Loyola University Maryland

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Qualifying a Course for the Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

For a course to be designated as gender and sexuality studies (GS), two-thirds (2/3) of the course content must meet one or more of the nine criteria below:

  1. A significant emphasis on the distinctive experience of women, men, or transgendered individuals, situated historically, culturally or politically;
  2. A significant emphasis on the distinctive experience of lesbian, gay, or bisexual individuals, or members of other sexual minorities, situated historically, culturally or politically;
  3. A significant emphasis on masculinities and/or femininities and/or other gender identities as categories of analysis;
  4. A significant emphasis on gay and/or straight and/or other sexual identities as categories of analysis;
  5. A significant emphasis on the representation of humans as gendered or sexualized subjects;
  6. A significant emphasis on the ways in which gender and/or sexuality intersect with other systems of inequality, such as race, class, religion, ethnicity, and age;
  7. A significant focus on women and/or transgender authors or investigators, or on primary sources that directly address or express issues of gendered lives (letters, diaries, political tracts, etc.);
  8. A significant focus on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or sexual minority authors or investigators, or on primary sources that directly address or express issues of sexualized lives (letters, diaries, political tracts, etc.);
  9. The deployment of a feminist pedagogy, or a pedagogy that raises critical awareness of the gendered dimensions of the course topic.

To secure a gender and sexuality studies designation for your course, please email Amanda Konradi, Director Gender Studies, akonradi@loyola.edu. Please submit a brief statement that indicates the name of the course and which criteria you believe it fulfills, along with an electronic copy of your current syllabus and any illustrative assignments.