Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (RGSS)
(Formerly Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
RGSS is an interdisciplinary program founded on the premise that gender, sexuality, class, race, and other markers of difference are historical and intersecting constructs affecting all persons. GWSS offers students a unique opportunity to question and challenge the power structures that perpetuate privilege and inequality. This program provides 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.
“With this major, Butler University lives up to its groundbreaking abolitionist and coeducational beginnings.”
—Ann Savage, professor and inaugural director of the Gender Studies program.
GWSS students take courses from forward-looking faculty with exceptional expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Through optional internships, students can apply theoretical knowledge to employment- and community-based learning experiences.
Professors of Art, Anthropology, Communications, English, Journalism, History, Media Arts, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, and more teach classes in the program.