Women and Gender Studies Department {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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WGS Minor

Minor in Women and Gender Studies

The Women and Gender Studies minor is an 18 unit sequence well-adapted for combination with many existing majors. The 9 units of requirements,  6 units of stipulated electives, and 3 units of free electives povide a grounding in feminist perspectives and theory. It also provides an opportunity to acquire backfround on feminist issues in a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields (e.g., history, psychology, sociology, literature, cultural studies, and so on). Students interested in pursuing this minor should see the department chair who will direct them to the appropriate adviser.

Department Chair: Deborah Cohler (dcohler@sfsu.edu)

Undergraduate Advisors:

Evren Savci (A-C)
Nan Alamilla Boyd (D-G)
Martha Kenney (H-L)
Julietta Hua (M-R)
Kasturi Ray (S-Z)


Students wishing to declare Women and Gender Studies as their minor should make an appointment with one of the undergraduate advisors. (Advisors are assigned by student's last name.)

Download Minor Advising form here
A minor in Women and Gender Studies can be useful in conjunction with many majors, e.g. Humanities, Human Sexuality, Counseling, Psychology, Anthropology, Health Education, the Social Sciences, etc.

The minor offers students majoring in other areas a coherent supplementary program in Women and Gender Studies.

The Minor requires a total of 18 units as follows:

WGS 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
WGS 300GW: Politics of Gender, Race and Nation
Any 500-level course within the Women and Gender Studies Department.
Six (6)elective units must be taken within the department.
Remaining (3) units may be taken outside the department.


On the morning of the University Commencement Ceremony (usually from 10:00  a.m. to noon), the Department of Women and Gender Studies hosts a party to recognize all graduating WGS BA (major and minor) and MA students and to celebrate with them and their friends and family. The party includes a brief program where each graduating student’s name is read. Students who are graduating in the Fall semester may decide whether or not they would like to be recognized either the semester before or after (not both). The party is free and open to all who would like to join the celebration. In the interests of space, however, we require that students RSVP with the number of their guests by two weeks before the party.

Career Options

Administrator of Nonprofit Women's Groups
Administrator of Women's Health Clinic
Advocate for Women and Gender Issues
Affrirmative Action Officer, Government, Business, and Industry, and Educational Institutions
Career Counselor for Women
Community Organizer/Outreach Consultant
Coordinator of Re-entry or Adult Education Programs
Coordinatior of Women's Programs in Government and Business
Counselor, Social Servies for Women
Criminal Justice Advocate for Women
Director of Women's Center
Health Care Provider
Lobbyist for Women's Issues
Media Analyst
Policy Analyst on Women and Gender Issues
Researcher on Women's Projects
Union Organizer


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