This program examines human behaviour, institutions and culture in order to reveal and analyze the gender assumptions on which they are based. It examines the changing positions of women and men, gender nonconformity, queer studies, activism and the evolving understanding of gender.

Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will examine the portrayal of femininities and masculinities in advertising, news media, literature, art, music, pornography, religion and films. You will study the relation between biology and gender constructions, gendered patterns of language use, the role of gender in processes of identity formation and socialization and women's changing economic and political roles.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

Course Description

Fall Term
WGST 112a Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies
ENG 113b Literature and Composition Reading Narrative
INDG 107c Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies
MATH 101d Quantitative Reasoning
SOC 111e Foundations in Sociology Society Structure Process

Winter Term
RLST 112e Western Religions in Society and Culture
PSY 121e Social Clinical Cultural and Developmental Bases of Psychology
HIST 135e History Matters Gender Sex and Society
ENG 120e Introduction to Creative Writing
GEOG 125e Environmental Science and Society

a Required course for the major
b One of the course options to complete the English Language Writing Requirement
c One of the course options to complete the Indigenous Learning Requirement
d One of the course options to complete the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
e One of the course options which may be used in the Breadth, Cognate, and/or Electives Requirements

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

WGST 201: Images of Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture
An introduction to the ways gender, sexuality and identity are represented and produced in popular culture, mainstream media and populist feminist culture. Focuses on critical analysis and intervention, the production of culture and a variety of cultural forms, mainstream media and representational practices.

WGST 220: Queering the Terrain Cultural Space and Queer Theory
Locates queer embodiments, performances and projects in local, national and transnational contexts. What is made visible and invisible in performance theory, constructions/appropriations of the deviant, and the complex shifts in queer space taking place through globalization? How are effects produced as queer across interwoven spaces?

WGST 315: Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Transnational Feminisms
Constructed notions of gender and sexuality are profoundly implicated in uneven economic development; poverty and disadvantage accrues to women and feminized positions in both one and two-thirds worlds. How do people of all genders, non-governmental, state and intergovernmental organizations respond to resulting crises? What alternatives are envisioned by transnational feminisms?

Study abroad
You can take advantage of our unique study abroad opportunities.

Unique opportunities
The Women’s & Gender Studies program is unique in Canada in that it is integrated within an interdisciplinary centre in the College of Arts & Science called The Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity (ICCC).

The Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity (ICCC) celebrates culture and creativity through unique, interdisciplinary programming. The Centre supports scholarship anchored within the humanities and fine arts, but also reaches beyond these disciplines as students and faculty engage in creative and cultural enquiry that is curiosity-driven and virtually boundless.


Some career opportunities include:

  • Volunteer services administrator
  • Human support services coordinator
  • Political campaign staff member
  • International human rights program assistant
  • Family services administrator
  • Women’s centre director
  • Resource centre coordinator
  • Community development worker

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $6,710 $20,130
Fees $988 $988
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $9,198 $22,618

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2021-2022 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Women's and Gender Studies degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2022
Dec 1, 2021
Documents due: Dec 15, 2021
Sep 1, 2021
Documents due: Oct 1, 2021
May 2022
Apr 1, 2022
Documents due: May 1, 2022
Feb 1, 2022
Documents due: Mar 1, 2022
July 2022
May 1, 2022
Documents due: Jun 1, 2022
Mar 1, 2022
Documents due: Apr 1, 2022
September 2022
Aug 15, 2022
Documents due: Aug 15, 2022
May 1, 2022
Documents due: Jun 1, 2022
January 2023
Dec 1, 2022
Documents due: Dec 15, 2022
Sep 1, 2022
Documents due: Oct 1, 2022

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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