RGSS Major & Minor

“Although the major is Race, Gender, 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. 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.” — Ann Savage, Professor

For course descriptions, visit the online Class Search.

  • Core Requirements (Major 16 credits total; Minor 13 credits total) 
    • RGSS 100, Perspectives in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (1 cr)
    • RGSS 304, Feminist and Queer Theory (3 cr)
    • RGSS 305, Critical Theories of Race and Racism (3 cr)
    • RGSS 405, Senior Capstone (3 cr) (Major requirement only)
  • Intersectionality and Oppression—Select one from the following (3 cr):
    • HST 212/TI 235 HST American Visions: Dialogues on Diversity
    • RGS 201/SW 232 Intersections of Identity: Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality
    • SW 245-PO Politics from the Margins
  • Social Movements and Activism—Select one from the following (3 cr):
    • RGS 202/SW202 Resistance for Social Change
    • HST 212/TI235 American Visions: Dialogues on Diversity
    • CCM 482 Voices of Dissent & Social Change
    • PO 372 Role of Protest in US Politics
    • PO 230 Activism
    • HST 352 Radical Histories
    • PO 387 Agriculture and Food Justice as Social Movement
    • TI 255 The Politics of Alice Walker

Required Areas: 12 credits TOTAL

  • Race and Indigeneity with US focus: Courses that foreground and/or center domestic race topics (3 cr)
    • AN 328 Pop Culture: Reconstructing Michael Jackson
    • HST 338 The Era of Jim & Jane Crow
    • HST 343 Race and Ethnicity in the US
    • HST 353 American In/Justice
    • CCM 330 Representations of Race & Difference
    • PO 335 Racial & Ethnic Politics
    • RL 340 Islam in America
    • RL 359 Race and Religion in the US
    • TH 351 Revising American Theater History I
    • TH 352 Revising American Theater History II
  • Race and Indigeneity Across Borders: Courses that foreground and/or center international, transnational, or global race topics (3 cr)
    • AN 380 Topics: Gender and Sexuality in Africa
    • PCA 215 Art Across Borders
    • PO 386 Black Political Thought
    • PO 354 Environmental Justice
    • RL 367/AN380 Islam, Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies with US focus: Courses that foreground and/or center domestic topics (3 cr)
    • CCM 420 Queering Film
    • CCM 468 Women & Rock
    • CCM 354 Gender and Communication HST 341 U.S. Women’s History
    • HST Dolly Parton’s America
    • PS 305 Psychology of Gender
    • PS 333 Human Sexuality
    • RGS 303 Special Topics: Written Out of Wedlock
    • RGS 303 Special Topics: Health Disparities
    • RGS 303 Special Topics: 50 Shades of Sex
    • RGS 303 Deconstructing the Diva
    • TI 231/ HST205 Mad Women in America
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies Across Borders: Courses that foreground and/or center international, transnational, or global topics (3 cr)
    • AN 315 Gender and Colonialism
    • AN 320 Gender & Sexuality in Globalization
    • AN 322 Sex, Gender & Sexuality in Japan
    • AN 368 Coming of Age in the Middle East
    • EN 322 Special Topics: Gender, Language and Globalization
    • EN 394 Special Topics: Gender & Migration in Transnational Cinema
    • HST 366 Gender, Sex & Sexuality in Latin America
    • HST 367 Geographies of Desire: Space, Gender, Sexuality
    • JR 418 Gender and Media: Global Views
    • PO 351 African Gender and Sexuality Politics
    • RGS 303 Special Topics: sexandthecity.org
    • RL 377 Hinduism, Gender and the Goddess
  • Majors and minors will take an additional 6 credit hours of GWSS pre-approved electives.

A separate list of RGSS-approved electives will be published each semester, but examples of courses that have qualified for RGSS credit include the following:

  • AN 342 Science, Technology & Society
  • AN 380 / HST 305 Special Topics: Witchcraft, Shamanism & the Paranormal
  • AN 380 Special Topics: From Peasant to Princess
  • AN 380 Special Topics: Sex Education Across Cultures
  • ART 320 Race, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Art (1960- )
  • ART 315 Postmodernism in the Arts
  • ART 382 Special Topics: Gender in Art
  • CCM 376 Film, Culture & Criticism
  • CCM 470 Sports, Media, Culture
  • CCM 481 Technologies of the Body
  • CLA323 Women in Antiquity
  • EN 341 Topics: American Gothic
  • EN 393 Special Topics: Fin-de-Siecle Literature
  • EN 493 Special Topics: Sex, Suffrage & Empire: Modernism & the New Woman Empire
  • HST 341 U.S. Women’s History
  • HST 342 Topics: Working Women in the Modern City
  • PCA 215 Art Across Borders
  • PL 375 Topics: Feminist Jurisprudence
  • PL 410 Topics: Africana Philosophy
  • PO 354 Environmental Justice
  • PO 380 Topics: Marxism and Black Marxism
  • PS 333 Human Sexuality
  • RGS 300/PL 348 Philosophy of Feminism
  • RGS 303 Special Topics: Love for Sale: Intimate Labor and the Commodification of Love
  • RGS 303 Special Topics: Ransom Notes and Radical Chic
  • RX 644 Women’s Health Issues
  • SO 317 Gender & Society
  • SO 326 Gender, Race & Crime
  • SO 360 Topics: Inequality and Social Control
  • SP 360 Hispanic Film
  • SP 390 Commuity-based Learning in Spanish
  • SP 490 Topics: Chicas Raras in Spanish Literature and Film
  • SP 490 Topics: Sports, Gender, National Identities
  • SW 200-SO Understanding Society: Gender from a Sociological Perspective
  • SW 233 Islam in Political North
  • SW 240/PO Gender and Generations: War and Peace
  • TI 234-HST Reel America: Film and the American Experience

The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.