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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:


'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.


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

Race, Class and Gender in Education
ED344, taught by Postdoctoral Fellow Boni Wozolek and Assistant Professor Camika Royal, explores issues and images of race, class, and gender in urban schooling policies and practices. These structures are explored in order to demonstrate the ways in which they impact inequitable educational processes and outcomes for students, educational personnel, and communities. Studies examine discourses around segregated schools, battles for desegregation, the “achievement gap”, the “model minority myth, single-sex education, Black boys in special education, and high poverty/high need schools.

Global Histories of Sexuality
HS478, a seminar taught by Assistant Professor Andrew Ross has been added to the Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor.  Can sex have a history? If so, what kind? This course takes a comparative and transnational perspective to the history of sexuality in pursuit of this question. It examines how societies from around the world and across time have regulated, constructed, and policed sexual behaviors and identities. The course asks how race, gender, class, and ability have inflected and shaped people's diverse sexualities and sexual experiences. In doing so, it showcases the ways that the history of sexuality reshapes our understanding of social, political, and cultural history more broadly. Topics vary by semester, but may include male homosexuality, lesbianism, (trans) gender identity and transsexuality, heterosexuality, sexual knowledge, regulation and policing, reproduction, sexual violence and crime, sex work and prostitution, queer and feminist politics, and health and medicine.  Written or electronic permission of the instructor. GT (Odd Years starting FALL 2019)

Sex and the City! 
HS416, a seminar taught by Assistant 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.


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.