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 nine units of requirements, six units of stipulated electives and three units of free electives provide a grounding in feminist perspectives and theory. It also provides an opportunity to acquire background on feminist issues in a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields (e.g., history, psychology, sociology, literature, cultural studies).

A minor in Women and Gender Studies can be useful in conjunction with many majors (e.g. Journalism, Human Sexuality, Counseling, Anthropology, Health Education, Nursing, Sociology).

    Students wishing to declare Women and Gender Studies as their minor need to: 

    It is recommended that students also check in with the WGS advisor once per semester for academic advising.

    The minor offers students majoring in other areas a coherent supplementary program in Women and Gender Studies and requires a total of 18 units:

    • WGS 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (3 units)
    • WGS 300GW: Politics of Gender, Race, and Nation (3 units)
    • Four additional WGS electives (12 units) 


    • core classes (WGS 200 & WGS 300GW) cannot be taken CR/NC
    • only 6 units toward the minor can be taken CR/NC
    • up to 3 units may be lower-division (classes 100-299)
    • on approval of adviser, up to 3 units may be taken outside the WGS department (either in another department at SFSU or from another college/university)

    Minor in Disability Studies

    The minor in Disabilities Studies provides students with twelve units from courses in a wide range of disciplines that are connected to each other through their attention to disabilities. Students will acquire knowledge about critical theories, historical and contemporary events, and accessible principles. They will apply their knowledge to identify and resist structural and interpersonal ableism, while simultaneously contributing to a more just and inclusive society.

    Disability intersects with all aspects of life, and that translates into all academic fields: architecture, technology, engineering, economics, art, recreation, history, literature, philosophy, social work, public health, intersections with race, gender, nation, language, and many others.

    The Minor in Disability Studies will produce mindful learners who can increase accessibility for everyone, disabled and non, while also uprooting the institutions and ideologies that disempower disabled people. Students in the minor identify how ableism is entrenched within American society, and at the same time, they have opportunities to celebrate disabled joy and community while promoting social justice.

    Program Learning Outcomes

    • Use critical theories in the history of disabilities and the field of Disabilities Studies to identify and resist ableism.
    • Learn principles of accessibility and other skills to build leadership, advocacy, and social engagement in creating a more just and inclusive society.
    • Examine ways in which systems inhibit and promote full participation of people with disabilities.
    • Gain knowledge and skills necessary to promote change among individuals, communities, and organizations.

    A minimum of 6 upper-division units are required to complete the minor.

    All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

    Lower-Division Courses (6 units)

    • Select Two:

      • ENG 256: Disability and Literature (3 units)
      • RRS 220: Race and Dis/Ability (3 units)
      • WGS 220: Introduction to Feminist Disability Studies (3 units)

    Upper-Division Courses (6 units)

    • Select Two:

      • CMX 504: From Superman to the Supercrip: Comics and Disability (3 units)
      • HIST 484: Disability and Culture in the U.S. (3 units)
      • KIN 537: Movement for Individuals with Severe Disabilities (3 units)
      • PHIL 383: Ethics in Medicine (3 units)
      • RPT 410: Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation (3 units)
      • SPED 630: Inclusive Education: Empowerment and Equity in Diverse Schools (3 units)
      • SPED 662: Education of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children (3 units)
      • SPED 675: Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities (3 units)
      • WGS 563: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Disability (3 units)