As of July 1, 2021, the Women’s Studies (WMST) program has been renamed Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSXS).
Why? Because the program name—Women’s Studies—referenced the outdated conception of a gender binary. Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSXS) better reflects the discipline’s concerns with gender, as well as sexuality, including sexual health and sexual rights. Our program recognizes all forms of gender identity and expression as important, valid, and legitimate.
This change, in both the degree and course names (from WMST to GSXS), will be reflected in the 2021/22 University of Calgary Academic Calendar. You can register in courses labeled GSXS for your Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms.
What if I was doing a Women’s Studies major or minor before it changed to Gender and Sexuality Studies?
This new program name does not change the program requirements or content. The same required courses are still offered (labelled GSXS instead of WMST), and new course topics continue to be added as the program expands.
If you’re currently enrolled in the Women’s Studies program, you’ll still receive your BA in Women’s Studies. Students entering the Gender and Sexuality Studies program in Fall 2021 will receive a BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
- If you’re currently in the BA Women’s Studies program, and would prefer to see the program name Gender and Sexuality Studies on your diploma and transcript, you can apply to Change your Program by February 1 in the year PRIOR to your graduation.