Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies

Introducing GSFS

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) has consolidated the previous Women’s Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies programs into one, newly titled program in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies (GSFS).

A careful analysis of the current programs in Women’s Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies indicates that critical approaches embedded in feminist and social justice frameworks have historically been integral to both fields. The Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies program recognizes social justice as a driving concept inherent to the study of gender, sexuality, and feminism. Social justice frameworks incorporate critical race studies, disability studies, and Indigenous studies into the examination of gender, sexuality, and feminism.  

Students can look forward to an interdisciplinary education grounded in these fields. In addition to the GSFS courses offered by the Institute, students will be able to take courses from a list of complementary offerings from departments throughout the Faculty of Arts.

We offer undergraduates the opportunity to choose a Minor, Major, Honours, or Joint Honours concentration in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies.

A Note for Students Enrolled in Sexual Diversity or Women’s Studies

The Women’s Studies courses previously offered under “Current Topics” and “Special Topics” codes will now become regular course offerings with designated names under the new GSFS course code. This revised program allows students to engage in the fields of Gender, Sexuality, Feminism, and Social Justice in a manner that is both interdisciplinary and coherent. See our complete list of courses in 2016-17 here.

If you would like to continue your degree in Women’s Studies or Sexual Diversity Studies, you may do so as long as you graduate by Summer 2019. If you are graduating after Summer 2019 or if you would like to switch into the GSFS program now, please click here for more information, and contact our andrew.folco [at] mcgill.ca (Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator).