Majoring in Gender, Women's and Sexuality
Studies prepares students for professions in public
administration, health and human services, the arts, law, medicine,
social work, journalism and non-governmental social justice
organizations, as well as graduate work in a number of
Butler University began offering a major in Gender, Women's and
Sexuality Studies in fall 2010, with courses that include
Philosophy of Feminism, Feminist & Queer Theory and Resistance
for Social Change in the U.S.
"With this major, Butler University lives up to its
groundbreaking abolitionist and coeducational beginnings," said Ann
Savage, professor and inaugural director of the Gender Studies
"Although the major is Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, the
program takes an intersectional approach, is broadly conceived and,
of course, includes the critical inquiry of race and class as
well," Savage said. "All of our identities hold all of these
positions: gender, race, class and sexuality. None of us are more
of one than the other, but rather we have integrated identities and
the new major is inclusive and representative of this perspective.
More and more employers seek graduates who are well prepared to
work in a diverse and multicultural world."
The University has offered a Gender Studies minor for 15 years,
and participation in that area of study has grown from three
students attaining a minor in 2003 to nearly 40 in 2008. Gender
Studies hosts a speakers' series that brings in experts from New
York, Minnesota and California universities.
Faculty associated with the areas of African and Diaspora
Studies, Peace Studies and the Collaborative for Critical Inquiry
Into Race, Gender and Sexuality teach classes in the major.