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About the Program


Welcome to The Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies at York University. Our Program started in 1992, and was the first in Canada to offer a graduate degree in Women’s Studies. Today we are one of the largest programs in women’s and gender studies and feminist research in Canada and in the world.  We now offer an MA and a Ph.D. in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies to full-time and part-time students. 

Our Program is fundamentally interdisciplinary in formation and practice. One of our primary goals is to develop and apply a feminist analytical perspective to teaching and research on women and gender as they intersect with sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability, and age.  A second goal is to provide rigorous interdisciplinary training that provides students with the tools to enact social transformation in theory and praxis and enables students to conduct research and analysis both within and outside academia.

The Graduate Program draws widely from the humanities, social sciences, health, environmental studies, fine arts, education and law.  It has over 90 affiliated faculty members and typically offers about 30 core, elective and cross-listed courses each year. There are about 100 students enrolled in the Program. 

The Graduate Program is part of the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at York University. Over 200 faculty members offer 150 courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies provides a base and resource for teachers, students, and researchers across the York University community. In addition to undergraduate women's and sexuality studies programs, the Centre for Feminist Research, the Nellie Langford Rowell Library, and the quarterly journal Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme are all affiliated with the School.

The following 7 interrelated fields of specialization identify the research and teaching strengths of the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. The fields represent broad areas of interest in feminist research and all fields foreground the intersections of women and/or gender/s with sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability, and age. 

  1. Cultural and Literary Studies, Performance and Fine Arts
  2. Diaspora,Transnational and Global Studies
  3. Histories
  4. Politics, Economies and Societies
  5. Race
  6. Sexualities
  7. Theories and Methods

Le programme gradué de l’École d’Études des femmes (GWS) souhaite accommoder les étudiant-es francophones en faisant le nécessaire pour qu’elles/ils puissent écrire leurs travaux, leur projet de recherche, leur mémoire ou leur thèse ainsi que leurs examens compréhensifs en français. Ceci dépendra surtout de la disponibilité des membres de la faculté habilités à l’évaluation de tels travaux. Les noms qui apparaissent dans la liste qui suit, comprend les professeures qui se sont identifiées comme capables évaluer des travaux écrits et/ou de participer à des examens oraux en français : Bettina Bradbury, Elisabeth Cohen, Ruth King, Gertrude Mianda, Jacinthe Michaud et Miriam Smith. Veuillez prendre note que cette liste est régulièrement mise à jour.

 

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