Founded in 1979, Loyola's Women's Studies and Gender Studies (WSGS) program was the first WSGS program at a Jesuit institution and since then has served as a model for WSGS programs at other Jesuit and Catholic universities. 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 program is interdisciplinary and includes courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as business, law, theology, and social work. 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 Cuneo Hall, our program office houses our director, Betsy Jones Hemenway, Ph. D., a professor in the history department; our graduate program director, Suzanne Bost, Ph. D., from the English department; our internship coordinator, Bren Ortega Murphy, Ph. D., from the School of Communication; and our graduate assistants Cait Wright and Holly Bullard.
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