Loyola University Chicago

Women's Studies and Gender Studies

About Us

Our mission is to introduce students to feminist scholarship and gender theory across the disciplines and the professional schools; to provide innovative, challenging, and thoughtful approaches to learning; and to promote social justice. The 2014–2015 academic year marks our 35th year at Loyola.

The WSGS program is interdisciplinary, offering many cross-listed courses in the humanities, social sciences, business, and law. Additionally, dual-degree program options are provided at the graduate level in conjunction with social work and theology. WSGS faculty seek to integrate knowledge about women, gender, and sexuality into the theories and practices of various disciplines and professions across the university.

Located in Crown Center Room 116, our program office houses, Dr. Betsy Jones Hemenway, our Director; Dr. Ann Shanahan, our Interim Graduate Program Director and Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts; Dr. Suzanne Bost, our Professor from the English department; Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy, our Internship Coordinator from the School of Communication; Dr. Cristina Lombardi-Diop, our Visiting Professor from the Modern Languages and Literature; our Academic Programs Assistant, Rosa Negussie and Jessica Piña, our Graduate Assistant.

Our home screen features several informative modules. To the left there is a link to Broad Magazine, a WSGS supported, student-run, not-for-profit publication that presents monthly themed issues representing varying interests, identities, and communities within and outside of Loyola University Chicago. The Negotiating Spaces module links to a podcast created by Nicole Carrasco, a WSGS MA student, for her practicum. Be sure to like our page on Facebook and our Twitter handle using the connect links on the right.

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