The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSWS) is committed to social transformation. We produce and disseminate interdisciplinary feminist knowledge and theories, and view them as vitally connected to community engagement and activism. We critique the construction of differences as producing and reinforcing social, cultural, economic, and political inequities, and understand gender and sexuality as inextricably bound to other forms of difference. The GSWS Department began as a Women’s Studies Program in 1989 and was granted departmental status in 2007. To more accurately reflect our intellectual project, in 2013, we renamed the department Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. GSWS introduces students to new analytical, theoretical, and creative frameworks to enable them to understand, critique, and transform themselves and the world around them. Our faculty members represent a wide variety of disciplines and engage students from diverse fields of study in research, teaching, and public service.
Through teaching, activism, scholarly and creative production, and community engagement, GSWS provides analytical and critical tools to equip students for careers in a broad range of fields, and prepares them to engage in:
The department offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, an undergraduate minor, and a post-graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. The Department has particular strengths in race, racialization, and antiracism studies; LGBTQ studies and queer theory; postcolonial/decolonial/anticolonial studies; health and health policies; and research and activism for social justice change in the academy and the broader community.
Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies students, faculty, and staff engage in activism, creative endeavors [productions], and traditional academic scholarship in order to strengthen connections with one another and the community and to work towards social justice and collective liberation.