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 the current Bulletin year 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 304 Scientific Inquiry in Political Science 4
or University Elective if A4 was met before transfer
University Elective 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Second Semester
PLSI 275 Introduction to Political Theory 3
Major Breadth 1 4
Major Elective – on Advisement 2 3
University Elective 1
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Third Semester
Major Breadth – Take Two 1 8
Major Elective - on advisement 2 3-4
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Fourth Semester
Major Elective – on advisement - Take Two 2 6
Culminating Experience 3 3-4
University Elective – Take Two 5-6
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University–Wide Requirements: 9–12 units

  • 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, and D (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • 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 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 250, PLSI 275, and PLSI 304 if not met in transfer
  • University GWAR requirement: Take one upper-division course with GW suffix from either breadth or elective category.
  • Breadth requirement (9-12 units): One upper division course from three of four sub-fields: American politics; comparative politics; political theory; public law. Note: PLSI courses are three or four units. See note one above.
  • Electives (8-11 units): Up to eight upper-division units from areas outside of PLSI may be usedthe with consent of a major advisor. See note 2 above.
  • Senior Seminar: Culminating Experience (3–4 units): See note 3 above.

University Electives: 9 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.