Loyola University Maryland

Gender Studies

Criteria for Courses in the Gender Studies Minor

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For a course to be designated as gender studies (GS), two-thirds (2/3) of the course content must meet one or more of the six criteria below:

  1. A significant emphasis on the distinctive experience of women, men, or transgendered people, situated historically, culturally or politically;
  2. A significant emphasis on masculinities and/or femininities and/or other gender identities as categories of analysis;
  3. A significant emphasis on the representation of women and men as gendered subjects;
  4. A significant emphasis on the ways in which gender intersects with other systems of inequality, such as race, class, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality;
  5. A significant focus on women authors or investigators, or on primary sources that directly address or express issues of gendered lives (letters, diaries, political tracts, etc.);
  6. The deployment of a feminist pedagogy, or a pedagogy that raises critical awareness of the gendered dimensions of the course topic.

Qualifying a Course

For Faculty: to qualify a course that you teach for a gender studies designation

Faculty should email Janine Holc, gender studies co-director: Jholc@loyola.edu.  Please submit a brief statement that indicates the name of the course and which criteria you believe it fulfills, along with an electronic copy of your current syllabus and any illustrative assignments.

For Students: to qualify a course from another institution (study abroad or transfer credit)

Students should set up an appointment with Janine Holc, gender studies co-Director, if they are on campus and may correspond by email if abroad, Jholc@loyola.edu

  • If the course is yet to be taken: Please provide a current syllabus from the instructor that clearly indicates the discipline, reading material and expected assignments.
  • If the course has been taken: Please provide a brief statement that indicates which criteria above that you believe it fulfills, along with an electronic copy of your current syllabus and any illustrative assignments you completed.