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 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 2022 Capstone:

Spring 2022 Capstone: HS478, Global Histories of Sexuality
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.)

New Courses 2020-2021

Medieval Bodies (Spring 2020)
HS 419, While "the body" may be one of the most fundamental facts of human existence, even a moment's reflection would indicate that we experience our own bodies and the bodies of others in a dizzying variety of socially and culturally constructed ways. This course helps students engage with some of the many ways that the medieval world understood "the body." How did ideas about the body have an impact on medieval notions of sex and sexuality? What were the social and cultural ramifications of disability? How could the body function as a powerful point of contact between this world and the hereafter? Why did medieval political theorists describe society through bodily metaphors? In order to answer these and other questions, a multi-disciplinary approach to medieval history is used. Students examine works of philosophy, theology, law, and medicine in addition to literature, hagiography (the lives of saints), and material culture. GT/IG/IM This course will be taught by Assistant Professor of History Brandon Parlopiano.

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 isan opencontent, 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.


History Professor David Carey was named a Guggenheim Fellow 2019 – 2020.


You must register for the Zoom talk below. Please visit this link.

Peruvian Genocide Lecture


Visit the Gender and Sexuality Studies Club page for information about what they are doing. Alyssa Keskula is the 2020-2021 club president.

New Faculty Scholarship

New articles were published by several participating faculty.