely-tuned perspectives on how gender and sexuality are central components of everyday life, experiences of embodiment and social recognition, histories of modernity and domination, global social and economic processes, cultural production and systems of representation, and social justice movements. You can complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in gender and women’s studies at UBC Okanagan. In your undergraduate program, you may also minor in gender and women’s studies
- Department: Community, Culture and Global Studies: Dr. Susan Frohlick Tel: (250)- 807- 8525 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Name: Gender and Women Studies
Programs offered: BA in Women’s Studies, BA in Women’s Studies and English, BA in Women’s Studies and First Nation Studies, BA in Women’s Studies and History, BA in Women’s Studies and Political Science, Minor in Women’s Studies, Graduate Program in Gender Studies, Masters of Arts in Gender studies
· Description: Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to studying the historical, cultural, literary, and societal role of women and gender. UNBC’s program has strengths in areas such as women’s and gender history; gender, literature, and literary theory; gender, colonialism, and post colonialism; gender and globalization; feminism, justice, and ethics; gender and health; and gender and international studies. The Women’s Studies program offers majors and minors in Women’s Studies and, in cooperation with other programs, four joint majors. At the graduate level, the program offers the Master’s Degree in Gender Studies. Women’s Studies courses examine all aspects of the human past, present, and future through the lens of gender. Thus the Women’s Studies program offers courses that are relevant both globally and at the most profound personal level. A Women’s Studies degree prepares the student to think critically about cross-cultural and trans-historical constructs of gender and, thus, what it means to be human. The breadth of the program makes Women’s Studies an ideal undergraduate degree that inculcates knowledge and skills valuable in many areas of graduate study, employment, and civic and community life. The Women’s Studies program offers students the opportunity to engage with the familiar yet challenging subject of how gender structures and influences our world. Please feel free to contact the program coordinator to discuss how a Women’s Studies degree can help you meet your goals.
· Department: Coordinator Jacqueline Holler Tel: (260) 960- 6343 Email: email@example.com
Program: Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Programs Offered: GSW Major, 8 Joint Majors (Major in GSW & Anthropology /Criminology/English/History/Humanities/Political Science/Psychology/Sociology), Minor & Extended Minor, Co-op, and Action Research eXchange (ARX)
- Description: The vision of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies is to bring feminist, queer, and intersectional understandings to the analysis of power and how it operates locally and transnationally. We continue to build an interdisciplinary environment that nurtures and promotes critical research and scholarship, engaged teaching, and meaningful community service. We are committed to cultivating innovation, intellectual freedom, social justice activism, diversity, and transformative resistance to inequality.
- Department: Department Chair Lara Campbell Tel: (778) 782- 5526 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Gender Studies
Programs Offered: BA Honours, Major, and Minor
- Description: We offer a range of cutting edge courses that explore the role of gender in society, and how it interacts with other forms of difference including Indigenous and racialized identities, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc. You'll gain a unique perspective on the world and your place in it, on how power works and how discrimination and inequalities can be resisted and challenged. Working with our diverse students and interdisciplinary faculty, you'll develop skills that will support your future—as an academic, professional, leader and activist.
- Department: Chair and undergraduate Advisor Laura Parisi Tel: (250) 472- 4277 Email: email@example.com
Program Name: Studies in Women and Gender
Programs Offered: Major and Minor
- Description: Women’s Studies at VIU explores the history, thought and experiences of women from a range of viewpoints using a multi-disciplinary approach. It encourages students to look critically at cultural productions, institutions, ideologies, sexuality and language as ways of examining the historical and contemporary status of women. In addition to gender, specificities of race, class, sexual orientation, age and disability/ability will be addressed as key elements in developing sound critical theories. Particular attention is paid to the history and experiences of First Nations women, both in courses with a uniquely First Nations focus, as well as in the content of other required courses. The program is grounded in feminist theory and teaching/learning styles, and recognizes the value of a participatory classroom where diverse life experiences are included and recognized.
- Department: Chair Janis Ledwell- Hunt Tel: (250) 753- 3245 Email: Janis. Ledwellfirstname.lastname@example.org
Only WGS Courses, no programs offered
University of the Fraser Valley
Only courses offered in Women’s Studies, no programs offered
Program Name: Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies
Program offered: Provincially-recognized two year Associate degree and to specialize in area of GSWS, also a Co-op option
- Description: The Associate of Arts degree with a specialization in Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers an intellectually challenging yet safe, collaborative space to explore the concerns of feminism(s) and social justice. In particular, you will learn about both historic and contemporary contributions of women and feminist thought, and will broaden your knowledge of the psychological, sociological, economic and other factors that contribute to gendered inequalities and experiences, including intersections of gender with race, class and sexualities.
- Department: General (605) 527- 5400
Program Name: Women’s studies, only courses offered
- Description: Women’s studies courses provide a unique perspective on the world and your place in it. You will have the opportunity to explore categories such as, gender, class, race and sexual orientation and how these interact with the world around you.
- Department: School Chair of Arts and Science Tracy Punchard Tel: (250) 365- 1318
Program Name: Gender and Women Studies
Programs offered: BA Major and Minor
- Description: Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) invites students to challenge prevailing notions of gender and sexualities, and to learn about gender relations as they have been constructed culturally, globally, historically, and institutionally. Through theoretical and practical investigation, students develop the critical knowledge and skills to explore the intersections of gender, sex, race, class, sexuality, (dis)ability, colonialism, imperialism, citizenship, and transnational identity while paying attention to power, oppression, and resistance. Students engage in dialogue about such topics as: feminist and queer activisms, transnational poverty and precarity, diverse masculinities, popular culture and media, reproductive justice, racial politics across borders, and war and violence.
- Department: Coordinator Lisa Robson Tel: (204)- 727- 7398 Email: email@example.com
Program: Women’s and Gender studies Program
Programs offered: Major, Minor (Concentrated) program, Honours program, Coordinated program with University of Winnipeg)
- Description: Fundamental questions of equality and social justice are still very much with us, and as a dynamic interdisciplinary program, we explore both current and historical debates about women's experiences, gender relations, and feminism. Courses take diverse theoretical and practical approaches, including feminist cultural studies and studies of popular culture, violence against women, lesbian and queer studies, women in science and technology, gendered violence in urban spaces, sex work and sex workers, feminist geography, indigenous feminisms, masculinity studies, and reconstructing indigenous art histories that recontextualize museum collections and reclaim women's voices and lives
- Department: Coordinator Shawna Ferris Tel (204) 474- 6984 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Women’s and Gender Studies
Programs offered: 3 degree options: a 3 year BA, a 4 year BA, and honors BA, and a Minor
- Description: Women’s and Gender Studies promotes an intersectional approach to understanding social problems and phenomena. It pays special attention to the ways sex, gender, and sexuality are shaped by colonialism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and transphobia, as well as by constructions of difference based on class, dis(ability), religion, ethnicity, and culture. Our unique department brings these perspectives to the universality and represents feminists in the academy. In our classes, students of all genders and sexualities learn about feminist movements to end sexism, exploitation, and related social oppressions. The department encourages diversity among its students and its curriculum, and offers means to contribute to social change.
- Department: Chair Rowena Crowe Tel: (204) 786- 9426 Email: email@example.com
Mount Allison University
Program Name: Women’s and Gender studies
Program offered: Minor in WGS
- Description: Our program offers a Minor in the innovative and exciting field of Women’s and Gender Studies. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary, our courses focus on interlocking issues such as the construction and material consequences of gender, race, sexuality, class, ability, religion, ethnicity, and age. We are committed to teaching with a focus on anti-racism, feminist theory, queer and trans studies, and social justice.
- Department: Program Director Leslie Kern Tel: (506) – 364- 2644 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Gender & Women’s studies
Programs offered: Minor, Double Major, Joint Honors,
- Description: UNBF established an interdisciplinary Women’s Studies Program in 1986 to offer students the opportunity to study the experiences and achievements of women, with a view to gaining a more complete and balanced understanding of women’s and men’s lives, both historically and in contemporary society. As our understanding of sex, sexuality, gender, intersectionality, and human rights evolved, our program developed into Gender and Women’s Studies in 2014.
- Department: Coordinator Carmen Pulin Tel: (506) 458- 7800 Email: email@example.com
Program: Women’s Studies and Gender studies
Programs offered: Major, Honours, Minor
- Description: Students explore the idea that identity is constructed through interplay of individuals and social groups and institutions— the family, peers, cultural and religious groups, the media, etc. Courses enable students to learn about the dynamic nature of gender roles and norms, sexism, and power relations. A range of gender equity issues are now recognized as public policy issues, including gender-based violence, bullying, and workplace equity. Whether the focus is social justice, gender studies, or world cultures, the core issues include the social construction of identity, the nature and impact of power relations and diversity, and the role of personal engagement and social action.
- Department: Marliee Reimer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Department of Gender Studies
Program offered: Major and Minor offered
- Description: We are an expanding department in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with faculty research and teaching interests in citizenship and human rights, reproductive rights, Irish studies, auto/biography and life writing, feminist theory, the body, environmental and Aboriginal studies, and postcolonial theory.
- Department: Joan Butler Tel: 864- 3322
Program: Women’s and Gender studies
Program offered: Major in WGS, Second major option, Minor, and Co-op option
· Description: Women's and Gender Studies emphasizes the importance of gender as a category of critical analysis in areas such as scholarly activity, education, social relationships, cultural expression, and politics. Students are encouraged to examine established theoretical frameworks, institutions, ideologies, history, identity, science, language and culture while exploring feminist alternatives. In 1973, Acadia University became one of the first universities in Canada to offer a course in Women's Studies. The course, entitled Women in the Modern World, was the cornerstone of a program which in three decades has developed a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and research in gender-related issues. Faculty members from the Arts, Pure and Applied Sciences, Education, Kinesiology, and Theatre contribute to the program on a rotational basis. In the WGST program, people commit to lifelong learning journeys, make their ways alone and with others, ask critical questions about gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability, and act for change through feminism, social action, and other pathways of resistance.
- Department: Claudine Bonner Tel: (902) 585- 1296 Email: email@example.com
Program: Gender and Women’s Studies
Program offered: BA Major in GWS, BA Double Major in GWS, and BA Combined Honours in GWS
- Description: Gender and women’s studies programs provide preparation for careers in a variety of fields, as well as for professional schools or graduate programs. For example, graduates can work as consultants, policy analysts, and officers in government and para-governmental organizations, in business and industry, and in educational institutions. The fields they enter include employment equity, public administration, health care, work-place conditions, personnel relations, publishing and editorial work, and public relations.
- Department: Coordinator Lisl Gambold Tel: (902) 494- 3689 Email: liesel. firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Women’s Studies
Program offered: Major, Combined Major, Honours Degree, Concentration, Minor
- Description: The Mount has a unique historical connection to the education and advancement of women. To this day, we remain committed to the education of women, and have a well-established women's studies program. Students can declare a minor, major, or honours in the undergraduate women’s studies program. Women’s studies places women’s experiences and knowledge at the centre of critical inquiry. Students in women’s studies courses learn about the ways in which women’s societal position can be transformed. In examining the accomplishments and struggles of women, it considers the complexities of race, class, sexual orientation and ability, from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Department: Chair Mary Delaney Tel: (902) 457- 6559 Email: mary.Delaney@msvu.ca
Program: Women’s and Gender Studies
Program offered: BA with Advanced Major or Major in WGS, BA with Joint or joint Advanced Major in WGS, Subsidiary in WGS, Minor in WGS, PAIR, Social Justice Colloquium
- Description: Women’s and Gender Studies at StFX is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, which provides an academic and community context for scholarly inquiry focusing on gender. You will learn how to use gender as a category of analysis, including reflection on the manifestation of gender in your own life. Intersections of identities such as race, social class, gender, ability and sexuality are explored in the context of everyday life and in society. You will also explore the contributions, connections and insights of Women's and Gender Studies within the academy and beyond.
- Department: Coordinator Nany Forestell Tel: (902) 867- 3804 Email: email@example.com
Program: Women’s and Gender Studies
Program offered: Can take courses with focus on WGS and there is a Masters of Arts in WGS
- Description: The Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies, offered cooperatively by Mount Saint Vincent and Saint Mary's Universities, emphasizes the interdisciplinary basis of Women and Gender Studies, its community linkages, and its grounding in feminist theories and methods. The program allows graduate students access to a diverse and large faculty with strong research profiles in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in a range of areas, including: cultural and media studies; literary studies; social history; feminist, political, and queer theory; education and knowledge production; health and body studies, religion and spirituality; urban and rural studies; law, regulation, human rights, and social justice; masculinity; race, ethnicity, and class; paid and unpaid labour; the creative arts; migration, citizenship, and formal politics; youth, children, and girlhood studies; and community activism. Faculty and students are trained in and work through multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks, and our program offers the exceptional graduate opportunity for extensive individual attention. Consider these numbers: the program has over 50 permanent faculty members and approximately 40 students. The program is enriched by its location in Halifax as Atlantic Canada's cultural and educational capital, access to a variety of library collections and faculty at multiple universities in the city and province, by the presence at MSVU of the Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies and the Canada Research Chair in Gender, and links with active local, national, and international feminist communities.
- Department: Lindia Smith Tel: (902) 420- 5871 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nova Scotia Community College
Program: Women Unlimited
Program offered: A free 14 week program, more so a career advancement workshop style program
- Description: Are you interested in a new career? Women Unlimited can introduce you to a whole new world of opportunities in trades and technology. Women Unlimited assists women with barriers to employment by exploring, preparing, obtaining and maintaining employment in the trades and technology fields. Women Unlimited is located at 4 NSCC campuses - Lunenburg Campus in Bridgewater, the Institute of Technology Campus in Halifax, Akerley Campus in Dartmouth, and the Marconi Campus in Cape Breton
- Department: Site Coordinator Jeannie Eisnor (905) 527- 1053 email@example.com
Program: Centre for Women and Gender Studies
Program offered: BA in WGS, BA in WGS/Social Service Worker Diploma (Mohawk College), Minor in WGS, Certificate in WGS
· Description: Our programs are relevant to a variety of careers and will provide you with a unique perspective on the complex ways identity and power relations shape our society. Students in Women’s and Gender Studies are invited to develop a critical awareness of how gender, race, indigeneity, class and sexuality intersect and affect cultural expression, human interaction, ecological systems and power relations for both men and women. Our focus is on the transnational feminist exploration of the ways gender intersects with different variables to produce the complexity of women’s and men’s lived experience. Our courses are open to all students at Brock University, allowing students to explore the ways gendered experience is produced as a culturally variable and historically contingent category.
- Department: Director Shannon A. Moore Tel: (905)- 688- 5550 x5396 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Women’s and Gender Studies
- Women's and Gender Studies B.A. Honours
- Women's and Gender Studies B.A. Combined Honours
- Women's and Gender Studies B.A. General
- Specialization in Global Genders and Sexualities B.G.In.S. Honours
- Stream in Global Genders and Sexualities B.G.In.S. General
- Minor in Women's and Gender Studies
- Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Women's and Gender Studies
- Graduate Program in WGS
· Description: The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies was established in 1987. The Institute fosters research and study, sponsors workshops and speakers, and promotes discussion and debate on women’s issues among faculty and students across the campus
- Department: Joint Chair Ummni Khan Tel: (613) 520- 2600 x 1872 Email: email@example.com
Program: Women’s Studies
- HBA (Women's Studies and English)
- HBA (Gerontology and Women's Studies)
- HBA (History and Women's Studies)
- HBA (Indigenous Learning and Women's Studies)
- HBA (Psychology and Women's Studies)
- HBA (Specialized Honours in Psychology) with Major Concentration in Women's Studies
- HBA (Sociology and Women's Studies)
- HBSW with Concentration in Women's Studies
- BA (Women's Studies)/HBOR
· Description: The field of Women’s Studies has transformed dramatically since its introduction to Lakehead University in 1990. Our Department of Women’s Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to feminism. Our faculty members are prominent in the fields of feminist legal studies, women’s health, queer studies, cultural and new media studies and teach related courses that easily springboard our students into the Masters of Social Justice and related postgraduate programs, law schools across Canada, midwifery, policing, and many others.
- Department: Chair Lori Chambers Tel: (807) 343 8218 x 8218 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies
• 3 or 4 year B.A. with a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies
• 3 or 4 year B.A. with a Minor in Critical Sexuality Studies
• 3-year B.A. with a Concentration or Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies
• 4-year B.A. with a Major or Concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies
• Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, either independently or while completing another degree program outside the Humanities and Social Sciences
• Single elective courses while completing another degree program
• A variety of courses in English and French and the possibility of completing a 3-year B.A. through our distance education program
- Description: Discover the rich history of women’s and gender studies, a program that, since the 1970s, has been examining and researching the experiences of women and the development of feminist ideas. The fields of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies have evolved to take up social justice issues and contemporary inequities, making this an important field of study. WGSX is explored through scholarly research that can be found in literature, psychology, science, history, and much more.
- Department: Chair Jennifer Johnson Tel: (705) 673- 1730 x601 Email: email@example.com
Program: Gender Studies and Feminist Research
Program offered: Graduate Program, M.A Program, Minor in Women’s Studies
- Description: Gender Studies & Feminist Research at McMaster is an exciting new interdisciplinary program. We accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds who are interested in the study of gender, sexuality, and feminism. All our students receive funding, including a teaching assistanship and scholarship money. Our core course, “Knowledge in Action” includes working with local community organizations. The research symposium brings internationally, nationally, and locally known scholars and activists to campus for lectures and seminars. GSFR is a new, dynamic program, with small enough student numbers to ensure that everyone receives personal mentoring.
- Department: Coordinator Lorraine Bell Tel: (905) 525- 9140 x 23112 Email: Lorraine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Gender Equality and Social Justice
Program offered: Honours Specialization, Specialization, Major, Minor, Bachelor of Education with Honors Specialization
· Description: Do you want to make the world a more just and better place? Are you passionate about issues like human rights violations, sexism, racism, homophobia, and poverty? Would you like to understand these issues better? Then the Gender Equality and Social Justice (GESJ) program is for you. GESJ is an interdisciplinary program with courses in the areas of Culture and Criticism, Power and Inequality, and Human Rights and Social Justice. We ask how race, class, colonialism, ability, sex, and gender intersect in everyday acts of power, oppression, activism, and resistance. This program will provide you with highly transferrable skills in critical thinking, research, writing, argumentation, analysis, and communication. As one of few programs of its kind in Canada, the GESJ program will teach you to think critically about who has the power in the world, and why, as well as how to resist, shape, and change power for social justice. This program is highly interdisciplinary with close links to Social Welfare and Social Development, Religions and Cultures, Political Science, and Philosophy, and is designed for those with interests in critical studies of popular culture; the politics of resisting inequality through the law; globalization and human rights; violent conflict and international justice; transnational organizing for social justice; histories of colonization; feminist philosophies; postmodernism; theories of justice; and the intersections of race, class, ability, sex and gender. Students of the GESJ Department will receive a broad liberal education in Humanities and Social Sciences. Through a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, you will examine the social and cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, race and class, and how these social categories relate to our knowledge, experience, relationships and the quality of our lives.
- Department: Chair Sal Renshaw Email: email@example.com
Program: Department of Gender Studies
- Gender Studies Major
- Gender Studies Medial
- Gender Studies Minor
- Gender Studies General
- Sexual and Gender Diversity Certificate
- Oslo Exchange for Gender Studies
- Gender Studies DSC
- MA in Gender Studies
- PHD In Gender Studies
- Description: The Department of Gender Studies is committed to interdisciplinary, historical and transnational research and teaching grounded in feminist, anti-racist, Indigenous, postcolonial, queer, trans, and social justice studies. Gender Studies at Queen’s is distinguished by the central place that critical race frameworks occupy within our degree programs. All our courses, across levels and topics, incorporate critical race analysis as part of an intersectional lens. Students, faculty, and staff within Gender Studies are also immersed in scholarship and activism across local, national, and global contexts. There are four central pillars undergirding our curriculum: feminist theories and methodologies; postcolonial, Indigenous and diasporic communities; activism, social justice and political economy; and representation, art and literatures
- Department: Administrative Assistant Terrie Easter Sheen Tel: (613) 533- 6000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Gender and Women’s Studies
Program offered: A joint-major or single-major three-year General Bachelor of Arts degree, or four-year Honours degree in Gender and Women’s Studies, Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies
· Description: Gender & Women’s Studies originated in the 1960s as a result of political critiques of the marginalization of important groups and perspectives within the educational system. Gender & Women’s Studies has since broadened, deepened, and has become an established scholarly field. Gender & Women’s Studies scholars explore gender relations and women’s experiences across cultures and nations, throughout history, and in contemporary societies. What unites Gender & Women’s Studies scholars is the shared understanding that gender relations shape every site of human interaction, from the very local, to the global. Hierarchical gender relations are understood in constant interaction with other important social, economic and cultural hierarchies, such as class, race, ability, and sexuality. As an interdisciplinary department, Gender & Women’s Studies draws on theoretical perspectives and methodologies from a wide range of fields such as History, Political Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, English, Indigenous Studies, and the Natural Sciences. Trent University’s approach to Gender & Women’s Studies combines theory with empirical research, encourages critical thinking, and aims to develop in students strong analytical, writing and communication skills.
- Department: Chair Suzanne Bailey Tel: (705) 748- 1011 x7085 Email: email@example.com
Program: Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies
o Joint Honours in Criminology and Women's Studies
- Joint Honours in Women's Studies and Political Science
- Major in Women's Studies
- Minor in Women's Studies
- Joint Honours in Women's Studies and Sociology
- MA (with or without thesis) in Women’s studies
- Collaborative Program (speicialization) in Women’s Studies at the Masters level
- PhD in Women’s Studies
- Description: University of Ottawa has many joint women’s studies program such as joint honours in criminology and women’s studies, joint honours in women’s studies and political science, joint honours in women’s studies and sociology along with a major and minor in women’s studies.
- Department: Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences Tel: (613)- 562- 5791 Email: fem@uOttawa.ca
Program: Women and Gender Studies Institute
Program offered: Specialist, Major, and Minor, M.A Degree, Collaborative M.A and Ph.D Specialization, and a Ph.D degree
· Description: For the past 40 years, we have trained students to think deeply about how gender and sexuality operate at the individual, interpersonal, institutional and global levels. Drawing from a range of disciplines such as history and literature, sociology and law, we enable students to answer urgent and complex questions, such as how militarization can constrict men’s aspirations for their lives, why there are income disparities between women and men, how sexual expression is scripted and can be re-scripted, and even what Lady Gaga could have in common with Shakespeare. In addition to training students to traverse the stanzas of a poem and a government report with equal care and skill in their quests, we also focus attention on matters of scale: when to aggregate and when to parse significant distinctions, how to think comparatively across space and time. The Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto is distinctive for its transnational approach, critically addressing how national borders and nationalist discourses frame the constructions of gender and sexuality. We study the effects of migration, diaspora and wars on experiences of home and heritage, family, desire and selfhood. We provide students the conceptual tools to connect processes of imperialism and globalization with emergent economies and forms
of labor and consumption. Finally, we encourage students to reflect on the varied histories of feminism when framing their own activism in the present. Our graduates go on to do innovative work in the public service, creative, and corporate sectors, becoming everything from documentary film-makers to grassroots activists to policy analysts in economic development agencies. All of them draw on the critical lens they develop in this program, becoming part of a rich community of graduates who maintain their connections with one another, and who come back to the classroom where they once were students to share their experiences.
- Department: Undergraduate & Graduate Programs Administer Marian Reed Tel: (416) 978- 3668 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Program offered: Major, Minor,
- Description: Relations of gender affect every aspect of society. WGS provides a rich and complex understanding of the range of socially informed gendered experiences. The program seeks to foster feminist interdisciplinary and intersectional teaching, learning and research on gender worldwide by reaching across epistemological, analytical, and theoretical divisions. In Women and Gender Studies at UTM, we foster innovative teaching and cutting-edge research by focusing on the formation of gender and its intersections with other relations of power, such as class, race, culture, ethnicity, religion, ability, age, sexuality, and nationality. Our program is interdisciplinary and transnational in its scope, breadth and depth. We offer courses that explore women’s and men’s historical lives and contemporary gendered experiences from around the world and across cultures. Our program’s interdisciplinary focus can be carried into many academic and professional areas in Humanities, Social Sciences as well in science and technology. Students may choose a major or a minor in the program. At WGS our offerings include several core courses: each year we offer WGS101H, Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, and WGS200Y, Theories of Women and Gender Studies, which is a requirement for the major or minor. Other selections will vary from year to year. Students may also choose from a list of cross-listed courses from fields such as anthropology, art history, English and drama, history and classics, philosophy, psychology, religion and sociology.
- Department: Program Director Joan Simulink Email: email@example.com
Program: Women’s and Gender Studies
Programs offered: Arts- Major, Major (co-op), and Minor
- Description: Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the development, transmission, and transformation of ideas and attitudes about women and gender across different historical periods, societies, and cultures. The program integrates theory and practice by introducing students to scholarship from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and challenging them to work for change and equality in their communities and in their daily lives. The Women's and Gender Studies program at U of T Scarborough is unique in that it benefits from the interdisciplinary structure of the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies while also reaching further across disciplinary boundaries through its strong affiliation with the Social Sciences. Students will develop critical and analytic skills as thinkers, writers, and communicators that will shape their research and their ability to work on issues involving women and equity at the community level. The program at U of T Scarborough also emphasizes the diversity of women's lives and experiences globally, particularly in relation to differences in race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability; the diversity of our student body greatly enriches our consideration of these issues
- Website: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/hcs/womens-and-gender-studies
Program: Women’s Studies
- Honours Women's Studies
- Joint Honours Women's Studies
- Honours Women's Studies (Arts and Business Co-op and Regular)
- Four-Year General Women's Studies
- Three-Year General Women's Studies
- Women's Studies Minor
- Diploma in Women's Studies
- Description: Courses in Women's Studies provide valuable insights into critical gender relations in areas such as government, law, health care, leisure, education, religion and work. This broad-based approach to knowledge construction will allow you to apply your abilities in a wide-range of career choices in diverse areas such as Business, Criminology, Education, Engineering, Politics, Law, Medicine, Psychology, Recreation, and Social Work.
- Director: Undergraduate Coordinator Tawnessa Carter 519-888-4567 x36886
Program: Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research
- Honors Specialization in Women's Studies
- Honors Specialization in Global Gender Studies
- Specialization in Women's Studies
- Major in Women's Studies
- Major in Sexuality Studies
- Minor in Women's Studies
- Minor in Feminist,Queer, and Critical Race Theory
- Minor in Sexuality Studies (formerly Minor in Gender, Sexuality and Culture)
- M.A Program
- PhD Program
· Description: Women’s Studies is a dynamic and interdisciplinary field that focuses on issues of social justice and equality. Our department’s expertise encapsulates a wide array of strengths across feminist theory and various feminist approaches to health studies, media studies, history, globalization and development studies, critical race theory, philosophy, law, writing studies and literature, and visual culture, as well as significant work in queer theory and sexuality studies. In our teaching and scholarship we aim to cultivate engaged, informed, socially conscious citizens, able to constructively address issues of oppression, systemic and institutional disadvantage, and structures of privilege—often invisible—in local and global society. We provide our students with the analytical and practical tools that enable them to engage critically and responsibly with the world, to interact respectfully with others, and to pursue a variety of career paths. We are one of only a few units across the University recognized as a Department in both the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Science. Further, we have a rich network of Affiliate faculty members appointed in many other departments across Western who are integral members of our learning community. We also promote feminist scholarship through provision for resident scholars, a Distinguished Speakers Series, faculty colloquia, annual conferences (including a graduate conference, and Flaunting It!, our annual undergraduate conference on gender and sexuality). We also have an active and lively Women’s Studies Students’ Collective, which organizes talks and social events and annually publishes selected undergraduate essays in Tulips.We offer degree modules in Women’s Studies, Feminist Theory, Sexuality Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Culture, as well as Masters and PhD programs.
- Department: Undergraduate Chair Erica Lawson Tel: (519) 661- 2111 x86941 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Women’s and Gender Studies
- General BA in Women's and Gender Studies
- Honours BA in Women's and Gender Studies
- Combined Honours Women's and Gender Studies
- Combined Honours Women's and Gender Studies when taken with Criminology
- Honours Bachelor of Social Work and Women's Studies
- Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies
- Major and Minor Concentrations - Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science (IAS) - Women's and Gender Studies
- Minor in Women's and Gender Studies
- Department: Director Betty Jo Barrett Tel: (519) 253- 3000 x3084 Email: email@example.com
Program Name: Women and Gender Studies
Programs offered: Honours BA in Women and Gender studies with another Honours BA program, Minor in WGS
· Description: Laurier’s Women and Gender Studies program places questions of gender and social justice at the centre of inquiry. It emphasizes the important roles that gender and its relationship to other categories including race, class, sexuality, age, ability, citizenship, geographical location, national identity, etc. play in shaping people’s experiences across the globe. Our faculty and students cross disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in the natural sciences, business and economics. You’ll graduate from our program with strong skills in critical thinking, research, writing and community engagement. The aim is to engage students in a field that promotes a commitment to practices of leadership and social justice, and ensures that women’s lives are included in the production of knowledge.
- Department: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (519) 884- 0710 x3625
Program Name: School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies:
- BA Program
- Honours BA Program
- Honours (Combined or Double Major) BA Program
- Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary Programs
- Honours (Major/Minor) Program
- Honours (Minor) BA Program
- Specialized Honours Program
- BA Major
- Honours BA Minor
- Honours BA Major
- Honours BA Major/Minor and Honours BA Double Major
- Specialized Honours BA Major
- Honours IBA Major
- Honours IBA Major Bilingual (Glendon Only)
- Honours IBA Major Trilingual (Glendon Only)
- Honours IBA Major/Minor
- Honours IBA Major/Minor and Double Major Bilingual (Glendon Only)
- Honours IBA Major/Minor and Double Major Trilingual (Glendon Only)
- Specialized Honours IBA Major Bilingual (Glendon Only)
- Specialized Honours IBA Major Trilingual (Glendon Only)
- Cross Disciplinary Certificate offered in both WGS and Sexuality Studies Program
- Department: Chair Jacinthe Michaud Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Name: Women’s Studies
Programs offered: Recognition of Achievement
- Description: Students in occupations requiring sensitivity and understanding related to gender (i.e.: nursing, social service worker, teaching etc.) will greatly benefit from this enhancement to their skills and credentials.
- Department: Program Assistant Jamara Romero (416) 491- 5050 ext. 22513 email@example.com
University of Prince Edward Island
Program Name: Diversity and Social Justice Studies
Programs offered: Major and Minor offered
- Description: Diversity and Social Justice Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island explores scholarship and theories about identity categories (gender, sexuality, race, etc) and their relationship to power and knowledge. Through core and cross-listed courses students examine identity as a category of analysis, investigate the construction of social differences, and explore the impact that these considerations have on social structures and practices and knowledge production. Diversity and Social Justice Studies recognizes that questions of social identity make a difference to people's lives; it researches how taking identities into account changes what we know and can know about social formations; it explores the importance of "differences" between people, recognizing that "difference" is often about (unequal) power relations; it investigates how identity markers such as gender, race, sexuality, (dis) abilities, national identity, etc. make a difference to people’s positioning in the world and thus also to what a more just world can look like; and it creates new scholarship that acknowledges the difference that considerations of identity make to how we know and can act in the world.
- Diversity and Social Justice Studies is a self-reflexive project — that is, in addition to generating new knowledge that takes social identities into consideration, it also always asks questions about the construction of those categories of identity themselves. Thus, in Diversity and Social Justice Studies, identity is more than a description or variable to take into consideration; it is an area of constant question and contestation even as its overall concern is to explore what is meant by “social justice.” The academic field of Diversity and Social Justice Studies involves the critical examination of existing theories and research and the expansion of knowledge through generating new questions across a wide variety of disciplines and issues.
- Diversity and Social Justice Studies gives students expertise and flexibility in a number of different fields, and provides them with critical-thinking skills and the kind of background and training more and more relevant to today's world. In Diversity and Social Justice Studies, students acquire: knowledge and social awareness about differences between groups of people and respect for that diversity; the capacity to ask critical questions about how the world is organized—and to posit other possibilities; and broad communication skills and the ability to see, understand, and translate multiple points of view for different audiences. Pursuing a program of study in Diversity and Social Justice Studies strengthens individual intellectual and personal development, and is valuable preparation for a variety of career fields after graduation, including (although not limited to!) law, administration, non-profit organizations and NGOs, social work, education, health professions, life sciences, academia, government service, business, counselling, journalism, leisure and recreation, and library science, among others.
- Department: Coordinator Ann Braithwaite Tel: (902) 628- 4312 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Name: The Simone de Beauvoir Institute
- BA Major in Women’s Studies
- BA Specialization in women’s Studies
- Minor in Women’s studies
- Certificate in Women’s studies
- Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality
- Department: Assistant to the chair and Academic Advisor Belinda Bowes Tel: (514)- 848- 2424 x 2370 Email: email@example.com
Program Name: Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF)
- Joint Honours
- Graduate Program
- Department: Director Alanna Thain Tel: (514) 398- 3911 x 8327
Program Name: Certificat en études féministes
Programs offered: Certificat en études féministes
- Description: The main objective of the Certificate in Feminist Studies is to offer a multidisciplinary training that allows the acquisition of theoretical and applied knowledge on women, feminisms and social relations of sex. This program has the following objectives: to update knowledge on the major trends in feminist thought and their impact on social movements; introduction to a multidisciplinary approach to the social relations of sex and their transformation in culture and society; critical reflection on the theoretical, epistemological and methodological contributions of feminist studies in different disciplines; skill development in feminist analysis and criticism of social, political, economic and cultural discourses and practices; developing skills to think about innovative policies and practices in gender equality and the transformation of representations and relationships between men and women.
- Department: ?? French
Program Name: Women and Gender Studies
Programs offered: Certificate in WGS
- Description: Enrolling in a Women’s/Gender Studies certificate program gives you access to courses that keep women’s and gender issues in mind while engaging in the course material.
Courses offered may address: women’s experiences throughout history and in many cultures, constructions and representations of gender in the media, sexual identities, community and cultural perspectives of gender, women’s history and the politics of feminism.
- Department: Coordinator Kim Simard firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Regina
Program Name: Women’s and Gender Studies
- Bachelor of Arts major in Women's and Gender Studies
- Bachelor of Arts Honours major in Women's and Gender Studies
- Minor in Women's and Gender Studies
- special case Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies
- special case doctorate in Women's and Gender Studies
- Department: Department Head William Arnal Tel: (306) 585- 5680 Email: William.email@example.com
Program Name: Women’s and Gender Studies
o Bachelor of Arts Four-year (B.A. Four-year) - Women's & Gender Studies
- Bachelor of Arts Three-year (B.A. Three-year) - Women's & Gender Studies
- Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A. Honours) - Women's & Gender Studies
- Bachelor of Arts Double Honours - Women's & Gender Studies - Major 1
- Bachelor of Arts Double Honours - Women's & Gender Studies - Major 2
- Women's and Gender Studies - Minor
- Description: Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores gender and sexual diversity, masculinities and queer studies, practices of representation and cultural production, popular culture, and critical transnational feminisms. Drawing on innovative conceptual frameworks and interdisciplinary methodologies, our undergraduate curriculum addresses intersections of embodiment, identity, community and knowledge politics in arenas that span the intimate and the international. Engaging the everyday worlds that we inherit and inhabit, the program provides critical tools that help students re-imagine more inclusive processes for creative, social and political change.
- Department: Director Justine Gieni Tel: 306.966.7893 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Name: Women’s and Gender Studies
Programs offered: One-year Certificate, Two-year diploma
- Description: The Women's and Gender Studies program focuses on materials by and about women, placing women’s knowledge at the centre of the process and incorporating a number of academic disciplines—history, literature, sociology, psychology, anthropology and social work. Because the program is interdisciplinary and cross-divisional in its approach, core courses appeal to students in programs beyond the School of Liberal Arts, particularly to students in the School of Health, Education and Human Services. As well, the program presents an ideal continuing education opportunity for individuals now employed.
- Department: Program Advisor Victoria Castillo Tel: (867) 456 – 8615 Email: email@example.com
CANADA - GENERAL
A Chronology of the Development of Women's Studies in Canada, as put together for the listserv PAR-L
Francofemmes - pour les femmes francophones du Canada
The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
Women's Research Centres from PAR-L; includes links to Centres of Excellence for Women's Health