Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies

(Formerly Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)

With this major, Butler University lives up to its groundbreaking abolitionist and coeducational beginnings. —Professor Ann Savage

Class photo in front of Clowes Hall

Well prepared to work in a diverse and multicultural world.

Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program housing both a major and a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) founded on the premise that gender, sexuality, class, race, and other markers of difference are historical and intersecting constructs affecting all persons. The program offers students a unique opportunity to question and challenge the power structures that perpetuate privilege and inequality, providing a formalized setting for students to interrogate identity and agency locally and globally, and across time and space.

Majoring in Gender, Women, 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 programs.