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 women and men students 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 Studies Minor, '17, reports:


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.


  • It's official: We are now Gender and Sexuality Studies!
  • Jessica Brown presented her research on gay and lesbian social movements in the Middle East and North Africa to Dr. Vann's Sociology of Sexuality class (SC366) and at the 2018 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Colloquium. 
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies was proud to sponsor the The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler and produced by Mosaic!

New Faculty Scholarship

2017 - 2018 was a good year for gender and sexuality scholarship. New articles were published by Dr. David Carey, Dr. Amanda Konradi, Dr. Thomas Ward, and Dr. Yu Zjang.