Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies


The expertise of the department lies in intersectional, and transnational studies of inequality, preparing students to engage critically with analytical categories such as gender race, sexuality, nation, class, labor, and embodiment.

Courses consider global structures of power and histories of racism in relation to local, regional, national and transnational feminist practices. The department provides analysis and debate of activist scholarship by feminists who confront and transform various institutions and arenas, including education, politics, law, media and arts, sexuality, nonprofit groups, global nongovernmental organizations, communities, labor struggles and cultural productions.

The program is interdisciplinary, enabling students to combine core and elective courses in Women and Gender Studies with electives in other departments and programs across the campus. The department also supports graduate student teaching and research positions, as well as community internships. Students complete their Master’s degree with a culminating project of their own design working closely an adviser.


Core Requirements = 15 units

WGS 700: Introduction to Graduate Studies (3)
WGS 710: Feminist Social Movements (3)
WGS 712: Queer Theories (3)
WGS 713: Intellectual Genealogies (3)
WGS 820: Feminist Research Methods (3)

Total units for core = 15

3 units selected from the following on advisement

WGS 894: Creative Work Project
WGS 895: Field Study Project
WGS 898: Master’s Thesis

12 Related Field Units (upon approval of adviser) = 12

Minimum Total units = 30

Written English Proficiency

The policy can be found here: Graduate Program Writing Rubric &  Proficiency Guidelines

First Level: Satisfactory performance in the final research paper for WGS 700

Second Level: Successful completion of WGS 894, 895 or 898. 

Courses and course descriptions in Women and Gender Studies are listed in the San Francisco State University Bulletin and online.

A current schedule of classes is available online on the SFSU Class Schedule page.