Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program
BH 333
Fax: 415-405-0411
E-mail: hmsxdept@sfsu.edu
Director: Gilbert Herdt

Undergraduate Adviser: Teunis


Professors—Bhat, Brogan, DeVries, Diaz, Doub, Duggins, Goldman, Herdt, Hittner, Hoffman, Jenkins, Mann, McCoy, Ovrebo, Prinz, Scully, Seiden, Tapper, Tolman, Wardlow, Warren, Yep

Associate Professors—Hossfeld, LaPlante, Leitao, Levy, Loomis, Soh, Steier

Assistant Professors—Blando, Carrington, Fields, Moffatt, Sueyoshi, Teunis

Lecturers—Angelo, Assali, Auleb


Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Program Scope

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies intends to delineate and analyze meanings that have been associated with homosexuality 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.

The minor is broadly interdisciplinary. It draws courses from anthropology, biology, cinema, counseling, English, history, human sexuality studies, psychology, NEXA, social sciences, speech and communication studies, and women studies.


The minor consists of a minimum of 24 units of undergraduate study. It is possible to use these courses to meet requirements in some undergraduate majors, in other minors, and various clusters in the General Education program. Specifically, several courses meet the requirements of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer cluster in Segment III of the General Education program.

Required Courses Units
HMSX 301 Perspectives in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies 3
HIST 314 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual History 3
One course from the following: 3-4
  HMSX/S S 421 Homophobia and Coming Out  
  SPCH 525 Sexual Identity and Communication (4)
  WOMS 552 Lesbian Lives and Thought
One course from the following: 3-5
  ENG 633 Gay Love in Literature (4)  
  WOMS 551 Queer Perspectives in Literature and Media
  ENG 618 Studies in Gay and Bisexual Literature [all topics]
  ENG 604 Literary Aspects of Contemporary Film (5)
One course from the following: 3
  PSY 650/HMSX 600 Research on Sexual Identity  
  PSY/HMSX 320 Sex and Relationships
  COUN/HMSX 326 Work and Leadership Issues of Bisexuals, Lesbians, and Gays
Elective units from the following: 9-10
  BIOL 330 Human Sexuality  
  ENG 580 Individual Authors [selected topics on advisement]
  HMSX 400/PSY 450 Variations in Human Sexuality
  HMSX/ART 403 Queer Art History
  HMSX/PSY 436 The Development of Maleness and Femaleness (4)
  HMSX 550 Field Service in Human Sexuality Studies (1-3)
  HMSX 567/ANTH 569 Cross-cultural Aspects of Sex and Gender
Total for minor 24-28

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