Women & Gender Studies Institute


The WGSI graduate program offers its own M.A. degree, Collaborative M.A. and Ph.D. Specialization with many other departments, and a Ph.D. degree. All international and domestic graduate students admitted to the WGSI M.A. and Ph.D. programs are guaranteed funding support.

Our overall graduate program is unusual for its focus on transnational feminist studies. Graduate students and faculty investigate how gender and sexuality are informed, lived, and reinvented amidst entwined yet discrepant narratives, geographies, and histories. Graduate work at WGSI encourages an engagement with an interdisciplinary range of theories and methods that grapple with how gender and sexuality is tangled with questions of race, citizenship, embodiment, colonialism, nation, global capitalism, violence, aesthetics and so on.  Our core faculty brings transnational feminist commitments to the study of diverse sites and their interconnection with particular focus on Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and the United States.  In doing so, we seek to ask feminist questions as well as put feminism into question.

Areas of focus within our transnational feminist approach include:

1) Gender, sexuality and queer studies;

2) Political economy and critical development studies;

3) Feminist studies of technology, science, environment and biomedicine; and

4)  Feminist cultural studies.

Our M.A.and Ph.D. degrees also features the option of a practicum that aspires to strengthen students’ ability to interrogate the application of theories and methods to lived practice.

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) has introduced a new website with enhanced functionality to better serve prospective and current graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff. Highlights include a searchable graduate awards database with a direct feed to awards announcements; a searchable database of graduate programs that is synchronized with the SGS Calendar; and an events calendar featuring SGS-related events occurring across all three campuses.