Bachelor of Arts in American Studies – SJS 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 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. 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
AMST 310/HUM 485
The Arts and American Culture
or American Images: Photography and Literature
AMST 410/HUM 450 California Culture 3
Elective 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 was met in transfer
Second Semester
AMST 300GW Junior Seminar in American Studies - GWAR 3
Elective - also fulfills US History if needed:  
AIS 460
Power and Politics in American Indian History
or History of People of Color in the U.S.
Elective 3
U.S. and California Government Course 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met in transfer
University Elective 3
Third Semester
Major Required – 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 3
University Elective - Take Two 6
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 (0–6 units): US Government/California State and Local Government requirement if not completed prior to transfer.
  • 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 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

Apply up to six units from the ADT 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 or theme in American Studies, drawn from at least two disciplines.

Consult University Bulletin for a list of appropriate departments.

University Electives: 18 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. Upper division electives recommended in order to meet the minimum 40-unit requirement.