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Women’s Studies


Major in Women's Studies

Course Sequence | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Criminology and Women's Studies

Course Sequence | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Women's Studies and Political Science

Course Sequence | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Women's Studies and Sociology

Course Sequence | French Immersion

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The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies offers you exciting interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs that explore questions related to women, gender and feminisms. Our teaching and research deal with such important issues as globalization, transnationalism, sexualities, gender identity, disability, colonialism and racism. Courses blend scientific, theoretical and practical knowledge that contributes to intellectual development and collective efforts for social justice and transformation.

General admission requirements

Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U 75%-79%
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) 65%-69%
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 84%

Program highlights

  • Our program allows students, regardless of their gender identity, to benefit from a critical approach to how they look at the world. They work on real issues that are interdisciplinary in nature, and all along their studies, they are encouraged to question the locus of power in society.
  • Students of the Institute can conduct research at the Canadian Women’s Movement Archives, located at uOttawa’s Morisset Library and can attend the Annual Shirley Greenberg Lecture in Women’s Studies as well as the series of Feminist Café.
  • Most of our students share a common response when they are asked about the program: “We wish we had discovered it earlier!”

Potential careers

  • Community or international development officer
  • Program or project officer
  • Equity and human rights, women or minorities advisor
  • Feminist program coordinator
  • Gender equality specialist

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International opportunities

This program provides students with international opportunities as of their third year of study.


Alexandra Nytschyk-DiBartolomeo

“There are a lot of stereotypes around feminism such as the misinformed assumptions that it is geared at lesbians and man haters. This is unfortunate because, in fact, this program is inclusive, and attracts all kinds of students and is anything but a female-driven, man-hating environment. On the contrary, we don’t just study feminism, we also study, among other things, masculinity. There are amazing courses to discover like Gender, sexuality and pop culture. Personally, the program has allowed me to delve deeper into a variety of topics that are of interest to me, from female genital mutilation, to women’s economic equality, to legal reform, capitalism and even Wall Street. The program is customizable and exciting, and offers so many possibilities. It taught me how to argue and make a point in a reasoned and well researched way. In my three years here, I have yet to come across a poor professor, they are all so incredible!”

Alexandra Nytschyk-DiBartolomeo , student

Corrie Scott

“Women’s studies is relevant to everyone: we analyse and challenge the exclusions and marginalization often present in more «traditional» scholarship. At the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, we recognize that gender discrimination doesn’t happen in a vacuum: some of the most pressing issues being researched by feminist scholars involve racism, ableism and classism as well as gay, lesbian, queer and transgender rights.”

Corrie Scott, professor


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