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Academics: Undergraduate Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Jane Juffer
607.255.6480

Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies offers an undergraduate major as well as an undergraduate minor. Those who major in FGSS frequently pursue dual majors, and go on to careers in law, media, social work and research, development, and activist work, among others. Undergraduate students in other colleges will need to work out special arrangements and should speak to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).

Undergraduate Major
Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences who want to major in FGSS complete an FGSS Major Application and schedule an appointment with the FGSS DUS.

Prerequisite Courses
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
The FGSS major requires a minimum of 36 credits in FGSS courses (usually 9 courses) with a letter grade of C- or higher. Students may petition the DUS to count up to two 3-credit courses toward the FGSS major, thus reducing the minimum required credits for the major. For FGSS courses that are cross-listed, students may register through FGSS or the cross-listing department. These credits must include the following three courses:

- FGSS 2010 Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- FGSS 3000 Feminist Theory
- FGSS 4000 Senior Seminar in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Courses taken for the major must also include three FGSS courses, with a significant focus on each 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.

Undergraduate Minor
Undergraduate students in any college may minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, in conjunction with a major defined elsewhere in the university. Students complete an FGSS Minor Application and schedule an appointment with the FGSS DUS. The minor consists of five FGSS courses with a letter grade of C- or higher, registered through FGSS or the cross-listing department, 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-ear writing seminars may not be included within the five required courses. The five courses required for the FGSS undergraduate minor must include:

- FGSS 2010 Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- FGSS 3000 Feminist Theory
- any FGSS course that satisfies at least one of the three categories required for a major as defined above
- any two additional FGSS courses of the student’s choice

Honors
To graduate with honors a student majoring in FGSS completes a senior thesis under the supervision of a FGSS faculty member, and defends that thesis orally before an honors committee. To be eligible a student must have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all coursework and a 3.3 GPA in all courses applying to the FGSS major. Students enroll in FGSS 4990 and 4991, the two-semester honors thesis course, which must be taken in addition to the courses that meet the minimum requirements for the major. Students receive a grade of "R" for the first semester's work; once the honors thesis is completed that “R” will be changed to a grade. Students interested in the honors program should consult the FGSS DUS late in the spring semester of their junior year, or very early in the fall semester of their senior year. FGSS Honors Guidelines and Application

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies Program offers an undergraduate minor. Undergraduates in any college can minor in LGBT Studies in conjunction with a major defined elsewhere in the university. The minor consists of four courses in LGBT Studies, no more than two of which can come from a single discipline. The same courses cannot be counted toward an undergraduate major and an LGBT minor; furthermore, the same course cannot be counted toward both a FGSS minor and an LGBT Studies minor. Students who wish to apply for the undergraduate minor should complete an LGBT Studies Minor Application and meet with the Director of LGBT Studies.

 

   

 

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