Bachelor of Arts in American Studies Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 39

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units15
Second Semester
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units15
Third Semester
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 5 6
 Units15-16
Fourth Semester
Major Elective (24 units total) – Take One 6 3
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 5 9
 Units15-16
Fifth Semester
AMST 300 Perspectives on American Culture 3
Select One GWAR Course 3
Writing in Ethnic Studies - GWAR  
Seminar in Historical Analysis - GWAR  
Junior Seminar Humanities Writing - GWAR  
Major Elective (24 units total) – Take One 6 3
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 5 3
 Units15
Sixth Semester
HUM 450 California Culture 3
HUM 485
The Arts and American Culture
or American Images: Photography and Literature
3
Major Elective (24 units total) – Take One 6 3
GE Area UD–D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 5 3
 Units15
Seventh Semester
Select One Geography Course 3
Geography of Ethnic Communities  
Geography of the United States and Canada  
Geography of California  
Major Elective (24 units total) – Take Two 6 6
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 5 6
 Units15
Eighth Semester
Major Elective (24 units total) – Take Three 6 9
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 5 6
 Units15
 Total Units120-122
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

MATH 60 and/or MATH 70 are required prerequisites to Area B4 unless you score 50 or higher on ELM or have an ELM exemption.

4

Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied. 

5

Complementary Studies
To fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement, all students completing a B.A. degree must take twelve units from courses outside of the primary prefix of their major and not cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major. This requirement is automatically fulfilled when completing an American Studies major, so no additional units beyond the major are required to fulfill the complementary studies requirement. 

6

Major Elective Courses
Courses, by choice and advisement, on a topic or theme in American Studies, drawn from at least two disciplines. Up to six units may be in community college or lower division course work. For students with GPA 3.0 or higher, electives can include a senior course on advisement: Independent Study (699) on a specific topic connected to prior course work, to be developed through consultation with the coordinator and faculty from the appropriate department (3 - 6 units).

Courses especially appropriate as electives for the American Studies major are offered by the following departments (not an exclusive list):

  • Africana Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Art
  • Asian American Studies
  • Cinema
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Latina/Latino Studies
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Race and Resistance Studies
  • Social Science
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • Women and Gender Studies