Loyola University Maryland

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Welcome to Gender and Sexuality Studies!

On this website you will find information about the requirements of the gender and sexuality studies minor, what gender and sexuality courses are offered at Loyola University Maryland, which faculty are involved in the program, resources for embarking on your own research or to learn more about feminism, and how to become involved in the club and Iota Iota Iota honor society.

Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

The gender and sexuality studies minor started (as gender studies) in 1992 and is the oldest interdisciplinary minor at Loyola. The minor is designed to help women and men students bring academic rigor and depth to their academic interests, and to help them identify connections between their experiences and the experiences of others throughout history and across racial/ethnic, economic, and cultural contexts.

Students can take courses in multiple disciplines to build a minor that fits with their major and complements their interests and strengths. Course topics include Latin American writers, Psychology of Gender, Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender, Masculinities, Gender, Human Rights and Conflict,Women and Gender in the Arab World, among others. Many are diversity courses and some fulfill the core. Gender and sexuality courses are available in many study abroad locations.

Why pursue a Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor?

Gender and sexuality studies is helpful to careers and graduate work in law, writing and communications, public policy, non-profit organizations, education, government and service-oriented professions. It also complements and deepens the student’s academic major by adding a crucial dimension of the human experience, and attention to diversity and social justice.

Anastasia Canell, Psychology Major and Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor, '17, reports:


'The Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor at Loyola University Maryland has gifted me with the opportunity to learn about something that I was passionate about within different interdisciplinary perspectives. The classes within the Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor have complimented my Psychology major and made me a more complex thinker about issues of social justice and feminism within my intended field of study. The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor overlapped perfectly with several core classes so that I was able to fit it into my four years at Loyola, and also made the required core classes more interesting to me. All of my gender studies professors have challenged me to think more critically of gender binaries, toxic masculinity, authorship, identity, leadership, and social justice. The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor also was a major selling point in many of my PhD interviews for post-graduation. I am extremely thankful to have had the incredible education of gender studies incorporated into my time at Loyola University Maryland."

Jessica Brown, Political Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor, '18 explains:

Jessica Brown in front of her presentation board"Regardless of where I end up and what I will be doing, the Gender and Sexuality Studies courses at Loyola have imparted a set of lenses with which I now view the world—a gendered perspective that influences the questions I ask and how I act, both in formal and informal settings. After I graduate, I will be working for the Foreign Service Institute as a Program Assistant. I will be aiding with the administration and creation of courses, where instilling a global and diverse perspective is a part of every class taught. As an intern, I was already able to interject in classroom discussions and help groom students by posing those tough questions: where are the women? Minorities? How will they be effected by a particularly policy or deployment? What customs should we be aware of prior to shipping out? Exploring and questioning largely unstudied dynamics has become a passion of mine. I was able to take what I have learned thus far and bring it into fruition through my independent study course, where Western-centric notions had to be cast aside to appreciate how something, like a social movement, functions elsewhere."


  • Sex and the City!  HS416, a seminar taught by Professor Andrew Ross has been added to the Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor.  The course introduces students to key themes in both urban history and the history of sexuality by exploring the ways in which the development of modern urban centers in Western Europe and North America shaped and were shaped by the emergence of modern sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course traces the ways that urban space provided new opportunities for sex work and the development of sexual identities, while also showcasing the ways that sexual practices helped remake the ways cities are experienced through a intersectional framework that also takes into account race, gender, and class. Topics covered include industrialization and urbanization, public hygiene and urban design, sex work, consumer culture, and the development of gay, lesbian, and transgender subcultures. Look for it in the spring 2019 offerings.

Rape Culture Poster

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty and students weigh in on sexual assault and #MeToo. Read Classics and Gender and Sexuality Studies Professor Martha Taylor's Op Ed in the Baltimore Sun (9/28/2018), "The Myth of Made Up Rape." Read senior Rodlyn-Mae Banting's Op Ed in The Greyhound, "A Response to Rev. Haig's Letter to the Community."
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies is proud to sponsor the 2019 production of the Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler on February 14 & 15.  Contact MOSAIC for information about participating.
  • It's official: We are now Gender and Sexuality Studies! This change in our name was made to reflect the scope of coursework offered through the minor. It is also consistent with the breadth of scholarship produced by participating faculty.
  • Jessica Brown presented her research on gay and lesbian social movements in the Middle East and North Africa to Dr. Vann's Sociology of Sexuality class (SC366) and at the 2018 Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium. View Jessica's prezi here.

New Faculty Scholarship

2017 - 2018 was a good year for gender and sexuality scholarship. New articles were published by Dr. David Carey, Dr. Amanda Konradi, Dr. Thomas Ward, and Dr. Yu Zjang.