American Studies

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

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? American Studies is a very flexible major, which allows you to choose electives focused on the US from programs across campus.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes, we have a downloadable link for our major planning sheet.
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? The major advisor is Peter Richardson, whose office hours are posted on our website or outside of HUM 410.
Where can I find information about major advising? Please consult our website:
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 prerequisite courses are full? Contact Peter Richardson, the American Studies advisor.
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?

You should take any of our core courses: AMST 200 (lower division requirement), AMST 300GW, AMST 310 or AMST 410. You may also take any upper division course focused mainly on US culture and society in programs including: Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Latino/a Studies, American Indian Studies, Race and Resistance Studies), History, English, Humanities, Political Science.

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? AMST 200 should be taken early, though it isn't a prereq.
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 and an AAT in Law, Public Policy, and Society.

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? AMST 200 is an Area E course.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


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



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