Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 39

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units15
Second Semester
WGS 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 3
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 3 3-4
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15-16
Third Semester
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 3 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15-16
Fourth Semester
Elective Courses (27 units) 5 3
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
 Units15
Fifth Semester
WGS 300GW Gender, Race, and Nation - GWAR 3
Elective Courses (27 units) – Take Two 5 6
GE Area UD-B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15
Sixth Semester
Elective Courses (27 units) – Take Two 5 6
GE Area UD-C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 4 6
 Units15
Seventh Semester
WGS 698 Work Study in Feminist Projects 3
Elective Courses (27 units) – Take Two 5 6
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 4 6
 Units15
Eighth Semester
WGS 690 Senior Seminar 3
Elective Courses (27 units) – Take Two 5 6
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 4 6
 Units15
 Total Units120-122
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.

4

Complementary Studies

Students completing a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies are required to complete twelve units in complementary studies. Complementary Studies provides students with the opportunity to make connections across disparate forms of knowledge and inquiry. These units must come from courses bearing a prefix other than WGS and not cross-listed with WGS, and may be lower or upper division units, as well as resident or transfer units. Students who complete two majors or a major and minor automatically complete the complementary studies requirement. Otherwise, WGS majors can fulfill this requirement through one of six pathways:

  1. 12 units through the study of a single language and/or literature other than English;
  2. any 12 units taken in the College of Ethnic Studies;
  3. 12 units from partial completion of a minor or certificate;
  4. 12 units taken in an approved study abroad program (e.g., CSU Study Abroad); or,
  5. 12 units from a coherent group of courses approved by a major advisor as complementary to the major.

Upon approval of the student’s major advisor, up to six units of Complementary Studies may be used towards the WGS major (under the existing “outside coursework” allotment).

5

Elective Courses (27 units)

Electives in Women and Gender Studies courses (a maximum of six elective units may be lower–division and six units can be taken outside the WGS department (in other SF State departments or at other colleges/universities on issues, topics, or skills based upon academic interests and goals. Approval by a women and gender studies advisor is mandatory.)

Note: A minimum of 40 upper division units must be completed for the degree (including upper division units required for the major, general education, electives, etc.). A student can complete this major yet not attain the necessary number of upper division units required for graduation. In this case, additional upper division courses will be needed to reach the required total.