The FGSS Major
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary major in which students, in consultation with their advisors, craft a course of study focusing on the social construction of gender as a category of analysis within the broader matrix of race, class, ethnicity, and sexual identity. The core of the major is an individually designed concentration consisting of four courses. The concentration should be a well-focused area of study that requires an interdisciplinary approach. When students declare the major, they are assigned to an advisor who will then work with them to design a concentration. Although not all of the courses that contribute to the concentration need be FGSS listings, the four courses must together make up a coherent approach to the topic of the concentration. Only two credits transferred from another institution may be applied to the major. A 500 word proposal describing the concentration must be approved by the student's advisor, and submitted to the FGSS office by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.
Additional Requirements for the Major:
1. Two core courses:
Gateway course (to be taken in the student's first or second undergraduate year): Prospective majors may choose their gateway course from among several marked as such in the Program's annual listing of courses. Note: Students who take more than one gateway course may also count the other(s) they have taken toward the FGSS major.
FGSS209: Feminist Theories, normally taken in the junior year. Prerequisite: gateway course. Preference to junior and senior majors.
2. A distribution requirement of two courses, which must be from two different disciplines, and should not overlap in their content with courses taken for the concentration.
3. Senior Research Requirement: In the senior year, majors must complete an essay (1 credit), or a thesis (2 credits). This research must be centered on a theme or topic related to the concentration, and will be supervised by a tutor who may also be the student's advisor. During the semester or semesters in which students complete this research, they must be registered with the tutor for the appropriate tutorial(s) (FGSS401 or FGSS402 for essay, or FGSS409/410 for thesis). (For Honors Thesis, see below.)
4. Senior Seminar (FGSS405): All seniors must participate in this pro-seminar.
Summary of Requirements for the Major: