Gender & Women's Studies

Gender & Women's Studies

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies offers a consolidated undergraduate program which brings together the Gender and Women's Studies programs from the Faculty Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Glendon Campus. This merged undergraduate program provides students with increased flexibility and access to a wide variety of courses in gender and women's studies.

Explore the diversity of women's experience in the present and past through courses that examine how race, ethnicity, disability, class, and sexual orientation have shaped women’s lives. Through cross-cultural and disciplinary assessment, you’ll expose misconceptions about women expressed through myth, ideologies, teaching, and writings. Our impressive community of professors conducts research that spans many fields including the humanities and social sciences, law, business, fine arts, and environmental studies.

Gender and Women's Studies examines issues pertinent to women’s lives in the present and the past from an economic, political, social, and cultural perspective, with particular attention to how race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation have defined their experiences. In fact, every experience can be examined from these angles, and our interdisciplinary approach will allow you to do just that as you complete your degree.

  • We offer academic bridging courses for women who want to upgrade their writing and speaking skills and explore the possibility of university study.
  • Our program places a particular emphasis on international issues. Study with top-notch professors and specialists in women and development, globalization, and African immigrant women in Canada. Learn more about transnational research focusing on anti-racist feminist contestations of histories of militarized, colonial, and imperial violence. Explore current work in anti-racist feminist theory, postcolonial studies, development studies, and globalization with research that includes the historical construction of the categories of nation, race, and gender in Canada. 
  • Take classes at either one of our campuses – Glendon or Keele.
  • Outside the classroom, you can participate in the activities of the Centre for Women and Trans People at York. 

Gender and Women's Studies undertakes a critical evaluation of gender, and challenges many traditional assumptions and theories that previously excluded women. To do so, this program:

  • examines how gender is expressed in the attitudes and institutions of various societies in different historical periods;
  • explores the possible origins of gender differentiation;
  • questions how gender expectations mold the development of women and men;
  • studies the ways in which gender interacts with other social institutions and practices.


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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Fall entry


Winter entry


Summer entry



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