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Gender & Sexuality Studies

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.

Our Faculty

Professors of Art, Anthropology, Communications, English, Journalism, History, Media Arts, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, and more teach classes in the program.

Brooks Hosfeld

The GWSS program is incredible, and the faculty are wonderful. There is no more important subject at Butler University than Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and I am beyond glad to be a student in the program.

                                                                                                                             — Brooks Hosfeld ’19


Program Highlights

Indiana State House

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, social services, business, the arts, law, public health, and media. Additionally, a GWSS degree provides students with a foundation for graduate work in a variety of academic disciplines. 

Erica Meiners

Sponsored Speakers

Each year, the GWSS 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; Lynn M. Paltrow, founder of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women; and film director and producer Denis Mueller.

Butler's Black Student Union Callout

Student Organizations

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.