Women's and Gender Studies

Femispheres: Multiple circles with the symbol for female in the center. Set to a backdrop of a starry sky.

About Us

The department's 30 courses, taught in various disciplines, focus on the complex roles of women and gender in society. We offer an AA in Women's and Gender Studies, AA-T in Social Justice: Gender Studies, AA-T in Social Justice: Feminist, Queer, and Trans Studies (in collaboration with LGBT Studies), Sexual Health Educator certificate, and CSU & UC transferable courses.


In Spring 1971, City College of San Francisco offered its first course directed specifically to women's interests and educational objectives. Its success led to the institution of the Women's Studies program, one of the first in the nation.

Effective Fall 2019, we have changed our department name to Women's and Gender Studies to more accurately describe the scope of our work.

Women's and Gender Studies is a contributor to the Ethnic Studies and Social Justice Collaborative (formerly known as the Diversity Collaborative).


Our Courses Offer...

  • an understanding of gender socialization and women's experiences across cultures
  • an analysis of how our identities based on gender, race/culture/ethnicity, sexuality, class, age, and disability intersect
  • knowledge of women's political, historical, and artistic achievements
  • strategies for improving communication and promoting healthy behaviors in our personal, social, and work lives

Women's and Gender Studies Major

The Associate of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies is a two-year program of study with courses that fulfill graduation requirements for the college and transferable requirements to many CSU, UC and private universities. Through departmental core courses and interdepartmental courses, students focus on women’s experiences taught from a feminist perspective.


Sexual Health Educator Certificate

The curriculum for the Sexual Health Educator Certificate will train students as paraprofessionals in safe and healthy sexuality including violence prevention and intervention, HIV/STI prevention, and the promotion of mature intimate relationships.


Free Self Defense Class

Instructor Janet Gee teaching Self-Defense

We offer two 8-week sections of free Noncredit Self-Defense during Fall and Spring semesters, on Saturdays, from 12PM - 2PM, at the Mission campus.

If you would like to be contacted with registration information for this class when it is available, please input your information:

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SFUSD High School students (14+) are welcome with parent/guardian permission.