Welcome to Gender and Women’s Studies

*** NOTICE: Effective Thursday, March 19, York University is offering limited on-campus services to prevent the risk and spread of COVID-19. However, the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is fully committed to ensuring our students and faculty get the support they need. You can reach us with general inquiries by emailing at lapsgsws@yorku.ca or by emailing the person you wish to speak to directly (see Staff Directory https://gsws.laps.yorku.ca/faculty-staff/staff-directory/).

For GWST and SXST Majors, and Minors, the department is conducting virtual advising appointments.
These appointments will assist you in assessing your degree progress, help you in choosing appropriate courses, and assist you in making selections to ensure you are on track to completing your degree/program.
Advising times are as follows:
For Gender, and Women's Studies - Mondays 1pm-3pm and Tuesdays 11am-1pm
For Sexuality Studies - Thursdays 12:30pm-2:30pm
Please email lapsgsws@yorku.ca with your name, student number, and reason for your request in order to book an appointment.

For more information on University’s response to the coronavirus, please visit the website for the most recent updates. ***


Think! Critique! Create! Act! Transform!

Gender and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that explores relations of power in the lives of individuals, groups and cultures in multiple settings and sites locally and transnationally.  Our challenging courses on women and gender analyze constructions and intersections of gender, race, class, age, ability and sexuality in popular culture, everyday life, the arts, the sciences, politics, societies, and the economy.

We encourage students to engage individually and collectively in the transformative processes of feminist scholarship, practices and politics. Gender and Women's Studies students develop the practical, theoretical, communications, and organization skills to think, write, conduct research and act critically and creatively.  Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct research and transform the knowledge gained into any future career they may choose, including an ongoing career as a graduate student.

Why choose Gender and Women’s Studies?

  • York faculty have been leaders in the study of women and gender in Canada and internationally for three decades.
  • Our dedicated, dynamic, award winning professors offer excellent learning environments at all levels of study.