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Women and Gender Studies (Collaborative Specialization)

Women and Gender Studies: Introduction

​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Pro​grams

Adult Education and Community Development—MA, MEd, PhD
Anthropology—MA, MSc, PhD
Cinema Studies—MA
Classics—MA, PhD
Comparative Literature—MA, PhD
Counselling and Clinical Psychology—MA, PhD
Counselling Psychology—MEd, EdD
Criminology and Sociolegal Studies—MA, PhD
Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development—MA, MEd, PhD
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies—MA, PhD
East Asian Studies—MA, PhD
Educational Leadership and Policy—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
English—MA, PhD
Exercise Sciences—MSc, PhD
French Language and Literature—MA, PhD
Geography—MA, MSc, PhD
Germanic Languages and Literatures—MA
German Literature, Culture and Theory—PhD
Health Administration—MHSc
Health Policy, Management and Evaluation—MSc, PhD
Higher Education—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
History—MA, PhD
Information—MI
Information Studies—PhD
Language and Literacies Education—MA, MEd, PhD
Law—LLM, SJD
Medieval Studies—MA, PhD
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations—MA, PhD
Philosophy—MA, PhD
Planning—MScPl, PhD
Political Science—MA, PhD
Public Health Sciences—MPH, PhD
Religion—MA, PhD
Social Justice Education—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Social Work—MSW, PhD
Sociology—MA, PhD
Spanish—MA, PhD

Overview

The Graduate Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies (CWGS) provides students with an opportunity for advanced feminist studies in concert with an MA or PhD degree in another discipline. The Collaborative Specialization offers a rich interdisciplinary environment in which to grapple with how gender and sexuality are entangled with questions of race, citizenship, embodiment, colonialism, nation, global capitalism, violence, political economy, cultural formations, aesthetics, and other pressing concerns.

The graduate programs listed above participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. The collaborating units contribute courses and provide facilities and supervision for graduate research. The collaborative specialization is administered by the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI), bringing together 34 graduate programs, more than 100 courses, and more than 100 graduate faculty members. Core faculty members bring transnational feminist commitments to the study of diverse sites and their interconnection with particular focus on Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and the United States.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies” on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: www.wgsi.utoronto.ca/graduate/collaborative-program
Email: grad.womenstudies@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-3668
Fax: (416) 946-5561

Graduate Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies
Women and Gender Studies Institute
University of Toronto
Room 2036, Wilson Hall, New College
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C6
Canada

Women and Gender Studies: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments. Applicants must fulfil all the degree requirements in the home department.

  • Applicants to the collaborative specialization should have a substantial undergraduate background in gender and feminist studies or an equivalent focus within a discipline. In exceptional cases, extensive work or activist experience which also requires academic knowledge of research on women and/or gender will also be considered.

  • Two-page statement of research intent explaining how the applicant’s course of study and specific research interests relate to women and gender studies at the master's level.

  • Two letters of reference outlining the applicant’s background in wo​men and gender studies.

Specialization Requirements

  • The course of study should be planned in consultation with the CWGS graduate coordinator as well as the coordinator of graduate studies in the student's home graduate unit.

  • Courses should be selected from the established cross-listed courses or approved by the graduate coordinator of the collaborative specialization.

Non-thesis Master's
  • A required 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE) (WGS 5000H).

  • 0.5 FCE of cross-listed or approved courses with a focus on women/gender/feminist/sexuality/critical race/postcolonial studies.

  • Regular attendance at the WGS Research Seminar.

Thesis Master's
  • A required 0.5 FCE (WGS 5000H).

  • 0.5 FCE of cross-listed or approved courses with a focus on women/gender/feminist/sexuality/critical race/postcolonial studies.

  • Regular attendance at the WGS Research Seminar

  • The thesis, or major paper, dealing with a subject in the area of women and gender studies.

  • Theses will be supervised and evaluated in the same manner as those in the home graduate unit. Normally, at least one cross-listed or core graduate faculty member of WGSI will be a member of the thesis or supervisory committee of collaborative specialization students.

Women and Gender Studies: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments. Students must fulfil all the degree requirements in the home department.

  • Applicants to the collaborative specialization should have a substantial undergraduate or graduate background in gender and feminist studies or an equivalent focus within a discipline. In exceptional cases, extensive work or activist experience which also requires academic knowledge of research on women and/or gender will also be considered.

  • Two-page statement of research intent explaining how the applicant's course of study and specific research interests relate to women and gender studies at the doctoral level.

  • Two letters of reference outlining the applicant's background in women and gender studies.

Specialization Requirements

  • The course of study should be planned in consultation with the CWGS graduate coordinator as well as the coordinator of graduate studies in the student's home graduate unit.

  • Courses should be selected from the established cross-listed courses approv​ed by the graduate coordinator of the collaborative specialization.

  • A required 0.5 FCE selected from WGS 5000H or WGS 5001H.

  • Any other 0.5 FCE course in women and gender studies.

  • 1.0 FCE of cross-listed or approved courses with a focus on women/gender/feminist/sexuality/critical race/postcolonial studies.

  • Regularly participate in the WGS Research Seminar.

  • Students are required to present their work in the seminar at least once before graduating.

  • Doctoral thesis dealing with a subject in the area of women and gender studies. Theses will be supervised and evaluated in the same manner as those in the home graduate unit. Normally, at least one cross-listed or core graduate faculty member with WGSI will be a member of the thesis or supervisory committee of collaborative specialization students.

Women and Gender Studies: Courses

Core Courses

​WGS 5000H​
​Feminist Theories, Histories, Movements I
​WGS 5001H
​Feminist Theories, Histories, Movements II​

Elective Courses

For courses offered by WGSI and cross-listed by the participating units offered in a particular year, check the collaborative specialization website.​