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).


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.

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).

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)