Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

About the Program

Women Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) provides a rich and complex understanding of a range of socially informed experiences as they relate to race, gender, class, indigeneity and sexuality.


Honours Bachelor of Arts

Program Options

Major, Minor

After completing your first year, you'll be asked to confirm what program(s) you wish to study – your Programs of Study. They can be integrated in unique ways to obtain your U of T degree, but must be one of the following three combinations: one Specialist; or two Majors; or one Major and two Minors. You don't need to worry about that now, but if you'd like to learn more about this process, watch our handy video (7 min).

Admission Requirements

You apply to an admission category, which is a collection of similar programs. Once you've accepted an offer of admission to our campus, we go into greater detail about specific program and course selection options.

At the end of your first year, you will choose your program(s), which means that your first year is an excellent opportunity to explore the full breadth of offerings.

Regardless of what you study, remember that you will receive a prestigious University of Toronto degree when you graduate that tells everyone that you are ranked among the best in the world!

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Program Course Prerequisites
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Approximate Competitive Average
Mid to High 70s

The admission average is calculated with English (ENG4U) plus the next best five Grade 12 U or M courses. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee you admission to the University. Admission is subject to space availability and competition.

The content in this section is based on requirements in the Ontario curriculum.

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Please visit the Admissions section of our site for full requirements.

Discover Your Potential


Nicole Charles was still an undergraduate student when she became interested in vaccine hesitancy. At the time, she was studying the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Canada. Now an assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Historical Studies at UTM, Charles continues to focus on reluctance related to the HPV vaccine.

Woman looking at paper

Women applying to jobs in male-dominated fields often try to overcome sexism by altering their cover letters to sound less feminine. But that practice might actually be hurting their chances of landing a job, a new study out of U of T Mississauga reveals.

Queer in the Suburbs

“Groundbreaking” research from U of T Mississauga is creating a new record of the unique experiences of LGBTQ2+ people living in Canada’s suburbs. The Queer Peel Oral History Project collects first-person oral histories from current and former LGBTQ2+ residents of Peel Region and establishes an important new archive of suburban queer experiences.

Student Experience

Courses You Would Love


This course explores how gender, sexuality and other intersectional identity markers work within and against structures of privilege and oppression in the world of sport.


The course examines how computer technologies facilitate women's participation in cyberspace and how women define and construct their involvement.


Drawing on theories and methods from feminist and sexuality studies, this course engages this question to understand the emergence of queer aesthetics as a response to social and political crisis.

Planning Ahead

Whether you want to land your dream job, conduct groundbreaking research, or start your own business, we can get you there. Here are resources to help you explore your career options.

Career Options

Created by our Career Centre, the Careers by Major database identifies some potential career fields, how to gain related skills and experience, and useful resources and job samples. But always remember, your program of study doesn't have to determine your career!

Program Plans

Program Plans are quick and accessible overviews of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available to help you get the most out of your UTM experience.

Tip Sheets

The Career Centre offers dozens of tip sheets with helpful information about topics related to searching for work, planning your career, and pursuing further education.

View to the U: An eye on UTM research

View to the U is a podcast that features U of T Mississauga faculty members from a range of disciplines who will illuminate some of the inner-workings of the science labs and enlighten the social sciences and humanities hubs at UTM.

Elspeth Brown

On this episode of VIEW to the U, Historical Studies prof Elspeth Brown, who joined the faculty at UofT Mississauga in 2000, talks about her archival work preserving the stories of people from the LGBTQ community.

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