Bachelor of Arts in American Studies – LPPS Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AA-T in Law, Public Policy and Society. 6 units in the major [electives] and all lower division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies 3
HUM 450/AMST 410 California Culture 1 3
HUM 485/AMST 310
The Arts and American Culture 1
or American Images: Photography and Literature
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
or University Elective if requirement met before transfer.
Elective 3
Second Semester
AMST 300GW Junior Seminar in American Studies - GWAR 3
Elective – Take Two 6
University Elective – Take Two 6
Third Semester
Select One: 3
Geography of Ethnic Communities  
Geography of the United States and Canada  
Geography of California  
Elective 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
University Elective – Take Two 6
Fourth Semester
Elective – Take Two 6
University Elective – Take Three 9
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-wide requirements: 3-6 units

  • ENG 214 if not completed prior to transfer (0-3 units)
  • American Institutions (0 units): The AA-T in Law, Public Policy and Society Core includes courses that satisfy this requirement.
  • Upper division GE (9 units): Required courses also satisfy UD-C; courses selected for major Electives possibly satisfy UD-D.
  • Students entering the major with the AA-T in Law, Public Policy and Society are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

American Studies major: 33 units

  • Required courses (15 units) – includes GWAR-designated course
  • Elective courses (18 units) – Courses, by choice and advisement, on a topic or theme in American Studies, drawn from at least two disciplines. Consult University Bulletin for a list of appropriate departments.

University Electives: 21 units or more

Units depending on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State - some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. both in UD GE and the major.