Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

As a feminist, gender & sexuality studies major, you’ll have the opportunity to study a wide range of fields from the perspectives of feminist and LGBTQIA critical analysis, in a global context and with the purpose of promoting social justice. You’ll use the skills you learn in these classes to engage with such disciplines as anthropology, performing and media arts, English literature, Africana studies, comparative literature, Romance studies, music, Asian studies, industrial and labor relations (ILR), science and technology studies, sociology, government, history, history of art and many more.


Want to start right away? Here are some basic requirements for students wanting to major in FGSS. Keep in mind this isn’t the complete list of formal requirement — that list can be found on the Courses of Study page.

The FGSS major requires a minimum of 36 credits in FGSS courses (9 courses), with three required courses:

  • FGSS 2010 Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • FGSS 3000 Feminist Theory (formerly FGSS 2020 Intro to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Theories)
  • FGSS 4000 Senior Seminar

And one course in each of the following three categories:

  • Global Perspectives: Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Middle East
  • Intersecting Structures of Oppression: Race, Ethnicity, and/ or Class
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies

Sample classes

  • Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Theatre and the Politics of Performance
  • Food, Gender, Culture
  • Intersection of Feminist Theory and Practice: Migrant Families in Detention
  • Sexual Politics of Religion


All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data. 
"Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school.
If you would like to more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

More than 4/5 of 2014-2018 FGSS graduates reported being Employed or Attending Graduate School, with the majority being Employed.

70% of the Class of 2014-2018 FGSS graduates completed the survey. n = 23

Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Education
  • Other Nonprofit Organization
  • Government
  • Communication/Media
  • Law
  • Technology

Where 2014-2018 FGSS Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
City of Austin Health &Human Services Dept.  Communicable Disease Program Coordinator
City Year Corps Member
Cornell University Public Health Fellow
Dipont Education Teacher
DRUM South Asian Organizing Center Volunteer Management VISTA
Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill Program Coordinator
Fresh Start Research Intern
Miller Mayer LLP Immigration Legal Assistant
New York City Government Development Assistant
Peace Corps Health Educator
Shore Fire Media Publicity Coordinator
TEKsystems Compliance Auditor
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Production Assistant
The Hillbrook School Teacher
United States Army 2nd Lieutenant

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • English
  • English Language & Literature
  • Law
  • Communication
  • Nursing

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • PhD
  • JD
  • MA
  • MSN

Where 2014-2018 FGSS Graduates Study

  • Emory University
  • New York University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Maryland-College Park
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Vanderbilt University