Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – POLS Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in 2017-2018 with an AA-T in Political Science. At least three units in the major (PLSI 200) 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
PLSI 250 Comparative Politics 3
PLSI 300 Scientific Inquiry in Political Science 4
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 was met before transfer
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
Upper Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 3
Second Semester
PLSI 275 Introduction to Political Theory 3
Major Breadth 1 4
Major Elective – On Advisement 1,2 3
Upper Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 3
University Elective 1
Third Semester
Major Breadth – Take Two 1 8
Major Elective – On Advisement 1,2 3
University Elective 4
Fourth Semester
Major Elective – On Advisement – Take Two 1,2 6
Culminating Experience – See List 3-4
University Elective – Take Two 5-6
 Total Units60

One course taken to fulfill the Breadth or Elective categories must have the GW-suffix in order to satisfy the University GWAR requirement.


It is possible that courses taken for the AA-T might be accepted as an Elective. Consult with your major advisor. However, community college courses are lower division so you must be sure to take at least 40 upper division units at SF State, with at least 28 of these units in the major.

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: 9–15 units

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0-3 units) if not taken before transfer
  • American Institutions (0–3 units): US History requirement if not completed prior to transfer. Please note: the US Government and California State and Local Government requirements were most likely completed as part of the AA-T. Check DPR to see whether this requirement is satisfied. If not, complete the requirement in place of a University Elective.
  • Upper division GE, areas B, C, D (9 units) – Check for PLSI courses that will satisfy both a major requirement and GE UD-D.
  • Students entering this major with the AA-T in Political Science 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.

Political Science Major: 31–38 Units

PLSI 200 met in transfer.

  • Core (4–10 units): PLSI 300, and PLSI 250 and PLSI 275 if not met in transfer
  • Breadth requirement (12 units): One upper division course from three of five sub-fields: American politics; comparative politics; political theory; public administration and policy; public law. Note: PLSI courses are three or four units.
  • Electives (12 units): Courses from areas outside of PLSI may be used with department advisor’s approval.
  • Culminating Experience (3–4 units): See list below.

University Electives: Ten 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.

Culminating Experience

PLSI 605Senior Seminar in Applied Research Methods4
PLSI 606Senior Seminar in American Politics3
PLSI 607Seminar in Comparative Politics3
PLSI 608Seminar in Political Theory3
PLSI 609Seminar in Public Law: Legal Issues3
PLSI 612Senior Seminar Study Abroad: At Beijing University3