Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies

Thank you for visiting the Sexuality Studies website. We offer a Masters Degree in Sexuality Studies, a Minor in Sexuality Studies and a Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. San Francisco State University is a pioneer in sexuality teaching and research in the United States with a fifty-year history of advocating and teaching sexuality education, sexual literacy and social justice for all people.

Our MA Program offers graduate students a rigorous curriculum in the social science of sexuality with a strong focus on social theory and social research methods. Our MA Program is housed in the Department of Sociology & Sexuality Studies. Our faculty members conduct research and teach courses in a range of social-science disciplines including sociology, public health, criminal justice studies, history, gerontology, gender and women’s studies, queer studies, political science, and psychology. Our program does not offer sex therapy, clinical or counseling training, although students can pursue these interests by using their nine units of elective credit and taking courses in a range of departments across the University.

Our Minor Programs and General Education courses provide students with multidisciplinary perspectives on human sexuality ranging from the biology of sexuality to sexual health education, from the history of sexuality to social justice movements for sexual and gender minorities, from sexuality in the arts and literature to cross-cultural explorations of sexuality. In all of our teaching and research we aspire to create inclusion and endeavor to challenge our students and expect excellence from them.