Bachelor of Arts in American Studies – PLSI Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) 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. All lower-division GE requirements 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.

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 completed as part of the AA-T.
  • Upper-Division GE (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students entering the 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.

American Studies major: 39 units

  • Required Courses (18 units) – includes GWAR-designated course.
  • Elective Courses (21 units) – Courses, by choice and advisement, on a topic or theme in American Studies, drawn from at least two disciplines. Consult the University Bulletin for a list of appropriate departments. Consult with a department advisor about applying up to 6 units from the ADT.

University Electives: 24 units or more

Units depending 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. both in UD GE and the major.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
Select One (Majore Core): 3
Self, Place, and Knowing: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry (E)
Values in American Life (C2, AERM)
HUM 450/AMST 410 California Culture (Major Core, UD-C) 3
Select One (Major Core): 3
The Arts and American Culture (UD-C, AERM)
American Images: Photography and Literature (UD-C)
Major Elective (21 units) - Take One 1 3
US History 3
or University Elective if met in transfer
Second Semester
HUM 300GW Reading and Writing Across Creative Forms - GWAR (Major Core) 3
Major Elective (21 units) - Take Two 1 6
400-level History Course 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
Select One (Major Core): 3
Future Environments (UD-D, ES, GP, SJ)
Urban Transportation
Geography of Ethnic Communities (AERM, SJ)
Geography of California (UD-D, AERM, ES, SJ)
Major Elective (21 units) - Take Two 1 6
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
University Elective 3
Fourth Semester
Major Elective (21 units) - Take Two 1 6
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
or University Elective if requirement already fulfilled
University Elective – Take Two 6
 Total Units60

Elective Courses (21 units)

Courses, by choice and advisement, on a topic or theme in American Studies, drawn from at least two disciplines. See coordinator and website for recommended elective pathways. Up to 6 units may be in community college or lower-division coursework. For students with GPA 3.0 or higher, electives can include a senior course on advisement: Independent Study (699) on a specific topic connected to prior course work, to be developed through consultation with the coordinator and faculty from the appropriate department (3-6 units).

Courses especially appropriate as electives for the American Studies major are offered by the following departments:

  • Africana Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Cinema
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Latina/Latino Studies
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Race and Resistance Studies
  • Social Science
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • Women and Gender Studies