Specialization in Women's Studies

The Women's Studies Specialization gives students the opportunity to engage in inter-disciplinary work focused on gender.

All students taking the Women's Studies Specialization must complete WOME 5101, Theories and Methods in Women's Studies. They are not required to complete SOCJ 5090 Social Justice Studies Methods course.

Students must choose supervisors from Social Justice Studies who are members of the Women's Studies Core Graduate Faculty.

For admission to the Women's Studies Specialization, students must write a 1-2 page statement of interest, submitted as part of their application, and complete the Women's Studies Application form.

Streams and Course Requirements for WS Specialization

In the first year of their program all students in the Women’s Studies specialization must complete the following courses regardless of the stream they intend to pursue:

SOCJ 5030: Theories of Social Justice and the one full year course in the Women’s Studies program, WOME 5101: Theory and Methods in Women’s Studies.  NOTE:  Students do not need to take SOCJ 5090: Methods and Methodologies in Social Justice.


Two of the major papers written for these graduate course(s) must be focused on a subject related to Women's Studies. One-page proposals must be approved by the Social Justice Studies Committee no later than six weeks into the term(s).

Research Project:

Students will write a research project related to both Social Justice Studies and Women's Studies. 

Creative Project:

Students will write a creative project relevant to both Social Justice Studies and Women's Studies.


Students will complete the practicum in an organization of relevance to Social Justice Studies and Women's Studies.