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San Francisco State: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:in late August and late January.
Calendar system:semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in June, July, and December.
Number and length of summer sessions:Four s​ummer sessions of five to 10 weeks each.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:psychology, marketing, communication studies
Majors with the lowest enrollment:German, oceanography, American Indian studies
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:82%
Student:Faculty ratio:25:1
Total faculty:788 men, 938 women, 1,726 total
Full-time faculty:381 men, 391 women, 772 total
Part-time faculty:407 men, 547 women, 954 total
Graduation rate:51% within six years

Required Undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:yes
Minor requirements:not required for graduation
Physical education is required:no
There are religious requirements for graduation:no

Programs Offered

Graduate studies homepage:
Special programs offered: student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, accelerated program, honors program, Phi Beta Kappa, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning
Preprofessional programs offered: pre-law, pre-medicine
Education certifications are offered:yes
Education certifications: early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, vo-tech, adult education, bilingual/bicultural
Cooperative programs are offered:yes
Cooperative education programs: elective units for academically-relevant paid internships
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:yes
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs:Washington Semester (American University)
Study abroad opportunities: Study abroad in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Army ROTC:offered off-campus at U of San Francisco.
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:offered off-campus at U of California--Berkeley.

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Africana Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel Design/Merchandising
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art
  • Asian American Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Broadcast/Electronic Communication Arts
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child/Adolescent Development
  • Chinese
  • Cinema
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Drama
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family/Consumer Sciences
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Hospitality/Tourism Management
  • Humanities
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Labor/Employment Studies
  • Latina/Latino Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modern Jewish Studies
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy/Religion
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Recreation/Park/Tourism Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Major
  • Statistics
  • Technical/Professional Writing
  • Urban Studies/Planning
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Women/Gender Studies