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What is Women's Studies?

The program explores the social construction and variability of gender. Power relations linked to race and ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation and ability/disability impact the lives of women on the local and global levels are also examined. Women's Studies students learn feminist theories, analyses, and research methodologies.

Women's Studies  draws from, and contributes to, many academic disciplines including:

  • Sociology
  • Political science
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • English literature
  • Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Natural sciences 
  • Arts

Degree options:



Is women's studies just for women?

Our students reflect the cultural diversity they study and are of all ages, ethnicities, socio-cultural backgrounds, genders, sexual identities and beliefs.

Although Women's Studies focuses on women, it is not exclusively for women. Men can and do pursue majors and minors in the program. Whatever your background, gender or interests, you'll find a major in Women's Studies relevant to the current events, issues, work and studies of daily life.

Possible careers:

  • Advocate
  • Campaign organizer
  • Caseworker
  • Clinical social worker
  • Community organizer
  • Education
  • Film maker
  • Fundraiser
  • Gender development
  • Government relations
  • Grant writer
  • Issue expert
  • Journalism
  • Legislative counsel
  • Lobbyist
  • Market researcher
  • Policy analyst
  • Political director
  • Public administration
  • Public policy advisor
  • Reproductive health counsellor


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