The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University welcomes students interested in the study of women, gender, sexuality, and feminism. The department’s interdisciplinary degree programs and faculty offer courses in a wide range of subject areas in the social sciences, humanities, natural/applied sciences, and contemporary arts.

Current Events

  • November 25, 2015
    GSWS Graduate School 2016
    Everyone is invited to an informal GSWS Grad School Application Q and A on Wednesday 25 November from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m Location: AQ 5119
  • November 05, 2015
    The Mask You Live In
    The Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Student Union is hosting a FREE film screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary 'The Mask You Live In'. Following the screening we will facilitate a respectful discussion around masculinity, in which people can share their thoughts on the film, how they experience/perceive masculinity in their own lives, how to address masculinity from a feminist perspective.
  • November 04, 2015
    West End Sex Work Memorial
    You are invited to a Community Forum on the West End Sex Work Memorial Project, November 4th.


GSWS Fall 2014 Newsletter ~ Click here to read!

Attention GSWS declared majors:

Want to share your love for GSWS with fellow students?  Volunteer for the 7 Minute Majors Fall 2015 events!!

The 7 Minute Major events of Fall 2015 are looking for volunteers. If you enjoy talking about your major and want to help first and second year students learn about your program, we'd love to hear from you. The events are on October 26-30 at the Burnaby campus from 12:30 to 1:20 each day.

The primary goal of 7 Minute Majors is to facilitate students’ discovery of an ideal major program. Individually or in groups, attendees rotate through each of 7 stations, engaging in 7 minute conversations with a different volunteer (you!) at each table. During the conversations, volunteers share why they chose their program and talk about aspects of the major that they feel make that program special. Attendees are then given the chance to ask questions.

This volunteer opportunity is now recognized as part of the Student Ambassador Program (SAP), an official recognition program for short term opportunities at SFU. Participation in the 7 Minute Majors event can count towards your hours accumulated in the SAP program.

Drinks and snacks are provided. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Roberta (gswsmgr@sfu.ca) by October 12th.



Marjorie Griffin Cohen has received this year's President's Media Relations Life-Time Achievement Award.  Over the years, Marjorie has contributed unstintingly to public conversations about important issues of the day, including the environment, BC Hydro rate increases, gender and work, temporary foreign workers, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, and the Living Wage Campaign.  Her opinions have been solicited by local, provincial, national, and international media.  Her expertise and ability to articulate arguments clearly and passionately have earned her recognition and trust as one of our most significant public commentators.