Welcome to the Department of Sexuality Studies



As members of the Departments of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, we are devastated by the massacre that occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, FL on Sunday, June 12, 2016. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, particularly queer Latinx, some immigrants, many Puerto Rican, who were specifically targeted at a queer bar on “Latin Night.” We mourn with the families, biological and chosen, who have lost their loved ones and those who are still awaiting their loved ones’ recovery. Understanding the multiplicity of structural oppressions that served as motivations for this tragedy, we also stand in solidarity with Muslim communities, who have been targeted for an assumed relationship to the gunman, including the Muslim LGBTQ communities, who have also been erased in this discourse. Closer to home, our hearts are with our students, colleagues, and staff who sustain us here at SFSU and beyond. In our grieving, we will continue to commit to the deepening of our work: academic, activist, familial and communal as it relates to race, sexuality, gender, immigration, and the intersections therein.




Andreana Clay 

Department Chair       


Jessica Fields

Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator



Welcome to the Department of 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.