Gender, Sexuality, & Race Studies

Undergraduate Major College of Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Arts


As a Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies (GSRS) student at PLU, you’ll study how gender, sexuality and race are embedded in complex dynamics of power and resistance, and learn ways to understand identities and imagine new configurations of power.

This program gives students the important tools, resources, and language needed for personal empowerment and civic engagement. Through study and a required gender, sexuality & race studies internship or community practicum, you’ll develop skills that will prepare you to pursue social justice, solve problems in diverse communities, work effectively across differences and lead from an equity mindset, some of the most important skills and abilities desired by employers.

GSRS students develop skills in oral and written communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and community engagement and application. Our graduates are making positive changes in the way gender, sexuality and race are understood globally in the 21st century.

Graduates from the last 5 years: Their jobs

  • Social Service Specialist, Department of Children, Youth and Families
  • Refugee Service Program Assistant, Lutheran Volunteer Corps
  • Legal Advocate, YWCA Pierce County
  • Education Assistant, Washington State History Museum
  • Community Engagement Specialist, Molina Healthcare
  • DEI and Community Planning Coordinator, Kitsap County
  • Events and Stewardship Manager, The Mockingbird Society
  • AANAPISI Grant Manager, North Seattle College
  • Case Manager, Indiana Youth Group

Graduates from the last last 5 years: Their graduate programs

  • Master of Public Health - MPH, LGBTQ+ Health, Rutgers School of Public Health
  • MA in Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco
  • PhD in Rhetoric and Political Culture, University of Maryland
  • MA in Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawaii
  • PhD in History, University of Southern California
  • PhD in History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Doctor of Law, University of Washington
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