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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 22, 2016
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Graduate Programs

The Women and Gender Studies Program is an undergraduate Program, only.  However, its faculty members belong to or have been involved in the following two Graduate Programs at WLU. Many students who are graduated from our undergraduate Program in Women and Gender Studies have applied to and studied in these Graduate Programs.

 The M.A. Program in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory

The M.A. Program in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory (CAST) has been designed to further the interests of those students whose research and academic interests extend beyond the boundaries of single disciplines in science or humanities programs.

CAST focuses on analyzing culture and theorizing the social from an interdisciplinary and a multidisciplinary perspective, and brings together faculty with interdisciplinary and social science backgrounds, and theoretical and methodological commitments to the creative and critical ways of exploring reality that cultural analysis constitutes.  

CAST students identify an interest in two of the following three fields:

  • Globalization, Identity and Social Movements
  • Body Politics: Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment
  • Cultural Representation and Social Theory
  • Our three full-time Women and Gender Studies members are core members of the MA in CAST program and other WS faculty have served on MRP committees.  The research and teaching projects of many of the other core faculty members in CAST are also informed by feminist, gender, and Women and Gender Studies oriented theories and methodologies.  A number of students holding a BA in Women and Gender Studies have gone on to complete an M.A. in CAST.

    Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

    The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) offers social work programs at the master's and doctoral levels. The MSW program has three fields of study: Individuals, Families, and Groups; Community, Policy, Planning, and Organizations; and Aboriginal Wholistic Healing. The PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth in two fields of study: Studies in Social Work Practice, and Critical Social Policy and Organizational Studies. Since its inception in 1966, the FSW has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and practicum instruction.

    Dr. Ginette Lafrenière, who is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Work regularly teaches two of our WS courses: WS209 Women and Leadership and WS306 Women and Social Justice and sits on the WS Program Committee.  Other full-time faculty in the WS Program have served on thesis committees for graduate students in the FSW Program and taught courses in this unit.


    Students who have graduated with a WS degree from our Program at WLU have gone on to pursue graduate work in a variety of different institutions across Canada, as well as one in the United States and one in the U.K, and within a variety of different Programs, including in: Women's Studies, Gender and Culture, Sociology, English, Social Work, Environmental Studies, Information, Education, and Musicology.

    For information on where Women's Studies/Women and Gender Studies undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered across Canada and the world, go to the WGSRF Academic Women's Studies Page.