Women and Gender Studies

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap — currently ADT only)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? Women and Gender Studies can be applied to anything! Everything is a feminist issue, and in WGS students learn how to read and write critically, and to provide analysis of the world, with a focus on gender, sexuality, race, nation and ability. We believe that critical thinking is the most important tool for engaged people to cultivate. Our students go on to do a range of activities, from social work, education, health care, business and accounting, law, culinary arts, visual and creative arts, journalism, creative writing and non-profit work. 
When should I first meet with my major department? WGS has a dedicated undergraduate major adviser, who is always available by appointment for advising. Please see our website, http://wgsdept.sfsu.edu/student-advising to make an appointment. Our undergraduate adviser is also a full time faculty person, so you might also see them in class! You are always also welcome to stop by the Chair's open office hours, also available and updated on our website. Please meet with a major or minor adviser at your earliest convenience! We recommend that majors and minors check in with the Undergraduate Adviser at least once a year (for minors) and once a semester (for majors). The Undergraduate Adviser can help you map your progress, choose and enroll in courses, complete graduation paperwork, find the right pathways for other issues like retroactive withdrawals, locate appropriate scholarships, and much more.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? WGS has a dedicated undergraduate major adviser, who is always available by appointment for advising. Please see our website, http://wgsdept.sfsu.edu/student-advising to make an appointment.
Where can I find information about major advising? WGS has a dedicated undergraduate major adviser, who is always available by appointment for advising. Please see our website, http://wgsdept.sfsu.edu/student-advising to make an appointment and to learn more about the major and minor. Check out our FAQ: http://wgsdept.sfsu.edu/faq
Is there any pre-work that a student will need to complete with the department prior to orientation and registering for courses? The only pre-work required is an interested and open mind! Please note that WGS 200, "Intro to WGS" is a popular course that fills quickly and is a pre-req for WGS 300 GWAR as well as some of our upper division electives. WGS 300GWAR is required for all majors AND minors (no substitutions). Please check the bulletin for pre-reqs, though generally WGS electives are open to all. WGS 200 and WGS 300GWAR should be taken in sequence (not concurrently). Find out if you have an articulated course that substitutes for WGS 200 at assist.org.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Please take any WGS elective that sounds interesting to you! And then please prioritize registration for WGS 200 for the next semester. Remember, WGS 200 fills quickly and is a pre-req for WGS 300 GWAR, and both are required for the major AND the minor.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Our other lower division courses fulfill various lower division GEs, like the history (WGS 150) and government (WGS 160) requirements. They also count toward the major and minor. Or, feel free to take an elective anytime! Only a very small number of electives have a pre-req, so if it sounds interesting, enroll!

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Please prioritize taking WGS 200, "Intro to WGS" as soon as possible. It's a popular course that fills quickly and so will need to be prioritized. Once you have passed WGS 200 (or an articulated course -- find out at assist.org), please take WGS 300 GWAR. In the meantime, take any WGS elective of your choice!
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

Most upper-division WGS courses are open to all, though they often have rigorous reading and writing requirements. A few do have pre-reqs, though these tend to be numbered in the 600s and above.

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? None.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes! If you have completed a Social Justice ADT or pathway, some of your electives will be counted toward your major or minor. Even if you don't, we still count up to 2 courses from outside the dept toward the major, or 1 toward the minor. These can be from your community college. If you have taken a WGS course at a UC, see the undergraduate adviser, and we can see if it will fulfill other aspects of the major requirements.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Please prioritize taking WGS 200, "Intro to WGS" as soon as possible. It's a popular course that fills quickly and so will need to be prioritized. Once you have passed WGS 200 (or an articulated course -- find out at assist.org), please take WGS 300 GWAR.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?
 

NONE

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
 
Sorry, no! though community college courses might. See the Undergrad Adviser for more information.

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

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