Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Roadmap
120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 40
To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.
ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.
Depending on courses completed through Early Start, students in Pathway/Category 3 or 4 may be required to enroll in a support course to complement their Quantitative Reasoning/B4 requirement. There are multiple course options for this pathway. Before enrolling in a B4 course, students should verify their MATH Pathway/Category in their Student Center. Information regarding the courses that correspond with your MATH Pathway/Category can be found on the Developmental Studies Office Website.
Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.
Twelve units of complementary studies are required of all candidates for the
B.A. degree in Political Science. These units must come from courses bearing a prefix other
than PLSI that are not cross-listed with Political Science. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing a related minor, a secondary major, or through an approved Study Abroad program.
Complementary Studies courses should have a direct bearing on the study of politics or deepen and enrich the study of politics. Such courses are typically found in departments like International Relations, Urban Studies and Planning, or Philosophy, and in the College of Ethnic Studies.
Eight of the twelve Complementary Studies units may count toward the major
as elective units if approved in advance by a Political Science advisor. Students must consult with an advisor in the department to ensure that their choices fulfill the department’s requirements.
Courses from the following departments will be considered to be part of Complementary Studies for political science. Any minor automatically fulfills complementary studies and, depending on one’s emphasis, foreign languages can also fulfill complementary studies if they are associated with a focus on comparative politics and/or area studies.
American Indian Studies
Asian American Studies
Urban Studies and Planning
Women and Gender Studies
Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
At least one upper-division writing-emphasis course in one of the breadth areas or as an elective. These are ordinary courses that emphasize writing skills, and are indicated with a GW suffix in the class schedule (e.g., the GWAR version of PLSI 418 is PLSI 418GW). A GWAR course counts as either a Breadth or Elective course.
Breadth Requirement (9-12 units)
Upper-division Political Science courses chosen to include at least one course in at least three of these four sub-fields:
PLSI 460 Topics in American Politics (4 units)
Electives (8-11 Units)
It is recommended that elective units be taken in Political Science. However, up to eight upper-division units may be selected from related departments with consent of a major advisor.
PLSI 100 Understanding Politics (3 units)
Culminating Experience (3-4 units)
PLSI 605 Senior Seminar: Student's Choice Empirical Research Project (4 units)
PLSI 606 Senior Seminar in American Politics (3 units)
PLSI 607 Senior Seminar in Comparative Politics (3 units)
PLSI 608 Senior Seminar in Political Theory (3 units)
PLSI 609 Senior Seminar in Public Law: Legal Issues (3 units)
PLSI 612 Senior Seminar Study Abroad: At Beijing University (3 units)9
Either a course that is taught by SF State political science faculty abroad or an equivalent study abroad course designated by an advisor.