Minor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Tanya Bakhru

Program Coordinator: Professor Tanya Bakhru
Office: DMH 213
Phone: 408-924-5744
Email: tanya.bakhru@sjsu.edu

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at San Jose State is committed to interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching based on feminist frameworks. WGSS curriculum investigates how gender and gender identity, race, class, sexuality, and nation shape lives.  The program emphasizes the importance of understanding gender as integral to social and political structures of power.  Students will obtain skills to cultivate critical thinking, cultivation of dialogue, coalition building, appreciation of diversity, and contribution to social change based on feminist frameworks. The goal of the WGSS program includes integrating the academic and experiential, thereby contributing to social change and justice. The WGSS minor consists of 15 units. In addition to the courses offered by the WGSS Program, a wide variety of courses on women and gender are offered by other departments. Interested students should consult with a WGSS Program faculty member for advising and approval of the program.


Requirements of the Minor (15 units)

In the course listings below, click on the course number to view the course description in the SJSU Catalog. GE areas are shown in parentheses. See GE Course Attributes in the SJSU Catalog for definitions of codes.

Core Courses (12 units)

  • WOMS 010: Perspectives on Sex and Gender Roles (D1)
  • WOMS 101: The Study of Women (S)
  • WOMS 102: The Global Study of Women (V)

Complete one course from:

  • AAS 185: Multicultural Perspectives within American Society (S)
  • WOMS 160: Women, Race and Class
  • WOMS 193: Women and Minorities in the Social Sciences

Electives (3 units)

Complete three units from (not taken above):

  • WOMS 020: Women of Color in the US (D2)
  • WOMS 144: Vietnamese Women in America
  • WOMS 160: Women, Race and Class
  • WOMS 169: Sexualities and the Body
  • WOMS 180: Individual Studies
  • WOMS 189: Islamic Perspectives on Gender
  • WOMS 190: Internship
  • WOMS 193: Women and Minorities in the Social Sciences
  • AFAM 156: Black Women Writers: Race, Culture and Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • AFAM 166: African-American Women in History
  • AAS 160: Asian American Women
  • MAS 160: Gender and Sexuality in the Chicana/o Community (S)