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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 students of all genders and sexualities 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, reported:

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'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."

Anastasia gave us an update in 2020: “I am currently finishing up my third year in a doctorate in counseling psychology at Lehigh University with a research focus in geropsychology (older adults). I recently published a piece for the American Psychological Association Division 20 Adult Development & Aging that I really leaned on my education in gender studies from Loyola to write: The Third Shift: Caring for Older Adults."

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." 

Jessica Brown presented her research on gay and lesbian social movements in the Middle East and North Africa at the 2018 Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium View Jessica's prezi here.

News

Spring 2021 Capstone:

Gender, Peace and Justice in East Asia
ML309, taught by Yu Stearns, provides a survey on the gendered representations and experiences in East Asia (China, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea), as well as in other Asian regions and countries. Situating East Asian men and women in both regional and global contexts, this course investigates how gender in East Asia has been (re)constructed, (re)institutionalized, (re)appropriated, as well as (re)interpreted in different socio-historical discourses and/or under the global influence

New Courses 2020-2021

Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies: Beyonce' and the Hot Girls of Summer (Spring 2021)
SC349, Beyonce', Megan Thee Stallion, and The City Girls have more than music and money in common. This course explores the underpinnings of womanism, personal agency, and sexual expression as resistance. This is an open content, upper-division course that is reading and writing intensive, and requires critical feedback, social media access, and  personal subscriptions to Spotify, Hulu, and Netflix.This course will be taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Alexandrea Rich.

Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies: Violence Against Black Bodies (Fall 2020)
SC349, This course explores the historic and contemporary effects of physical, psychological, medical, and financial violence against black bodies. Ranging from The Hottentot Venus to  Henrietta Lacks to  the "Say Her Name" and Black Lives Matter Movements with additional focus on black transwomen, the intersections of power, gender, and personal identities are key themes in the course. This is an open content, upper-division course that is reading and writing intensive, and requires critical feedback and social media access and personal subscriptions to Hulu and Netflix.This course will be taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Alexandrea Rich.

Activism

Visit the Gender and Sexuality Studies Club page for information about what they are doing.

New Faculty Scholarship

New articles were published by several participating faculty.