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Department of Philosophy

Why study Philosophy?

Learn how to think, discuss and write about abstract ideas. Discover how philosophy contributes to disciplines as diverse as sociology and computer science. You'll develop skills that lead to success in a wide range of graduate studies, and beyond.

Why Gender and Sexuality Studies?

The interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSXS) program (formerly Women’s Studies WMST) focuses on issues of gender and sexuality, as well as race, class, disability, citizenship/documentation, age, and environmental issues. The program is defined by intersectional feminism and is global in scope. Issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion feature in all GSXS courses. GSXS instructors are committed to collaborative and participatory classrooms, decolonial learning, and a human rights agenda.

The supportive and welcoming attitudes of the members of the Philosophy Department at the University of Calgary fostered a collaborative environment that allowed me to thrive personally and academically.

Makmiller Pedroso

PhD'12, Assistant Professor, Towson University

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Explore our programs

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Learn to answer the big questions. What is the ultimate nature of reality? How should we construct a just society? And how can we lead good lives?

UCalgary student Nolan Hill

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Are you interested in exploring concepts like racism, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual identity? Do you see connections between the classroom and the community? Are you attuned to the pressing social issues of our times? Consider the Gender and Sexuality Studies program. Join the discussion, learn from other students, and deepen your critical thinking skills.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

MA and PhD programs

Our department is a vibrant philosophical community. You will benefit from graduate seminars, an active visiting speakers series and regular research group meetings. Add your voice to our community.

Philosophy and Gender and Sexuality Studies news and announcements

The History of Schizoid: A Comparative Analysis

Larissa Kolias's 2022 SSHRC award winning project is a comparative analysis of “schizoid” within the descriptive and psychodynamic traditions

Global Feminism - PGSA Student Conference, May 1-2, 2024

The PGSA student conference will take place online and in-person on May 1-2, 2024.

UCalgary Giving Day

Make it happen this Giving Day!

How appeals to action give better accounts of money

Canada Graduate Scholar wants to know what makes something money

In the media

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Is Philosophy Having a Moment?

In the News David Dick, Philosophy, in University Affairs

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Francine Cunningham - Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Wrap-Up Event, University of Calgary

Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Wrap-Up Event

Join Francine Cunningham as she reads work created during her residency, along with community members she had the privilege to work with on their writing and participants in the Indigenous Writer’s Circle.

May 29, 2024
6:30–8:30 p.m. 
Gallery Hall, TFDL