Bachelor of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing 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 Journalism. Up to six units in the major and all lower division GE requirements have been satisfied. Additional units in the major may 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
Subject Matter Focus 3
Skills Elective 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
or University Elective if requirement met before transfer.
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Upper-Division GE: UD-C or UD-D 1 3
Second Semester
ENG 400GW Fundamentals of Professional Writing and Rhetoric - GWAR 3
Skills Elective - Take Two 6
Subject Matter Focus 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 2 3
Third Semester
ENG 540 Professional Editing 3
ENG 545 Visual Rhetoric and Document Design 3
Skills Elective 3
Subject Matter Focus 3
Upper-Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 3
or University Elective if already satisfied
Fourth Semester
ENG 618 Individual and Team Writing 3
ENG 695 Internship in Professional Writing and Rhetoric 3
Skills Elective 3
Subject Matter Focus (or University Elective if following COMM/Jour) - Take Two 6
 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: 9-18 units                                          

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0-3 units) if not taken before transfer
  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer. Choosing courses also certified for UD GE will provide more flexibility.
  • Upper Division GE, areas B, C and D (9 units)
  • Students entering the major with the AA-T in Journalism 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.

TPW major:  39-45 units

  • Core (12 units): includes University GWAR requirement.
  • Skills Electives (15 units): Select at least two from the following: ENG 200, ENG 470, ENG 471, ENG 490, ENG 585. Remaining nine units may be taken from this list, or selected in consultation with a major advisor.
  • Subject Matter Focus (9 units): if following the Journalism option in the Communications track. Must be 300-level or above.


  • Subject Matter Focus (15 units): if following a different track. Must be 300-level or above.
  • Culminating Experience (3 units)

University electives: 0 or more units

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. in both UD GE and the major.