Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts
Program Options: Major, Minor

Transnational relations of race, gender, and sexuality affect every aspect of society. Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at UTM provides a rich and complex understanding of a range of historically and socially informed experiences as they relate to race, gender, class, indigeneity, nationality, ability, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality. The program prepares students to critically understand and intervene into local, national, and global issues and questions related to societies and cultures and their impact on women, queer, and trans subjects, as well as racialized minority groups and individuals, while learning how to change and navigate the world around them with confidence and success. A major or minor in WGSS prepares students for careers in a range of academic and professional areas including policy, law, health, social justice, social service, government, technology, education, media, and culture.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apprehend the intellectual history and epistemology of the field and acquire a thorough knowledge of foundational Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies concepts, grounded in historical and philosophical thought and praxis;
  • Identify, cultivate, and employ informed knowledge embedded in lived experience;
  • Articulate how Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is a distinctive field with synergetic relationships to other disciplines in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences;
  • Critically engage with, analyse, and contextualise diverse and multidisciplinary textual and non-textual materials and artifacts from varied perspectives to formulate persuasive arguments and analyses in written and verbal engagement;
  • Demonstrate contextual understanding of feminist theories;
  • Conduct intersectional analyses attentive to the ways different axes of knowledge and power interlock across temporal, cultural, and sociopolitical contexts;
  • Develop self-reflexivity in relation to the politics and ethics of knowledge production;
  • Identify their positionalities within local, national, and transnational communities;
  • Recognize the importance of praxis and the practical application of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies theories to social justice in their communities and the globalizing world;
  • Cultivate an informed curiosity and responsibility to continuously re-envision feminist-based knowledge.


Career Information

The skills and experience you acquire while studying a Historical Studies program at UTM will be benefit in any career you might enter. Graduates of a Historical Studies program bring a unique set of valuable skills to many diverse career areas. Visit the Careers page for more information on career areas for graduates of our Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program.

Skills developed

  • Communication
  • Research
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Organizational
  • Leadership 

Career areas

  • Arts organizations
  • Community development
  • Commerce
  • Government
  • Law
  • Education
  • Health organizations
  • Human resources


  • Health professional
  • Social worker
  • Human resources
  • Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer


  • Policy analyst
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Communications
  • Arts and culture

Get Involved

Check out the 100+ student organizations on campus. Here are a few:

  • UTM Women & Gender Equity Centre
  • UTM Women Student Association (UTM WSA)
  • UTM Student Union (UTMSU)
  • UTM Athletics Council (UTMAC)
  • UTM Women's Centre
  • Positive Space Committee 

For a listing of clubs on campus visit the Student Organization Portal.