LGBT Studies Minor Program


Rita Melendez and A. Ikaika Gleisberg

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The minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies delineates and analyzes 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 in 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 SF State. 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 program 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 Studies 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 Studies 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 Studies minor.  Additionally, students cannot take courses for the minor as CR/NC.  All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed for a letter grade and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. 

Degree Requirements

For current Sexuality Studies degree requirements, please see the SF State Bulletin.

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