Women's 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 role of women in society. We offer an AA in Women's Studies, a certificate in Sexual Health Education, 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.

Women's Studies is also one of several Diversity Collaborative departments.


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

New CCSF degree (available now):

New CCSF degree (pending state approval):

Women's Studies Major

The Associate of Arts in Women’s 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

Two sections offered during Fall 2018, on Saturdays, from 12PM - 2PM:

Section 1:  Aug. 18 - Oct. 13 (no class Sep. 1)

Section 2:  Oct. 20 - Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24)

CLICK HERE to Pre-Enroll Online in the upcoming class.

See flyer for more information.

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