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 courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
The Humanities program offers students the opportunity to explore and compare the creative practices, cultural values, and insights of diverse human communities, past and present. Our courses bring together different forms of cultural expression, including literature, visual arts, music, architecture, film, philosophy, and popular culture, and invite students to put them into conversation with one another, rather than keep them apart as distinct disciplines.
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? Please set up a meeting with the undergraduate coordinator upon declaring your major, ideally by the beginning of your Junior year.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? You may choose your advisor, but you should begin by contacting the school's director, Cristina Ruotolo (
Where can I find information about major advising? Please consult our website, which has links to information about our program, our faculty, and our advising materials:
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No, although we recommend talking to an advisor in the major to make sure the major is a good fit for the student and to discuss the student’s more specific goals and expectations for their college education and beyond.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Start working on electives or UD-GE, if core courses are full.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? N/A

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? HUM 300, UD-B or UD-D (which won’t be covered in the HUM major), HUM 301 or 303, HUM 425, any HUM upper division elective that seems interesting. We recommend HUM 375, Biography of a City, choosing a city that most interests the student. These courses all count toward the elective requirements.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? A2.
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? None
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?


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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? Humanities 130, 220 or 225.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?



College of Liberal and Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

Phone: (415) 338-1486