Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – POLS 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. 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.

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 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 (6-16 units):  PLSI 250, PLSI 275, PLSI 302GW, PLSI 303, and PLSI 304 if not met in transfer
  • Breadth requirement (11-12 units): One upper-division course from three of four sub-fields. See note 1 above. Note: PLSI courses are three or four units.
  • Electives (7-9 units): Up to 4 upper-division units from areas outside of PLSI may be used with the 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
PLSI 250 Comparative Politics (Major Core) 3
or University Elective if requirement met in transfer
PLSI 275 Introduction to Political Theory (Major Core) 3
or University Elective if requirement met in transfer
US History  
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
University Elective 3
Second Semester
PLSI 303 Fundamentals of Political Science (Major Core) 2
Breadth Requirement - Take Two 1 6-8
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
PLSI 302GW Writing for Political Science - GWAR (Major Core) 4
PLSI 304 Scientific Inquiry in Political Science (Major Core) 4
Breadth Requirement 1 3-4
Major Elective 2 3-4
Fourth Semester
Major Elective 2 3-4
Culminating Experience 3 3-4
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 4
 Total Units57