Minor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program



Program Coordinator: Professor Shahin Gerami 

Office: DMH 238A
Phone: 408-924-5754
Email: shahin.gerami@sjsu.edu


Minor Advisor: 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.

Required Courses (12 units)

  • WOMS 010: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (D1) (3 units)

  • 9 Units from:

    • WOMS 005Q: Gender, Race, & Sexuality in Media (D1) (3 units)
    • WOMS 020: Women of Color in the US (D2) (3 units)
    • WOMS 101: Sex, Power and Politics(S) (3 units)
    • WOMS 102: The Global Study of Women (V) (3 units)
    • WOMS 112: Women in the Global Economy (3 units)
    • WOMS 114: Politics of Mothering and Reproduction (3 units)
    • WOMS 160. Queering Gender, Race, and Class (3 units)
    • WOMS 169. Sexualities and the Body (3 units)
    • WOMS 189. Islamic Perspectives on Gender (3 units)                          

Electives (3 units)

Complete three units from (not taken above):

  • WOMS 107. Psychology of Women
  • WOMS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
  • WOMS 156. Black Women Writers: Race, Culture and Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • WOMS 175. Sociology of Masculinities and Femininities
  • WOMS 180: Individual Studies
  • WOMS 187. Feminist Perspectives on Gender and Education in the U.S.
  • WOMS 190: Internship
  • MAS 160. Gender and Sexuality in the Chicana/o Community (S)
  • SOCI 172. Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Studies
  • SOCI 174. Sexualities 


WGSS Program Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program includes the cultivation of critical thinking skills, cultivation of dialogue, coalition building, appreciation of diversity, and contribution to social change based on feminist frameworks.

Upon graduation, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students are expected to be able to:

  1. Identify and analyze the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation social and institutional contexts.
  2. Identify and describe major theories and political movements central to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, placing contemporary developments in cultural, historical, environmental, and embodied contexts.
  3. Describe the global span of feminist movements and the connection amongst gender and sexual minorities around the world.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and research skills through written, oral and creative means.


SJSU Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Carol Mukhopadhyay Feminist Lecture Series


The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Carol Mukhopadhyay Feminist Lecture Series aims to highlight feminist cross-cultural or transnational work with a feminist anthropological lens.

The following is a list of our speakers.

Spring 2019- Dr. Elizabeth Sweet "She’s a Dream Come True…’: Gender and Representations of Femininity in 20th Century Doll Advertisements"

Spring 2019- Dr. Theodorea Berry "Black America Women's Experiences in China and Germany: Examining Intersectionality and Multidimensionality in Alternate Home Spaces"

Fall 2019- Antonia Grace Glenn "The Ito Sisters" Documentary Screening 

Spring 2018- Karen Branan “Women and Lynching: Lessons for Today”

Spring 2018- Dr. Gohar Shahnazaryan “Women’s Rights in Contemporary Armenian Society: Between Modernization and Traditions”

Fall 2017- Judy Juanita “Female Foot Soldiers and DeFacto Feminists: The Unseen Skeletons of Social Movements”

Spring 2017- Dr. Yvonne Y. Kwan “Queering Transgenerational Trauma: Depathologizing Pain and Navigating Narratives of Suffering”

Spring 2017- Dr. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh “Globalization and Muslim Women’s Lives in Asia: Contesting Islamic Feminisms”

Fall 2016- Dr. Mythri Jegathesan “Stately Discomforts: Labor, Reproductive Rights, and Sexuality Among Women Workers in Postwar Sri Lanka”

Spring 2016- Dr. Amy Moff Hudec “Unsettled and Lost: The Consequences of Being Single in the Mormon - Church”

Fall 2015- Dr. Pat Wasielewski “Emotional Geography of Living Abroad”

Spring 2015- Dr. Samantha Gottlieb “Marketing the HPV Vaccine and Women’s Health”

Spring 2015- Natalie Valdez “Food, Fat, Fetus, and the Future: An Ethnographic Examination of Two Clinical Trials”

Spring 2014- Dr. Kathleen Coll: “What the Domestic Workers’ Rights Movement is Teaching Us About Citizenship”