Loyola University Maryland

Gender Studies

About Required Gender Studies Courses

All gender studies minors complete Introduction to Gender Studies and a Capstone course.

Introduction to Gender Studies (SC210)

Introduction to Gender Studies provides a broad overview of the role of gender in society. An interdisciplinary approach--ranging across history, psychology, art, economics, literature, philosophy, sociology, political science, biology, and anthropology--is used to address questions such as: How does biology contribute to gender differences? What role does culture play in the construction of gender? The myriad of ways gender, race/ethnicity, and social class intersect is a unifying course theme. Although the main focus is on the sex/gender system of contemporary U.S. society, cross-cultural and historical perspectives are incorporated.

Students frequently develop personally meaningful projects of very high quality for this course. Check out:

Anastasia Canell, Corey Falls and Grace Hymel's presentation, Violence LGBT Youth: Are Schools Really Safe Space?

Alicia Espinal-Mesa’s presentation, "Women of Color in Film and TV"

Capstone Course

A Capstone course (sometimes a seminar) that rotates through disciplines is offered each spring term. Senior Gender Studies minors with varied majors come together to focus on a substantive issue and all benefit from the variety of perspectives. Instructors are eager to work with such an invested group. The schedule of upcoming Capstone courses includes:

Spring 2018:  ML309, Gender, Peace and Justice in East Asia: Texts and Contexts (taught by Dr. Yu Zhang)

The course will provide a survey on the gendered representations and experiences in East Asia (China, Japan, North and South Koreas), as well as in other Asian regions and countries. Situating East Asian men and women in both regional and global contexts, this course will investigate how gender in East Asian has been (re)constructed, (re)institutionalized, (re)appropriated, as well as (re)interpreted in different socio-historical discourses.We will critically examine the past and the continuing changes on gender roles in family and society under the global influence. In each class, we will examine a wide variety of sources: literature, biography, autobiography, film, material culture, and art.

Spring 2019: HS390, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (taught by Dr. David Carey)

Examines how the role of gender and sexuality in Latin American societies, cultures, economies, and religions has changed over time. Using sources such as books, articles, videos, images, oral histories, and primary documents, the course investigates the history of gender and sexuality with a particular emphasis on deconstructing such socially constructed binaries as femininity/masculinity, male/female, and homosexuality/heterosexuality. The course also focuses on the ways class, ethnicity, race, age, religion, and other identities affect men’s and women’s realities. Gender and sexuality provide fresh perspectives on the ways the past is reconstructed.

Spring 2020: PL 337, Philosophy and Feminism (taught by Dr. Mavis Biss)

Treats analyses of oppression, conceptions of agency and autonomy, and accounts of the relationship between politics and social reality developed from several feminist philosophical perspectives. Taken together, the course texts challenge students to approach issues in moral and political theory in light of an understanding of how power dynamics involving gender function across cultural-historical contexts.

Recently offered Capstone courses include the following:

Spring 2017: English 367.01, American Feminist Public Intellectuals (taught by Dr. Brian Norman)

Spring 2016:  Sociology 430, Gender and Justice (taught by Dr. Amanda Konradi)

Spring 2015: Sociology 361, Social Inequality (taught by Dr.Barbara Vann)