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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS) offers an undergraduate major and minor. Majors frequently pursue dual majors in other departments; FGSS complements the study of a wide variety of fields, including law, medicine, social analysis, art, psychology, literature, film and media, and human development. Students take courses in the study of intersecting structures of oppression including race, ethnicity, and class, engaging global perspectives on feminism, gender, and sexuality.

The flexible graduate minor invites students interested in the study of women, gender, and sexuality to craft a personalized program of interdisciplinary study in areas that examine feminist ideologies and cultures, institutions and societies, history, literatures and arts, psychology and human development, and biological sciences.

The program's innovative methods and theories enhance lifelong intellectual and personal growth, as well as their professional development, including activist work and work in public institutions and non-governmental organizations. FGSS is affiliated with excellent on-campus resources, such as the

Women's Resource Center and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center. Cornell's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and Human Sexuality Collection offers primary resources on sexuality.

Interesting Classes

  • Consuming Passions: Media, Space & Body
  • Transgender & Transexuality
  • Gender & Technology
  • Bodies in Medicine & Culture
  • Gender, Memory, and History in the 20th Century
  • Ethnicity and Race in the 19th-Century U.S.

Students went on to...

  • Be a trial prep assistant at the NY County D.A.'s Office
  • Do research at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Study sociology at Cornell University


More Information

More information for the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.