Bachelor of Arts in American Studies – Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in 2017–18 with an AA-T in Social Justice Studies. Six 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. 

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
AMST 310/HUM 485 The Arts and American Culture 3
AMST 410/HUM 450 California Culture 3
ENG 214 Second Year Written Composition: English 3
or University Elective (if A4 requirement was met in transfer)
Major Elective 3
University Elective 1 3
Second Semester
AIS 460
Power and Politics in American Indian History
or History of People of Color in the U.S.
Major Required – also fulfills University GWAR – Take One 3
Writing in Ethnic Studies - GWAR  
HIST GWAR course
HUM GWAR course
U.S. and California Government Course 3
or University Elective (if US/CA Government met in transfer)
Major Elective 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
Major Required – Select One 3
Geography of Ethnic Communities  
Geography of the United States and Canada  
Geography of California  
Major Elective – Take Two 6
University Elective 3
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Fourth Semester
Major 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: 3–9 units

  • ENG 214 if not completed prior to transfer (0–3 units)
  • American Institutions (0–3 units): US Government/California State and Local Government requirement if not completed prior to transfer. The AMST major includes one upper division History course, which also satisfies the US History requirement for graduation.
  • Upper division GE (3 units): Take a course to satisfy UD GE B. Courses approved for UD GE C and D also satisfy major requirements. See grid above.
  • Students entering the major with the AA-T in Social Justice Studies 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 [6 units from AA-T in Social Justice Studies can be applied to the Elective Courses area.]

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

Eighteen units or more, 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.