The Gender Studies Committee evaluates courses for designation as a gender studies (GS) course. 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:
- A significant emphasis on the distinctive experience of women, men, or transgendered people, situated historically, culturally or politically;
- A significant emphasis on masculinities and/or femininities and/or other gender identities as categories of analysis;
- A significant emphasis on the representation of women and men as gendered subjects;
- A significant emphasis on the ways in which gender intersects with other systems of inequality, such as race, class, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality;
- 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.);
- The deployment of a feminist pedagogy, or a pedagogy that raises critical awareness of the gendered dimensions of the course topic.
To secure a gender studies designation for your course, please 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.