Gender & Women's Studies

Gender & Women's Studies

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

About Gender & Women's Studies

What do Beyoncé, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish and Madonna have to offer feminism and gender studies? And what about Tynomi Banks, Backxwash, Peaches and Laverne Cox? Our Gender and Women’s Studies Program shows you how to critically analyze and identify intersections of gender, race, class, age, ability and sexuality as they operate in popular culture, your everyday lives, art and science, law and politics, not to mention economies, societies and cross-culturally.

Our dynamic, award-winning faculty have been leaders in the study of women and gender in Canada and internationally for three decades. Our unique courses engage in critical discussions about the significance of feminism and gender to race, sex, indigeneity, class, ability and vice versa. You will explore how the food we eat reveals the inner workings of neoliberal power and economies. You will be introduced to activism as a method that thwarts multiple and compounding forms of violence. You'll also explore contemporary issues such as COVID-19, and ask important questions about current and future impacts of COVID-19 for BIPOC folks locally and transnationally, and the role of heteronormative gender and whiteness in these outcomes.

As you study, you’ll develop skills to support you in many career paths – graduates have gone on to work in the public and private sectors in law, social work, counselling, therapy, policy and social justice, and have pursued post-graduate work and professional degrees.

In our program, you will

  • Develop the practical, theoretical, communication and organization skills to think, write, conduct research, and act critically and creatively.  
  • Understand how questions of gender, equality and sexuality have shaped and continue to shape society and our understanding of history and identity.
  • Explore the possible origins of gender differentiation, and question how gender expectations mould women and men’s development.

Hands-on experiences

  • Participate in seminars and activities at the Centre for Women and Trans People, a progressive, pro-choice, anti-racist, queer-positive, trans-positive, feminist organization at York.
  • Courses offer opportunities to take on small-scale community-based research projects, such as collecting oral histories from community members. 
  • Engage in creative assignments, research projects, field trips and artists’ talks as part of your hands-on learning coursework


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Program Details

Offered by

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Experiential Education

Co-op or internship

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Summer entry

Yes (first and upper year)