Loyola University Maryland

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Required Courses

All gender and sexuality studies minors complete "Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies" and a Capstone course.

Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SC210)

Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies provides a broad overview of the role of gender in society. An interdisciplinary approach--ranging across history, psychology, art, economics, literature, philosophy, sociology, political science, biology, and anthropology--is used to address questions such as: How does biology contribute to gender differences? What role does culture play in the construction of gender? The myriad of ways gender, race/ethnicity, and social class intersect is a unifying course theme. Although the main focus is on the sex/gender system of contemporary U.S. society, cross-cultural and historical perspectives are incorporated.

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Capstone Course

A Capstone course (sometimes a seminar) that rotates through disciplines is offered each spring term. Senior Gender and Sexuality Studies minors with varied majors come together to focus on a substantive issue and all benefit from the variety of perspectives. Instructors are eager to work with such an invested group. The schedule of upcoming Capstone courses includes:

Spring 2019: HS390, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (taught by Dr. David Carey)

Examines how the role of gender and sexuality in Latin American societies, cultures, economies, and religions has changed over time. Using sources such as books, articles, videos, images, oral histories, and primary documents, the course investigates the history of gender and sexuality with a particular emphasis on deconstructing such socially constructed binaries as femininity/masculinity, male/female, and homosexuality/heterosexuality. The course also focuses on the ways class, ethnicity, race, age, religion, and other identities affect men’s and women’s realities. Gender and sexuality provide fresh perspectives on the ways the past is reconstructed

Spring 2020: PL 337, Philosophy and Feminism (taught by Dr. Mavis Biss)

Treats analyses of oppression, conceptions of agency and autonomy, and accounts of the relationship between politics and social reality developed from several feminist philosophical perspectives. Taken together, the course texts challenge students to approach issues in moral and political theory in light of an understanding of how power dynamics involving gender function across cultural-historical contexts.

Recently offered Capstone courses include the following

  • Spring 2018: Modern Language 309, Gender, Peace and Justice in East Asia: Texts and Contexts (taught by Dr. Yu Zhang)
  • Spring 2017: English 367.01, American Feminist Public Intellectuals (taught by Dr. Brian Norman)
  • Spring 2016: Sociology 430, Gender and Justice (taught by Dr. Amanda Konradi)
  • Spring 2015: Sociology 361, Social Inequality (taught by Dr.Barbara Vann)