Loyola University Chicago

Women's Studies and Gender Studies

Course Offerings and Descriptions

Fall 2022 Course Offerings


WSGS 401: History of Feminist Thought 
Betsy Jones Hemenway, Wed 6:00PM - 8:30PM 

WSGS 455: Feminist Pedagogy 
Amy Shuffelton, Tues 6:00PM - 8:30PM

WSGS 475: Masculinity Studies: Equity, Race, Transformation 
Hector Garcia Chavez, Mon 6:00PM - 8:30PM

ENGL 420: Special Topics, Theories of Coloniality and Gender 
Aqdas Aftab, TuesThurs 4:15PM - 5:30PM

ENGL  496: African American Literature (Black Queer Feminisms and the Literatures of Slavery) 
Frederick Staidum, Thurs 7:00PM – 9:30PM

ENGL 457: Seventeenth-Century Literature 
Kat Lecky, Mon 7:00PM - 9:30PM 

HIST 561: Seminar: Gender and Women’s History 
Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Thurs 6:00PM - 8:30PM

SOWK 619: Issues in Treatment of Women 
TBA, Thurs 2:30PM - 5:00PM

SOWK 656: Social Work Practice with LGBT Populations 
TBA, Thurs 11:30AM - 2:00PM

SOWK 663: Women in Global Context 

SOWK 732: Migration, Social Justice, and Human Rights 
TBA, Thurs 8:30AM - 11:00AM

THEO 575: Religious Ethics and Social Theory 
Hille Haker, Fri 10:45AM-12:55PM


Relevant courses at the 300 level include: 

ENGL 306C: Studies in Women Writers 
Harveen Mann, TuesThurs 10:00AM - 11:15AM 

HIST 310C: Medieval Women 
Tanya Stabler, TuesThurs 10:00AM - 11:15AM

HIST:389C: Gender Benders 
Kelly O’Connor,  MoWeFri 9:20AM - 10:10AM 

SOWK 361: Special Topics: Women and Policy Development 
TBA, We 6:00PM - 8:30 PM

A requirement for the WSGS MA, this course focuses on the history and development of feminist thinking since the late eighteenth century and the impact of feminism on western and transnational culture. We will concentrate on some of the important texts of this period and consider their influence on the lived experiences of women. We will also study the various ways feminists have envisioned social, political, and cultural inequality and change. While primary focus of this course is on U.S. and European feminist history, we will place that history within the larger context of feminist thinking and women’s movements around the world.

WSGS 402 begins with a history of women's education in the United States and traces the institutional and intellectual development of women's studies as a field, focusing on the evolution of women's studies in the academy (here and in other countries) and on the changes in concepts of knowledge, in methodologies, and in pedagogy that women's studies scholarship has produced in various fields.

WSGS 402 also introduces students to archival research using Loyola University's Women and Leadership Archives.

This course fulfills Global requirement for WSGS Graduate Students.

The course maps the field of global feminist studies and offers critical tools to understand a series of interconnected phenomena (Western material and cultural hegemony and its impact globally, the condition of black and non-Western women and their activism, non-binary and non-normative sexual identities and their rights, transnational and postcolonial female migrations) globally. The course also considers the impact of works by global feminists on issues such as human rights, violence against women and transgender individuals, and sex labour and exploitation.  ​


This course will focus on distinctly feminist ways of learning and teaching. As with feminist theory and research methods, feminist pedagogy has been understood to include characteristics like self-reflexivity, de-centered authority, standpoint epistemologies, examinations of power dynamics, and attention to embodied ways of learning and knowing.

Outcomes: Understand the foundational principles of feminist pedagogy and related approaches to teaching.  Develop skills to analyze and produce sound teaching practices within a feminist intersectional framework.

We will explore how crossing "borders," identity politics, gender, and sexuality intersect to produce a conversation on contemporary global immigration issues. Focus is on movement from three geographic locations from/to the Global South and North: Latin America to the US and Europe; Africa to Europe; Europe to Latin America and back.

This course provides specific skills of support and advocacy services to sexual assault survivors.  Students will gain an understanding of the impact of sexual assault on victims, the social and cultural context in which sexual assault occurs, and the roles systems play to both support and inhibit survivors¿ recovery.

Outcomes: Students who successfully complete the course may be eligible to serve as Loyola University Chicago sexual assault advocates.

This course highlights the intersectional exploration of how masculinity is embodied, experienced, and replicated in the United States and globally. With this transnational lens, students gain a better understanding of contemporary global masculinity sociocultural issues and concerns which include race/racism, "angry white men," and the "crisis of masculinity."

Outcomes: Students will acquire and utilize key theoretical concepts in Masculinity studies from an international lens. Students will apply a wide critical terminology to literary texts and visual/cultural phenomena globally.


This graduate level course maps the field of queer theory from an interdisciplinary perspective in order to cover a wide range of theoretical and disciplinary approaches and interpretive applications.

Outcome: Students will acquire and utilize theoretical concepts in queer studies, develop cultural competency in queer studies and present information about the field orally and in writing.

Capstone; GPD consent required