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Graduate Minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies

The feminist and critical sexuality studies (FCSS) graduate minor certificate provides specialized academic training in the fields of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. FCSS minors will learn how best to integrate feminist and critical sexuality theory into their existing work as well as how to expand their research to include feminist methodologies. An FCSS minor pairs well with other graduate programs such as American Studies, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Geography, History, Public Health, and many others.

The FCSS graduate minor certificate is a highly flexible 15-credit program that includes required coursework in feminist theory and research methods as well as FCSS courses that align with your academic interests. Applicants must submit a formal letter of interest that demonstrates a clear relationship between their interdisciplinary doctoral research interests and the goals, curriculum, and scholarly resources of the FCSS minor. Successful applicants will demonstrate general knowledge of feminist and/or GLBTQ studies in some combination of their previous coursework, research and writing, and/or organizational activity/experience.

The minor certificate requires ONE of the following:

  • GWSS 8108: Genealogies of Feminist Theory
  • GWSS 8109: Feminist Knowledge Production

Minors are also required to take four graduate-level electives - at least one from within GWSS and one outside of the Department, preferably in the student's home program.

Application Forms

Minor certificate applications are reviewed throughout the year by the director of graduate studies, Professor Zenzele Isoke. Download a FCSS graduate minor application and submit it to gwss@umn.edu for review.

PDF iconGraduate Minor Application Form (PDF)

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