Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – LPPS 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 Law, Public Policy and Society. Up to 3 units in the major plus all lower division GE and American Institutions 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
or University Elective if requirement met in transfer  
PLSI 300 Scientific Inquiry in Political Science 4
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
University Elective 2
Second Semester
PLSI 275 Introduction to Political Theory 3
or University Elective if requirement met in transfer  
Major Breadth 1 3-4
Major Breadth 1 3-4
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
Major Breadth 1 3-4
Major Elective - on advisement 2 3-4
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
University Elective 4
Fourth Semester
Major Elective - on advisement - Take Two 2 6-8
Culminating Experience (Senior Seminar) 3 3-4
University Elective - Take Two 7
 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: 9–15 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
  • 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. See note 1 above. Note: PLSI courses are three or four units.
  • Electives (8-11 units): Up to eight upper-division units from areas outside of PLSI may be used with consent of a major advisor. See note 2 above.
  • Senior Seminar: Culminating Experience (3–4 units): See note 3 above.

University Electives: Sixteen 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.