Political Science SF Scholars Roadmap

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
PLSI 200 Introduction to American Politics (Major Core, D3, USG) 3
GE Area A 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
GE Area C 3
 Units15
Spring Semester
PLSI 250 Comparative Politics (Major Core) 3
GE Area A 3
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area E 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 5 3
 Units15-16
Second Year
Fall Semester
PLSI 275 Introduction to Political Theory (Major Core) 3
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 5 3
 Units15-16
Spring Semester
PLSI 303 Fundamentals of Political Science (Major Core) 2
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 5 6
 Units14
Third Year
Summer Semester
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 5 6
 Units6
Fall Semester
PLSI 302GW Writing for Political Science - GWAR (Major Core) 4
PLSI 304 Scientific Inquiry in Political Science (Major Core) 4
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 5 6
 Units17
Spring Semester
Breadth Requirement - Take Two 6 6-8
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 5 6
 Units15-17
Fourth Year
Summer Semester
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 5 6
 Units6
Fall Semester
PLSI 700 Research Methods (Graduate Core) 3
Breadth Requirement - Take One 6 3-4
Major Electives - Take One 7 3-4
Graduate Elective 8 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15-17
Spring Semester
PLSI 780 Seminar in Political Theory (Graduate Core) 3
Major Electives - Take One 7 3-4
Culminating Experience 9 3-4
Graduate Related Courses 10 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 5 3
 Units15-17
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
PLSI 740 Seminar in American Politics (Graduate Core) 3
PLSI 760 Seminar in Comparative Politics (Graduate Core) 3
Graduate Elective 9 3
 Units9
Spring Semester
Select One (Culminating Experience): 0-3
Culminating Experience Examination  
Master's Thesis  
Graduate Related Courses - Take Two 10 6
Graduate Elective (only if taking PLSI 896EXM) 9 0-3
 Units9
 Total Units151-159