Unlike most programs in the College, Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies offers an undergraduate major as well as an undergraduate minor. Those who major in FGSS frequently pursue dual majors in other departments; they go on to careers in law, media, social work and research, development, and activist work, among others. Undergraduate students in other colleges at Cornell will need to work out special arrangements and should speak to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences who want to major in FGSS can apply directly to the program by contacting the DUS .
Before applying to the major, the student must complete any two FGSS courses with a grade of B- or better. For FGSS courses that are cross-listed with another department, students may register through FGSS or the cross-listing department. FGSS courses at the 2000-level or above may count as both prerequisites and as part of the FGSS major. First-year writing seminars may count as prerequisites but not as part of the major.
Required Course Work
A minimum of 36 credits in FGSS courses with a grade of C- or higher is required for the major. For FGSS courses that are cross-listed, students may register through FGSS or the cross-listing department. These 36 credits must include the following three courses:
- FGSS 2010 Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- FGSS 2020 Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Theories
- FGSS 4000 Senior Seminar in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The 36 credits must also include three FGSS courses, each with a significant focus on one of the following categories:
- LGBT studies
- intersecting structures of oppression: race, ethnicity, and/or class
- global perspectives: Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Middle East, by itself or in a comparative or transnational framework
A student with a double major may count up to three FGSS courses toward the FGSS major that she/he is simultaneously counting toward a second major.