American Studies

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester selection of courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? The American Studies program offers a remarkably flexible major. It began as an individualized program and retains much of that quality. (This also makes it a suitable minor.) It’s the only major that focuses on American culture as such.
When should I first meet with my major department? No specific time, but the earlier the better.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Advisors are Peter Richardson and Cristina Ruotolo.
Where can I find information about major advising?
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Contact Peter Richardson, the program coordinator, or Cristina Ruotolo, director.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Students have been very satisfied with the program’s flexibility; we want more undergraduates to know about it.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

AMST 300: Perspectives on American Culture or Upper-Division U.S. History Course

HUM 450/AMST 410: California Culture

HUM 485/AMST 310: The Arts and American Culture or 

HUM 490: American Images: Photography and Literature

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? English composition (ENG 214 or equivalent).
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Not applicable.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? Yes, from an AAT in Social Justice Studies.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? English composition (ENG 114 or equivalent).
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

No specific challenges.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? Not applicable.

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