Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies

Advisors: Rita Melendez and Christopher Carrington

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The Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies intends to delineate and analyze meanings that have been associated with varying sexual and gender orientations in various artistic, biological, cultural, educational, ethical, historical, and literary contexts; and examine the related issues of mixed-gender and cross-gender roles and practices.This minor is exceptional for the way in which it attracts those students who express a desire to obtain a learning experience that informs their own life challenges and rewards as LGBT individuals. Furthermore, the students who complete this minor express a deep sense of pride in a curriculum that acknowledges the full range of their personalities, interests, and sexualities. The Sexuality Studies Department responds by offering courses which they can learn the depth of LGBT perspectives. This minor has more educational value than introducing students to a body of knowledge alone. It fulfills an emancipatory function that many students have come to expect at San Francisco State University. It supports the building of a community of LGBT students who use that cohesion to build stronger communities on campus and off campus, now and in their future careers. The Minor is interdisciplinary including courses from anthropology, biology, cinema, counseling, english, ethnic studies, history, human sexuality studies, psychology, sociology, and women and gender studies among other disciplines.


These forms were created to help our minor students in planning their enrollment in classes. The listed semesters for the class offerings are based on our class schedule in recent years. (You must have a declared major to sign up for minor.)

  • LGBT Minor Form [Effective Spring 2015]. Courses CANNOT be double counted to fulfil more than ONE requirement within the Sexuality Studies Minor.  Courses can be double counted to fulfill requirements in your Major, in General Education and for a Second Minor.
  • Declare Minor Form: Fill out form and bring to department office in HSS 370 for undergraduate advisor  approval.
  • Minor Substitution Form: Please print form, fill out and take with you when meeting with undergraduate advisor when substituting your required classes for the minor.

The LGBT Minor consists of 18-20 units of undergraduate study.  Students can double-count courses they take for General Education (both lower and upper division) as a part of completing the LGBT Minor. Additionally, students cannot take courses for the Minor as CR/NC.     


Total Number of Units for Minor: 18-20


Students should try to complete SXS 110/ SOC 110 or SXS 301 or SXS 667/SOC 467 before taking any further courses in the minor. (These courses may, however, be taken concurrently).

Introductory Courses

Choose one course from the following:
Course Number Course Description  Units
SXS/SOC 110 Sexuality & Society 3
SXS 301 Perspectives in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies 3
SXS 667/SOC 467 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Cultures & Society 4

Total number of units: 3-4

Biological and Health Aspects of LGBT Experience

One Course from the Following
Course Number  Course Description Units
BIO 322 Human Sexuality: Integrative Science 3
BIO 327 AIDS: Biology of the Modern Epidemic 3
BIO 330 Biology of Human Sexuality 3
HED 303 Health Disparities & Sexual & Gender Minority Communities 3
SXS 601 Sexuality, Ethnicity & Health 3

Total number of units: 3

Social Scientific Aspects of LGBT Experience

Choose one course from the following:
Course Number Course Description  Units
SXS 314 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual History 3
SXS/SOC 400/PSY 450 Variations in Human Sexuality 3
SXS 421 Homophobia & Coming Out 3

Total number of units: 3

Cultural, Ethnic, Racial and Sexual Diversity & LGBT Experience

Choose one course from the following:
Course Number Course Description Units
AIS/SXS/WGS 440 Native Sexualities & Queer Discourse 3
ANTH 569/SXS 567 Cross-Cultural Apsects of Sex & Gender 3
LTNS/WGS 505 Gender, Sexuality & Latino Communities 3
RRS 375 Queer Arabs in the U.S. 3
RRS 380 Coloring Queer: Imaging Communities 3
RRS 460 AIDS and People of Color in the U.S. 3
SXS 458 Introduction To Transgender Studies 3
WGS 552 Transgender Identities & Communities 3

Total number of units: 3

Arts & Humanistic Aspects of LGBT Experience

Choose one course from the following:
Course Number Course Description Units
ART 403/SXS 405 Queer Art History 3
CLAS/SXS 530 Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece & Rome 3
ENG 663 Gay Love & Literature 3
HED/SXS 500 Values Clarification in Sexuality 3
PHIL 445/SXS 469 Sex & Morality 3
SXS 314 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual History 3
SXS 635 Queer Masterpieces 3
WGS/SXS 551 Queer Literatures & Media 3
WGS 612 Queer Theory 3

Total number of units: 3


Students cannot enroll in the colloquium course until completing all other minor requirements

Course Number Course Description  Units
SXS 680 Colloquium in Human Sexuality 3

Total number of units: 3

Total Number of Units for Minor: 18-20