FGSS Undergraduate Minor Application

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This form should be completed by students wishing to declare that they are completing a Minor in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. The FGSS minor is open to all majors and requires 5 classes. Please refer to the Undergraduate Study page for more information. Any questions can be directed to fgss@cornell.edu. 

FGSS Minor Application Information:

Undergraduate students in any college at Cornell may minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in conjunction with a major defined elsewhere in the university. The FGSS minor requires a minimum of five FGSS courses with a letter grade of C-­‐ or higher; none of which may be counted toward the student’s non-­‐FGSS major. An exception to this rule may be made for students in the contract colleges, who may petition the FGSS DUS to count one class from the major toward the FGSS minor. First-­‐year writing seminars may not be included within the five required courses. Students may register for classes through FGSS or the cross-­‐listing department. We encourage students who are interested in the minor to fill out the minor application as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not they have completed all courses toward the minor.   

Required Courses:

1. FGSS 2010: Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

2. FGSS 3000 (only offered in fall semester): Feminist Theory

3. One course in one of the following three categories:

Geopolitics and Transnationality

Sex, gender, and sexuality vary across and within cultures, nations, regions, and languages. These forms and concepts also travel, intersect, and conflict across borders.  One course must focus on some aspect of FGSS that engage such flows of bodies, capital, imperialism, labor, and/or science.


A course must examine gender and/or sexuality along intersecting axes of power and/or oppression (including, but not limited, to: race, class, ethnicity, age, ability, or religion) that co-constitutively contribute to processes of subject formation, identities, and social relations. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies (LGBT)

A course must contain a significant focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender persons, texts, phenomena, and/or politics. The course should articulate sexuality in relation to specific LGBT communities, authors, identities, and concepts: it might address particular LGBT literary figures; anthropologies and sociologies of LGBT and other non-­‐normatively sexed and gendered persons; art, cinema, or other visual cultures with marked LGBT content and/or audiences; and histories and theories of sexuality, especially queer theories.

4. Optional: minors may opt to take the FGSS Senior Seminar in their senior year.

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