The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies offers students exciting bilingual interdisciplinary programs that explore questions related to women, gender, power, and diversity. You will study important issues such as globalization, transnationalism, sexualities, gender identities, disability, colonialism, indigeneity, labour, reproduction, and racism. Course offerings are a blend of theoretical and practical knowledge that contributes to intellectual development, analytical competence, and collective efforts for social justice and transformation.

You will benefit from the presence of top scholars such as the Joint Chair in Women's Studies which is shared with Carleton University and the University of Ottawa Echo Chair in Women’s Health. The Institute also hosts the Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women's Studies who acts as a resource person available to meet and exchange with you. Furthermore, you can conduct research at the Canadian Women's Movement Archives, located at the University of Ottawa’s Morisset Library.

The student community is vibrant and practices collaborative forms of scholar activism. You will have the opportunity to attend the Annual Shirley Greenberg Lecture, participate in the Feminist Café series, and volunteer at the Women’s Resource Centre on campus.

Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U mid 70s
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) mid 60s
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 84%
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Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies

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Major in Feminist and Gender Studies

4 years120 units
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Joint Honours in Criminology and in Feminist and Gender Studies

4 years120 units
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Joint Honours in Feminist and Gender Studies and in Political Science

4 years120 units
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Joint Honours in Feminist and Gender Studies and in Sociology

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Minor in Feminist and Gender Studies

Alexandra Nytschyk-DiBartolomeo, graduate
Student Voices

“This is a very inclusive program that touches on feminism and masculinity. I learned about a wide range of topics, including women's economic equality, legal reforms, genital mutilation, and Wall...”

Alexandra Nytschyk-DiBartolomeo

— Graduate

Corrie Scott

“Women’s studies is relevant to everyone: we analyse and challenge the exclusions and marginalization often present in more «traditional» scholarship.”

Corrie Scott

— Professor

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French immersion

Located in the heart of Ottawa, which is the national capital and an officially bilingual city, the University of Ottawa has been a bilingual institution for more than 150 years. Immersion students have multiple opportunities to learn French in a wonderful cultural context and an innovative learning environment whose efficiency and successfulness has been proven.
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