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FGSS-MIN - Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Minor)

Program Overview

The interdepartmental Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides students with the knowledge and skills to investigate the significance of gender and sexuality in all areas of human life. Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies examines how societies structure gender roles, relations, and identities and how these intersect with other power hierarchies, such as class, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and age. The program coordinates courses across the university in feminist and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies. Students learn to employ critical gender and sexuality studies methodologies to analyze the assumptions about gender and sexuality that inform the study of individuals, cultures, social institutions, policy, and areas of scholarly inquiry. The program prepares majors for graduate study in humanities and social sciences and professional schools.

Free Form Requisites

A student wishing to minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies should apply to the minor via Axess, preferably by Winter Quarter of the junior year. The student then develops an individualized proposal outlining a course of study to be approved by the Associate Director. The approved proposal is then submitted to the program office (Bldg. 460, Room 216) or via email to

The minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies consists of at least six courses for a minimum of 30 units. None of the units for the FGSS minor may count towards the student’s major

  1. Introductory Course: course

  2. course or one of the feminist, gender, or sexuality theory courses from the approved course list

  3. Focus Courses At least 4 courses of 3 or more units each