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
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.
Where You Can Go
Students with GWSS expertise are sought after to work in a diverse and rapidly changing world in a variety of professions and occupations, such as public administration, the arts, public health, and media, while also providing students with a foundation for a variety of graduate work.
Each year, the program brings speakers to campus to enlighten, inform, and captivate. In recent years such speakers have included peace activist Cindy Sheehan; Judith Halberstam, Director of The Center for Feminist Research at University of Southern California; professor and author Erica Meiners; and film director and producer Denis Mueller.
Students can become involved on campus through organizations such as Alliance, Demia, the Black Student Union, TRANSform, and Butler Latinos Unidos, exploring the diverse world in which we live.