Zoé Duhaime standing in front of the BC Legislature Buildings

Find your edge in gender studies

Zoé Duhaime, undergraduate student and former Victoria Youth Poet Laureate, wrote a poem about the 100 year anniversary of women having the right to vote—it is currently on display in the Legislative Assembly of BC.

Become a student
Group of gender studies alumnae visit GNDR 300

Inspiration for your future

Several gender studies alumnae visited the GNDR 300 class for a lively discussion about "life after gender studies." The alumnae shared their stories about working for government, in the not-for-profit sector, and as entrepreneurs.

Alumnae visit GNDR 300
Workshop facilitators in a classroom

Discover our programs

Our programs encourage critically engaged, robust, empowered thinkers like Shyam Singh and Kate Lord. As undergraduate students in Gender Studies, Shyam and Kate are also facilitators for the UVic Bystander Intervention Training Program.

Courtenay Nielsen in front of a cycling mural

Make a positive impact in your community

There are many ways you can put your gender studies education to good use. Courtenay Nielsen volunteers to host workshops in bike shops for women, gender non-binary, and trans people to fix their bikes.

Community connections
Students talking in a meeting room

Stimulating courses

Discover cutting edge courses that examine how the role of gender in society interacts with other forms of difference including Indigenous and racialized identities, class, sexuality and more.

Alumnus Fenn Mayes

Diverse group of alumnae/i

Gender studies can help you understand the world and your place in it. Alumnus Fenn Mayes says he enjoyed gaining new perspectives from this interdisciplinary program.


Shift your view, change your world

Gender studies focuses on pressing local and global social-justice issues. We examine how gender shapes people's lives, experiences, knowledge and possibilities in relation to Indigenous and racialized identities, class, sexuality, age, ability, geographical location and more.

In our classrooms, you'll acquire a unique perspective on the world and your place in it, on how power works and how systems of inequality can be addressed.
—Annalee Lepp, Gender Studies

Interested in the active pursuit of social justice? Curious about how to address different inequities in the world?

Find your edge in UVic's Department of Gender Studies!


Acknowledgement of the territories

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Department Mission Statement

The Department of Gender Studies at UVic actively pursues social justice. With attention to networks of power and how power circulates, we examine the relationships between gender and other socially constructed categories (e.g., race, class, sexuality, and other important locations). This examination is undertaken in the context of ongoing (de)colonization, neoliberal capitalism, globalization, transnationalism, and environmental degradation. Through our myriad forms of teaching, research, and community engagements, we mobilize tools of interrogation, resistance, and transgression. Our work is guided by an ongoing process of theorizing, practice, and critical reflection. At the forefront of change, we proceed with an ethics of care and accountability.