Bachelor of Arts in International Relations – GLST 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 Global Studies. Three units in the major (I R 104) 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
I R 308 Fundamentals of International Relations Theories, Issues, and Perspectives 4
I R 310 U.S. Foreign Policy 4
IR major elective 1 3-4
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 met before transfer
Second Semester
I R 309GW International Relations Analysis and Application - GWAR 4
I R 312 Introduction to International Political Economy 4
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met in transfer
Upper Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 3
Third Semester
I R 550 Senior Thesis in International Relations 6
Upper Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 3
IR Major Elective 1 4
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
Fourth Semester
IR Major Elective - Take Three 11-12
University Elective 3
 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 completed prior to transfer.
  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not met pre-transfer.
  • Upper division GE areas B, C and D (9 units): Look for IR major elective courses that satisfy Upper Division GE: UD-D
  • Students entering the major with the AA-T in Global 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.

International Relations Major: 40 Units

I R 104 met in transfer.

  • Core Requirements (16 units)
  • Emphasis/Electives (18 units): In consultation with a department advisor, students select one of the following emphases: Area Studies; International Institutions; Global Problems. 12 of the required 18 units must be courses with the I R prefix.
  • Culminating Experience Requirement (6 units): I R 550

University Electives: Three or More Units

Depends 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.